Senoia Raceway

Hale and Morris split Late Model features

Dennis Hale won his first career feature race atSenoia Raceway Saturday night. Hale won the first round of double features for the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model division while Glenn Morris won the second round.

Hale and Morris were joined by a record eight other drivers winning this past weekend as the 3/8ths mile dirt track hosted twin main events for each of their six divisions of racing.

Joining the celebration were Richard Goode and Roger Arnett as they split wins in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets.

Newnan's Brandon Bright and Bobby Arnold each won in the Mini Stocks. Alabama's Paul Walters won his first race at SenoiaRaceway picking up the first Bomber feature while Newnan's Jay Conner won the second Bomber race.

There were also a pair of clean sweeps by Clifton Moran in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks and Sharpsburg's Robbie Scadron in the Modified Mini class.

'There was some really good racing in all the classes,' said promoter Tim Moses. 'The double feature format mixes the race line-ups enough to create passing which makes it exciting for the fans. It was a great show and some of the best driving we have seen from the drivers all season.'

Hale was chased all fifteen laps of the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model's first feature. Jenkinsburg's Trey White challenged the leader until the white flag lap when he broke a right rear wheel entering the first turn. The wheel break caused the car to turn and then LaGrange's Tod Darda had nowhere to go and was collected in the wreck.

In the second race, Glenn Morris sailed to his second win of the season while Newnan's Marcus Caswell ran second. Rookie driver, Austin Horton of Grantville, ran third until the final few laps of the race when Dennis Hale worked under him to snare a top three finish.

Richard Goode used an up front starting position to grab the lead during the Newnan Bonding B Cadet's first round of racing. Alvaton's Hunter Worley was running a strong second until he slipped up the track in turn two on lap five. As Worley moved up the track, Lake Spivey's Dow Kirkland was trying the high side to pass. The slip caused Kirkland to go higher in the turn and the veteran slapped the back stretch wall forcing his car to climb the concrete and surf along the top for about 25 yards.

Goode would go on to the win for the second time this season. Point's leader Roger Arnett moved past Worley a few laps before the checkers to gain second place while 'The Kid' Stevenson and Newnan's Johnny Stinchcomb completed the top five.

Arnett ran out front of the second feature race from the drop of the green flag. Stevenson chased him the entire distance, but could not get a good enough run off the corners settling for his best finish of the season in second. Kirkland was third in race number two.

Great racing created some scary moments in the Bomber class first feature as Hogansville driver George Purgason raced hard with Bonaire's Steven Jensen, Jr. and Newnan's Jay Conner. The three came out of turn four with Purgason stuck in the middle lane. He moved down just enough to have Conner catch his right rear quarter panel sending him back up across the track slamming into the front stretch wall causing a violent roll-over in the first turn where he landed wheels up. Purgason was not injured in the accident.

After the clean-up, it was Paul Walters leading the way to the checkered flag. Jensen, Jr. was second followed by Conner.

The second Bomber race was a bit calmer Conner claimed the victory with Jensen, Jr. settling for the bridesmaid position for the second time. Paul Walters was third followed by point's rivals Michael Nelms of Newnan and Randy Cornwell.

Brandon Bright and Bobby 'Wild Child' Arnold split the twin main events for the Mini Stocks. Both races featured three wide racing and rookie racers making strong statements on the progress of their first year campaigns at the tough bullring speedway.

Clifton 'Hog Head' Moran chalked up number fifty and fifty-one on his career win list topping both features for the Hobby Stocks.



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