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Jensen Jorgensen set up an interesting season finale to Thursday Thunder next week.

HAMPTON — The season finale for Thursday Thunder is primed to have a showdown for the premier division championship after Thursday night’s Round 9 action.

For the second night in a row, Jensen Jorgensen found victory lane in the VP Racing Fuels Pro Division feature, outrunning division leader Joshua Hicks from the pole position to take his third victory of the season. Jorgensen’s victories this week have allowed him to narrow the gap between himself and Hicks to just three points with one race remaining.

“That’s as much as you can ask for, especially with some of the races that didn’t shake out the way I wanted them to this year,” Jorgensen said in victory lane. “We’re here at the end just three points back and I know what I need to do next week and that’s what I’m gonna do.”

While Jorgensen took the victory, Hicks was running just a fraction of a second behind after the 25-lap run to the finish. After Thursday’s runner-up effort, the Senoia driver predicted he and Jorgensen would run close together again on championship night.

“We’re running almost identical right now; he seems to get a jump on the initial start and then we balance out after that,” Hicks said. “I’m very thankful to have the opportunity — I’m just trying to make the most of it and see if we can pull it off.”

“It’s going to be intense,” Jorgensen added regarding the July 18 finale. “We made huge gains going into this week and the car is finally handling the way I want it, so I’m going into next week with confidence.”

The championship picture in the CMS Group Environmental Services Semi-Pro division also narrowed Thursday night as Nick Woodall took his fourth victory of the season. With points leader DJ Canipe finishing fourth, the win brings Woodall to within 10 points of Canipe for the title next week.

“I just gotta try my hardest to get another win next week and make up 10 more points,” Woodall said. “I have a good crew chief and a good car so hopefully we can get it done.”

In the Racing Radios Bandits division feature Lucas Vera drove away from some scrappy racing behind him to grab his fourth victory of the season. Division point leader Carson Ruark finished third while his closest challenger for the title Garrett Gumm finished fifth. Carson’s brother Lucas Ruark won The Associates Group Young Lions feature, extending his healthy championship advantage over Ashton Whitener, who finished third.

In the Wallace Electric Masters division feature Doug Stevens started second but powered his way around Bill Plemons Jr. with 7 laps to go to grab his first victory of the 2019 Thursday Thunder season. Plemons, who has seven victories this season, is in control of the championship heading into the finale.

One day after battling for a victory only to get caught up in a last-lap incident, Parker Eatmon rebounded Thursday night to take the checkered flag in the Racing Radios Outlaws division feature.

“I just had to hit my marks, not overdrive the corner or mirror drive and focus on getting it done,” Eatmon said after the victory. He sits second in the division standings, but leader Carson Ramsay carries a comfortable 30 point advantage into the final race.

The Racing Radios Rookie Bandolero feature produced a first-time Thursday Thunder winner as 9-year-old Baylor O’Neil piloted his No. 99 to victory from the fifth starting position. The Chargers feature also ended with a new winner; Graham Campbell took his first checkered flag in just his third start in a Legends car.

Full results from July 11 Thursday Thunder presented by Papa John’s racing:

The Associates Group Young Lions

1. Lucas Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

2. Jake Bollman (Huntington Beach, CA)

3. Ashton Whitener (Monticello, GA)

4. Austin MacDonald (Pictou, NS)

5. Timothy Watson (Panama City, FL)

6. Kenneth Henderson (Alto, GA)

7. Nathan Jackson (McDonough, GA)

8. Tony Yawn III (Roanoke, AL)

9. Justin Campbell (Griffin, GA)

10. Cole Cash (Bethlahem, GA)

11. Hunter Burns (Thomaston, GA)

12. Christina Pedano (Southlake, TX)

13. Keaton Hendrix (Homerville, GA)

14. Paul Owens (Quakertown, PA)

DNS. Zack Miracle (Indian Trail, NC)

