Local Racing

Late Model drivers ready for tonight's Father's Day Shootout


Fayetteville driver Glenn Morris picked up his first victory of the season last week in the Late Model class. The division will vie for the biggest purse of the season yet in tonight's Father's Day Shootout. 

Defending Senoia Raceway Late Model champion Glenn Morris of Fayetteville picked up his elusive first win of the season last weekend as the clay track now prepares for tonight's Father's Day Shootout inside the competitive racing division.

Morris, who took the pole, was able to power Lavon Sparks of Phenix City, Ala., before holding off Thomaston's Shane Fulcher for last Saturday's feature win.

Tonight schedule only expects to raise the stakes further with an increased purse for the late models along with a full line-up of racing in the track's weekly divisions. All grandstand admission and pit pass prices will remain the same for this special event.

Pit gates open tonight at 5 p.m., followed by grandstand gates at 6. Drivers take the track for hot laps beginning at 7:30 p.m., with the first race set for a half-hour later.

Joining Morris in the winner's circle last week were LaGrange's David Osbahr in the B Cadets, Sam Carter in the Hobby Stock class, Marc Leath in mini stocks and Dustin Smith in the bomber division.

James 'Showtime' Stansel of Douglasville also won his debut piloting a Legends Car winning the main event for the motorcycle-engine powered race cars.

Recapping each division from last week's features.

Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models: Morris earned his first pole of the year in an ominous sign, but had to hold off former champion Lavon Sparks at the drop of the green. Shane Fulcher eventually pulled ahead of Sparks three laps later, but neither could catch Morris.

Sparks ended up third ahead of Brooks Jayce Southwell and LaGrange's Tod Darda.

Last week's top-three finishers may be primed to repeat the same intensity in tonight's shootout.

'The late model race was kind of a warm-up for the Country Financial Father's Day Late Model Summer Shoot-Out,' said promoter Tim Moses. 'Glenn, Shane and Lavon are primed to take on the Bull Ring next weekend and see who will take home the biggest purse I have ever posted. I hope the drivers come out to support the show.'

NEWNAN BONDING B CADET: Bowdon driver Wesley Lyle took an early lead after battling with Jonesboro's Jason Miller, but cut a tire near the middle of the race, allowing the latter to inherit the lead.

LaGrange drivers David Osbahr and Buck Ussery then challenged, with Osbahr eventually taking over the No. 1 after slicing to the low side out of Turn 2 shortly after making a push past Ussery en route to his fourth win of the year.

Miller finished second and moved into the divisional points lead while Ussery had his best finish of the season placing third.

SUMMIT R ACING HOBBY STOCKS: Another dogfight between drivers saw Sam Carter start up front on the outside en route to a victory, while a fierce battle remained behind him.

Williamson's Houston Hatchett and Franklin duo Ben and Chris Steele patiently waited for opportunities to gain positions and move towards the front. Forsyth's 'Wild' Bill Brown, Milner's Ben Wells and Griffin's Chad Foster were also in pursuit Carter moved further and further into the lead.

SEE SENOIA, page 2B TONIGHT Father's Day Late Model Shootout presented by Country Financial. (Feature racing in all divisions)

¦ Hot laps: 7:30 p.m.

¦ Racing: 8 p.m.

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