Three new faces reach victory lane
Three drivers picked up their first wins of the season at Senoia Raceway last weekend 16-year-old Hampton driver Brandon Brock in the four-cylinder Mini Stocks division after leading flag-to-flag.
“It’s great. We have been working for this for two years now,” Brock said. “They kept telling me I had a pretty good lead, but I just kept working.”
Joining Brock among first-time winners were Alabama resident Jay Elliott in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets and Franklin driver Ben Steele in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks.
Another Alabama driver, Dana Eiland, notched his first win of the season in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model while local entry Winford Minix won for the second time in 2014 besting the field of A1 Hydraulics Bombers.
The Modified Mini class did not field enough cars to have a race.
The track presents Lucky Ladies Night on Saturday. All ladies will be admitted into the grandstand seating area for half price. All weekly divisions will be competing along with the motorcycle engine powered Legends Cars and the rescheduled Mattress Race.
Recapping last Saturday’s features:
Brock led from the drop of the green flag moving to the top spot from the outside front row. Brock built a lead of nearly a straightaway over another 16-year-old, Newnan’s Brandon ‘Goose’ Libri.
The closest race in the feature was for third between Griffin’s Harold Leath and Barnesville’s Gary Parker. The duo swapped the position several times with two finishing inches apart at the checkered flag.
What arguably was the most competitive race of the night featured Steele moving into the No. 1 spot early and holding off challenges from Tyrone’s Jamie Simmons. Current points leader, Houston Hatchett of Williamson, was busy working his way through the field when Simmons spun his mount, leaving the runner-up spot open for the taking.
With three laps remaining, Hatchett shot into Turn 1, slipped just a bit and Steele took advantage bolting out to a three-car length lead. Hatchett was second ahead of Columbus’ Herbie ‘Hitman’ Donath, Jamie Simmons and LaGrange’s Jake Traylor.
While Elliott was never pressured going flag-to-flag for the win, tight racing in the division saw several of the 10 competitors eliminated after altercations on the track.
Alabama’s Trevor McMullan finished in second after an intense battle with LaGrange’s David Osbahr and then Jason Miller of Jonesboro. Miller finished in third ahead of West Point’s Thomas Phillips and McDonough rookie Bennie Croy.
“I like this track,” said Elliott. “I will be back if they want me back.”
Senoia teenager Joey Armistead starting on the pole and just when it looked like it could be a banner night for young drivers, veteran Dana ‘Top Dog’ Eiland washed away those thoughts.
Eiland jumped on the gas and powered out front from the outside pole position leaving the third generation driver Armistead in second. Eiland cruised to his first win of the year, Armistead finished in second while defending champion and current points leader Glenn Morris of Fayetteville won a great race for third place. Newnan’s Marcus Caswell and Roopville’s Rookie of the Year candidate Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran rounded out the first five.
Racing was a hard as it has been all season with Minix busting out early and holding off fellow Senoia driver Dustin Smith and points leader John Holcomb, who worked his way from the back of the field. Matthews charged back to finish fourth while Hogansville’s Pappy Powell was fifth.
The pit gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday and grandstands at 6. Drivers begin hot laps at 7:30 with racing scheduled to start at 8.
For more information, check www.senoiaraceway.com or call the speedway at 404-796-1435.