Points champion to take over as track promoter
Despite clinching his second consecutive points title on Saturday, Fayetteville driver Glenn Morris already had a reason to come back to Senoia Raceway next season.
Morris and wife Cheryl will assume the responsibilities of promoting the ?-mile dirt track beginning Sept. 1. Morris, who wrapped up another Late Model title last week with a third-place finish, announced that the couple agreed to take over as the track’s promoter following five years under the leadership of Tim Moses, who reopened the track on a five-year lease from long-time owner Charlie Edwards. The then-asphalt track was immediately changed back to dirt.
“Cheryl and I have talked about doing this, but never were serious until we heard that Tim (Moses) was going to step away,” Glenn Morris said. “We made a deal with him to make sure the track ran into September. We will see how it goes and then make plans for next year.”
Moses, who had consistently offered promotions and special events that included higher purses, admittedly ran out of patience while also growing increasingly frustrated with negative comments about the track on social media.
“I grew weary of the negative comments from drivers on Facebook,” he said. “I have always paid the purse we posted, treated everyone fairly and equally, done all I said I would do, lost money on more events than made money, then get hammered on social media. Maybe Glenn can do better than I.”
With the track off for NASCAR’s Labor Day Weekend schedule at Atlanta Motor Speedway, just four weeks remain in the 2014 schedule. While Senoia Raceway most recently decided to stop running its Modified Mini division after several attempts to maintain it despite a lack of participation, the addition of Legends Cars is one of the track’s fastest, both in speed and growth.
A division-best 13 cars raced on Saturday including that of 12-year-old Senoia resident Joshua Hicks, who finished fourth. Attendance remained an issue in other divisions, with the Hobby Stock, Bomber and Mini Stock classes all drawing four cars or fewer. Griffin driver Bubba Harry took Saturday’s Legends’ victory by a half-lap, while Cumming’s Brian Wiemer, McDonough’s Dwight Pilgram and Hicks put on a show fighting for the runner-up spot. Newnan’s Parrish Duncan returned to victory lane as he notched his third win of the year in the B Cadets, outmuscling Lake Spivey’s Dow Kirkland and Newnan’s Johnny Stinchcomb. Joining these drivers in the winner’s circle were Milner’s Ben Wells in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Griffin’s David Johnson in the Bomber and Harold Leath in the Mini Stock. The track will return to action on Sept. 6 in the first night under new management with features in Late Model, B Cadet, Hobby Stock, Bomber, Mini Stock and Legends Cars. There will also be a driver autograph session before the night’s racing program begins. “We hope the fans and drivers come out to support us,” said Morris. “We have loved participating in this sport for years and we want that fun to continue for other families.”
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model 1. Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 2. Austin Horton, Grantville 3. Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 4. Joey Armistead, Senoia 5. Randy Brown, Locust Grove 6. Trey Wood, Newnan 7. Woody Woodruff, Peachtree City 8. Clifton Moran, Roopville.
B Cadet 1. Parrish Duncan, Newnan 2. Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 3. Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 4. Chris Arnett, Lanett, Ala. 5. Bennie Croy, McDonough 6. Andrew Moody, Dallas 7. Jason Miller, Fayetteville 8. Richard Goode, Hampton
Hobby Stock 1. Ben Wells, Milner 2. Houston Hatchett, Williamson 3. Chris Storey, Phenix City, Ala. 4. Mike Jenkins, Brooks
Bomber 1. David Johnson, Griffin 2. Carley Arnett, Lanett, Ala. 3. Jim Jackson, Zebulon 4. Brandon Conner, Box Springs
Mini Stock 1. Harold Leath, Griffin 2. Marc Leath, Hampton 3. Alex Williams, Whitesburg
Legends 1. Bubba Harry, Griffin 2. Brian Wiemer, Cumming 3. Dwight Pilgram, McDonough 4. Joshua Hicks, Senoia 5. John Ponzio, Fayetteville 6. Tony Armbruster, Covington 7. Megan Younginer, Locust Grove 8. Mike Younginer, Locust Grove 9. Jason Treschl, LaGrange 10. Tina Johnson, Senoia 11. Ronnie Pohland, Gainesville 12. Mike Kennedy, Alpharetta 13. Mike Weed, Franklin DNS-Chris Middleton, Locust Grove