Short-track racing returned to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “Thunder Ring” on Friday for an off-season Legends race in preparation for this summer’s upcoming Thursday Thunder series.
Jimmy Henderson sat on the pole to start the Pro class feature, but was immediately chased by Evan and Justin Swilling. Using a few bumps along the way, Evan passed Henderson just prior to the race’s midpoint. Pushing ahead slightly more with each lap, Evan took the checkered flag with Henderson trailing by a few car lengths.
Alex Coffey held the advantage to begin the Bandits feature race. Shooting ahead of the field from the start, Coffey quickly developed an impressive lead and cruised to the victory unchallenged.
Joey Padgett led the Outlaws to the green flag for the start of the Outlaws feature. Madeline Crane and Taylor Jorgenson quickly challenged for the lead, but Padgett soon surged ahead for a dominant win.
Mike Weed started from the pole position in the Semi-Pro feature. Immediately challenged by Jake Armstrong and Kyle Kitchens, Weed held his led for the opening laps before Kitchens passed Armstrong to fight for the lead. Using a hard bump, Kitchens spun Weed but was black flagged for the move and sent to the garage for the action, handing the lead to Armstrong. A late-race caution grouped the field together and allowed Luke Behnke to pass Armstrong in the final laps to claim the Semi-Pro win.
Sean Rayhall paced the Young Lions to the green flag from the pole. Rayhall, the youngest Formula car winner in North American racing history, quickly shot ahead of the pack and built an insurmountable lead he carried to the finish.
Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark started the Masters feature from the pole with Larry Friddle and Rick Geddes close behind. After passing lap traffic without issue, Clark was able to distance himself from Friddle and claimed the checkered flag for the win.
Legends racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “Thunder Ring” for a final off-season race on Friday, April 16. The event is the final preparation date for the opening of the Thursday Thunder season on June 3.
To test drive your own Legends machine, or for more information about Legends racing, call Legends of Georgia director Peter Horne III at (770) 707-2977 or visit www.legendsofga.com. For more information on Atlanta Motor Speedway events, including the upcoming Thursday Thunder series of summer Legends racing, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
April 2 Legends Results:
Pro: 1. Evan Swilling (Cohutta), 2. Jimmie Henderson (Conyers), 3. Justin Swilling (Cohutta), 4. Andy James (High Falls), DNF. Tina Johnson (Senoia).
Bandits: 1. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 2. Reed Hatchet (Knoxville, Tenn.), 3. Joshua Hicks (Senoia), 4. Alton Clark, 5. Jensen Jorgensen (Stockbridge), 6. Zachary Leonhardi (Smyrna), DNS. Abigall Marin (Peachtree Story).
Outlaws: 1. Joey Padgett (Tallahassee, Fla.), 2.Taylor Jorgenson (Stockbridge), 3. Madeline Crane (Meansville).
Semi-Pro: 1. Luke Behnke (Fayetteville), 2. Jacob Armstrong (Fayetteville), 3. Amber Colvin (Tallahassee, Fla.), 4. Garrett Smithley (Peachtree City), DNF. Robbie Woodall (Dawsonville), DNF. Mike Weed (Franklin), DNF. Kyle Kitchens (Hampton),
Young Lions: 1. Sean Rayhall (Winston), 2. Mason Massey (Winston), 3. Brady Boswell (Watkinsville), 4. Anderson Bowen (Suwanee).
Masters: 1. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 2. Larry Friddle (Greenville, S.C.), 3. Scott Mosley (McDonough), 4. Don Chandler (Macon), 5. Rick Geddes (Newnan), 6. John Ponzio (Tyrone), 7.James Meredith (Locust Grove), 8. Charlie Morrisette (North Pole, Ala.).