NEW FACES FIND VICTORY LANE AT SENOIA RACEWAY OPENER
(March 29, 2014 – Senoia, GA) The 2014 stock car racing season opened at Senoia Raceway Saturday night and four drivers found victory lane for the first time within their divisions. LaGrange’s Dusty Jones notched his first career victory in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model division after capturing the rookie of the year title last season. Jones held off an early charge by Tod Darda before outrunning the defending divisional champion Glenn Morris to nab the late model laurels.
Joining Jones in the victory lane were first time winners Robert Chandler in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets, James Stansel in the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stocks and Dustin Smith in the A-1 Hydraulics Bombers. Dustin Smith (different driver) topped the Modified Mini while Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran took home his fifty-sixth feature win in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks.
“It was a cold opening night,” said fifth year promoter Tim Moses. “But, the new drivers flexed their muscle. The veterans will have their hands full this season.”
Dusty Jones battled with fellow LaGrange driver Tod Darda for the first two circuits before Darda broke coming out of turn three. Darda had shot out to the lead ahead of pole-sitter Jones, but got caught up in a deep rut breaking a lower control arm. Jones then held off seventeen-year-old ‘Magic’ Matt Dooley for the next fifteen laps. Dooley broke a rear hub with only three laps remaining. His final test came from defending Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model champion Glenn Morris of Fayetteville.
Jones picked up his first career late model victory ahead of Morris, Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher, Newnan’s Parrish Duncan and Woody Woodruff of Peachtree City.
“I don’t know if I had anything for Tod,” said Jones afterwards. “But, I sure would have liked to have gotten the chance. Maybe next week.”
Douglasville’s James Stansel squeezed into a three wide hole to overtake the lead in the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock main event. He slid in between Newnan’s Bobby ‘Wild Child’ Arnold and Brandon ‘Goose’ Libri before cruising to his first career win at Senoia Raceway. Hampton’s Brandon Brock would end up second ahead of Barnesviile’s Gary Parker. Both Arnold and Libri would break before the checkers fell over the field.
“I have to thank Dorough Bright for letting me drive this great car,” said Stansel during the victory lane interview.
Senoia’s Dustin Smith passed Valley, Alabama’s Paul Walters after Walter broke a rear axle and then held off Griffin’s John Holcomb and Whitesburg’s Ricky Neill to notch his first win ever at the 3/8ths mile speed plant. Neill ended up losing his position as he was light across the scales.
Carrollton’s Dustin Smith made it two for two for guys named Dustin Smith. In the Modified Mini feature race, Smith took advantage of Robbie Scadron’s misfortune. The Sharpsburg driver was leading when he blew a head gasket on lap four. Smith went on to win his second straight opening night fearure. He also won last season’s opening night feature for the Modified Mini.
Sharpsburg’s Robert Chandler held Jonesboro’s Jason Miller and Newnan’s Johnny Stinchcomb at bay for the 20-lap feature for the Newnan Bonding B Cadets. It was a first for Chandler winning on Senoia Raceway soil.
Roopville’s Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran started on the pole and ran away from Williamson’s Houston Hatchett to win the main event for the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks. Hatchett ran a strong second with Covington’s Sam ‘Bam’ Carter coming home third.
Next Saturday, April 5th, Senoia Raceway hosts the 4th Annual Spring Fling 40 for the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model division. The fastest cars competing weekly at Senoia Raceway will be highlighted with a pair of 20-lap specials paying $1000 to win each. Defending Spring Fling champion Russ Ogletree is expected to be back to defend his title. The Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Senoia Drug Company Mini Stocks, A-1 Hydraulics Bombers and Modified Mini will also be on the racing card.
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 with racing set to go green for the first time in 2014 at 8pm.
Ticket prices remain the same for this early season special event. The 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, March 29, 2014
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature): 1-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 2-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 3-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 4-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 5-Woody Woodruff, Peachtree City 6-Matt Dooley, Brooks 7-Tod Darda, LaGrange (Fast Qualifier); Jones
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature): 1-Robert Chandler, Sharpsburg 2-Jason Miller, Jonesoboro 3-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature): 1-Clifton Moran, Roopville 2-Houston Hatchett, Williamson 3-Sam Carter, Covington 4-William Blair, Whitesburg 5-Chad Foster, Griffin 6-Mike Jenkins, Brooks 7-Bill Brown, Forsyth 8-Ben Wells, Milner (Heat): Moran
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature): 1-James Stansel, Douglasville 2-Brandon Brock, Hampton 3-Gary Parker, Barnesville 4-Brandon Johnson, Carrollton 5-Brandon Libri, Newnan 6-Bobby Arnold, Newnan
A-1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Senoia 2-John Holcomb, Griffin 3-Winford Minix, Senoia 4-Alex Rudolph, Griffin 5- Paul Walters, Valley, AL DQ-Ricky Neill, Whitesburg
Modified Mini (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Carrollton 2-Todd Brewster, Villa Rica 3-Brandon Bright, Newnan 4-Robbie Scadron, Sharpsburg