Vega Thunder Road Nationals Narrative
October 8, 2013
Vega Thunder Road Nationals at Atlanta Motorsports Park Race report
The 1st racing season at Atlanta Motorsports Park finished with a bang this past weekend with the $12,000
Vega Thunder Road Nationals.
Competitors were greeted with a much appreciated new asphalt paved road to the track. Friday morning
everyone was anxious to hit the track. The promise of plenty of track time was delivered on Friday with 7
rounds of practice for all classes. Those new to AMP gave rave reviews of the track calling it a ‘roller coaster
thrill ride’ like no other. The AMP veterans were complimentary of the newly installed asphalt runoff areas
on three of AMP’s challenging corners.
After another two rounds of practice Saturday morning it was time for qualifying. The track was fast and
new track records were set in each of the classes. Alabama’s Ryan Detlor was the fast qualifier in Yamaha
Sportsman, Florida’s Colin Warren in TaG Sr. and Georgia’s own Henry Brass in TaG Jr. Now it was time for
some racing. Two 12 lap heat races set the field for the 25 lap main events.
Also on Saturday Jack O’Brien and Brayden Huguenard waged a fierce ‘exhibition’ for the fans in their kid
karts. Both of these competitors will continue their battle next year when they move up to the Cadet karts.
CADET / YAMAHA SPORTSMAN
The twenty lap race for the Cadet/Yamaha Sportsman class kicked off the main events for the Vega Thunder
Road Nationals. Ryan Detlor and Florida’s James Marsh brought the field to the green flag. These two
competitors quickly distanced themselves from the field laying down some very fast laps. Alabama’s
George Wright battled Enzo Espinosa for the last podium spot and brothers Brayden and Austin Huguenard
fought for 5th place. At the checkered flag it was Detlor who collected the first place trophy and the $500
check for his hard work.Marsh kept him honest in 2nd with Wright beating out Espinosa and Brayden
Huguenard for the 3rd – 5th place money and rewards. The double point’s victory vaulted Detlor to 1st place
from 3rd in the season point’s championship with Willis Woerheide falling to 2nd after an engine failure in
Sunday’s main event. Austin Huguenard fell to 3rd and Espinosa maintained 4th in the final standings.
Henry Brass had a perfect run coming into the TaG Jr. main event adding two heat wins to his P1 in
qualifying, but Florida’s Mason Carroll got the jump on Brass into turn one. The two battled nose to
tail for 25 ferocious laps with Brass pulling alongside Carroll several times, but unable to pull off the
pass. In the end Carroll beat Brass to the finish line by .179 seconds and took home the $1,500 prize,
despite Brass setting fast time of 51.039 seconds around the .85 mile challenging track. Behind Carroll
and Brass, Michael Bilyy, Willis Woerheide, Hunter Hazelwood and Damon Steele fought for 3rd -6th
place. On lap 6 Bilyy retired with a broken chain and Woerheide took command of 3rd place.
Hazelwood beat out Steele for 4th. Steele’s 5th place points were just enough to secure the season
point’s championship with Woerheide jumping to 2nd, Brass to 3rd and Bilyy’s misfortunes causing
him to fall to 4th place.
Florida’s AJ Myers and Georgia’s Matt Tilden led the field to the green flag for the TaG Sr. main event.
Back in the 3rd row were fast qualifiers Colin Warren and Jacob Duvall after each had their problems
in the heat races. Myers jumped into the lead, but it did not take long for Duvall to work his way thru
the field and track down and pass Myers for the lead. Behind Duvall and Myers, Tilden, Warren and
season point’s leader Joseph Buffa had a fierce battle for 3rd – 5th place. After 25 hard fought laps it
was Duvall with the $5,000 victory by .873 seconds over Myers. Warren prevailed in 3rd and set fast
time along the way, with Tilden 4th and Buffa 5th.
Buffa’s finish enabled him to maintain his point’s lead and win the inaugural AMP season points
championship. Alex Sala’s and Danny Kay’s 6th and 7th place finish in the TaG Sr. main event were
enough to keep them in 2nd and 3rd in the season points battle. Jose Garcia’s 8th place finish allowed
him to jump up to 4th place in the final points standing and Justin Garrison’s 9th place main event
finish enabled him to finish in 5th place.
Thanks to our sponsors, Vega Tires, TS Racing, Target Distributing, National Kart News and Kart
Warehouse all competitors went home with some great contingency awards in addition to the cash
distributed to the top five finishers in each class.
This concludes the inaugural racing season at Atlanta Motorsports Park. We thank AMP for building
such an incredible facility for all of us to play on. Stay tuned for announcements concerning the 2014
racing series.Complete results and pictures from the Vega Thunder Road Nationals along with the
final season point’s standings can be found on the TS Racing Atlanta website: