Thursday Thunder

Hicks returns to victory circle at AMS

After nearly a year away from Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Senoia's Josh Hicks returned to familiar territory Thursday night in the fourth race of Thursday Thunder Series, taking a victory in the Bandolero's Outlaw Division.

The young driver, who moved from Bandits Division to the Outlaws this season, won a Thursday Thunder race for the first time since taking the checkered flag in the 2012 opener.

Hicks, who was the 2011 Thursday Thunder Bandits points champion, had his share of struggles since winning his last race 12 months ago, but has turned things around with some consistant races this year.

The middle school student entered Thursday's race with three second-place finishes. 

Until this week, he hadn't been able to chase down Alton Winger, who won the first three races.

This time, it became a battle between Hicks and Jensen Jorgensen.

After a caution on lap four, Hicks  chased down Jorgensen and on lap 10 posted his fastest lap of the night, eventually overtaking Jorgensen.

Hicks then had to hold on after a late-caution flag bunched the drivers back up. 

However, Hicks keep the lead on the restart and held on for the long awaited victory.

The victory by Hicks creates a logjam in the points race in the Outlaw Division. 

Hicks is now just three points behind Winger, who finished second.

Newnan's Alton Clark, who also races in the Outlaw Division, was fifth.

Tina Johnson, who started the week in first place in the Masters' Division points race after three weeks of consistant driving, turned in another solid run in her feature race.

Johnson, who is also from Senoia, had another solid run and finished fourth. Scott Mosley won the race, holding off Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark for second, and Skip Nichols, who was third.



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