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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Recap of racing at EAMS Saturday, 8/12/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

EAMS Late Models (25 Laps):
1 - #55 Montana Dudley started 4th, took 3rd on lap 4, 2nd on lap 5, and then had a classic battle with #1D Dalton Cook for the lead for the next 10 laps until taking the lead off turn 2 on a restart on lap 17.  He was challenged on the bottom by #5 Thomas Lewis, but moved down to cover the spot and them pulled away for his 2nd win in 2 weeks.
2 - #1D Dalton D. Cook started on pole with a 15.41 and appeared to be the driver to beat until a minor slip on a restart allowed the relentless Dudley to take advantage and get the lead.  He fell back to P4 before rallying back to 2nd on lap 23.
3 - #14 Josh Taylor started 8th and made the biggest move up of the night, not breaking into the top 5 until lap 19, P4 on lap 21, and P3 on lap 23.
4 - #5 Thomas Lewis started 3rd, was up and down from 2nd to 5th, before finally settling into P4 at the end.
5 - #7 Tyler Thomason started 5th, dropped back to 7th at one point before moving all the way up to 2nd on laps 19 & 20 and then spinning on lap 21 - did a great job getting back into the top 5.

602 Late Model Sportsman (20 Laps):
1 - #00 Richie Stephens started outside pole after winning his heat race from the rear, lead lap 1 as well as 2 through 20 - his 7th win in 8 races he has entered at EAMS this season.
2 - #8G Bubba Gorman started 4th, moved to P3 on lap 1, and P2 on lap 3 - was unable to challenge the Rocket Man for the win, however.
3 - #90 Josh Weathers started 11th, moved into the top 5 on lap 11, P4 on lap 13, and 3rd on lap 14 - tremendous run through the pack.
4 - #50 Steven Gaines started 5th, spun on lap 2 and took all the way to lap 16 to get back into the top 5, taking 4th on lap 17.
5 - #6 Donovan Singer started 9th, charged immediately into the top 5 running 4th most of the race before dropping to 5th on lap 17.

Hobby (15 Laps):
1 - #23 Kyle Conyers in only his 2nd run at EAMS this season started 4th, took 3rd on lap 1, 2nd on lap 2, and 1st on lap 5 when #6 Marty Beckwith spun out of the lead.
2 - #17 Lynn Robbins started 3rd, dropped to 4th, back to 3rd on lap 4, 2nd on lap 5 and then just held his own, not quite able to mount a challenge for the lead.
3 - #98 Travis Timms started on pole, dropped to 2nd on the 1st lap, 3rd on lap 2, 4th on lap 4, then settle into P3 on lap 5.
4 - #30 Tim Bosley started 5th, ran between 4th and 6th all race moving up to P4 on the last lap when #294 John Michael spun.
5 - #99 Chance Renfroe started 9th and struggled all night with the handle before slipping into P5 on the last lap.

Modifieds (12 Laps):
1 - #10 Jeff Culpepper lead every lap.
2 - #25 Herbie Donath ran 2nd every lap.
3 - #17 Brian Robinson ran 3rd every lap.
4 - #38 Chris Singleton
5 - #21 Bryan Westbrook

Road Warrior (12 Laps):
1 - #2 Jarrod Harrison started 2nd and lead every lap for his 2nd win of the year.
2 - #1 Rickey Harrelson started 3rd, pitted to replace a flat on lap 2 after contact with #101 Brooks Shelley, took 2nd back when Shelley spun on lap 9.
3 - #101 Brooks Shelley started on pole and spun on laps 9 and 11, too loose off turn 2.

Hot Shots (12 Laps):
1 - #11 Clint Thornton started 3rd and ran 3rd in a tight battle with #05 Fred Woodrum and #93 John Catrett before taking 2nd on lap 6 and then the lead on lap collect his 2nd win in the last 3 races.
2 - #93 John Catrett started pole, lost the lead to Woodrum on lap 1, retook the lead on lap 5, but then lost it to Thornton on lap 9.
3 - #05 Fred Woodrum started 2nd, took the lead on lap 1, dropped to 2nd on lap 5, and P3 on lap 6.  Thornton, Catrett, and Woodrum put on a fantastic battle for the lead every lap.
4 - #22 Taylor McElhannon started 9th and made a great move through the pack taking P5 on lap 2 and P4 on lap 3 where he remained for the rest of the race.
5 - #21 Christopher Bosley started 6th and turned in a solid performance earning his 4th top 5 of the season.

This was not a great night for our points leaders, though they all still maintained comfortable points leads.
#K9 Dana Eiland finished 10th in the EAMS Late Model Feature.
#8G Bubba Gorman finished 2nd in the 602 LM Sportsman Feature.
#294 John Michael finished 7th in the Hobby Feature.
#1 Rickey Harrelson finished 2nd in the Road Warrior Feature.
#J38 Jayce Swint finished 15th in the Hot Shots Feature.

No racing at EAMS next weekend (8/19/2017).

Next event is Monster Truck Madness on Friday and Saturday, 8/25 & 26/2017.

New Faces Visit Senoia Raceway Victory Lane

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

Booger Brooks

(Senoia, GA – August 13, 2017)  Senoia Raceway hosts some of the fiercest competition in the region and many have said it is not the easiest place to win.  On Saturday night, three drivers found their way to winner’s circle for the first time including Chickamauga’s Booger Brooks who won despite it being his first time ever to compete on the unique gumbo clay surface.  Brooks was joined in victory lane by Newnan’s Scott Amoson and Decatur’s Tony Newman as the pair also won for the first time in the Bomber and Hot Shot divisions respectively.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Recap of racing at EAMS on Saturday, 8/5/2017 (Videos included.)

