Submitted by Ted Austad
(March 2, 2016 -
) Senoia Raceway will
crank up it's stock car racing season this Saturday, March 5th with
action scheduled for Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models,
B Cadets, Hobby Stock, Bomber and Mini Stock. The 3/8ths mile 'bull
ring' hosted an open practice this past weekend debuting the new odd colored
gray gumbo clay that was placed on the surface two weeks ago. Senoia,
"It is fast and tricky," said track promoter Mayes Massey. "It was fun to watch the drivers try to find their fast groove last weekend. They were racing on the top side, bottom side and a few were side sliding through the middle to make passes."
The second year team of Mayes Massey, Bill Massey and Doug Stevens completed the extensive research on available clay in
Georgia by trucking in the gray colored clay
from southern Georgia. The
reduced level of sand and mica provides a high content of clay which should
create a more racey surface for the drivers and less dust for the fans. If Saturday night's
practice was any indication, drivers and fans are in for a treat this season at
Defending Super Late Model champion, Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith tested last Saturday night and is expecting the competition to be better than ever with the new surface of clay.
“It was fast and we could run the car anywhere on the track,” said the four-time Southern All-Stars Tour champion through social media. “It should create some very good racing.”
Smith was challenged for most of the 2015 season by fellow Senoia racer Joe Armistead, Jr. Both of the drivers are second generation competitors that relished in the opportunity to race weekly in front of their hometown fans. Senoia Raceway added the Super Late Model to the program last season when the Masseys and Stevens overtook control of the Saturday night speed plant. The Super Late Models will again headline the weekly racing program.
“We are excited to get the new season rolling,” said Mayes Massey. “We have worked hard this off-season to make for better racing and a better experience for our fans. That includes a new scoreboard that will be in place by the end of the month.”
Saturday night's season opening program begins with the pits opening at 3pm. Grandstand gates open at 5pm with hot laps set for 6pm. Racing will begin at 7pm. Pit passes are $25; 5-12 are $12; Four & under are free. Grandstand tickets are $12; 5-12 are $5; Four & under are free.
Senoia Raceway is located just five miles west of
on Georgia Highway 16. Easy access from both Interstate 75 and
Interstate 85. Senoia, GA