Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke
The winner’s circle did welcome a couple of newcomers as Dustin Ogletree won the Mini Stock main in his first visit to Senoia Raceway and Jody Knowles topped the B Cadet feature for a first time trip. Bubba Pollard returned to dirt racing this weekend and won the battle for the checkers in the Crate Late Model division while Tim Harmon notched the victory for the second straight week in the Bomber class.
‘Cat Daddy’ started his dominating performance by jumping out to the lead over fast qualifier and pole sitter Tod Darda of LaGrange in the Super Late Model show. Smith left the racing to the battle for second through fifth as Darda fought off the challenges of 20-year-old Whitesburg hot shoe Austin Horton. Horton wrestled away the second place position on lap 10.
The driver on the move was Senoia veteran Joe Armistead, Jr. He started a little further back in the pack after missing the set-up in single lap qualifying. Armistead was able to get his car rolling on the top side of the speedway moving to fifth past Douglasville’s Lamar Haygood before the halfway mark. He continued his climb up the leaderboard on lap 18 when he passed 15-year-old young gun Austin Winger and then Darda two laps later to snare third place. The last change for position came with only a couple of laps left as Winger slipped past Darda.
Smith won the race followed by Horton and Armistead. Winger was fourth ahead of Darda while Haygood, Cartersville’s Zach Leonhardi, Thomaston’s Laddie and Shane Fulcher and Sharpsburg’s ‘Flyin’ Brian Reese rounded out the top ten.
In the second go around for the Hobby Stock, Cornwell drew the outside pole grabbing the lead at the drop of the green. The current points leader did not waver leading the entire race and winning for the sixth time this season ahead of Hillman and Turner again. Whitesburg’s HB Duke came home fourth in the night cap while Carrollton’s Dustin Smith completed the first five finishers.
“The gumbo clay surface allows drivers to drive the track and race each other,” said promoter Mayes Massey. “The horsepower is equaled in a hurry and the track brings out the best in driving ability creating some of the best racing seen in this part of the country.”
Pollard won his third race of the season as he jumps back and forth between racing on the clay at Senoia and asphalt racing around the nation. Trey Wood ended up as the runner-up while Chase Edge finished third in his first race on the tricky racing surface. Herrington won the battle for fourth with Dodgen fifth.
A number of cautions kept the field from completing all fifteen laps as the race was halted at lap thirteen after yet another yellow flag. Knowles was declared the winner ahead of Arnett and Copeland. Stevenson was fourth ahead of Arnold. Dunn eneded up sixth ahead of Duncan.
An early caution in the Bomber feature involved the two front runners in the points race. McDonough’s Ted Willingham spun in front of the field after contact with Cochran’s Brian Jones. The spin collected the driver he was chasing in the point standings, Jim Jackson of Zebulon. Willingham was not able to continue while Jackson refired and gained a top five finish.
Senoia Raceway will honor American military members that lost their lives in past conflicts this upcoming weekend. The Red, White & Blue Military Tribute will include racing action in the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, B Cadets, Hobby Stock, Bombers and Mini Stock. The night will conclude with a huge fireworks display presented by Turkey Creek Snacks.
The pit gate will open 4pm while the grandstands open at 5pm. Hot laps will begin at 6:30pm with racing at 7pm. Grandstand tickets are $12; ages 5-12 are $5 with four & under admitted for free. Pit passes and trackside parking tickets are $25; ages 5-12 are $20 and four & under are admitted for free.
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Official results from Saturday, May 21, 2016
Super Late Models (Feature): 1-Clint Smith, Senoia 2-Austin Horton, Whitesburg 3-Joe Armistead, Jr., Senoia 4-Ashton Winger, Senoia 5-Tod Darda, LaGrange 6-Lamar Haygood, Douglasville 7-Zach Leonhardi, Cartersville 8-Laddie Fulcher, Thomaston 9-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 10-Brian Reese, Sharpsburg 11-Joey Armistead, Senoia 12-Mason Massey, Douglasville 13-Ricky Williams, Fayetteville 14-Steven Bloodworth, McIntyre 15-Chad Marchman, LaGrange Fast Qualifier: Darda (16.318/82.7 mph)
Limited Late Models (Feature): 1-Clint Smith, Senoia 2-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 3-Cory Hillman, Douglasville 4-Bailey Williams, Fayetteville 5-Jayce Southwell, Brooks 6-Brandon Bright, Newnan 7-Jamie Carr, LaGrange Fast Qualifier: Smith (16.483 seconds/81.9 mph)
Crate Late Models (Feature): 1-Bubba Pollard, Senoia 2-Trey Wood, Newnan 3-Chase Edge, Penton, AL 4-Will Herrington, Cochran 5-Cord Dodgen, Lafayette, AL 6-Dylan Knowles, Lanett, AL 7-Pearson Williams 8-Bobby Mills, Griffin 9-Marty Lunsford, Newnan 10-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg 11-Tim Dixon, Manchester 12-Richard Dale, Winston 13-Jamie Brown, Temple 14-Bailey Temples, McDonough 15-Mike Bruner, Dallas DNS: Dorough Bright, Newnan Fast Qualifier: Pollard (16.301/82.8 mph)
B Cadet (Feature): 1-Jody Knowles, Sharpsburg 2-Roger Arnett, Lanett, AL 3-Josh Copeland, McDonough 4-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove 5-Bobby Arnold, Newnan 6-Cory Dunn, Milledgeville 7-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 8-Monte Vaughn, Phenix City, AL 9-Caleb Gay, Dublin 10-Dustin Elliott, Pine Mountain 11-Cameron Hall 12-Brandon Pijnenburg, Five Points, AL 13-William Blair, Whitesburg 14-Wiley McDaniel, Macon 15-Scott Gaddy, Newnan 16-Benny Croy, McDonough DNS: Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan; Bubba Gorman, Phenix City, AL Heat Winners: Stevenson & Arnett
Hobby Stock (Feature #1): 1-Randy Cornwell, Warner-Robins 2-Joe Hillman, Villa Rica 3-Curtis Turner, Brooks 4-Chris Steele, Franklin 5-Ben Wells, Milner 6-HB Duke, Whitesburg 7-Gary Brand, Hogansville 8-Chad Foster, Griffin 9-Lee McElwaney, Newnan 10-Kevin Page, Lanett, AL 11-Dustin Smith, Carrollton
Hobby Stock (Feature #2): 1-Cornwell 2-Hillman 3-Turner 4-Duke 5-Smith 6-Page 7-Foster 8-McElwaney 9-Steele 10-Wells 11-Shannon Stephens, Newnan 12-Brand
Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Dustin Ogletree 2-Mike Younginer, Locust Grove 3-Grant Roberts, Good Hope 4-Dustin Bales 5-Harold Leath, Hampton 6-Jamie Nicholson, Jr., Locust Grove 7-Ronnie Teal, Lithia Springs 8-John Caldwell, Senoia 9-Denver Stepp, Powder Springs 10-Tommy Faulkner, Newnan 11-Rocky Johnson, Douglasville 12-Jamie Nicholson, Sr., Locust Grove 13-Cassie Dingler-Stll, Newnan
Bomber (Feature): 1-Tim Harmon, Conyers 2-Michael Couch, Senoia 3-James Swanger, Whitesburg 4-Brandon McDaniel, Macon 5-Jim Jackson, Zebulon 6-George Purgason, Hogansville 7-Brent Harmon, Mansfield 8-Brian Jones, Cochran 9-Scott Amoson, Newnan 10-Blake Harmon, Mansfield 11-Ted Willingham, McDonough