HAMPTON, GA : Anticipation is growing for the return of Legends and Bandoleros to the Thunder Ring at Atlanta Motor Speedway over the NASCAR event weekend in February. Earlier this month, it was announced that four major NASCAR race weekends at sister Speedway Motorsports, Inc. race tracks would feature the stars of U.S. Legend Cars International in competition in front of the NASCAR fans and teams.
The first of these events takes place on Saturday, February 23rd at Atlanta Motor Speedway following the doubleheader NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Mountain Truck Series events. Depending on car count in each of the seven INEX classes will determine the number of feature events and laps of racing.
Legends of Georgia is known for helping to develop the current racing stars of NASCAR’s top three level series. Defending 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series Champion Joey Logano is a former INEX Bandolero Bandits and Legends Pro & Semi-Pro National Champion as well. In 2001, Logano dominated the Thunder Ring with 14 consecutive Bandolero feature wins. A record that was only eclipsed by another AMS standout, Clay Thompson in 2016.
Other notable former Atlanta regulars include Garrett Smithley, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ryan Blaney, Trevor Bayne, Ben Rhodes and 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Hemric.
2018 U.S. Legend Cars National Semi-Pro Champion Drew Dollar began his Legend car career with the Legends of Georgia at AMS and used that to help guide him to his championship season. Dollar has graduated to the DGR-Crosley Late Model team for the 2019 season.
Registration is now open for drivers to preenter for the event. Competitors can download the registration form HERE.
AMS Schedule of Events :
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
2:00 PM – Competitor Check-In Opens at Legends of Georgia Office
4:00 PM – Competitor Check-In Closes
4:15 PM – Mandatory Drivers Meeting (Legends of GA Office)
25 Laps Remaining in NASCAR Truck Event :
- Drivers will load into race cars
10 Laps Remaining in NASCAR Truck Event :
- ALL CARS will be escorted to the grid
After NASCAR Events Conclude on Track :
- Practice/Qualifying Session (10 laps per division)
- Feature Races (20 laps) – Classes may be combined due to car count
- Rookie Bandoleros
- Bandolero Bandits
- Bandolero Outlaws
- Legends Young Lions
- Legends Semi-Pro
- Legends Master
- Legends Pro