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(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.
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.
(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.
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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)
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.
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.