Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo Credits: Francis Hauke
(November 13, 2016 - Senoia, GA) Shane Clanton from Zebulon ran flag to flag Saturday night to claim the $10,000 top prize at the inaugural running of the ‘Showdown at Senoia’ year end auto racing extravaganza at the 3/8ths mile bull ring in Senoia. Clanton jumped in front of polesitter Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and then held off a late race scare provided by Winston’s Michael Page.
“It’s always good to win. It’s even better to win close to home,” said Clanton afterwards on the front stretch.
The 2015 Craftsman Tools World of Outlaws Late Model Tour champion, Shane Clanton, used the high side of the slick racing gumbo clay to sneak past Owens. Then he slowly made his way back to the bottom increasing his lead through the middle part of the 60-lap main event.
Michael Page emerged as his strongest contender near the halfway mark and then began to pressure Clanton as the two began to work lapped traffic. Clanton went low on the slower traffic entering turn three on lap 52 which allowed Page to sneak past on the highside. But, that tease at the lead was short lived as Clanton charged past the lapped car while Page had to slow slightly giving Clanton the lead back. That close call was enough for Clanton to turn it up a notch and he pulled away through the final few laps to claim the victory.
Michael Page settled for second place ahead of Evans’ Brandon Overton in third. Kansas hot shoe Chase Junghans was fourth followed by polesitter Jimmy Owens. Short track dirt racing ace Scott Bloomquist finished in sixth place while Mississippi’s David Breazeale was seventh. Acworth’s TJ Reaid was eighth, Tennessee’s Riley Hickman ninth and the race’s hard-charger was Cartersville teenager Zach Leonhardi rounding out the first ten. Leonhardi started eighteenth after making the field with a win in the second consolation race.