ARMISTEAD RACING FAMILY DOUBLES UP AT SENOIA RACEWAY

ARMISTEAD RACING FAMILY DOUBLES UP AT SENOIA RACEWAY

(May 17, 2015 – Senoia, GA) The father and son racing team of Joe Armistead, Jr. and Joey Armistead doubled up the victories on Saturday night as the second and third generation drivers nabbed feature wins in the Super Late Model and Limited Late Model respectively. It was the first time the team clean swept the action as the seventeen-year-old Joey Armistead won for only the second time in his Limited Late Model career. It was the high schooler’s second straight week in Senoia Raceway’s victory lane.

 

“I am excited,” said the elder Joe Armistead, Jr. in victory lane. “Great night for the team.”

 

Joining the Armistead’s in Saturday night’s winner’s circle were Alabama’s Dylan Knowles in the Crate Late Model, Griffin’s Bo Chambers in the Mini Stock, Palmetto’s Bubba Harry in the Legends Cars and Sam Carter from Convington winning the Hobby Stock Bonus Race. Senoia’s Winford Minix and Carrollton’s Wesley Lyle were awarded wins in the Bomber and B Cadet after the apparent winners were disqualified during post-race technical inspection.

 

Joe Armistead, Jr. had watched his son gain victory lane the previous week at Senoia Raceway, but had been shut out himself at the 3/8ths mile bull ring in 2015. Armistead, Jr. changed that on Saturday night as he shot out to the lead from his outside pole position on lap one besting the top qualifier of the night, Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith. Senoia’s Smith had won four of five features this season at Senoia Raceway in the Super Late Model division.

 

“I want to beat him (Smith),” posted Armistead earlier in the week on the track’s social media site. “He makes all of us race better.”

 

Armistead and Smith pulled away from the field through the final stages of the race leaving fans to watch a great race for the number four position. McDonough’s Cody King and eighteen-year-old ‘Magic’ Matt Dooley of Brooks swapped the fourth place position four times before the checkered flag fell over the field. Armistead won and Smith was second ahead of Fayetteville’s Ricky Williams in third. King won the final charge for fourth place leaving Dooley to round out the first five finishers.

 

Joey Armistead kept the checkered flags coming in for the family racing team with a dominating win in the Limited Late Models. Armistead bolted out to a lead he would never relinquish for his second consecutive win at his hometown track. LaGrange’s Tod Darda would finish in second after losing the number two spot for a short while to Carrollton’s Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran. Grantville’s Austin Horton ended up third as Moran faded late in the race. Bowden’s Shane Criswell was fourth followed up by Fayetteville’s Glenn Morris in fifth. Moran’s slide ended in seventh as Roopville’s Shawn Cater moved past to nab a sixth place finish.

 

Extra money on the line in the Hobby Stock created some heavy feet and a ‘don’t give an inch’ attitude as $600 was on the line. Franklin’s Chris Steele led the first eighteen laps holding Mableton’s Ryan Ray at bay until the fourth turn coming to the white flag. Steele pushed up the track coming back down to a collision with Ray in which neither driver was going to give up their position to the other. The result was the two drivers slamming the inside concrete wall. Third place runner Sam ‘Bam’ Carter slid past while the remainder of the field crashed and smashed into the pile up just past the flagstand. All drivers involved were ok, but cars were badly damaged in the six car accident.

 

Carter would win the one lap dash for the money with Griffin’s Jonathan Archer securing the number two spot. Chad Foster, also from Griffin, ended up third ahead of Locust Grove teenager Clyde Alexander and Atlanta’s Joshua Allen. Tyrone’s Jamie Simons and Carrollton’s Dustin Smith were battling for their spots among the top five before both spun and crashed in the final turn as the field crossed the finish line.

 

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us,” said Carter in victory lane. “It feels good to get the win tonight.”

 

Bubba Harry was involved in an early race crash and placed to the rear of the field for the Legends Car main event. That did not slow the former national legends car champion as he worked his way back through the field and overtook race leader Jason Treschl of LaGrange on lap 10. Harry then held off another former national champion, Dwight Pilgram of McDonough, to log his second win of the season at Senoia Raceway. Treschl would finish in third ahead of Measville’s LJ Klemons and McDonough’s Robbie Woodall.

 

A pair of teenagers battled early in the Crate Late Model feature as Dylan Knowles and Temple’s Zach Shelton exchanged the top spot. In the end, Knowles won his third straight and fifth of the year with Shelton running as runner-up.

 

Tallapoosa’s Michael ‘Bama’ Coggins looked like he had gained Senoia Raceway’s victory lane for the first time after leading flag to flag in the B Cadet, but post-race inspection found the engine in his race car was not legal for B Cadet competition. The win was handed over to Wesley Lyle who chased Coggins the entire race.

