Hicks set to make debut in Legends car
by Doug Gorman
It’s been more than six years since Joshua Hicks found a Bandolero race car under his Christmas tree — or at least close to it.
Since then, the 13-year-old eighth grader at East Coweta Middle School has more than earned his stripes, winning a points title at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder in the Bandolero Bandits Division a few seasons ago, and racing in the top five just about every week since jumping up to the Outlaw Division the past two seasons.
Now, Hicks is about to strap himself into a car with a little more speed as he graduates to a Legends Car.
Hicks will make his debut on the dirt this Saturday at Senoia Raceway.
It will be in a rebuilt car that once belonged to his father Scott.
Scott has been with Joshua every step of his racing career, and is excited his son is making the leap to a faster and more challenging racer.
“It is something we have been wanting to do for a long time,” Scott said. “Right now we are going to stick with racing on the dirt, and we will see what happens from there.”
Joshua is still somewhat inexperienced in his new racer, testing the Legends once in the dirt and once in the parking lot at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Still, Scott says racing a Legends car is the next logical step in his son’s racing career.
“He has gone just about as far as he can go with Bandoleros,” Scott said. “This is just something we want to try. He hasn’t been in the car too much, but when he tested he did very well. I think people will be surprised with what he can do on dirt.”
Although Joshua has been one of the top competitors at Atlanta’s Thursday Thunder the past few years, he is not consumed by racing.
Scott is quick to point out his son also has a love for baseball and even missed the first week of this year’s Thursday Thunder series because he was playing in a tournament with Home Plate out of Peachtree City.
Hicks also missed last weekends race, but is still seventh in the points chase, turning in five top-five finishes in six starts.
“I think we are only going to race one more time in the Bandolero race car and that will be it,” Scott said. “We are starting to really concentrate on the next phase of his racing career and that is in a Legends car. We are going to focus on racing on dirt and see what happens.”
MINIX SWEEPS IN BOMBERS: Drivers got a chance to load up on points last weekend during the second Jewel Series double features event at Senoia. Not many took advantage, however, in a lighter week for division racing.
The largest field came among the Bombers with Senoia driver Winford Minix taking both features. He came out first among seven cars in the first race, ahead of Griffin drivers John Holloway and Alex Rudolph. Minix then held off Rudolph and Carley Arnett of Lanett, Ala., in the second feature.
Shane Fulcher of Thomaston swept both Late Model features. Fulcher held off Glenn Morris of Fayetteville in both runs, with six cars in the initial field and five in the latter.
In the B Cadet division, Jason Miller of Jonesboro and Dow Kirkland of Lake Spivey swapped victories among a field of three cars.
Four cars made up the field in the Hobby Stock class. Senoia driver Gary Brand won the opening race while battling with Scott Sherrer of Newnan. Sherrer took the second feature, however, ahead of Williamson’s Houston Hatchett.
Among Mini Stocks, Harold Leath and Brandon Libri split victories.
MODIFIED MINI DROPPED FROM RACE PROGRAM: With numbers in the Modified Mini class struggling throughout the 2014 season, the track announced on Monday that it was forced to drop the division from the weekly race program.
THIS WEEK: Senoia is offering free grandstand admission for ages 12-under on Saturday with racing in the Late Model, B Cadet, Mini Stock, Hobby Stock, Bomber and Legends divisions.
Pits open at 5 p.m., and grandstands at 6. Hot laps are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with racing set to go around 8.
Adult admission is $12 for grandstands. Pit passes are available for $25 or $5 for ages 6-12. Trackside passing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Official Results from Saturday
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature 1) — 1. Shane Fulcher, Thomaston; 2. Glenn Morris, Fayetteville, 3. Trey White, Stockbridge, 4. Clifton Moran, Roopville, 5. Austin Horton, Grantville, 6. Hunter Worley, Alvato; (Feature 2) — 1. Fulcher, 2. Morris, 3. Horton, 4. Moran, 5. White. DNS-Worley
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature 1) — 1. Jason Miller, Jonesboro, 2. Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 3. Bennie Croy, McDonough; (Feature 2) — 1. Kirkland, 2. Miller, 3-Croy.
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature 1) — 1. Gary Brand, Senoia, 2. Scott Sherrer, Newnan, 3. Houston Hatchett, Williamson, 4. Ben Wells, Milner; (Feature 2) — 1. Sherrer, 2. Hatchett 3. Brand, 4. Wells
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature 1) — 1. Harold Leath, Griffin, 2. Gary Parker, Barnesville 3. Brandon Libri, 4. Matt Thompson, Douglasville, 5. Cassie Dingler-Still, Newnan; (Feature 2) — 1. Libri, 2. Leath, 3. Parker, 4. Thompson, 5. Still; DNS-Dorough Bright, Newnan
A1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature 1) — 1. Winford Minix, Senoia; 2. John Holloway, Griffin; 3. Alex Rudolph, Griffin; 4. David Johnson, Griffin; 5. Carley Arnett, Lanett, Ala., 6. George Purgason, Hogansville, 7. Jim Jackson, Zebulon; (Feature 2) — 1. Minix, 2. Rudolph 3. Arnett, 4. Johnson, 5. Holcomb; DNS-Purgason; Jackson