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

USCS Sprint Cars - 27 Laps:
1 - #14 Jordon Mallett
2 - #10m Morgan Turpen
3 - #29 Kyle Amerson
4 - #07 Brandon Taylor
5 - #43 Terry Witherspoon

UCRA 602 LM Sportsman - 20 Laps:
1 - #111 Jackson Thomason started 2nd, took the lead on lap 1, dropped to 2nd on lap 2, retook the lead on lap 13 when the leader blew a tire and held off subsequent challenges to pick up his 2nd win of the season.
2 - #00 Richie Stephens started 3rd, took the lead on lap 2, was pulling away when he had a flat on the 14th lap, restarted in the rear and came back through the pack to finish a close 2nd.
3 - #22 Keith McGuire started 7th, moved to the top 5 after 12 laps, 3rd on lap 13, 2nd on lap 14 and actually challenged Thomason for the lead until passed by Stephens with 2 to go.
4 - #17 Jason Price started 8th and ran a solid race moving into the top 5 on lap 13.
5 - #7 Roger Arnett started 10th and moved steadily up through the pack taking 5th on lap 13.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hall of Famer Ricky Williams Snags Senoia Raceway Victory

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

Ricky Williams

(Senoia, GA – July 30, 2017)   One of the winningest drivers in the history of short track racing in the state of Georgia, Ricky Williams of Fayetteville, busted the drought at his hometrack Senoia Raceway as he led flag to flag winning the Super Late Model feature Saturday night.  The 2016 Georgia Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee started racing over 41 years ago and has many wins at the tough 3/8ths mile oval, but had been shut out since his return three years ago.  Williams out ran two-time defending Super Late Model points champion Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith for the top honors.

Other winners included Hamilton’s Thomas Lewis in the Limited Late Models, Alabama’s ‘Thrillin’ Dylan Knowles in the Crate Late Models and Bobby ‘Wild Child’ Arnold  of Newnan in the Late Model Sportsman.  Ted Willingham of McDonough won again in the Hobby while Peachtree City’s Randy Cornwell won his first in the Bomber division and Alabama’s Dean Williams topped the Hot Shots for the sixth time this year.  Aburn’s JJ Garrett was the visiting Kajun Mini Stock Association victor.

Williams qualified on the pole for Saturday’s main event in the Super Late Models and held off fellow Fayetteville driver Glenn Morris to nab the race’s lead at the drop of the green.  The hall of famer distanced himself over the field of challengers until a late race caution bunched the field for a restart.  Ricky Williams was not going to be denied on this night as the short track racing ace held off all the aggression by Clint Smith to claim the win and snap his winless streak.  Columbus’ Dalton Cook ran a strong third ahead of Morris and Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher.

In the Limited Late Model feature, Thomas Lewis pressured LaGrange’s Tod Darda throughout the final dozen laps before sneaking underneath him out of turn four coming to the white flag.  Lewis wrestled the lead away for good in the next two turns before claiming his second win of the season at Senoia Raceway.  Darda would run second ahead of point’s leader ‘Magic’ Matt Dooley of Brooks, LaGrange’s Dennis Hale and Hamilton’s Brand Lewis, brother of the winner.

A fierce battle for the win entertained the fans in the Crate Late Model race.  Dylan Knowles fought off every challenge from Douglasville’s ‘Racin’ Mason Massey to win his first of the season.  Knowles has won fifteen times the past two seasons, but had not been to the winner’s circle this year.  Massey would finish as the runner-up for the second straight race while Sharpsburg’s Wayne Harbin would complete the podium finishers in third place.  Tyrone’s Phillip Deal ran fourth just ahead of Alabama’s TJ Brittain in fifth.

A caution-filled Late Model Sportsman race ended with a red flag checkered flag finish after a 14-car pile up after a late race restart stopped the race.  Bobby Arnold stayed out front of all the carnage to claim his third win of the season.  McDonough’s Ted Minnix was strong with his best finish of the year in second.  LaGrange young gun Jake Traylor was third.

A four wide battle for position coming off of turn four is what started the big pile-up that ended the race.  Cochran’s Wesley Robertson, Brooks Curtis Turner, ‘The General’ Jack Mills and Keith Fields of Griffin ran four abreast with nobody coming out unscathed.  Robertson bounced off the interior wall collecting Mills and Turner who then shot up the track collecting nearly everyone behind them.

“There were a lot of busted up race cars,” said promoter Mayes Massey.  “But, nobody was injured.  Just a lot of work this week for the drivers and their teams.”

Randy Cornwell took advantage of the late race misfortune of Newnan’s Dorough Bright after he had to head to the pit area with a flat tire.  Cornwell held off 14-year-old McKenna Nelms of Newnan for his first win of the year.  Jackson’s Wilson Boozer was third ahead of division point’s leader Charlie Garrett of West Point and Whitesburg’s Derrick Matthews.

Garrett, Matthews and Bright are in a tight battle for the season point’s crown in the Bombers.  Garrett now leads Matthews by twenty-one with Bright now one point behind Matthews in third.  The Bombers next points race is Saturday, August 12th.

JJ Garrett won his second KMSA visit to Senoia Raceway in two years as he outclassed drivers from across the southeast.  Garrett held off a strong run by Dan Bennett before the Loganville driver lost ground on a restart near the end of the race.  Garrett won the $1000 to win tilt ahead of Alabama hot shoes Brannon Knight, Bo Minor and Robert Knight while Tennessee’s Dustin Hallbrooks was fifth.  Bennett ended up in sixth position.

