MORRIS LEADS A SUPER NIGHT OF RACING AT SENOIA RACEWAY
(July 30, 2014 – Senoia, GA) Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model points leader Glenn Morris of Fayetteville continued his charge to a second straight championship with this third win of the season at Senoia Raceway’s 3/8ths mile bull ring. Morris’ win did not come easy as Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher led most of the race. Fulcher gave up the lead on lap 12 when his car lost power and dropped to the infield pit area.
Other Saturday night winners included Greenville’s Thomas Mewborn in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Milner’s Ben Wells in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks and John Holcomb of Griffin in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber. Harold Leath also notched a victory in the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock.
“We found more speed with our car’s set-up,” Morris explained. “The car rolls through the corners faster which keeps the speed up in the straights. Other guys have a lot more motor than we do.”
Phenix City’s Dana Eiland came home second to Morris while LaGrange’s Dusty Jones battled throughout the twenty lap main with Columbus hot shoe Pat Wall. Jones passed Wall for good with only three circuits remaining to get a top three finish. Wall was fourth followed by LaGrange’s Tod Darda.
Former Newnan Bonding B Cadet champion Thomas Mewborn rode the high side in the preliminary heat races to gain a front row outside starting position and then used that same groove to snare a lead that he would never let go during the feature race. Mewborn left the racing to the drivers in chase with Alabama’s Roger Arnett in a dog fight with Bowden’s Wesley Lyle.
Arnett would gain an inside run on Lyle several times during the 20-lap race. But each time Arnett would run alongside his door, Lyle would slam the door shut. The crowd was cheering both drivers through the end of the race with Lyle edging out Arnett for the runner-up position.
The race for fourth and fifth was almost as intense with Newnan’s Parrish Duncan racing against Lake Spivey’s Dow Kirkland. This duo also raced side by side on several occasions with Duncan winning the final drag race to the checkers.
Intense racing led to some wild crashes and bent race cars in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock.
Ben Wells led the race until the halfway point when Williamson’s Houston ‘Hoot Daddy’ Hatchett passed him for the lead. One lap after taking the lead, Hatchett lost control of his ride and spun out causing a caution. A hard charging Mike Jenkins bounced off a couple of cars and ended running nearly head on into the turn four outside wall. That crash ended Jenkins night and sent Hatchett to the back of the pack.
Four laps later, Hatchett was climbing back to the front of the field when he slipped up the track and hopped on to the Camaro driven by Kerry Carden of Brooks. The two drivers ended up sliding down the track and coming to rest along the inside back stretch wall. Hatchett’s car rested on top of the hood of Carden.
Wells held off the final challenge by Alabama’s Chris Storey for his first career win at the Bull Ring. Jonathan Archer of Griffin closed out the top three finishers.
In the A1 Hydraulic Bombers, The Riverdale Rocket Mike Ray led at the drop of the green flag. Ray moved out to the good lead while a three car feud between Griffin’s John Holcomb and Alex Rudolph and Senoia’s Winford Minix. Holcomb, Rudolph and Minix traded bumps and positions for half of the race before Holcomb finally broke loose to chase down Ray.
Holcomb powered past Ray with four laps remaining and never looked back winning his fourth feature of the season. Ray finished second ahead of Rudolph in third. Griffin’s David Johnson was fourth followed by 89-year-old Pappy Powell of Hogansville.
The Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock points leader Harold Leath padded his points lead with his fifth win of the season.
The fan favorite Waterless Boat Race IV is scheduled for this Saturday, August 2nd. Drivers will pull boats (without trailers) around the track and try to disengage their opponent’s boats. It is not a race to see who is the fastest. It is a competition to see who is the last one remaining with their boat still attached and being dragged. No water, no trailers and no rules will create a night of total boat destruction.
“There will be over a dozen entries this season,” Moses said. “The track will be full of boats and cars. In fact, I think one of the boats is actually an old jet ski.”
The Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, A1 Hydraulics Bomber, Senoia Drug Company and the Legends Cars will also be racing this weekend.
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 12 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, July 26, 2014
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature): 1-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 2-Dana Eiland, Phenix City, AL 3-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 4-Pat Wall, Columbus 5-Tod Darda, LaGrange 6-Jayce Southwell, Brooks 7-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 8-Marc Gooden, Lafayette, AL 9-Craig Scott, Newnan
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature): 1-Thomas Mewborn, Greenville 2-Wesley Lyle, Bowden 3-Roger Arnett, Lanett, AL 4-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 5-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 6-Robert Chandler, Sharpsburg 7-Don Doyal, Locust Grove 8-Bennie Croy, McDonough 9-Chris Holt, Senoia
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature): 1-Ben Wells, Milner 2-Chris Storey, Phenix City, AL 3-Jonathan Archer, Griffin 4-Kerry Carden, Brooks 5-Houston Hatchett, Williamson 6-Mike Jenkins, Brooks 7-Todd Hatchett, Concord
A1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature): 1-John Holcomb, Griffin 2-Mike Ray, Riverdale 3-Alex Rudolph, Griffin 4-David Johnson, Griffin 5-Pappy Powell, Hogansville 6-Jim Jackson, Zebulon 7-Joel Smith, LaGrange 8-Winford Minix, Senoia DNS-George Purgason, Hogansville
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Harold Leath, Griffin 2-Brandon Brock, Hampton DNS-Brandon Creech, Newnan; Ross Baines, Rockmart