Brown wins postponed B Cadet special
Patience paid off for pole-sitter Joseph Brown during the delayed Newnan Bonding B Cadet special on Saturday at Senoia Raceway. After unsuccessfully chasing Alabama’s Marc Gooden the entire 30 laps, Brown was awarded the $1,000 payday after a post-race weigh-in when Gooden’s car was found to be 10 pounds light.
Brown’s win was coupled with a win by Newnan’s Parrish Duncan in regularly-scheduled B Cadets feature.
In a pair of Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models features, Newnan’s Rucker Orr was also successful in his return to Senoia and LaGrange’s Tod Darda picked up Saturday’s other checkered flag in the division.
In lone features, Roopville’s Clifton Moran once again won the main event for the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks while Newnan’s Brandon Bright topped the Mini Stock. Peachtree City driver Randy Cornwell won in the Bombers class while Villa Rica’s Todd Brewster captured a win in the Modified Mini.
In addition to Saturday’s regularly-scheduled races, a packed grandstand enjoyed a pair of makeup features from the previous week, led by the B Cadet special where Brown and Gooden led a field of 18 cars in a race that was slowed by 11 cautions.
While the leaders settled in for the battle, drivers throughout the field were scurrying for position. Stockbridge’s Jeff Carter bounced off the back stretch wall just before Alvaton’s Hunter ‘Wildman’ Worley broke a right rear wheel in turn four bringing out the first caution of the night. The race was slowed eleven times for cautions.
When the checkers flew, Gooden was first across the line followed by Brown, Holloway, Greenville driver Thomas Mewborn and Alabama’s Roger Arnett. Gooden and Paul Holloway were both found to be light moving Brown to the winner’s circle and Mewborn to second. Arnett was awarded third with Newnan drivers Parrish Duncan and David Burton in fourth and fifth, respectively.
“I think the number of cautions caused the drivers to burn more fuel than they thought they would and probably cost them the weight,” said promoter Tim Moses. “But, you have to plan for things like that. Unfortunately, we do not allow any burn-off or weight changes.”
Parrish Duncan held off Arnett and Mewborn in the second race for the Newnan Bonding B Cadets. Mewborn was again the crowd favorite working the top side of the race track to gain positions. Paul Holloway redeemed himself in round two finishing in fourth with Stockbridge’s Billy ‘The Kid’ Stevenson completing the first five.
In the Late Model makeup feature, Rucker Orr held off points leader Glenn Morris of Fayetteville until late in the race when Morris’ car developed engine problems. Jenkinsburg’s Trey White then accepted the role of Orr chaser, but fell a few feet short at the line.
Darda won the second-round feature with White again chasing much of the way until getting slipped up in Turn 1 on lap 12, allowing LaGrange’s Dennis Hale and Orr to slip past. White would settle for fourth followed by Newnan’s Marcus Caswell.
Franklin’s Gary Brand was on his way to a second feature win for 2013 in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks until a late mistake cost him the hardware allowing Moran to claim his 52nd win in the last two-plus seasons. Brand’s car developed a push in the final three laps of a race he controlled from the on-set.
Tyrone’s Jamie Simmons had his car nearly destroyed on lap 2 of the Hobby Stock race when he lost control in Turn 2 and was hit head-on by Carrollton’s Jeff Bowen. The two cars tangled before also sandwiching the car of Whitesburg’s William Blair. The drivers were not hurt, but all cars had to be towed to the pit area.
Brandon Bright notched his 16th career victory in the Mini Stock event. Bright tops the career win list for the four-cylinder division. He held off current Mini Stock points leader Bobby ‘Wild Child’ Arnold of Newnan for the honors. Another Newnan driver, Brandon Libri came home third with Barnesville’s Gary Parker going three wide on the final lap to snare fourth just ahead of Griffin’s Alex Rudolph.
A battle for rookie of the year among 15-year-olds named Brandon in the Mini Stock class heated up when Brandon Libri closed the gap on Brandon Brock of Hampton. The two drivers will go into Saturday separated by only six points for the first year driver’s honor.
