RACING & ROLLING AT SENOIA RACEWAY SPRING FLING

RACING & ROLLING AT SENOIA RACEWAY SPRING FLING

(May 3, 2015 – Senoia, GA) One hundred race teams packed the pit area Saturday night for the Spring Fling 2015 at Senoia Raceway. The racing action was intense from the drop of the first green flag and sometimes scary as three separate accidents resulted in race cars rolling over in spectacular crashes. Topping all the chaos was Winston’s Michael Page as he claimed the $3000 prize winning the Spring Fling 40 for the Super Late Models.

 

Others claiming victories at the Bull Ring’s special event included Senoia’s Clint Smith in the Limited Late Models, Alabama’s Dylan Knowles in the Crate Late Models, Carrollton’s Dustin Smith in the Hobby Stock, Winford Minix of Senoia in the Bombers and Newnan’s Brandon Bright in the Mini Stock. The official finish of the Battle of the B Cadet is pending the results of an engine protest. Jackson’s Craig Scott was the winner, but second place finisher Blant Duke of Whitesburg protested the legality of his engine.

 

Tiger’s Ethan Hunter qualified fastest for the Super Late Models knocking Senoia’s Clint Smith off the pole for only the second time this season. Though Smith gained the advantage from the outside on the drop of the green as Hunter slid back to second. Colbert’s Kenny Collins came up to race with Hunter while Kingston’s Tyler Millwood and Leesburg’s Cale Simons battled side by side.

 

Simons dropped back a car length at lap six and found himself in a great race with Sharpsburg’s Brian Reese for the fifth place position. The duo raced side by side for two laps before Simons inched in front through turn three. He bobbled exiting the fourth turn. The bobble sent Simons up across the track where Reese clipped him slightly resulting in Simons hitting and then climbing the front stretch wall and then rolling onto his roof just past the flag stand.

 

On lap 11, Clint Smith was leading but slowed with problems and Kenny Collins took over the lead position. Tyler Millwood closed the gap and began to pressure Collins with Michael Page and Senoia’s Joe Armistead, Jr. racing hard for the third place position.

 

Millwood overtook Collins on lap 27, but could not pull away as the two caught up to lapped traffic. That slowdown also allowed Page and Armistead to close the gap as those two swapped their position back and forth in a classic Bull Ring battle.

 

Millwood would begin to pull away, but could not get around Meansville’s ‘Mad’ Maddie Crane as she raced to stay on the lead lap. Millwood looked to go around her with only a few laps remaining, but Crane slid up the track connecting just enough to send her car up into the third turn wall and Millwood’s down across the dirt berm at the bottom of the track. The unfortunate accident ended Millwood’s quest for the big payday and put Collins back into the lead spot.

 

Michael Page would come up and take over the lead from Collins a few laps later with Ethan Hunter chasing him through the hole created. Armistead also followed suit as Collins faded to fourth.

 

The final caution of the 40-lap race happened when Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher slammed the outside wall down the back stretch and then stopped on the track entering turn three. Brian Reese could not slow his mount down before a crushing blow to Fulcher’s disabled ride. Both of the cars were heavily damaged in the accident.

 

Page kept everyone behind him on the final restart claiming the $3000 pay day. Ethan Hunter came back to finish second ahead of Armistead, Collins and Carrollton’s Tony Kemp.

 

Grantville’s Austin Horton has been one of the fastest in the Limited Late Model competition all year. He proved it again on Saturday night claiming the fast qualifier, but then rolling a five on the invert dice. The roll sent him to the inside of row three for the start of the feature.

 

On the start, LaGrange’s Dusty Jones wobbled and that created an opening for Thomas Lewis of Hamilton to go three wide with Alabama’s Russ Ogletree on the outside and Horton on the inside. The three charged to the third turn, but Horton lost the grip and spun collecting Ogletree and ending the night for both hot shoes.

