CRAWLEY DOUBLES UP SENOIA SUMMER NATIONALS
August 21, 2012
August 20, 2012 (Senoia, GA) United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear National points leader, Tim Crawley from Benton, Arkansas raced from his outside front row starting position into the USCS victory lane Saturday night to complete a sweep of the sprint car portion of the USCS Senoia Summer Nationals III at Senoia Raceway. Crawley dominated the two day winged sprint car headliner at the 3/8ths mile. It was Crawley’s eleventh USCS feature win of the season.
Other Saturday night winners included Winder’s Mike Magic in the Winged Mini Sprints, Racin Jason Williams in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models and Thomas Mewborn in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets. Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran won a thriller in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks while Stephen Hill topped the Mini Stocks and Jay Conner the Bombers.
In the USCS Sprint Car main event, K&N Filters Pole Position starter, 19 year-old Morgan Turpen from Oakland, Tennessee, the only female sprint car racer in the field, chased Crawley from the onset at the drop of the green. Turpen, the 2010 USCS National Rookie of the Year, closed several times on Crawley but could not pass the hard charging Arkansan. Turpen’s team-mate and defending series Champion, Terry Gray ‘The Bartlett Bullet’ from Bartlett, Tennessee, chased the flying but could only muster a third place finish. Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte, North Carolina followed the veteran in fourth place with Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas rounded out the top five drivers.
The Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock feature was looking like a blow-out victory for the ‘Grantville Grenade’ Austin Horton as the 16-year-old rookie built a near straightaway length lead over current divisional point’s leader Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran of Carrollton. That seemingly insurmountable lead was reduced to nothing as Horton attempted to pass a sixth place running Chad Foster.
With two laps remaining, Foster was given the move over flag and told via receiver to allow the leaders to pass. But, Griffin’s Foster held his ground racing Horton to try and keep his lead lap position. This scuffle allowed Moran to close the gap as the white flag flew over the three drivers.
On the final lap, Horton went to the highside of Foster in turn one. Foster slid up the banking allowing Moran room along the interior concrete. With the packed grandstand on their feet Moran shot past on the inside leaving Horton behind and claiming his second win of the weekend. A disappointed Horton finished second with Atlanta’s Wilson Boozer third.
Horton protested Moran after the race forcing inspectors to tear down Moran’s engine. Post race inspection of Moran’s engine were good as the seventeen time winner this season was found to have a legal engine from top to bottom.
In the Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Alabama’s Kelly Leonard was not so lucky. Leonard led the 20-lap main event from flag to flag, but was also protested at the inspection area by second place finisher Thomas Mewborn. Leonard’s crate engine was found to have a camshaft and springs that did not match the numbers provided to Senoia Raceway inspectors by General Motors, the manufacturer of the crate engines allowed in the class. Leonard was stripped of the win and Mewborn was decalred the winner.
LaGrange’s Stephen Hill returned Saturday night to pick up the Mini Stock feature win. Hill held off a challenge by Douglasville’s Randy Brady to pick up his fourth win of the year. Douglasville’s Rocky Johnson was third ahead of Newnan’s Joe Spencer and Griffin’s Bubba Hicks.
Newnan’s Jay Conner passed Alabama’s Thomas Scroggins with six laps remaining and then cruised to the win over ‘Lil Jon’ Jonathan Hemmings, also of Newnan, to claim the victory in the Bomber division.
It was Locust Grove’s Racin Jason Williams in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model feature. Williams was never seriously challenged as he picked up the $1000 pay day with a wire to wire win over Stockbridge’s Trey White and LaGrange’s Tod Darda.
Senoia Raceway cranks back up this Saturday night with the ‘End of Summer’ Sparktacular. Fans and drivers can look forward to a full night racing with the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Newnan Bonding B Cadets and Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and Bombers. After racing is completed, a huge fireworks display will fill the night sky.
