Ogletree rides high line for Spring Fling victory
by Special Reports
Russ Ogletree made his home on the outside top line to run away with Senoia Raceway’s 2013 Spring Fling 40 victory for the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models in a delayed season opener for the 3/8-mile clay track.
Ogletree started on the outside pole after qualifying second in front of a standing-room only crowd. He was challenged for the first few laps by Tod Darda, but slammed the door shut and cruised to a $1,500 payday.
Joining the Alabama driver in victory lane on Saturday were Grantville’s Blake Griffin in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Newnan’s Jay Conner in the Bombers, Carrollton’s Dustin Smith in the Modified Mini, Barnesville’s Gary Parker in the Mini Stocks and Clifton Moran of Roopville in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks.
Drivers darted around and through holes that developed in each of the turns throughout the night. The rough surface created some tense moments in the Spring Fling 40.
“We added new clay this off season and we just have not had the best weather to get the clay to blend with the existing clay,” said promoter Tim Moses. “We will be working twice as hard this week to make it right.”
On Lap 16, Thomaston veteran Shane Fulcher went high in Turn 1 and slid hard into the outside concrete. Fulcher was not hurt, but the car was badly damaged.
LaGrange’s Tod Darda, Jenkinsburg’s Trey White and Hamilton’s Thomas Lewis. Laddie Fulcher of Thomaston rounded out the first five finishers.
NEWNAN BONDING B CADET
Blake Griffin inherited the lead on Lap 6 when leader Corey Payton of Newnan spun across the track in Turn 2, escaping a collision.
Griffin went on to post his first win since 2011 ahead of Alabama’s Kelly Leonard and Roger Arnett, Lake Spivey’s Dow Kirkland and Newnan’s Johnny Stinchcomb.
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT HOBBY STOCKS
The Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock feature may have brought a dose of deja vu.
Defending champion Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran of Roopville caught up to Griffin’s Mike Archer and Newnan’s Marcus Caswell and eventually passed Caswell for the eventual victory.
Caswell and 17-year-old ‘Grantville Grenade’ Austin Horton finished second and third, respectively, with Horton sporting a new car for the 2013 campaign.
Defending Mini Stock champion, Gary Parker, returned to form while leading the feature race wire to wire.
Parker was challenged by Rockmart’s Ross Baines and Newnan’s Bobby ‘Wild Child’ Arnold throughout the 15-lap main for the four cylinder stock cars. Baines would break suspension parts on lap 11 allowing Parker to cruise to the win ahead of Arnold, Hogansville’s Tim Collier, Griffin’s Bo Chambers and Douglasville’s Randy Brady.
Dustin Smith used the new preferred high line to pick up his first career win at Senoia Raceway.
Smith held on over the final laps with Newnan’s Roy Kirkover coming in second. Todd Brewster of Villa Rica, who spun out in Turn 4 of Lap 12 afer when he touched with Smith fought back to finish in third ahead of Newnan’s Michael Spencer and Roopville’s Chad Cleveland.
Newnan’s Jay Conner came from near the back of the pack to win the Bomber feature. Conner passed Newnan’s Michael Nelms on Lap 9, bounced off the wall once in Turn 3 and then piloted his car to the finish line ahead of all others.
Senoia Raceway opens the 2013 points season on Saturday, running through Sept. 21.
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