Randy Cornwell picked up his second feature win of the season besting the Bomber division while Todd Brewster closed in on the points lead in the Modified Mini with his fifth win of the year. Brewster trails Newnan’s Joe Spencer by 12 points.
The final event of the night was the third annual Waterless Boat Race and the crowd again was entertained thoroughly by drivers crashing and smashing boats. McDonough’s Tim Tim was the final driver to still have his boat attached and declared the winner. The fan favorite was awarded to entry Cale’s Whale.
The schedule continues this week as Senoia Raceway hosts the ‘Back to School Bash’ which offers ages 12-under free admission into the grandstand. The track will also conduct kids rides in the race cars prior to the 8 p.m. start time, which includes a full night of racing in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bombers and Modified Mini divisions. Official Results from July 27, 2013
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models
Feature (from 7.20.13) 1-Rucker Orr, Newnan 2-Trey White, Jenkinsburg 3-Marcus Caswell, Newnan 4-Jamie Carr, LaGrange 5-Joey Armistead, Senoia 6-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville
Feature: 1-Tod Darda, LaGrange 2-Dennis Hale, LaGrange 3-Rucker Orr, Newnan 4-Trey White, Jenkinsburg 5-Marcus Caswell, Newnan 6-Jamie Carr, LaGrange 7-Nicky Prosser, Newnan 8-Joey Armistead, Senoia 9-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 10-Marty Lunsford, Newnan 11-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 12-Austin Horton, Grantville DNS: Frank Rogers, Villa Rica Fast Qualifier: Darda (14,931 seconds)
Newnan Bonding B Cadets
Feature (from 7.20.13) 1-Joseph Brown, Cataula 2-Thomas Mewborn, Greenville 3-Roger Arnett, Lanett, AL 4-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 5-David Burton, Newnan 6-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 7-Billy Stevenson, Stockbridge 8-Brandon Pjnineberg, Five Points, AL 9-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 10-Corey Payton, Newnan 11-Mike Parker, Griffin 12-Jimmy Baxter, Newnan 13-Jeff Carter, Stockbridge 14-Paul Walters, Valley, AL 15-Hunter Worley, Alvaton DQ: Marc Gooden, LaFayette, AL (light); Paul Holloway, Hampton (light) DNS: Kelly Leonard, Opelika, AL
Feature: 1-Duncan 2-Arnett 3-Mewborn 4-Holloway 5-Stevenson 6-Stinchcomb 7-Kirkland 8-Walters 9-Burton 10-Carter 11-Worley 12-Baxter 13-Miller 14-Pjnineberg Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks
(Feature) 1-Clifton Moran, Roopville 2-Gary Brand, Franklin 3-Lee McElwaney, Newnan 4-Kerry Carden, Brooks 5-Jeff Bowen, Carrollton 6-William Blair, Whitesburg 7-Jamie Simmons, Tyrone Heat: Simmons
(Feature) 1-Brandon Bright, Newnan 2-Bobby Arnold, Newnan 3-Brandon Libri, Newnan 4-Gary Parker, Barnesville 5-Alex Rudolph, Griffin 6-Bo Chambers, Griffin 7-Robert Caldwell, Sharpsburg 8-Tim Pettigrew, Newnan 9-Marc Leath, Hampton 10-Bubba Hicks, Griffin 11-Brandon Brock, Hampton DNS: Kristy Loveless, Newnan Heats: Arnold & Bright
(Feature) 1-Randy Cornwell, Peachtree City 2-Michael Nelms, Newnan 3-Bill Smith, Lanett, AL 4-Winford Minix, Senoia DQ: Josh Roddy, Palmetto (light) Heat: Cornwell Modified Mini
(Feature) 1-Todd Brewster, Villa Rica 2-Lane Wilt, Newnan 3-Dorough Bright, Newnan 4-Joe Spener, Newnan Heat: Brewster