The pit gates will open at 5pm. Grandstand gates will open at 6pm. Hot laps are at 7:30pm with racing at 8pm. Senoia Raceway continues to offer very affordable ticket prices as Grandstand admission is only $12 for adults ($8 for ladies this Saturday night only), children ages six through twelve are $5 while children five and under are admitted for free.
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Official results for Saturday, August 18, 2012
USCS Sprint Cars
Feature: 1-Tim Crawley, Benton, AR 2-Morgan Turpen, Bartlett, TN 3-10 Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN 4-Eric Riggins, Jr., Charlotte, NC 5-Derek Hagar, Marion, AR 6-Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN 7-Johnny Bridges, Cherryville, NC 8-Howard Moore, Memphis, TN 9-Jeff Willingham, Ripley, MS 10-Nick DeFeo, Marietta, GA 11-Clint Weiss, Columbus, GA 12-Joe Larkin, Suwannee, GA 13-Danny Martin, Jr., Sarasota, FL 14-Bob Auld, Largo, FL Dash-Turpen Heats-Nicolson & Crawley
USCS Mini Sprints
Feature: 1-Mike Magic, Winder, GA 2-Bobby Zaiontz, Columbus, MS 3-Shane Nelson, Ooltewah, TN 4-Terry Peters, Charlotte, NC 5-Chris Openshaw, Bessemer, AL 6-Sean Hosey, Clarksville, TN 7-Dwight Pilgram, McDonough, GA 8-Ron Bishop, Savannah, GA 9-Brandon Taylor, Cumming, GA 10-Bob Trapino, Alpharetta, GA 11-Cassie Klenke, Greer, SC 12-Tyler Price, Clarksville, TN 13-Scott Berkheiser, Powder Springs, GA DNS: Shaun Fitzgerald, Powder Springs, GA; Matt McCullough, Atlanta, GA; Sam McCullough, Atlanta, GA; Dennis Lykins, Senoia, GA
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models
Feature: 1-Jason Williams, Locust Grove 2-Trey White, Stockbridge 3-Tod Darda, LaGrange 4-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 5-Laddie Fulcher, Thomaston 6-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 7-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 8-Michael Martin, Lutherville DNS: Chris Carr, Newnan; Russ Ogletree, Phenix City, AL Fast Qualifier: Ogletree (14.783 seconds)
Newnan Bonding B Cadets
Feature: 1-Thomas Mewborn, Greenville 2-Blake Griffin, Grantville 3-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 4-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 5-Marcus Caswell, Newnan 6-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 7-Jason Causey, Whitesburg 8-Charlie Garrett, West Point 9-Kerry Bradley, Bowden 10-Scott Conner, Newnan 11-Michael Stover, Gay 12-Corey Payton, Newnan 13-Paul Hollway, Hampton 14-Buck Williams, Watkinsville DQ-Kelly Leonard, Opelika, AL DNS: Hunter Worley, Alvaton Fast Qualifier: Caswell (16.055 seconds)
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks
Feature: 1-Clifton Moran, Carrollton 2-Austin Horton, Grantville 3-Wilson Boozer, Atlanta 4-Rusty Johnson, Newnan 5-Bill Brown, Jackson 6-Chad Foster, Griffin
Feature: 1-Stephen Hill, LaGrange 2-Randy Brady, Douglasville 3-Rocky Johnson, Douglasville 4-Joe Spencer, Newnan 5-Bubba Hicks, Griffin 6-Trey Wood, Newnan 7-Eddie Sheppard, Stockbridge 8-Chase Townes, Villa Rica 9-Josh Copeland, McDonough 10-Mel Townes, Villa Rica 11-Michael Crawford, Thomaston 12-Bailey Temples, McDonough 13-Michael Spencer, Hoganville 14-Bo Chambers, Griffin
Feature: 1-Jay Conner, Newnan 2-Jonathan Hemmings, Newnan 3-Thomas Scroggins, Phenix City, AL 4-Dean Carey, Newnan 5-Steve Davis, Newnan 6-Eddie Harris, Newnan