CMS Group Environmental Services Semi-Pro

1. Nick Woodall (Canton, GA)

2. Audrie Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

3. Blaze Crawford (Fayetteville, GA)

4. DJ Canipe (Fallston, NC)

5. Garrett Lowe (Gastonia, NC)

6. Camden Prouty (Spanish Fort, AL)

7. Ricky Springer (McDonough, GA)

8. Brandon Brock (Hampton, GA)

9. Max Brady (Marietta, GA)

10. Kenny Brady (Marietta, GA)

11. Jonathan Taylor (Atlanta, GA)

12. Parker Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)

13. Ian Hampton (Stockbridge, GA)

14. Trey Tadrzak (Stockbridge, GA)

15. Zac Bacon (Buchanan, GA)

16. Pierce Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)

17. Hayden Swank (Woodstock, GA)

DNS. Jason Alder (Cooksville, MD)

VP Racing Fuels Pro

1. Jensen Jorgensen (Stockbridge, GA)

2. Joshua Hicks (Senoia, GA)

3. Cody Hall (Griffin, GA)

4. Hudson Halder (Forsyth, GA)

5. Cale Hall (Griffin, GA)

6. Harrison Halder (Cumming, GA)

7. Taylor Jorgensen (Stockbridge, GA)

8. Gage Roberts (Milledgeville, GA)

9. William Plemons III (Acworth, GA)

10. Max Hennebaul (Monroe, GA)

11. Tony Yawn (Roanoke, AL)

12. Gauntt Hudgins (Savannah, GA)

Wallace Electric Masters

1. Doug Stevens (Griffin, GA)

2. Bill Plemons Jr (Locust Grove, GA)

3. Tony Armbruster (Covington, GA)

4. Mark Swan (Athens, GA)

5. Phillip Young (Dallas, GA)

6. Wade Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)

7. Randy Shubert (Stone Mountain, GA)

8. Aaron Croslyn (Woodstock, GA)

9. James Meredith (Locust Grove, GA)

10. Dennis Hecht (Hoschton, GA)

11. Robert Anderson (Covington, GA)

12. Kevin Vaughn (Grovetown, GA)

13. Ed Clark (Peachtree City, GA)

Racing Radios Bandits

1. Lucas Vera (Charlotte, NC)

2. Layton Harrison (Dinwiddie, VA)

3. Carson Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

4. Alex Meggs (Riegelwood, NC)

5. Garrett Gumm (Brooks, GA)

6. Bryson Matthews (Dallas, GA)

7. Aiden Garcia ()

8. Cody King (Clear Lake, IA)

9. Kyle Bacon (Buchanan, GA)

10. Gianni Esposito (Dacula, GA)

11. Lee Brown (Acworth, GA)

Racing Radios Rookie Bandoleros

1. Baylor O’Neil (Grantville, GA)

2. Gavin Reece (Conyers, GA)

3. Bailey Buchanan (Senoia, GA)

4. Kerbi Mueller (Locust Grove, GA)

5. Briana Freeman (Bremen, GA)

6. Jackson Reynolds (Marietta, GA)

7. Jonathan Pedano (Southlake, TX)

8. Kayli Kade (Hampton, GA)

9. Lane Mueller (Locust Grove, GA)

10. Mitchell Flater (Conyers, GA)

11. Nicholas Denton (Pascagoula, MS)

Racing Radios Outlaws

1. Parker Eatmon (Wilson, NC)

2. Mason Maggio (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

3. Carson Ramsey (Charlotte, NC)

4. Trevor Wester (Canton, NC)

5. Whitney Meggs (Riegelwood, NC)

6. Sean McElearney (Babylon, NY)

7. Kelley Puckett (McDonough, GA)

8. Fran Pedano (South Lake, TX)

9. Kenny Brady (Marietta, GA)

10. Shelby Ruark (Suwanee, GA)

11. Garin Mash (Charlotte, NC)

12. Sarah Sullivan (Gulf Shores, AL)

13. Cameron Murray (Fuquay Varina, NC)

14. Bailey North (Hampton, GA)

15. Ryan Younginer (Locust Grove, GA)

16. Clay Hocutt (Mobile, AL)

Chargers

1. Graham Campbell (Braselton, GA)

2. Blake Sasser (Monroe, NC)

3. Trent Barfield (Hamilton, GA)

4. Matthew Kade (Hampton, GA)

5. Amanda Woodall (Canton, GA)

6. Jason Ferguson (Concord, GA)

7. Wilder Etheredge (Atlanta, GA)

8. Lisa Scott (Dallas, GA)

The AMS Legends and Bandoleros Racers conclude the 2019 season of Thursday Thunder next week on Thursday, July 18.

Sports Editor

Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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