This Saturday, August 5th, Senoia Raceway welcomes back the Monster Trucks for Monster Truck Mania 2017 and the first ever ‘Tournament of Destruction’.  Seven-time World Finalist Gunslinger will return and headline a full night of Monster Truck car crushing action.  The destruction show will also include an Outhouse Race; Backward’s Race; Dukes of Hazzard Jump Contest; County Fair type Demolition Derby and the Kids Power Wheels Demo Derby.  The pit gates open at 4pm with the grandstand gates opening at 5pm.  The Monster Truck pit party and autograph session is at 6pm with the program beginning at 7pm.

Grandstand tickets for Monster Truck Mania & the Tournament of Destruction are $20; kids 5-12 are $10; four and under are free.  Pit passes and trackside parking passes are $30; kids 5-12 are $20; four and under are free.

There is no additional fee for the Kids Power Wheels Demo Derby.  Any child eight years of age or younger is eligible to compete with any battery-powered, plastic vehicle with four wheels.  Participants are recommended to wear some kind of protective head gear.  Vehicles should be brought into the grandstand area and placed in the competition holding area.

Senoia Raceway is located just five miles west of Senoia, GA, on Georgia Highway 16.  Easy access from both Interstate 75 and 85.

For additional information, visit the track website at or call the speedway at 770.599.6161.

Official Results for Saturday, July 29, 2017

Super Late Models (Feature):  1-Ricky Williams, Fayetteville  2-Clint Smith, Senoia  3-Dalton Cook, Columbus  4-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville  5-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston  6-Trey Wood, Newnan  7-Craig Scott, Newnan  8-Rob Mayea, Bend, OR  9-Lamar Haygood, Douglasville  10-PL Williams, Dublin  11-Chad Wallace, LaGrange  12-Kyler Haygood, Douglasville  13-Corey Payton, Newnan  DNS: Josh Cox  Fast Qualifier: Williams (15.838 – 85.3 mph)

Thomas Lewis

Limited Late Models:  1-Thomas Lewis, Hamilton  2-Tod Darda, LaGrange  3-Matt Dooley, Brooks  4-Dennis Hale, LaGrange  5-Brand Lewis, Hamilton  6-Kenneth Pendley, Acworth  7-Jason Williams, Locust Grove  8-Joey Armistead, Senoia  9-Marc Gooden, Lafayette, AL  10-Dakota Weeks, Douglasville  11-Bailey Williams, Fayetteville  12-Tyler Thomason, Phenix City, AL  DNS: Matt Wilson, Mansfield; Dana Eiland, Salem, AL  Fast Qualifier: Dooley (16.132 – 83.6 mph)

Dylan Knowles

Crate Late Models:  1-Dylan Knowles, Lanett, AL  2-Mason Massey, Douglasville  3-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg  4-Phillip Deal, Tyrone  5-TJ Brittain, Centre, AL  6-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey  7-Colby Darda, LaGrange  8-Josh Copeland, McDonough  9-Tina Johnson, Senoia  10-Matthew Wyatt, Eastonolee  11-Jamie Maurice, McDonough  12-Chris Justus, McDonough  13-Mike Abercrombie, Jackson  14-Chase Baker, LaGrange  Fast Qualifier: Knowles  (16.178 – 83.4 mph)

Bobby Arnold

Late Model Sportsman:  1-Bobby Arnold, Newnan  2-Ted Minnix, McDonough  3-Jake Traylor, LaGrange  4-Brandon Pijnenburg, Five Points, AL  5-Wesley Robertson, Hawkinsville  6-Jack Mills, Griffin  7-Curtis Turner, Brooks  8-Keith Fields, Griffin  9-Chris Steele, Franklin  10-Ronnie McCullough, Franklin  11-Lee Fuller, Newnan  12-John Cox  13-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan  14-Richard Dale, Winston  15-Tyler Seabolt, Hawkinsville  16-Buck Williams, Stockbridge  17-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove  18-Jeff Robinson, McDonough  19-Jamie Simmons, Tyrone  20-Trent Pijnenburb, Five Points, AL  21-Logan Carlyle, Bethlehem  Fast Qualifier: Arnold (15.549 – 86.9 mph)

Ted Willingham

Hobby Stock (Feature):  1-Ted Willingham, McDonough  2-JR Hardy, Covington  3-Joe Hillman, Villa Rica  4-Justin Sapp, Cochran  5-Herbie Donath, Phenix City, AL  6-Brandon Jones, Newnan  7-Larry Bednar, Locust Grove  8-Danny Earl Warren, Chester  Fast Qualifier: Hillman (17.263 – 78.2 mph)

KMSA (Feature):  1-JJ Garett, Auburn  2-Brannon Knight, Sand Rock, AL  3-Bo Minor, Ralph, AL  4-Robert Knight, Cedar Bluff, AL  5-Dustin Hallbrooks, Christiana, TN  6-Dan Bennett, Loganville  7-Jeremy Griffith, Attala, AL  8-David Singleton, Lenoir City, TN  9-Shane Griffith, Attalla, AL  10-Bo Chambers, Griffin  11-Shannon Etheridge, Carnesville  12-PJ Taylor  13-Mark Newton, Hampton  14-Parris Simmons, Baldwin  15-Austin Brumbelow, Winder  16-Tony Coffman, Florence, MS  17-Todd Brewster, Villa Rica  18-Brent Couch, Auburn  19-Heath Minor, Ralph, AL  DNS: Jamie Rowan, Altoona, AL; Heath Bewster, Villa Rica  Fast Qualifier: Etheridge (17.720 – 76.2 mph)  Heat Race Winners: Bo Minor; Garrett; Etheridge

