Drivers battle on AMS Thunder Ring in third Furious Five series races

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With sunshine and very few clouds in the sky, Mother Nature provided the perfect conditions for the third week of Furious Five series racing on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s ¼-mile Thunder Ring.

In a race that saw some tempers and trouble for several competitors, Lucas Ruark was rewarded for a flawless effort in the Young Lions feature. Ruark led from the pole and held serve on several restarts to take the checkered flag first, followed closely by 2nd place Michael Gannon.

Lawson Ingold put on a show in the Semi-Pro feature, charging up from his 7th place starting position all the way to 2nd. The one car Ingold couldn’t catch was the No. 72 of Nick Woodall, who set a blistering pace from the pole, even while working through lap traffic. Woodall led all 20 laps on the way to victory, followed by Ingold.

In Masters competition Doug Stevens was stellar, leading all 20 laps from the pole on the way to victory. Bill Plemons Jr. and Robbie Woodall had a tight race for 2nd, with Plemons prevailing and Woodall settling for 3rd.

Jensen and Taylor Jorgensen led the way in the Pro series race, pursued closely by Cale and Cody Hall. While Jensen Jorgensen led from the pole and built a healthy lead, Taylor Jorgensen fought for 2nd with both Cale and Cody Hall throughout. When the checkered flag waived, Jensen Jorgensen was the victor, followed by Taylor Jorgensen in 22nd, Cale Hall in 3rd, and Cody Hall in 4th.

In addition to Saturday’s scheduled slate, each Bandolero series ran a second feature to makeup races from February 23 that were affected by weather.

In the first Rookie Bandolero feature, polesitter Gianni Esposito led throughout, but not without fending off several challenges from Bailey Buchanan. The final challenge came with two laps to go when Buchanan took the inside line on Esposito in turn 1, but a skid by Buchanan allowed Esposito to keep the lead and ultimately the victory.

The second Rookie Bandolero feature saw Briana Freeman lead the first nine laps, but a spin on lap 10 cost her the lead. Esposito inherited the top spot and didn’t look back, leading the final six laps and taking his second win of the day over 2ndplace Bailey Buchanan and Freeman, who recovered to finish 3rd.

Garrett Gumm led from the pole early in the first Bandit race, but surrendered the lead to Kyle Bacon nine laps into the 20 lap feature. The pair ran nose to tail for several laps, with Gumm making several attempts to retake the lead from Bacon. With just a few laps to go Gumm’s No. 5 pushed wide exiting turn 2, taking him out of the battle for the win. Bacon held on from there, taking the checkered flag over Lee Brown, who finished 2nd.

Bacon set the pace throughout the second Bandit feature, leading all 15 laps on the way to his second win of the day, followed by Brown in 2nd and Gumm in 3rd.

In Outlaws competition, Mason Maggio and Kenny Brady split the two races with Maggio the winner of race one and Brady fending off Maggio to win race two.

The Legends and Bandoleros take to the Thunder Ring again on April 6 for the penultimate races of the Furious Five series.

Full results from March 23 Furious Five racing:

Young Lions Legends:

1. Lucas Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

2. Michael Gannon (Canton, GA)

3. Kenneth Henderson (Alto, GA)

4. Nathan Jackson (McDonough, GA)

5. Tony Yawn III (Roanoke, AL)

6. Timothy Watson (Panama City, FL)

7. Ashton Whitener (Monticello, GA)

8. Carson Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

9. Keaton Hendrix (Homerville, GA)

10. Cole Cash (Bethlahem, GA)

11. Cutter Love

Semi-Pro Legends:

1. Nick Woodall (Canton, GA)

2. Lawson Ingold (Social Circle, GA)

3. Parker Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)

4. Ian Hampton (Stockbridge, GA)

5. Ricky Springer (McDonough, GA)

6. Max Brady (Marietta, GA)

7. Audrie Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

8. Zac Bacon (Buchanan, GA)

9. Russell Shore

10. Trent Barfield (Hamilton, GA)

11. Ronnie Ragan (Cataula, GA)

12. Trey Tadrzak (Stockbridge, GA)

13. Jessie Thomas (Braselton, GA)

14. Colt Logan (Athens, GA)

Pro Legends:

1. Jensen Jorgensen (Stockbridge, GA)

2. Taylor Jorgensen (Stockbridge, GA)

3. Cale Hall (Griffin, GA)

4. Cody Hall (Griffin, GA)

5. Hunter Johnson (Griffin, GA)

6. Gauntt Hudgins (Savannah, GA)

7. Christopher Almon Sr. (Moreland, GA)

8. Tony Yawn (Roanoke, AL)

Masters Legends:

1. Doug Stevens (Griffin, GA)

2. Bill Plemons Jr (Locust Grove, GA)

3. Robbie Woodall (McDonough, GA)

4. Mark Swan (Athens, GA)

5. Wade Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)

6. Dennis Hecht (Hoschton, GA)

7. Tony Armbruster (Covington, GA)

8. Randy Shubert (Stone Mountain, GA)

9. Troy French (Fairvurn, GA)

10. Aaron Crossley (Woodstock, GA)

11. Kevin Vaughn (Grovetown, GA)

Bandits Feature #1:

1. Kyle Bacon (Buchanan, GA)

2. Lee Brown (Acworth, GA)

3. Garrett Gumm (Brooks, GA)

4. Will Peacock (Eastman, GA)

Rookie Bandoleros Feature #1:

1. Gianni Esposito (Dacula, GA)

2. Mitchell Flater (Conyers, GA)

3. Sebastain Asztalos (Temple, GA)

4. Baylor O’Neil (Grantville, GA)

5. Bailey Buchanan (Senoia, GA)

6. Briana Freeman (Bremen, GA)

7. Nathaniel Harry (Concord, NC)

8. Shelby Schell (Dublin, GA)

9. Christopher Almon (Moreland, GA)

Outlaws Feature #1:

1. Mason Maggio (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

2. Kelley Puckett (McDonough, GA)

3. Shelby Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

4. Clay Hocutt (Mobile, AL)

5. Ryan Younginer (Locust Grove, GA)

6. Matthew Kade (Hampton, GA)

7. Bailey North (Hampton, GA)

DQ. Kenny Brady (Marietta, GA)

Bandits Feature #2:

1. Kyle Bacon (Buchanan, GA)

2. Lee Brown (Acworth, GA)

3. Garrett Gumm (Brooks, GA)

Rookie Bandoleros Feature #2:

1. Gianni Esposito (Dacula, GA)

2. Bailey Buchanan (Senoia, GA)

3. Briana Freeman (Bremen, GA)

4. Baylor O’Neil (Grantville, GA)

5. Mitchell Flater (Conyers, GA)

6. Christopher Almon (Moreland, GA)

DQ. Sebastain Asztalos (Temple, GA)

Outlaws Feature #2:

1. Kenny Brady (Marietta, GA)

2. Mason Maggio (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

3. Kelley Puckett (McDonough, GA)

4. Shelby Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

5. Matthew Kade (Hampton, GA)

6. Ryan Younginer (Locust Grove, GA)

7. Clay Hocutt (Mobile, AL)

8. Sarah Sullivan (Gulf Shores, AL)

9. Bailey North (Hampton, GA)

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