MORRIS NABS FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR AT SENOIA RACEWAY
(June 8, 2014 – Senoia, GA) Defending Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model champion Glenn Morris of Fayetteville has been absent from Senoia Raceway’s victory lane this season. That changed this past Saturday night as Morris powered past Phenix City, Alabama’s Lavon Sparks and then held off Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher for the feature win.
Joining Morris in the winner’s circle were LaGrange’s David Osbahr besting the field in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Covington’s Sam ‘Bam’ Carter in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock, Hampton’s Marc Leath in the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock and Dustin Smith in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber. James ‘Showtime’ Stansel of Douglasville won his debut piloting a Legends Car winning the main event for the motorcycle engine powered race cars.
Morris qualified on the pole for the first time this season, but had to hold off former track champion Lavon Sparks at the drop of the green. Sparks tried valiantly to get past Morris, but slipped allowing him to move out front. The slip continued three laps later when Fulcher was able to get past and secure second.
Fulcher caught up to Morris near the end, but Morris was on a mission to gain his first win of the season and pad his points lead. Sparks ended up third ahead of Brooks Jayce Southwell and LaGrange’s Tod Darda.
The Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models will compete in a special event this Saturday, June 14th as Country Financial presents the Father’s Day Late Model Summer Shoot-Out. The 30-lap feature will pay $1,500 to win and $100 to start. It is the largest purse offered during the five year tenure for track promoter Tim Moses.
“The late model race was kind of a warm-up for the Country Financial Father’s Day Late Model Summer Shoot-Out,” said promoter Tim Moses. “Glenn, Shane and Lavon are primed to take on the Bull Ring next weekend and see who will take home the biggest purse I have ever posted. I hope the drivers come out to support the show.”
Bowden’s Wesley Lyle and Jonesboro’s Jason Miller battled for the lead in the feature for the Newnan Bonding B Cadet. Lyle was the race’s first leader, but cut a tire near the middle of the race forcing him to the pit area. Miller inherited the lead while a pair of LaGrange drviers fought it out for the second place spot. David OsBahr and Buck Ussery ran side by side for several laps before Osbahr was able to break loose and then tackle Miller for the lead.
With only seven laps remaining, Osbahr with Ussery on the inside moved up in turn one then sliced to the low side out of turn two to get a run on Miller. The two raced to turn three with Osbahr getting the advantage and overtaking the number one spot. He would go on to record his fourth victory of the year. Miller finished second and moved into the divisional points lead while Ussery had his best finish at the Bull Ring in third.
The fans thought the best race of the night was once again in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock. Sam Carter started on the outside front row with many of the hottest drivers starting further back in the field. Carter darted to the initial lead while Williamson’s Houston Hatchett and Franklin duo Ben and Chris Steele patiently waited for opportunities to gain positions and move towards the front. Forsyth’s ‘Wild’ Bill Brown, Milner’s Ben Wells and Griffin’s Chad Foster were emblazoned in a dog fight while Carter moved further and further into the lead.
As the cross flags came out for the halfway mark, Hatchett and Chris Steele were able to work past Brown and Wells. A caution also closed up the field allowing the fast climbing pair to restart closer to Carter and Foster. The restart was costly for Foster as he slid high in turn two giving the room to Hatchett and then Steele to move on past. The boys chased down Carter, but were unable to overcome the leader.
Carter won his second of the season ahead of points leader Hatchett and Chris Steele. Foster would come home in fourth with Brown rounding out the first five.
A pair of Senoia drivers squared off in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber main as Dustin Smith and Winford Minix decided the outcome. Smith led for the entire race as Minix worked his way towards the front. A late race caution assisted Minix in catching Smith, but the checkers would fly over Smith first at the finish line with Minix settling for the runner-up spot this week after winning the previous Saturday. Griffin rookie Alex Rudolph was third followed by Jay Conner of Alvaton and Josh Roddy of Palmetto.
Marc Leath held off a mid-race charge by Hampton’s Brandon Brock to win the race for the Mini Stock while Douglasville’s James ‘Showtime’ Stansel kept former national legend car dirt champion Dwight Pilgram at bay for the Legends Car laurels. It was the first time that Stansel had ever raced a Legends Car.
The ‘Bull Ring’ at Senoia Raceway cranks back up this Saturday, June 14th with the Country Financial Father’s Day Late Model Summer Shoot-Out. The late model special event will feature the increased purse for the late models along with a full line-up of racing in the track’s weekly divisions. All grandstand admission and pit pass prices will remain the same for this special event.
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 7, 2014
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature): 1-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 2-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 3-Lavon Sparks, Phenix City, AL 4-Jayce Southwell, Brooks 5-Tod Darda, LaGrange 6-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 7-Corey Payton, Newnan DNS-Marcus Caswell, Newnan
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature): 1-David Osbahr, LaGrange 2-Jason Miller, Jonesboro 3-Buck Ussery, LaGrange 4-Zack Privette, Locust Grove 5-Wesley Lyle, Bowden 6-Bennie Croy, McDonough 7-Melissa Still, Locust Grove DNS-Donald Doyle, Locust Grove; TJ Joiner, Lithia Springs
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature): 1-Sam Carter, Covington 2-Houston Hatchett, Williamson 3-Chris Steele, Franklin 4-Chad Foster, Griffin 5-Bill Brown, Forsyth 6-Bryson Ussery, LaGrange 7-Ben Steele, Franklin 8-Ben Wells, Milner 9-Ronnie Thacker, Grantville DNS-Kerry Carden, Brooks; Mike Jenkins, Brooks
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Marc Leath, Hampton 2-Brandon Brock, Hampton 3-Cassie Dingler-Still, Newnan
A1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Senoia 2-Winford Minix, Senoia 3-Alex Rudolph, Griffin 4-Jay Conner, Alvaton 5-Josh Roddy, Palmetto 6-Jim Jackson, Zebulon
Legends Car (Feature): 1-James Stansel, Douglasville 2-Dwight Pilgram, McDonough 3-Mike Younginer, Locust Grove 4-Meghan Younginer, Locust Grove 5-Chris Middleton, Locust Grove 6-Tim Guy, Molena 7-Tony Armbruster, Covington
Modified Mini: Dustin Smith, Carrollton; Aubrey Merrit, Carrollton (no race)