Local Racing

Morris picks up third Late Models win

Late Model points leader Glenn Morris continued his charge to a second straight championship with this third win of the season at Senoia Raceway last Saturday.

It didn’t come easy for the Fayetteville driver, who overtook Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher on Lap 12 when his car lost power and dropped to the infield pit area.

Other winners from last week included Greenville’s Thomas Mewborn in the B Cadets, Milner’s Ben Wells in the Hobby Stocks and John Holcomb of Griffin in the Bomber class. Harold Leath also notched a victory in the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock.

Morris’ set-up allowed him to keep up with Fulcher in the Late Models feature.

“We found more speed with our car’s set-up,” Morris said. “The car rolls through the corners faster which keeps the speed up in the straights. Other guys have a lot more motor than we do.”

Phenix City’s Dana Eiland came home second to Morris while LaGrange’s Dusty Jones battled throughout the 20-lap main with Columbus hot shoe Pat Wall. Jones passed Wall for good with only three circuits remaining to get a top three finish. Wall was fourth followed by LaGrange’s Tod Darda.

Recapping other features:

B CADET: Former champion Thomas Mewborn rode the high side in the preliminary heat races to gain a front row outside starting position and then used that same groove to snare a lead that he would never let go during the feature race. Mewborn left the racing to the drivers in chase with Alabama’s Roger Arnett in a dogfight with Bowdon’s Wesley Lyle, with Lyle edging out Arnett for the runner-up position.

Newnan’s Parrish Duncan was fourth, followed by Lake Spivey driver Dow Kirkland.

HOBBY STOCK: Ben Wells led until the halfway point before having to battle back to hold off a final challenge from Alabama driver Chris Storey for his first career win. Williamson’s Houston ‘Hoot Daddy’ Hatchett passed him had a short-lived lead before spinning out. A hard-charging Mike Jenkins saw his night end when he bounced off a couple of cars and into the Turn 4 wall, sending Hatchett to the back of the pack. After returning, Hatchett tried to climb back into the race, but slipped up the track and hopped on to the Camaro driven by Kerry Carden of Brooks.

BOMBERS: Griffin’s John Holcomb won his fourth feature of the season after powering past Riverdale driver Mike Ray with four laps remaining after Ray had led for much of the race from the green flag. Ray finished second ahead of Alex Rudolph, David Johnson and 89-year-old Pappy Powell of Hogansville.

MINI STOCK: Points leader Harold Leath padded his points lead with his fifth win of the season.

THIS WEEK: The fan-favorite Waterless Boat Race IV is scheduled for Saturday. Drivers will pull boats (without trailers) around the track and try to disengage their opponent’s boats. The last one remaining with their boat still attached and being dragged is the winner.

“There will be over a dozen entries this season,” promoter Tim Moses said. “The track will be full of boats and cars. In fact, I think one of the boats is actually an old jet ski.”

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