Randy Cornwell

Bomber Bash (Feature): 1-Randy Cornwell, Peachtree City  2-McKenna Nelms, Newnan  3-Wilson Boozer, Jackson  4-Charlie Garrett, West Point  5-Derrick Matthews, Whitesburg  6-Shannon Stephens, Newnan  7-Pappy Powell, Hogansville  8-Ricky Neill, Whitesburg  9-Abe Chase, Valley, AL  10-Dorough Bright, Newnan  11-Scott Amoson, Newnan  12-John Holder, Milner  13-Larry Pierce, Griffin  Fast Qualifier: Chase  (17.570 – 76.8 mph)

Dean Williams

Hot Shot (Make-up Feature from 7.1.17):  1-Dean Williams, Lanett, AL  2-Mark Meyer, Ellijay  3-Dave McWilliams, Fayetteville  4-Nathan Farrow, LaGrange  5-Lucas Pittman, Grantville  6-Morgan Pittman, Grantville  7-Joe Collins  8-Wesley McCard, Zebulon  9-James Dunn

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Video: Southern Thunder Late Model Series Feature At Needmore Speedway

At least 128 cars showed up and the stands were packed Saturday night at Needmore Speedway and they witnessed the final race of the Southern Thunder Late Model Summer Shootout Series. Kyle Chappell came away with the victory which was hotly contested by Garrett Lloyd in 2nd and Rhett Carter who finished 3rd.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Videos & Recap of racing from EAMS Saturday, 7/15/2017 - The Jimmy Thomas Tribute Race

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

Road Warrior - 15 Laps:
1 - #97 Derrick Pearce - started the night in one car which broke in hot laps, then jumped into his teammates car and dominated the race from the pole.
2 - #D9 "Granddaddy" Diem - won out in a 4 way battle for 2nd that lasted most of the race.
3 - #29 Chris Barfield - involved in a great battle up front - settled for P3.
4 - #16 Robert Price - also involved in that same battle.
5 - #17 Brian Robinson - ran P3 most of the race until slipping high off turn 2 and dropping back to P5.

Hot Shots - 15 Laps:
1 - #1 Lee Tint Man Hutchinson - started outside pole and battled to lead every lap under intense pressure every lap.
2 - #5 Jonathan MrNascar Merritt - started 16th and steadily moved through the pack taking 2nd on the last lap.
3 - #51 Robert Hutchinson - started 5th, ran as high as 2nd before dropping to 3rd on the last lap.
4 - #5 Billy Tidwell - from pole battled at the front of the pack all race until dropping 2 spots over the last 3 laps.
5 - #22 Taylor McElhannon - started 10th and moved into the top 5 just past half way.

Southern Thunder Late Model Series - 40 Laps:
Team Larry Harrod did a perfect job in Time Trials by sitting both cars on the front row.
1 - #27T Terrance Nowell - started 2nd, ran P2 and P3 for most of the race and then started working #92 Joseph Brown and little by little crept up on him until he was able to do the perfect slide job entering turn 3 with about 5 laps to go and then pulled away for the victory.
2 - #92 Joseph Brown - started 3rd, took the lead entering turn 1 on lap 1 and lead 35 laps before succumbing to a slide job by Nowell.
3 - #27 Larry Harrod - started 1st, ran P2 and P3 all race long.
4 - #27G Garrett Lloyd - started 5th, fell back to P6 mid race and then rallied back to 4th at the finish.
5 - #110 Rick Culpepper - started 4th, fell back to P6 on lap 21, but moved back to 5th on lap 22.

Hobby - 15 Laps:
1 - #294 John Michael - started on pole and withstood an early challenge to lead them all.
2 - #99 Randy Renfroe - struggled to get past #29 Will Gordon and then was not able to close the distance on JM, though he was gaining at the end.
3 - #29 Will Gordon - ran P2 early and then settled into 3rd.
4 - #2 John Holcomb - started the night at Senoia and came to EAMS when Senoia got rained out.
5 - #98 Travis Timms - good, solid run.

NeSmith Street Stock - 15 Laps:
1 - #51 Bradley Frakes - started 2nd and won in his first visit to EAMS this season, surviving a spin on the initial start.
2 - #25 Herbie Donath - survived a knock down drag out battle for 2nd - great racing!
3 - #71 Grady Holmes - started pole and found himself in a great battle for all of the top 5 positions.
4 - #24J Jason Price - started 6th and eked out a 4th place finish in a photo finish.
5 - #24 Allen McConnell - started 8th and worked his way up to 5th, almost 4th in a photo finish.

UCRA 602 Sportsman Mini-Series - 25 Laps:
1 - #00 Richie Stephens - started 3rd, took the led on lap 1 and lead them all for his 3rd straight UCRA win at EAMS.
2 - #66 Brian Hansford - started the night at Senoia, came to EAMS when Senoia was rained out, sat on the pole and ran P2 all race.
3 - #01 Blant Duke - started 6th, was involved in a collision on one of the initial starts, survived, quickly moved up to P3, dropped back to 5th after running high off turn 2, then rallied back to 3rd.
4 - #22 Keith McGuire - started 5th, ran as high as P3 early, then dropped back to P4 on lap 19.
5 - #17 Jason Price - started outside pole, was crowded off track on one of the starts and collected Duke, but both were able to continue with Price running top 5 all race long.

Next race at EAMS is next Saturday, 7/22/2017.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Recap of the racing at EAMS Saturday 7/8/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

EAMS Late Models - 25 Laps:
1 - #27 Larry Harrod - checked out - led flag to flag - never in doubt.
2 - #5 Thomas Lewis - started 3rd and battled with #110 Rick Culpepper for several laps before claiming 2nd and pulling away.
3 - #110 Rick Culpepper battled all race long - early with Lewis and later with #1D Dalton D Cook. He lost the early battle but won the later one.
4 - #1D Dalton D Cook - after winning his last 4 starts at EAMS, this had to be a disappointment - raced hard all race long battling for one position and then another.
5 - #5B Brand Lewis - good solid run - persevered.

