Senoia prepares for another intense week of racing
From a hunt for victories on the ?-mile oval to one for the kids on a holiday weekend, Senoia Raceway may be set for another exciting schedule tonight.
Side-by-side battles last week provided its share of entertainment during feature races.
They included a matchup in the B Cadet class that pitted defending champion Roger Arnett against 2013 Hobby Stocks points winner Clifton Moran — with Moran squeezing out a victory by a foot length at the finish line.
Last week’s winners included Tod Darda in the Late Models, Houston Hatchett in the Hobby Stocks, Bobby Arnold in the Mini Stocks, Dustin Smith of Senoia in the Bombers, Dustin Smith in the Modified Mini and Dwight Pilgrim as Legends cars returned to the track for the first time since Senoia’s surface went back to dirt five years ago.
Tonight, Senoia Raceway revs up for the holiday weekend with features in seven divisions to go with a huge Easter Egg Hunt.
Promoter Tim Moses has arranged for hundreds of prize-filled eggs to be ready for children to collect prior to racing.
Pit Gates open tonight at 5 p.m., and grandstands at 6. Hot laps begin at 7:15 with the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for around 7:45.
Racing is set to go green promptly at 8.
Should tonight’s features follow last week’s trend, fans should be in for a treat as well.
They were standing for much of last week’s B Cadet feature. Roopville’s Moran, known as ‘Hog Head,’ and Arnett battled side-by-side for 14 of the 20 lap feature with the three-time defending Hobby Stock champion running the high side nearly the entire time.
Moran, who won for the second straight week in the B Cadets, slide up the track again in turn four on the final lap, allowing Arnett to jump up on his inside left-quarter panel for a drag race to the finish.
The story was similar in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock division, although not for the lead position. Williamson’s Houston ‘Hoot Daddy’ Hatchett calmly claimed his second straight feature win, but the rest of an eight-car pack found themselves battling side-by-side for position.
Whitesburg’s William Blair, who had to start scratch on the field after arriving late and missing the qualifying heat races, and Brooks Mike Jenkins each made charges to the front at times.
Jenkins’ ended on Lap 16 when he spun in Turn 2. It was the third and final caution he was allowed as Senoia Raceway officials enforced their three spin rule. Blair’s night ended a couple laps later when his engine blew on the white flag.
Bill Brown of Forsyth was followed by Brooks driver Kerry Carden rookie Ben Wells of Milner fourth.
In the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock feature, Newnan driver Bobby “Wild Child” Arnold stayed patient among three drives poised at the front of the pack. Fellow Newnan driver Brandon Bright and Griffin rookie Harold Leath were among a group that looked to go three-wide on Lap 4.
As the Bright and Leath went hard into Turn Three, Arnold was able to slide under and take a lead for good. Leath finished ahead of brother, Marc, of Hampton, while Bright took fourth.
McDonough’s Dwight Pilgram won the Legends feature as the class returned to Senoia Raceway. The motorcycle powered race cars had not competed at Senoia Raceway since the track returned to dirt five years ago.
Six cars competed with lots of passing, changing of position and good racing. Sixteen-year-old Megan Younginer of Locust Grove finished second ahead of Covington’s Tony Armbruster. The Legends cars return next week and will compete on a semi-regular basis at the track.
“These cars can race on both dirt and asphalt,” said Pilgram. “You can have a race ready race car and not have to build anything. And they are a blast to race.”
Darda led every lap of the Late Model feature besting fellow LaGrange driver Dusty Jones and Newnan’s Parrish Duncan.
Ticket prices for grandstand admission is $12 and $5 for children 6-12. Pit passes are $25 and $12 for ages 3-12.
Trackside parking is available on first come, first serve basis and includes access to the pit area.
For more information, log on to www.senoiaraceway.com or call 404-796-1435.
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model
1. Tod Darda, LaGrange
2. Dusty Jones, LaGrange
3. Parrish Duncan, Newnan
4. Rick Woodruff, Peachtree City
5. Glenn Morris, Fayetteville
6. Brant Hardin, McDonough
Newnan Bonding B Cadet
1. Clifton Moran, Roopville
2. Roger Arnett, Lanett, Ala.
3. Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan
4. Melissa Still, Locust Grove
5. Bob O’Brien, Milner
6. Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove
DQ-Zack Privette, Locust Grove (light at scales); Jason Miller, Jonesboro (carburetor). DNS-Paul Holloway, Hampton
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock
1. Houston Hatchett, Williamson
2. Bill Brown, Forsyth
3. Kerry Carden, Brooks
4. Ben Wells, Milner
5. William Blair, Whitesburg
6. Mike Jenkins, Brooks
7. Gary Brand,Senoia
8. Chad Foster, Griffin
9. Wilson Boozer, Locust Grove
DNS-Sam Carter, Covington
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock
1. Bobby Arnold, Newnan
2. Harold Leath, Griffin
3. Marc Leath, Hampton
4. Brandon Bright, Newnan
5. Gary Parker, Barnesville
6. Robert Caldwell, Senoia
7. Cassie Dingler, Newnan
DNS-James Stansell, Douglasville
A-1 Hydraulics Bomber
1. Dustin Smith, Senoia
2. Mike Ray, Riverdale
3. John Holcomb, Griffin
4. Pappy Powell, Hogansville
5. James Barber, Jr.,Luthersville
DNS-Alex Rudolph, Griffin
1. Dustin Smith, Carrollton
2. Robbie Scadron, Sharpsburg
3. Barry Copeland, McDonough
4. Dorough Bright, Newnan
1. Dwight Pilgram, McDonough
2. Megan Younginer, Locust Grove
3. Tony Armbruster, Covington
4. Chris Middleton, Locust Grove
5. John Ponzio, Fayetteville
6. Mike Younginer, Locust Grove