Beau Slocumb Returns to Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Wheels a Thunder Roadster to a Podium Finish
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Championship Night at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder concluded the 2009 season and featured the awarding of championships in eight classes, while the “Thunder Ring” also witnessed the return of Beau Slocumb after a battle with cancer.
Slocumb, a fan favorite with five-career Thursday Thunder wins, returned to Atlanta Motor Speedway after recently completing treating for Synovial Sarcoma cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In a remarkable moment, Slocumb won the Thunder Roadster heat race to claim the pole position in Ed Clark’s vehicle.
Slocumb, a Juliette native, held the advantage to start the Thunder Roadsters feature race, making his return to the “Thunder Ring” following a two-year hiatus. Jeremy Kalina dove ahead momentarily after an early caution, but Slocumb soon reclaimed the lead.
Separated by just one point in the standings and fighting behind the leaders for the Championship, Chris Cable pushed ahead of Adam Gay for third. But shortly after, a hard bump from Brian Weimer spun Gay and forced a caution, eroding his Championship hopes.
After the restart, Kalina and Cable moved ahead of Slocumb. Cruising ahead of the pack, Kalina passed the finish line unchallenged for the win, while Cable finished second to take the 2009 Thunder Roadsters Championship. Slocumb placed third.