 

Tech inspection also was a factor in the Bomber division where Griffin’s Alex Rudolph was disqualified after inspector’s found illegal lifters. The win was awarded to Winford Minix.

 

This summer racing season kicks off this Saturday, May 23rd as Senoia Raceway presents the Summer Season Opener with eight divisions of racing action. The Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, B Cadets, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and Bombers will be racing and the Legends Cars will compete in their ‘Bonus Race’ paying five hundred dollars to the winner.

 

The pit gates will open this Saturday at 4pm, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps will begin at 6:45pm. Heat races and qualifying will start at 7:30pm.

 

Grandstand ticket prices are $12; ages 5-12 are $5; four and under are admitted for free. Access to the pit area is available for $25; ages 5-12 are $12; four and under are free. Trackside parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Trackside parking is only accessible through the pit area and pit passes must be purchased.

 

For additional information, schedules, rules and more, visit the Senoia Raceway website at www.senoiaraceway.com. The track also offers an e-mail newsletter (sign-up on the website), Facebook page and twitter feed for social media access to news and information. You can also contact the track directly at 770.599.6161.

 

Official results from Saturday, May 16, 2015
Super Late Model (Feature): 1-Joe Armistead, Jr., Senoia 2-Clint Smith, Senoia 3-Ricky Williams, Fayetteville 4-Cody King, McDonough 5-Matt Dooley, Brooks 6-Madeline Crane, Meansville 7-Scott Groves, Canton 8-Ashton Winger, Senoia 9-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston Fast Qualifier: Smith (14.266 seconds/94.7 mph)
Limited Late Model (Feature): 1-Joey Armistead, Senoia 2-Tod Darda, LaGrange 3-Austin Horton, Grantville 4-Shane Criswell, Bowden 5-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 6-Shawn Cater, Roopville 7-Clifton Moran, Carrollton 8-Rickey Payton, Newnan 9-Jayce Southwell, Brooks 10-Marcus Caswell, Newnan 11-Marty Lunsford, Newnan DNS: Chris Carr, Newnan; Shane Barrett, Villa Rica Fast Qualifier: Armistead (14.948 seconds/90.4 mph)
Crate Late Model (Feature): 1-Dylan Knowles, Lanett, AL 2-Zach Shelton, Temple 3-Bobby Mills, Griffin 4-Sean Swetnam, Griffin
B Cadet (Feature): 1-Wesley Lyle, Carrollton 2-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 3-Bubba Gorman, Phenix City, AL 4-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 5-Cindy Anderson, Concord 6-TJ Joiner, Lithia Springs 7-Roger Arnett, Lanett, AL 8-Brandon Bright, Newnan 9-Brian Womack, Villa Rica DQ-Michael Coggins, Tallapoosa (illegal engine) DNS: Blant Duke, Whitesburg Heat Winners: Coggins & Duke
Hobby Stock (Feature): 1-Sam Carter, Covington 2-Jonathan Archer, Griffin 3-Chad Foster, Griffin 4-Clyde Alexander, Locust Grove 5-Joshua Allen, Atlanta 6-Ben Wells, Milner 7-Jamie Simons, Tyrone 8-Dustin Smith, Carrollton 9-Chris Steele, Franklin 10-Ryan Ray, Mableton 11-Curtis Turner, Brooks 12-Dennis Lykins, Senoia 13-Lee McElwaney, Newnan 14-Mike Jenkins, Brooks 15-Joe Hillman, Villa Rica 16-Ben Herren, LaGrange 17-Ben Steele, Franklin 18-John Holder, Milner Heat Winners: Chris Steele & Simons
Bomber (Feature): 1-Winford Minix, Senoia 2-Chris Arnett, Lanett, AL 3-Jim Jackson, Zebulon 4-Blake Harmon, Mansfield DQ: Alex Rudolph, Griffin (illegal lifters)
Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Bo Chambers, Griffin 2-Dorough Bright, Newnan 3-Robert Caldwell, Senoia 4-Jamie Nicholson, Locust Grove
Legends Cars (Feature): 1-Bubba Harry, Palmetto 2-Dwight Pilgram, McDonough 3-Jason Treschl, LaGrange 4-LJ Klemons, Meansville 5-Robbie Wooddall, McDonough 6-Tina Johnson, Senoia 7-Tony Armbruster, Covington 8-Dennis Aiken, Villa Rica 9-Miranda Meredith, Locust Grove 10-Scott Moseley, McDonough Heat Winners: Moseley & Woodall

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