Local Racing

Sizzler ahead tonight following heated driving at Senoia


Only two B Cadet cars finished last Saturday’s race unscathed. Roger Arnett’s ride wasn’t one of them. 

The weather hopes to be the only thing on the heated side tonight at Senoia Raceway after both racers and race cars came through battered and beat up after last weekend’s racing action.

Some of that was planned with the annual “Waterless Boat Race” topping off a night of carnage on the mile track.

But two pile-ups in the B Cadets were not.

Tonight’s schedule features the Summer Sizzler, a special extended lap feature offering bonus money to the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock division

The card for tonight. weather permitting, also includes feature racing in the Late Models, B Cadets, Bomber, Mini Stock and Legends divisions.

Last week’s action became hotter than normal on the track, especially in the B Cadets following two wrecks that caused damage to every car but two. Bowdon driver Wesley Lyle, who later apologized on social media, retaliated while causing an opening lap skirmish with rival Jason Miller of Fayetteville that resulted in eight badly damaged race cars and boiling tempers.

A second pile-up took place a few laps later when Miller and Newnan’s Parrish Duncan tangled in Turn 4. Three more cars piled into Miller and Duncan resulting in another round of clean-up and escalating anger.

When the carnage finally ended, Duncan held on for a victory followed by Lyle and Newnan’s Johnny Stinchcomb, the latter with the only cars without damage.

“I want to apologize to all the drivers that was in the B- cadet race (Saturday) night,” Lyle later wrote on social media. “On my part of bad judgment to take actions into my own hands cause a lot of hard work and money for you and your teams. I am truly sorry for my actions.”

A trend of crashes continued in the Hobby Stocks when first-time competitor David Stover of Senoia climbed the back stretch wall and then bounced off the track exit gate.

Current Hobby Stock points leader, Houston Hatchett of Williamson, was able to wrestle away the lead position and nab his sixth feature win of the season. Concord’s Todd Hatchett was second ahead of Milner’s Ben Wells.

The scariest accident of the night occurred in the Legends Car main event. Fayetteville’s John Ponzio lost control of his racer in the front stretch and shot up the track only to collect Meghan Younginer of Locust Grove. Younginer then slammed into the outside turn one wall. Both drivers walked from their race cars, but both were out of the race.

Douglasville’s James ‘Showtime’ Stansel went on to win his second straight Legends feature ahead of Locust Grove’s Chris Middleton and Senoia’s Tina Johnson.

Among the Late Models division, Newnan Craig Scott claimed a victory, while Griffin’s Alex Rudolph won his first career feature in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber.

Harold Leath, also from Griffin, claimed another win for the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stocks.

The night culminated with the event that was scheduled to have all the crashing and smashing. James Spinks of Newnan won the Waterless Boat Race IV as he was the last remaining competitor with his boat still attached. A dozen renegade drivers started the event that left the track littered with torn up watercraft.

Pit gates open tonight at 5 p.m., and grandstands at 6. Drivers will take the track for hot laps beginning at 7:30 p.m., with the first race set at 8.

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