JEWEL SERIES DOUBLES WELCOMES TEN DIFFERENT DRIVERS TO SENOIA RACEWAY WINNER’S CIRCLE
(May 21, 2014 – Senoia, GA) Ten different drivers visited the Senoia Raceway winner’s circle this past weekend. The 3/8ths mile bull ring hosted the annual Jewel Series season opener which offers competitors double features in a special three event series. With twelve feature races on the schedule, only two divisions saw one driver sweep the action. The others were split creating more winners than any other time this season.
“The Jewel Series always creates some of the best racing and the most winners,” said Senoia Raceway promoter Tim Moses. “The drivers draw for position and that usually creates more passing and racing. It is definitely more entertaining for the fan and you get to see some drivers run up front that may not be there on a regular night with the qualifying heat races lining up the features.”
Hamilton’s Thomas Lewis clean swept the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model twins while Franklin’s Chris Steele did the same in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock. Whitesburg’s Blant Duke and LaGrange’s David Osbahr split the main events for the Newnan Bonding B Cadets. Senoia’s Winford Minix and Alvaton’s Jay Conner picked up wins in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber and brothers Harold and Marc Leath from Griffin and Hampton won the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock. Douglasville’s Aubrey Merrit won the first Modified Mini feature and Newnan’s Dorough Bright won the second race.
In addition to the great racing action and multiple winners, the tough track also had a few scary accidents. In the first race for the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock, Brook’s Kerry Carden was running a strong third when he bounced off the front stretch wall and barrel-rolled three times down the front stretch. Carden was ok, but his Chevrolet Camaro was nearly destroyed in the wild wreck.
The A1 Hydraulics Bomber division also saw a roll-over when Franklin’s Terri Thomaston tangled with the ‘Riverdale Rocket’ Mike Ray during the bombers second round race. Thomaston ended up on her roof in turn two, but was ok.
The accident was the second of the night involving Thomaston that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. In the first race of the night for the A1 Hydrualics Bomber class, Thomaston was running just in front of the leaders on the final lap. Then race leader Dustin Smith dove low in turn three to try and pass Thomaston while Jay Conner was fast on his tail. Smith snagged the left quarter panel of Thomaston and drove up into the driver’s side window with his right side tires. While up on two wheels, Conner shot past into the lead out of the final turn and stole the win. Smith would end up second and Thomaston’s night was on a roll. Pun intended.
The double feature racing action also scrambled the point standings in all the weekly chases. LaGrange’s Tod Darda still leads the way in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model while Newnan’s Johnny Stinchcomb heads up the Newnan Bonding B Cadet rankings. Stinchcomb has Jonesboro’s Jason Miller close by, but Saturday night winner David Osbahr is closing the gap on both drivers quickly.
The best points races of the early season can be found in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber and Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock divisions. In the Bomber, Griffin’s John Holcomb and Dustin Smith are only separated by one point going into this weekend’s holiday racing card while Harold Leath leads former Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock champion Gary Parker of Barnesville in the four cylinder standings.
The stock car racing action resumes this Saturday, May 24th as Crown Security presents the racing action. All six weekly divisions will be competing along with the motorcycle engine powered Legends Cars will also be part of the show. Race fans will also have a pre-race opportunity to meet the drivers, get and autograph and see the race cars up close during the night’s Driver Autograph session.
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 7:15pm to allow for the autograph session to take place around 7:40pm. 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, May 17, 2014
Jewel Series – Event #1
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature #1): 1-Thomas Lewis, Hamilton 2-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 3-Tod Darda, LaGrange 4-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 5-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 6-Austin Horton, Grantville 7-Clifton Moran, Roopville 8-Marcus Caaswell, Newnan 9-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 10-Rick Woodruff, Peachtree City 11-Corey Payton, Newnan 12-Craig Scott, Newnan
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature #2): 1-Lewis 2-Darda 3-Jones 4-Fulcher 5-Morris 6-Caswell 7-Moran 8-Duncan 9-Payton 10-Woodruff 11-Horton DNS-Scott
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature #1): 1-Blant Duke, Whitesburg 2-David Osbahr, LaGrange 3-Richard Smith, Douglasville 4-Charlie Garrett, LaGrange 5-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 6-Bennie Croy, McDonough 7-Don Doyce, Locust Grove 8-Jason Miller, Jonesboro 9-Paul Holloway, Hampton 10-Wesley Lyle, Bowden 11-Jeff Carter, Stockbridge
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature #2): 1-Osbahr 2-Miller 3-Stinchcomb 4-Garrett 5-Holloway 6-Croy 7-Doyce 8-Smith DNS-Duke; Carter; Lyle
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature #1): 1-Chris Steele, Franklin 2-Houston Hatchett, Williamson 3-Ben Wells, Milner 4-Bill Brown, Forsyth 5-Chad Foster, Griffin 6-Wilson Boozer, Locust Grove 7-Sam Carter, Covington 8-Ronnie Thacker, Grantville 9-Kerry Carden, Brooks 10-Mike Jenkins, Brooks
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature #2): 1-Steele 2-Hatchett 3-Foster 4-Boozer 5-Jenkins 6-Carter 7-Wells 8-Thacker 9-Brown DNS-Carden
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature #1): 1-Harold Leath, Griffin 2-Gary Parker, Barnesville 3-Randy Brady, Douglasville 4-Marc Leath, Hampton 5-Robbie Quinta, Stockbridge 6-Cassie Dingler, Newnan 7-Robert Caldwell, Senoia 8-Trey Lewallen, Lithia Springs DNS-Brandon Libri, Newnan
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature #2): 1-Marc Leath 2-Parker 3-Harold Leath 4-Lewallen 5-Brady 6-Caldwell 7-Dingler 8-Quinta DNS-Libri
A1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature #1): 1-Jay Conner, Alvaton 2-Dustin Smith, Senoia 3-John Holcomb, Griffin 4-Winford Minix, Senoia 5-Hoke Duke, Whitesburg 6-Michael Lilly, Lithia Springs 7-Josh Roddy, Palmetto 8-Alex Rudolph, Griffin 9-Pappy Powell, Hogansville 10-James Barber, Jr., Luthersville 11-Carley Arnett, Lanett, AL 12-Mike Ray, Riverdale 13-Terri Thomaston, Franklin
A1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature #2): 1-Minix 2-Roddy 3-Smith 4-Rudolph 5-Lilly 6-Holcomb 7-Barber 8-Powell 9-Arnett 10-Conner 11-Thomaston 12-Ray DNS-Duke
Modified Mini (Feature #1): 1-Aubrey Merrit, Carrollton 2-Dan Bennett, Loganville 3-Dustin Smith, Carrollton 4-Dorough Bright, Newnan 5-David Brackett, Villa Rica 6-Brandon Bright, Newnan 7-Patty Ann Hoell, Kennesaw
Modified Mini (Feature #2): 1-Dorough Bright 2-Smith 3-Merritt 4-Bennett 5-Brackett 6-Hoell DNS-Brandon Bright