Jensen Jorgensen wants to keep his No. 1 ranking, despite his step up in competition. (Special Photo)

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Jensen Jorgensen, two other area racers get checkered flags at Winter Flurry

Jensen Jorgensen wants to keep his No. 1 ranking, despite his step up in competition. (Special Photo)

Jensen Jorgensen wants to keep his No. 1 ranking, despite his step up in competition. (Special Photo)

HAMPTON, Ga. — Jensen Jorgensen was a part of a trio of Southern Crescent area amateur racers who grabbed checkered flags Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Winter Flurry.

Jorgensen of Stockbridge (Semi-Pro Division), Joshua Hicks of Senoia (Outlaws Division) and Locust Grove’s William Plemmons (Masters Division) all notched wins during in the next-to-last race of the six-week amateur racing series on the Speedway’s quarter-mile “Thunder Ring.”

The win was Jorgensen’s first of the season in a Semi-Pro feature race, and he had to hold off an aggressive charge early from Zach Leonhardi, and then late from Dacula’s Amber Fleeman in order to claim first place.

Jorgensen said the win was refreshing, considering his tough ending last week.

“It was a very tough race with Zach Leonhardi,” Jorgensen said. “I started third and finally got by him a little past half way. With three laps to go, he got back by me on a restart and I passed him right back and took the checkered flag. It was a huge win for me, being my first win and coming back after flipping my car, last race.”

Jorgensen, along with his sister Taylor, has had ample success on the quarter-mile track, both in past Winter Flurries and also during the 10-week Thursday Thunder summer racing series.

The two-time bandolero national champion said he’s pleased with the way he’s been able to make the jump to racing legends cars.

“My transition to legend car racing went way faster than my family and I expected,” he said. “I was up to speed, got my first pole and was racing with the leaders in my third race in the new car.”

The transition was smooth that Jorgensen isn’t shying away from championship talk, even in his first year against new competition.

“My goal for this last race is to hopefully get another win,” he said. “I’m going to let the points play out like they do and hopefully I can get the championship. But my main goal is to get another win for the national points.”

Saturday April 4 will mark the last week of the Winter Flurry.

Here’s the full list of finishers from Saturday’s action:

BEGINNER BANDOLERO:
1. Noah Dominy (Statham); 2. Cameron Potter (Covington); 3. Ryan Younginer (Jonesboro); 4. Morgan McConnel (Dallas); 5. Allan Rider (Hiram)


BANDITS:
1. Lawson Ingold (Social Circle); 2. Blaise Maddox (Locust Grove); 3. Nathan Jackson (McDonough); 4. Clay Thompson (Powersville)


OUTLAWS:
1. Joshua Hicks (Senoia); 2. Austn Greer (Johns Creek); 3. Connor Younginer (Stockbridge); 4. Hayden Swank (Woodstock), 5. Ricky Springer (McDonough); 6. Lexi Gay (Canton); 7. Gauntt Hudgins (Savannah); 8. Trey Tadrzak (Stockbridge)


SEMI-PRO:
1. Jenson Jorgensen (Stockbridge); 2. Amber Fleeman (Dacula); 3. Dylan Murry (Cumming); 4. Brandon Brock (Hampton); 5. Bailey Woodall (McDonough); 6. Jeff Holden (Gainesville); 7. Aaron Bailey; 8. Sebastian Aras (Bogota, Colombia); 9. Miranda Meredith (Locust Grove); 10 Colt Logan (Athens); 11. Zach Leonhardi (Cartersville)


MASTERS:
1. William Plemmons (Locust Grove); 2. Scott Mosely (McDonough); 3. Tom Maness (Duluth); 4. Mark Swan (Dunwoody); 5. Bill Plemons Jr. (Locust Grove); 6. Robbie Woodall (McDonough); 7. Mike Kennedy (Alpharetta); 8. Martin Snyder (Kennesaw); 9. Dennis Hecht (Hoschton); 10. Randy Snyder

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