UCRA 602 Sportsman - 25 Laps:
1 - #00 Richie Stephens - just like last race - all Richie all day long.
2 - #17 Jason Price - one of Jason's best runs in his Sportsman car.
3 - #79 Cord Dodgen - in a car typically driven by Marc Gooden - excellent run for Cord.
4 - #1 Josh Cox - from the pole appeared to be an obvious 2nd place runner to Stephens, but made a couple of mistakes and had to battle to finish 4th.
5 - #62 Jessie Hughes - recovered from a very poor qualifying run.

Smith, Lykins, Stevenson & Williams Double Up At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – July 9, 2017)   Dennis Lykins, Jr. of Sharpsburg along with Locust Grove’s Billy Stevenson and Alabama’s Dean Williams clean swept the double features for their respective divisions Saturday night at Senoia Raceway while Senoia’s Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith won a pair of features with victories in the Super Late Models and Limited Late Models.  The track entertained fans with a full night of racing and several make-up features from the week prior.  A total of twelve feature races took place.

Acworth’s Cass Fowler finally conquered the unique gumbo clay surface to notch his first career win at the 3/8ths mile track.  Fowler bested the field of Limited Late Models in the second feature.  McDonough’s Ted Willingham won the Hobby Stock feature while Hampton’s Mark ‘Mad Dog’ Newton won his sixth straight Mini Stock main event.  Alabama’s Dunie Dillard won the Bomber Bash and pocketed the $1000 winner’s share for that division’s special event.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Videos: 4th Annual Georgia Showdown At Cochran Motor Speedway

The 4th Annual Georgia Showdown presented some very exciting racing action and finishes at Cochran Motor Speedway. The venue was packed and the fans sure got their money's worth. Check out the videos below. (They will be posted as they are completed.)

Southern Thunder Late Model Feature

Monday, July 3, 2017

Top 5 finishers at East Alabama Motor Speedway Sunday, 7/2/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series (37 cars) - 50 Laps:
1 - #66 Jake Knowles
2 - #18 Chase Edge
3 - #66K Dylan Knowles
4 - #55 Montana Dudley
5 - #1N Jordy Nipper

UCRA Sportsman Series (25 cars) - 25 Laps:
1 - #00 Richie Stephens
2 - #10 Austin Scarbrough
3 - #71K Jim Rogers
4 - #17M Brandon McDaniel
5 - #6 Donovan Singer

Hobby (16 cars) - 15 Laps:
1 - #5 Justin Sapp
2 - #30 Tim Bosley
3 - #29 Will Gordon
4 - #99 Randy Renfroe
5 - #2 John Holcomb

NeSmith Street Stock (13 cars) - 15 Laps:
1 - #29 Josh Tomlin
2 - #25 Herbie Donath
3 - #02 Tyler Turvin
4 - #24 Allen McConnell
5 - #55 Zack Lee

Road Warrior (9 cars) - 15 Laps:
1 - #17 Brian Robinson
2 - #999 Chandler Diem
3 - #16 Robert Price
4 - #02 Jeff Stone
5 - #29 Bryanna Vinent

Hot Shots (23 cars) - 15 Laps:
1 - #1 Bryan Britton
2 - #11 Clint Thornton
3 - #51 Robert Hutchinson
4 - #2 Patrick Harrelson
5 - #41 Joseph Collins

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Smith Guards The Gumbo Winning Head Jr. Memorial At Senoia

Clint Smith

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Frances Hauke

(Senoia, GA – July 2, 2017)   Thirty-seven competitors from six states converged on Senoia Raceway this past Saturday to chase after the 20th Annual Michael Head, Jr. Memorial title and $5454 pay day.  Two-time defending Super Late Model champion, Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith of Senoia, successfully defended the gumbo clay track by outrunning Whitesburg’s Austin Horton for the victory.  It was Smith’s first Southern All-Star Series victory since July of 2009 and his first major touring series Super Late Model win at his hometrack Senoia Raceway.  The victory came on a night that the track began to come apart due to the near ten inches of rain that had fallen in the previous six days.

“It’s go time on this kind of condition at all times,” Smith said of the track’s fast, but physical surface. “After I got out front and got a little bit of a lead, there was no way to get into turn one without just killing your race car.  All this rain, these torrential downpours every day, hats off to (co-promoter and track prep guru) Doug Stevens just to give us a racetrack that we could race on tonight at all.  And to finally get a big win here, I’ve always been no good in big shows, so glad to get it done tonight!”

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Goforth Parks It At SGMP In Perperation For The Borderline Brawl July 29th

The closing laps of the Enduro feature


Street Stocks

c class lm

Darda Takes Home Super Late Model Victory At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – June 17, 2017)   Tod Darda of LaGrange has thirty-nine career victories at Senoia Raceway, but had not won in the highly competitive Super Late Model division since he moved to that division three years ago.  Darda changed that on Saturday night with a wire to wire win over the two-time defending track champion Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith of Senoia.

Other winners included Hamilton’s Thomas Lewis in the Limited Late Models, Tyrone’s Jody Knowles in the Crate Late Models, Curtis Turner of Brooks in the Late Model Sportsman and Conyer’s Tim Harmon in the Bombers.  Villa Rica’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Hillman picked up the $1000 pay day winning the Hobby Stock ‘Summer Sizzler’ while Hampton’s Mark Newton and Alabama’s Dean Williams won the Mini Stock and Hot Shots features.  Newnan’s Mike Nelms won the hilarious, crash-filled ‘Waterless Boat Race’ as he was the last driver to have his boat, or remnants of, remaining at the end of the event.

