HOLLOWAY AND BRAND NOTCH FIRST WINS OF SEASON AT SENOIA
(June 29, 2014 – Senoia, GA) Paul ‘Cowboy’ Holloway finally put all the pieces together and all the chips fell his way as he picked up his first feature win of the season at Senoia Raceway’s bull ring on Saturday night. The Hampton veteran topped the field of Newnan Bonding B Cadets while Senoia’s Gary ‘Cornbread’ Brand bested the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks to win his first main event of the season as well. The action packed event featured some of the best racing this season and some of the worst accidents.
Locust Grove’s Billy Stevenson was involved in a wild wreck near the halfway point of the Legends Car feature race. Stevenson clipped the front stretch wall and then barrel-rolled several times before coming to a rest on his wheels at the top of turn one. The crash hushed the crowd until a hobbled Stevenson emerged from the wreckage. Stevenson was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
Crashes marred a good race in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, too. The race was slowed several times for cautions before being shortened to fifteen laps. Grantville’s Ronnie Thacker nearly destroyed his race car after a pair of drivers tangled in turn four. Thacker was clipped when the drivers tried to correct their cars. That touch sent Thacker up the track and almost head-on into the front stretch wall.
When the dust settled, Brand had his first victory of the season. Franklin’s Chris Steele was second ahead of Brooks’ Kerry Carden. It was Carden’s best finish since he rolled his car three times down the front stretch in May.
The night’s craziest finish came in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber division feature. Alvaton’s Jay Conner led the field flag to flag for the win, but as he crossed the line Senoia’s Winford Minix and Dustin Smith were racing side by side in turn three and four with Griffin’s John Holcomb trying to hold them back. Holcomb lost control of his ride sliding down the track. Minix spun to try and avoid Holcomb as did Smith. While all three drivers tried to get their cars going forward and cross the finish line, Zebulon’s Jim Jackson weaved in and around the spun traffic to finish a career high second place. Smith ended up moving across the line third with Holcomb fourth and Minix fifth.
Holloway prepared for this weekend’s July 5th Firecracker 30 special for the Newnan Bonding B Cadets with this first win of the season. Holloway jumped to the inside of Newnan’s Parrish Duncan with only a few laps remaining to steal away the lead position and then held off all of Duncan’s challenges to retake the lead. Duncan settled for second ahead of Lake Spivey’s Dow Kirkland and Hampton’s Richard Goode.
The Newnan Bonding B Cadets will headline a holiday weekend special this Saturday with their 30-lap, $1,000 to win Firecracker 30. The night also includes racing in all six weekly divisions and a huge fireworks display after the conclusion of the night’s racing.
Alabama’s Dana Eiland held off the ‘Grantville Grenade’ Austin Horton for the victory in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models. LaGrange’s Dennis Hale passed the most cars and nabbed a third place finish while Roopville rookie contender Clifton Moran was fourth. LaGrange’s Dusty Jones completed the top five.
Douglasville’s James ‘Showtime’ Stansel was the winner in the Legends Car feature. It was the second straight victory for Stansel since hopping into the seat of a Legends Car.
Griffin’s Harold Leath won the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock feature while Carrollton’s Aubrey Merritt was the man to beat in the Modified Mini.
Fireworks, fireworks, fireworks is on the schedule for this Saturday, July 5th as Senoia Raceway promoter Tim Moses helps his drivers and fans celebrate the nation’s birthday. The ‘Bull Ring’ cranks up with racing in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock, Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock, A1 Hydraulics Bomber, Modified Mini and the special Firecracker 30 for the Newnan Bonding B Cadets.
The pit gates will open at 5pm this Saturday. Grandstand gates open at 6pm. The drivers will take the track for hot laps beginning at 7:30pm. The first race of the night is at 8pm.
Ticket prices for grandstand admission is $12. Children ages 6-12 are $5. Kids five and under are admitted for free. Pit passes are $25 with children ages 3-12 $12. Kids two and under are admitted into the pit area for free.
Trackside parking is available on first come, first serve basis and includes access to the pit area.
Senoia Raceway is located just five miles west of Senoia, GA on Georgia Highway 16. Easy access from both Interstate 85 or Interstate 75.
For more information, visit the Senoia Raceway website at www.senoiaraceway.com or call the speedway at 404.796.1435.
Official Results from Saturday, June 28, 2014
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature): 1-Dana Eiland, Phenix City, AL 2-Austin Horton, Grantville 3-Dennis Hale, LaGrange 4-Clifton Moran, Roopville 5-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 6-Marcus Caswell, Newnan 7-Hunter Worley, Alvaton 8-Tod Darda, LaGrange 9-Corey Smith, Carrollton 10-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 11-Jamie Carr, LaGrange
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature): 1-Paul Holloway, Hampton 2-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 3-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 4-Richard Goode, Hampton 5-David Osbahr, LaGrange 6-Jason Miller, Jonesboro 7-Wesley Lyle, Bowden 8-Bennie Croy, McDonough DNS-Blake Griffin, Grantville; Craig Scott, Newnan; Don Doyle, Locust Grove
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature): 1-Gary Brand, Senoia 2-Chris Steele, Franklin 3-Kerry Carden, Brooks 4-Mike Jenkins, Brooks 5-Jonathan Arher, Griffin 6-Houston Hatchett, Williamson 7-Ben Wells, Milner 8-Chad Foster, Griffin 9-Ronnie Thacker, Grantville DNS-Ben Steele, Franklin
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Harold Leath, Griffin 2-Gary Parker, Barnesville 3-Brandon Libri, Newnan 4-Cassie Dingler-Still, Newnan
A1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature): 1-Jay Conner, Alvaton 2-Jim Jackson, Zebulon 3-Dustin Smith, Senoia 4-John Holcomb, Griffin 5-Winford Minix, Senoia 6-Alex Rudolph, Griffin 7-Bobby Arnold, Newnan 8-Mike Lilly, Lithia Springs 9-Joel Smith, LaGrange
Modified Mini (Feature): 1-Aubrey Merrit, Carrollton 2-Dorough Bright, Newnan 3-Alan Brewster, Villa Rica
Legends Car (Feature): 1-James Stansel, Douglasville 2-Chris Middleton, Locust Grove 3-Meghan Younginer, Locust Grove 4-Tim Guy, Molena 5-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove 6-Mike Younginer, Locust Grove