Newnan driver looks to build on victory
A wild night for Newnan’s “Wild Child” ended with a checkered flag at Senoia Raceway last week.
Tonight, the Mini Stock driver hopes to continue his success as the 2013 season continues at the 3.8-mile dirt track. Arnold picked up a victory and a $500 purse in an intense run to the finish line in the Mini Stock Mania feature. He also closed in on the division points lead heading into next weekend’s racing action.
A full schedule of racing is on tap tonight in addition to a special “Divorcee Demolition Derby” that will serve as its encore (see related story). Racing includes features in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bombers and Modified Mini divisions.
Grandstand tickets are $12 and $5 for ages 6-12. Pit passes are $25 for adults and $12 for children three through twelve. Trackside parking is available on a first come, first serve basis and includes admission into the pit area.
Earning his “Wild Child,” nickname, Arnold made a daring three-wide pass on the opening lap of the Mini Stock Mania feature and then passed another Newnan driver, Tim Pettigrew, for the lead before holding off a number of challenges to win the special $500 payday for the four-cylinder stock-car division.
Other winners last week included Newnan’s Parrish Duncan and Jay Conner in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets and Bombers. LaGrange’s Tod Darda topped the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models for the fourth straight race while Roopville’s Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran returned to victory lane in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks. Sharpsburg’s Robbie Scadron won the Modified Mini main for the second week in a row.
The Mini Stock Mania feature also saw a few sparks as Whitesburg’s Dorough Bright rode the back stretch wall after tangling with rookie Alex Rudolph of Griffin. The crash also collected Newnan 15-year-old rookie Brandon Libri, but only sidelined Bright. LaGrange’s Stephen Hill and Patterson also caused a caution after Patterson dumped Hill in Turn 4.
Arnold’s run was pressured by Brandon Bright until lap 12 when he blew an engine. That left Arnold a clear path to victory lane as runner-up Gary Parker faded over the final couple of circuits. Brandon Libri fought back to finish in third followed by Hampton’s Marc Leath and first time driver Megan Younginer from Stockbridge. It was Younginer’s first race on dirt. She competes regularly at AMS Thursday Thunder in a Legends Car.
The victory pushed Arnold to within 17 points of the Mini Stock points lead behind Hampton’s Brandon Brock and ‘Mad Dog’ Mark Newton heading into tonight.
Parrish Duncan notched his first career win at Senoia Raceway by holding off a strong charge from current point-leader Roger Arnett of Lanett, Ala. Arnett slammed Duncan in Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag, but could not rattle the 2010 crate late model track champion. Lake Spivey’s Dow Kirkland finished in third ahead of defending points champion Thomas Mewborn of Greenville. Billy HOBBY STOCK
Moran started on the pole and led every lap while reclaiming a checkered flag. Moran left the racing to the drivers racing for second through fifth as ‘Hurricane’ Mike Hillman of Douglasville held the runner-up spot with constant pressure from Newnan’s Lee Owenby and LaGrange’s Jake Traylor. Franklin’s Gary ‘Cornbread’ Brand climbed into the race for position before getting caught up with Ben Steele, also from Franklin. The incident spurred a retaliation by Steele’s brother, Chris, which ended with he and Brand on top of their cars on the front stretch taunting one another. The altercation was brought under control by track security.
Robbie Scadron spoiled a great race by 14 year-old Newnan driver Trey Wood last week.
Darda led flag-to-flag for his fourth straight win while one of three LaGrange drivers in the top-five. He was followed by Trey White of Jenkinsburg and Glenn Morris of Fayetteville. LaGrange drivers Dusty Jones and Dennis Hale finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Jay Conner passed Mike Ra with five laps remaining to snare his third Bomber win of the season.