Recap from the racing at East Alabama Motor Speedway Saturday, 6/17/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan
Photo credits: Eric Gano, EPA Photography

EAMS Late Model (25 Laps):
1 - #1D Dalton D Cook - edged out #K9 Dana Eiland for the pole, got a bad initial start but due to a spin in turn 1 and a complete restart, took the lead on the next start and never looked back to pick up his 4th EAMS win in his last 4 attempts.
2 - #1 Russ Ogletree - came up from 4th on the start to pick up his 3rd top 3 in 3 attempts this year - a win, a 2nd, and a 3rd.
3 - #01 Cole Exum - this was a learning experience for Cole as he qualified 5th and steadily improved throughout the race in his first time at EAMS in I don't know how long - was gaining on 2nd as laps ran out.
4 - #K9 Dana Eiland - started 2nd and took the lead on the initial start, but a caution due to a spin in turn 1 set up a complete restart that didn't work out as well for him - expanded his points lead to 74.
5 - #1 Josh Cox - running a 602, Cox "survived" his way to a top 5 finish.

602 LM Sportsman (15 Laps):
1 - #19 Richie Stephens - this race was over when Stephens pulled through the pit gate.
2 - #8G Bubba Gorman - great finish after battling #R66 Brian Hansford through the mid-point of the race - stretched his points lead to 96 over #14 Dustin Ducker.
3 - #R66 Brian Hansford - worked the bottom like a pro coming up from 5th to 2nd before giving way to Gorman in the late going.
4 - #14 Dustin Ducker - an excellent run from the outside pole, looking better every week.
5 - #21 John Holdinghausen - 3rd 5th place finish in 4 races.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Buddy Piper Cleans House at Cochran


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wild Wrecks Steal The Show At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austed
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – June 10, 2017)   Under a full moon at the ‘South’s Baddest Bull Ring’, Senoia Raceway, a pair of wild roll-over accidents stole the spotlight.  Newnan’s Corey Payton rode up the front stretch wall at the on-set of the Limited Late Model feature which sent him tumbling several times down the front stretch before coming to rest on top of the turn one retaining wall.  The next race saw a similar crash with Atlanta’s Kyle Cochran getting upside down during the Crate Late Model main event.  Both drivers were not injured, but the wild wrecks stole the show from those winning on a wild night at the tough 3/8ths mile speedway.

‘Cat Daddy’ Clint Smith of Senoia was again victorious in the Super Late Model feature while Brooks’ ‘Magic’ Matt Dooley picked up the win in Limited Late Model competition.  Tyrone’s Jody Knowles picked up the checkered flag for the Crate Late Models, Locust Grove’s Billy Stevenson the Late Model Sportsman and Mableton’s Ryan Ray the Hobby Stocks.  Mark ‘Mad Dog’ Newton continued his dominance of the Mini Stocks while Alabama’s Dunie Dillard won again in the Bombers.  The Hot Shot Gumboree went to Alabama’s Dean Williams after the first two finishers were disqualified in post race tech.

Recap of East Alabama Motor Speedway Racing 6/10/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan
Photo credits: Eric Gano, EPA Photography

Dalton Cook

EAMS Late Model - 25 Laps:
1 - #1D Dalton Cook - picks up his 3rd win in a row in a points race at EAMS - led from green to checkers.
2 - #5 Thomas Lewis - started 4th and had a spirited battle early with #110 Rick Culpepper, finally securing 2nd.
3 - #110 Rick Culpepper - solid run using the high line early to compete for 2nd, finally relenting and settling into 3rd.
4 - #5B Brand Lewis - had issues in qualifying, but recovered for a nice top 5.
5 - #54 Tim Dixon - landed his 5th consecutive top 5 finish.
(Note - points leader #K9 Dana Eiland had a rare DNF, but maintains a 28 point lead over Culpepper)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rhett Carter Keeps His Strong 2017 Season Rolling at GIS

Enduro racing action at GIS

Late Models
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Inaugural Outlaws "Clanton Classic" Feature Goes To Sheppard

Brandon Sheppard

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – June 4, 2017)   The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series took the track at Senoia Raceway for the first time ever for the third annual Billy Clanton Classic.  Despite this race being many of the drivers first time on the unique gray gumbo surface, everyone seemed to enjoy how racy the track was all night long.  It was ultimately Illinois’ Brandon Sheppard who was able to hold off the field to land his fifth Series win of the season.

Recap of Racing at East Alabama Motor Speedway 6/3/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

During hot laps last night the skies unloaded on EAMS resulting in an almost 3 hour delay while track officials waited out the ran and then got the track back in shape for racing.  Here is a recap of the racing events of the evening:

602 Late Model Sportsman - 25 Laps - $1,000 to Win:
#50 Steven Gaines started on the pole with a 17.26, but broke a rear-end in turn 3 of the 1st lap and finishing last.
1 - #21 Ricky Culpepper - started 4th and was up to 2nd by lap 8.  From that point he dogged #01 Blant Duke for the lead until powering by on the high side on lap 13.  After Duke saw the groove Culpepper was running he challenged him, but could never get back ahead.
2 - #01 Blant Duke - made a rare appearance at EAMS and appeared to be well on the way to victory until the high line came in for Culpepper mid way in the race.  Had Duke seen that the top was working for Ricky he could have moved up and the race would have been his.
3 - #05 Blaise Rutherford - started 15th, was immediately in the top 10, 5th by lap 10, and 3rd by lap 12 where he ran the remainder of the race.
4 - #17 Jason Price - started 10th and was in and out of trouble all race long, but survived for a top 5 finish.
5 - #1 Brandon McDaniel - started outside pole but slid off the topside of the track entering turn 3 on lap 3 and spent the remainder of the race recovering from that early miscue.
9th place finishing #8G Bubba Gorman expanded his points lead over #14 Dustin Ducker.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Videos & Recap: Memorial Day Feature Races At East Alabama Motor Speedway, Including Southern Thunder Late Models

Southern Thunder Late Models 4-wide salute to fans at EAMS.

