HAMPTON, GA : Atlanta Motor Speedway’s ¼-mile Thunder Ring will soon roar back to life with the return of Legends and Bandolero racing.
The 23rd season of Thursday Thunder kicks off with its first round of racing on Wednesday, July 1. All told the 2020 season calls for 8 rounds of racing, challenging drivers of all ages and skill levels throughout the summer.
“For more than two decades Thursday Thunder has become known for hosting some of the most competitive racing you’ll find anywhere,” said Atlanta Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison. “Our racers, their families, the fans, and our staff have all been eagerly anticipating racing’s return and we’re thrilled to announce it’s finally here.”
Thursday Thunder stands out as a series with a storied pedigree. Over the years fans have seen the likes of Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, David Ragan, and Reed Sorenson cut their teeth on the tricky ¼-mile and before continuing on to race at the highest levels of motorsports.
When this season starts spectators will not be able to attend due to social distancing guidelines, however fans will still be able to see all the close-quarters racing the Thunder Ring is known for. Atlanta Motor Speedway plans to produce livestreams of each event that fans will be able to view free of charge on the Atlanta Motor Speedway Facebook page for as long as spectators are unable to attend. In addition to running without spectators in attendance, social distancing guidelines will be in effect in the garage area for competitors.
Thursday Thunder has been reduced to just eight rounds of competition in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic that has caused a delay of almost 6 weeks to begin the series.
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- Atlanta Motor Speedway press release