Thursday Thunder Legends Series
May 30 - July 22
On Track: Visit the Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder
Just an hour outside of Atlanta, Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway offers an accessible experience for any racing enthusiast. This trip is a must for race fans of all ages; I was accompanied by two 16-year-olds, but I saw kids as young as 3 in the stands.
The races were wild! Racers ages 8 and up come from around the nation to zip around a ¼ mile track in cars that look like scale models of a regular race car. Cars were peeling out, spinning out and crashing into each other. When asked what their favorite part of the races were both Sam and Drew said, “The crashes, all the crashes.” All the excitement on the track kept our attention during each race as we cheered for our newly appointed favorite car.
Before the feature races, all the cars are parked on the track, and fans are invited on the track to meet the drivers and get autographs. This was a hit with everyone in the stands.
A child who is really interested in racing may enjoy visiting the pit, which opens at 4 p.m. before the races began. We parked in the infield and walked around the garage checking out all the cars up close.
Thursday Thunder makes the racing so accessible to all fans; fans can sit against the fence to feel the cars go by. We saw many little fans in race car pajamas waving checkered flags against the fencing.
Know Before You Go: To make the visit even more family and budget friendly, you can pack a cooler with food and drinks (no glass) to enjoy during the races. Consider bringing ear plugs. While they don’t eliminate all the noise, they do help muffle some of the sound. Be sure to pack sunscreen especially if you’re sitting near the fencing; however, there is shaded seating in the grandstands if you forget.