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

Southern Thunder Late Model Series (40 Laps)
1 - #27T Terrance Nowell - started 8th and took his 604 crate engine steadily to the front and never looked back.
2 - #5T Thomas Lewis started 14th and found his groove early and followed Terrance to the front.
3 - #4J Jeremy Faircloth - started 9th and ran a smooth race.
4 - #27 Larry Harrod - started 12th and battled his way to a top 5.
5 - #27G Garrett Loyd - started from the pole.
Check it out, 3 "#27" cars in the top 5...
There was no shortage of passing as you can see from where these 5 cars started vs. where they finished - they raced all the way from the bottom to the top in both ends of the track.

602 Late Model Sportsman (15 Laps)
1 - #111 Richie Stephens - started 8th in a rare EAMS appearance this season using the car typically driven by Jackson Thomason.
2 - #17N Nevin Gainey - started 11th and quickly moved to the front.
3 - #8G Bubba Gorman - from the outside pole, competed at the front all race long - expands his points lead over #14 Dustin Ducker.
4 - #D9 Dustin Diem - started 12th and steadily worked his way to the front.
5 - #17M Brandon McDaniel - good run from his 6th starting position after recently spending some time in the hospital - welcome back!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ricky Weiss Wins as Overton Breaks in Schaeffer's Spring Nationals at Crossville Speedway

By Michael Despain

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - May 19, 2017 - The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV would visit Crossville Speedway on Friday evening and Ricky Weiss of Headingly, Manitoba, Canada would take advantage of race leader Brandon Overton's misfortune on the final lap to claim the $4,000 payday.

The win by Weiss would be his first career Spring Nationals series victory and would come in the AEI Construction/Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky/Turk Enterprises/Derrick's Sandblasting/Land-Air Transport sponsored #7 Longhorn Chassis sporting a Vic Hill Race Engine.

East Alabama Motor Speedway Plans Memorial Day Shootout

The Southern Thunder Late Model Series (STLMS) rolls into town Saturday May 27th for their first stop in a double header weekend at East Alabama Motor Speedway! They will go head to head for 40 laps to see who walks away with the $2000 to win prize!

Also in action will be 5 other racing divisions!

602 Late Model Sportsman - $700 to win
Hobby Stock - $600 to win
NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division - $500 to win
Road Warrior - $500 to win
Hot Shots - $500 to win

(($25 entry fee))

Pit Gate opens at 5pm (EST) | $35 Adults | $15 Children

Grandstands open at 6pm (EST)
$20 General Admission | $15 Military | Children under 10 FREE
$25 Premium Seating is available

*Indoor Box Seating (air conditioned, movie theater style seating) available upon request as well!

Hot Laps get underway at 7:30 with racing action to follow! EAMS invites everyone to come on out and enjoy a night of racing as they celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with night full of family fun - Racing, Water Slide and FIREWORKS!!

East Alabama Motor Speedway is located 6 miles west of Phenix City on Hwy 80. Give them a call for more information 334-297-2594.

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The Southern Thunder Late Model Series is scheduled to be at Cochran Motor Speedway the next day, Sunday May 28th.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Recap of the racing at EAMS on Saturday, 5/13/2017

Dalton Cook

Submitted by Lamar McClellan
Photo credits, Eric Gano, EPA Photography

EAMS Late Model (25 Laps):
1 - #1D Dalton D Cook - came from behind to take the lead and easily outdistance the field - picks up his 2nd win of the season.
2 - #110 Rick Culpepper - started 5th, got to the lead early but lost the battle to Cook a few laps in.
3 - #5 Thomas Lewis - 4th top 3 of the season.
4 - #K9 Dana Eiland - started outside pole - maintains 36 point lead over Culpepper.
5 - #54 Tim Dixon - 3rd 5th place finish in a row.

Brandon Pijnenburg

602 LM Sportsman (15 Laps):
1 - #83 Brandon Pijnenburg - shows up and shows out - wins in his 1st points race at EAMS this season.
2 - #8G Bubba Gorman - 6th top 3 finish - expands his points lead
3 - #14 Dustin Ducker - best finish of the season - looked really good tonight - starting to get the hang of this.
4 - #94 Trenton Pijnenburg - good job in his first race in a Late Model at EAMS.
5 - #21 John Holdinghausen - 1st outing this season - not bad for a shake down run with his new car.

Winger Wins Again At Senoia, This Time In Super Late Models

Ashton Winger

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – May 14, 2017)   Senoia’s sixteen-year-old sensation, Ashton Winger, continues to win where ever he races these days.  Winger has dominated in the Crate Late Model division at Senoia Raceway this season, but won at Rome Speedway last weekend before dropping a 358 Chevy into this #12 ride and then winning the Super Late Model main at Senoia on Saturday night.  It was the first career Super Late Model victory for the young gun.

