10 drivers reach winner’s circle to open Jewel Series
Ten drivers visited the Senoia Raceway winner’s circle on Saturday in this year’s Jewel Series season opener.
The annual three-event series offers competitors double features but only one of six divisions saw a driver sweep on its opening night.
“The Jewel Series always creates some of the best racing and the most winners,” said Senoia Raceway promoter Tim Moses. “The drivers draw for position and that usually creates more passing and racing. It is definitely more entertaining for the fan and you get to see some drivers run up front that may not be there on a regular night with the qualifying heat races lining up the features.”
Racing resumes this Saturday with all six weekly divisions competing along with the motorcycle engine powered Legends Cars. Race fans will also have a pre-race opportunity to meet the drivers, get autographs and see the race cars up close during the night’s driver autograph session.
Last weekend’s winners included two from both Thomas Lewis of Hamilton in the Late Model division and a pair from Franklin driver Chris Steele in the Hobby Stock class.
Whitesburg’s Blant Duke and LaGrange’s David Osbahr split the main events for the B Cadets.
In other divisions Senoia’s Winford Minix and Alvaton’s Jay Conner picked up wins in the Bomber class and brothers Harold and Marc Leath split Mini Stock features.
The Modified Mini division also saw Douglasville’s Aubrey Merrit and Newnan’s Dorough Bright race to victories.
In addition to the great racing action and multiple winners, the tough track also had a few horrific-looking accidents.
They included one involving Brooks driver Kerry Carden’s Camaro in the initial Hobby Stock feature. Carden, who was unharmed, was running a strong third when he bounced off the front stretch wall and barrel-rolled three times.
The Bomber division also saw a rollover in the second feature when Franklin’s Terri Thomaston tangled with Mike Ray, with Ray ending up on her roof in Turn 2. He was also OK.
In the first race of the night, Thomaston was running in front of the leaders on the final lap, but caught up in another wreck. Race leader Dustin Smith dove low in Turn 3 to try and pass Thomaston while Jay Conner was fast on his tail. Smith snagged Thomaston’s left quarter panel and drove up into the driver’s side window with his right-side tires. While up on two wheels, Conner shot past into the lead out of the final turn and stole the win, with Smith in second.
The double feature racing action also scrambled the point standings in all the weekly chases. LaGrange’s Tod Darda still leads the way in the Late Models while Newnan’s Johnny Stinchcomb leads a group including Jason Miller and David Osbahr in the B Cadets.
Points races are even tighter in the Bomber and Mini Stock divisions.
Griffin’s John Holcomb and Dustin Smith are only separated by one point going into this weekend’s holiday racing card in the Bombers, while Harold Leath leads former Senoia Mini Stock champion Gary Parker of Barnesville in the four-cylinder Mini Stock standings.
The pit gates will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday and grandstand gates at 6 p.m. Drivers will take the track for hot laps at 7:15 p.m. to allow for the autograph session to take place prior to racing at 8.
Ticket prices for grandstand admission is $12 and $5 for children 6-12. Pit passes are $25 or $12 for children ages 3-12.
Trackside parking is available on first come, first serve basis and includes access to the pit area.
For more information, go to www.senoiaraceway.com or call the speedway at 404-796-1435.
Feature 1 — 1. Thomas Lewis, Hamilton; 2. Glenn Morris, Fayetteville; 3. Tod Darda, LaGrange; 4. Dusty Jones, LaGrange; 5. Shane Fulcher, Thomaston; 6. Austin Horton, Grantville; 7. Clifton Moran, Roopville; 8. Marcus Caswell, Newnan; 9. Parrish Duncan, Newnan; 10. Rick Woodruff, Peachtree City; 11. Corey Payton, Newnan; 12. Craig Scott, Newnan
Feature 2 — 1. Lewis; 2. Darda; 3. Jones; 4. Fulcher; 5. Morris; 6. Caswell; 7. Moran; 8. Duncan; 9. Payton; 10. Woodruff; 11. Horton; DNS. Scott
Feature 1 — 1. Blant Duke, Whitesburg; 2. David Osbahr, LaGrange; 3. Richard Smith, Douglasville; 4. Charlie Garrett, LaGrange; 5. Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan; 6. Bennie Croy, McDonough; 7. Don Doyce, Locust Grove; 8. Jason Miller, Jonesboro; 9. Paul Holloway, Hampton; 10. Wesley Lyle, Bowden; 11. Jeff Carter, Stockbridge
Feature 2 — 1. Osbahr; 2. Miller; 3. Stinchcomb; 4. Garrett; 5. Holloway; 6. Croy; 7. Doyce 8. Smith DNS-Duke; Carter; Lyle
Feature 1 — 1. Chris Steele, Franklin; 2. Houston Hatchett, Williamson; 3. Ben Wells, Milner; 4. Bill Brown, Forsyth; 5. Chad Foster, Griffin; 6. Wilson Boozer, Locust Grove; 7. Sam Carter, Covington; 8. Ronnie Thacker, Grantville; 9. Kerry Carden, Brooks; 10. Mike Jenkins, Brooks.
Feature 2 — 1. Steele; 2. Hatchett; 3. Foster; 4. Boozer; 5. Jenkins; 6. Carter; 7. Wells 8. Thacker; 9. Brown; DNS-Carden
Feature 1 — 1. Harold Leath, Griffin; 2. Gary Parker, Barnesville; 3. Randy Brady, Douglasville; 4. Marc Leath, Hampton; 5. Robbie Quinta, Stockbridge; 6. Cassie Dingler, Newnan; 7. Robert Caldwell, Senoia; 8. Trey Lewallen, Lithia Springs; DNS-Brandon Libri, Newnan
Feature 2 — 1. Marc Leath; 2. Parker; 3. Harold Leath; 4. Lewallen; 5. Brady; 6. Caldwell ; 7. Dingler; 8. Quinta; DNS-Libri
Feature 1 — 1. Jay Conner, Alvaton; 2. Dustin Smith, Senoia; 3. John Holcomb, Griffin; 4. Winford Minix, Senoia; 5. Hoke Duke, Whitesburg; 6. Michael Lilly, Lithia Springs; 7. Josh Roddy, Palmetto; 8. Alex Rudolph, Griffin; 9. Pappy Powell, Hogansville; 10. James Barber, Jr., Luthersville; 11. Carley Arnett, Lanett, Ala.; 12. Mike Ray, Riverdale; 13. Terri Thomaston, Franklin
Feature 2 — 1. Minix; 2. Roddy; 3. Smith; 4. Rudolph; 5. Lilly; 6. Holcomb; 7. Barber ; 8. Powell; 9. Arnett; 10. Conner; 11. Thomaston; 12. Ray; DNS-Duke
Feature 1 — 1. Aubrey Merrit, Carrollton; 2. Dan Bennett, Loganville; 3. Dustin Smith, Carrollton; 4. Dorough Bright, Newnan; 5. David Brackett, Villa Rica; 6. Brandon Bright, Newnan; 7. Patty Ann Hoell, Kennesaw
Feature 2 — 1. Dorough Bright; 2. Smith; 3. Merritt; 4. Bennett; 5. Brackett; 6. Hoell DNS-Brandon Bright