Midseason championships begin busy schedule at Senoia Raceway
The midseason championships have arrived for the 2013 season at Senoia Raceway. Some nights this year, winners have been anything but predictable.
The same was the case during another wild night of action at the 3/8-mile dirt track last Saturday.
Fayetteville’s Glenn Morris jumped to the early lead in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model division and cruised to his first win of the season. Morris then dedicated the race to fallen friend Darren Holt and his family. Holt lost his life the night before and family members were in attendance at the track.
Joining Morris in victory lane were Hampton’s Paul ‘Cowboy’ Holloway in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Roopville’s Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Newnan’s Bobby ‘Wild Child’ Arnold in the Mini Stocks, Newnan driver Jay Conner in the Bombers and Carrollton’s Dustin Smith in the Modified Mini.
The track expects to stay busy between Saturday’s Midseason Championships and a special event for the Fourth of July holiday next Wednesday night. The July 3 event will feature racing in all weekly divisions as well as a special B Cadet run offering an extended lap feature and a $1,000 purse. The night will conclude with fireworks.
It had been over a year since Morris visited victory lane at Senoia, but he seemed poised to end the drought last Saturday after qualifying on the outside front row for the main event. He jumped to the lead at the drop of the green as polesitter Scott Duffey of Newnan slipped a bit in Turn 1, and led flag to flag.
“I want to dedicate this race to Chris Holt and his family,” said a choked up Glenn Morris in victory lane. “Chris lost his brother last night.
Emotions were equally running high in the B Cadets with Holloway running up front only one week removed from honoring his late father with an emotional tribute at the track.
Holloway pulled away from a great race between Lake Spivey’s Dow Kirkland and Lanett, Alabama driver Roger Arnett. Kirkland and Arnett are battling for the divisional points lead with Arnett holding the slim advantage.
The race also included a fierce battle for fourth through sixth positions between Newnan drivers Jimmy Baxter and David Burton and Stockbridge driver Billy Stevenson. It finally ended on lap 13 when Stevenson tapped Burton causing him to spin out. Later, Baxter would retire to the pits with problems and Stevenson blew an engine. Burton came from the back of the pack to finish in the top five.
Holloway won the feature race. Kirkland held off Arnett while Fayetteville’s Jason Miller finished in fourth ahead of Burton. It was Holloway’s first win of the year after winning three late in the season last year.
A wild night under the Saturday’s “supermoon” kept the fans wanting more in the Mini Stocks.
An initial start crash chilled the trackside fans when Sharpsburg driver Lonnie Patterson spun up the track in Turn 2, also collecting Randy Brady’s Ford Mustang. Brady’s car was launched skyward bouncing off the top of the concrete wall protecting fans on the outside of track.
Griffin’s Bo Chambers was one of three race leaders before Bobby Arnold settled into the lead spot. Barnesville’s Gary Parker charged through the field after having to pit earlier in the race to change a tire. Arnold, Parker, Brandon Bright and Brandon Libri raced together until the checkers flew over the field.
Arnold won for the third straight week with Parker in second and Bright third. Post race inspection found that Parker was a couple of pounds light at the scales and he was disqualified.
In the Bombers division, Jay Conner kept his perfect season intact and is now 4-for-4 in starts this season. Conner has been swapping driving duties with teammate Michael Mills.
Moran passed Franklin’s Gary Brand on lap 9 after an intense race in the Hobby Stocks. Brand cut a tire after holding the two-time defending class champion at bay for the previous six laps. Newnan’s Rusty ‘Rocketman’ Johnson ended up running second to Moran while Locust Grove’s Wilson Boozer had his first top three finish of the season.
The Modified Mini feature saw Dustin Smith claim his first checkered flag since the first week of April.
The pit gates open Saturday at 5 p.m., and grandstands at 6.
The first green flag flies at 8 p.m.
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