Other winners on Mother’s Day Eve were Locust Grove’s Jason Williams in the Limited Late Model, Sharpsburg’s Dennis Lykins, Jr. in the Crate Late Models and Bobby Arnold of Newnan in the Late Model Sportsman.  Villa Rica’s Joe Hillman was victorious in the Hobby Stock while Hampton’s Mark Newton topped the Mini Stocks, Whitesburg’s Derick Matthews won the Bombers and Morgan Pittman of Grantville was first in the Hot Shots main event.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Blant Duke Takes Home May Day Special At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

Blant Duke

(Senoia, GA – May 7, 2017)   The ‘Whitesburg Warrior’ Blant Duke wrestled away the lead from pole sitter Richard Goode on the second lap of the May Day Special for the Late Model Sportsman division at Senoia Raceway on Saturday night and then kept everybody behind him the remainder of the way.  The veteran competitor notched his eighteenth career victory at the Bull Ring in the division while pocketing the top pay of $1000.

Recap of racing at EAMS Saturday 5/6/2017

Submitted By Lamar McClellan
Photo credits: Eric Gano, EPA Photography

Rick Culpepper

EAMS Late Model
1 - #110 Slick Rick Culpepper - took the pole with a 15.96 and lead flag to flag, pretty much unchallenged - picks up his 3rd win of the year.
2 - #5 Thomas Lewis - best finish of the season after 2 3rd place finishes earlier - race long battle with #K9 Dana Eiland for 2nd.
3 - #K9 Dana Eiland - 6th top 5 in 8 races - leads points by 35.
4 - #19 Josh Cox - best performance yet after moving up to Late Model.
5 - #54 Tim Dixon - 3rd straight top 5 - contended with Cox for 4th.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Recap of the racing action at EAMS Saturday, 4/29/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan
Photo credits: Eric Gano, EPA Photography

Dalton Cook

EAMS Late Model (25 Laps):
1 - #1D Dalton D Cook - qualified on the pole and led every lap in dominating fashion to pick up his first ever win anywhere - CONGRATULATIONS!!
2 - #27 Larry Harrod - great run in his first appearance this season in a points race at EAMS - had to defend his position from constant challenges from #110 Rick Culpepper.
3 - #110 Rick Culpepper - worked all 25 laps to try to get 2nd from Harrod, running alongside him off the corner on several occasions. Moves up to 2nd in points
4 - #K9 Dana Eiland (Mike Harris) - an off night for the "Master of Going Faster".
5 - #54 Tim Dixon - is running more competitively than ever, challenging Eiland all race long.

Winger Wins Fifth Straight Crate Late Model Main At Senoia

Ashton Winger

Submitted by Ted Austed
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – April 30, 2017)   Sixteen-year-old Ashton Winger has not lost a Crate Late Model feature that he has started at Senoia Raceway this season.  The young gun scratched from the field on March 18th, but since that time has been undefeated winning five straight.  He has also qualified the fastest each of those five nights.
Joe Hillman
Other winners on Saturday night included Tennessee’s Michael Courtney topping the field of Kajun Mini Stock Association drivers and Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith reaching the winner’s circle for the first time this year in the Super Late Models.  Locust Grove’s Jason Williams won the Limited Late Model feature while Villa Rica’s Joe Hillman was victorious in the Hobby Stock, Conyer’s Tim Harmon in the Bombers and Hampton’s Richard Goode in the Late Model Sportsman.  The evening’s final race went to newcomer Jeffrey Woodall in the Hot Shots main event.
Tim Harmon

Track promoter Mayes Massey challenged Winger on the front stretch after he qualified the quickest of seventeen crate late model entries.  “Ashton, if you start at the back of the pack, charge through the field and win the race, we will pay you an additional $700 on top of the $700 winner’s share of tonight’s purse,” offered Massey.  A great offer, but Winger declined.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wall to Wall Action at Golden Isles Speedway, With over 100 cars

The aftermath of the Limited finsh at GIS


1.   Garrett Lloyd
   2.   Lonnie Roberts
3.   Mike Carter  

Skeeter Cars

1.   Lonnie Roberts
2.   Walt Bazemore
3.   Cooley Hobdy 

$3,000 to win E-Mod

1.   Michael Lloyd
2.   Brandon Wells
3.   Chad Tuten     

Sunday, April 23, 2017

East Alabama Motor Speedway Results 4/22/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

Congratulations to tonight's top finishers in each class at East Alabama Motor Speedway:

EAMS Late Model:
1 - #110 Rick Culpepper - 2nd straight win
2 - #1D Dalton D Cook - after going to the rear at the start
3 - #K9 Dana Eiland (Mike Harris) - after having to go back to his shop to pull out a backup car and start in the rear with his 604 car
4 - #5 Thomas Lewis - 5th top 5 in 6 races
5 - #5B Brand Lewis - 3rd top 5 this season

602 Late Model Sportsman:
1 - #8G Bubba Gorman - picks up his 2nd win of the season
2 - #50 Steven Gaines - best run of the season - lead a few laps
3 - #29 Derrick Pearce - in his 1st race in this class this year
4 - #14 Dustin Ducker - top finish this season
5 - #6 Dalton Hood - in his 1st race at EAMS this year

Monday, April 17, 2017

$3000 To Win Emod This Weekend At Golden Isles Speedway

This coming Saturday April 22nd, Golden Isles Speedway will run Emods $3000 to win and Limited $2000 alongside the Vintage Skeeters, Enduro, Super Street, Street Stock, 440s, and Powder Puff. Limited entry fee is $60 and Emod entry is $40. This is their biggest Emod payout. 

If you have not raced with GIS in 2017, you will need to fill out a registration for and W9 form, even if you filled one out in 2016. The will have some at the registration booth or you may visit to print and fill out before the event.
Please call them at 912-386-0061 for any questions.