 

Jones used the early caution to regain his composure and lead the restart, but Lewis was close behind applying the pressure. Clint Smith, running the Limited Late Model for Newnan’s Marcus Caswell, held strong in third place with Carrollton’s Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran running behind him and racing with seventeen-year-old Joey Armistead for the fourth place. Hamilton’s Brand Lewis also joined the battle as fans had numerous races for position to watch unfold.

 

After a Thomas Lewis spin, Smith moved up to challenge Jones for the lead. The younger Jones did an excellent job fending off the four-time Southern All-Stars champion as the two pulled away from Moran, Armistead and Brand Lewis.

 

A late caution proved to be the only thing that could stop Jones as he had a tire go down while parading around waiting for the restart. Smith inherited that lead and then held back Armistead for the victory. Moran would finish third ahead of Thomas Lewis and Fayetteville’s Glenn Morris.

 

Dylan Knowles set the pace early in the Crate Late Model feature and showed he was going to be the man to beat. The 18-year-old Alabama driver charged out to the lead leaving the second place race to be decided by Douglasville’s Matt Black, Colbert’s Robin Collins and a another Alabama youngster Taylor Mitcham.

 

Mitcham would spin during the middle laps of the race after a trading paint skirmish with Black. Damage to his racer would force him to the pit area allowing Black to try and chase down Knowles. Griffin’s Bobby Mills used the caution to gain back some track position along with Winston’s Mark Page.

 

While Knowles pulled away, Black and Mills would swap their position back and forth as one would race high and then dive under the other with each trading that move in each of the turns. That action packed race resulted in Mills running the high side so hard that he climbed the wall and crashed into the turn three caution light bringing out another caution.

 

Mark Page used that restart to sneak past Black, but had nothing for the Alabama kid Dylan Knowles. It was the third win of the season for Knowles with Page finishing in second and Black in third. Dallas’ Nick Phillips ran a solid race to finish fourth while Alabama’s Tyler Hill completed the first five finishers.

 

The first of three roll-overs on this full moon night came in the Bomber feature. Mansfield’s Blake Harmon clipped the front stretch wall on the first lap and then flipped his ride down the front stretch. Harmon was ok, but his car was unable to continue.

 

Winford Minix built up large leads over the remainder of the race and never looked back posting his second win of the season over Palmetto’s Josh ‘Hot’ Roddy and Whitesburg’s Derrick Matthews. Griffin’s Alex Rudolph and Zebulon’s Jim Jackson rounded out the top five.

 

The other roll-over saw Palmetto’s Travis Harris go upside down in the Mini Stock. Harris was battling early in the feature race only to have the front stretch wall claim him as well. The roof panel was ripped from the body as he came to rest on his wheels near the entrance to turn one. Harris was also uninjured.

 

In the Hobby Stock feature, Carrollton’s Dustin Smith topped Jonathan Archer after those two raced hard for several laps. Brook’s Kerry Carden ran very good to finish in third ahead of Villa Rica’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Hillman. LaGrange’s Ben Herren was fifth.

 

Douglasville’s James ‘Showtime’ Stansel led the entire Mini Stock feature, but was disqualified in the post-race inspection for illegal pedals. The disqualification moved Brandon Bright to the winner’s circle.

 

The results of the Battle of the B Cadet are still pending as apparent winner Craig Scott was protested by second place finisher Blant Duke. Scott’s power plant will be sent to the track’s official engine shop for further inspection.

 

 

(UPDATE) – Craig Scott’s engine was found to be legal and was declared the official winner on Monday, May 4, 2015,

 

 

Scott and Duke entertained fans with a great race for the lead position through most of the Battle of the B Cadet feature. The caution filled event was reduced to only 11 laps due to the race reaching it’s time limit. Unofficially, seventeen-year-old Jake Traylor of LaGrange finished in third ahead of Newnan’s Parrish Duncan and Alabama’s Marc Gooden.

 

Racing continues this Saturday, May 9th as Senoia Raceway offers a special discount honoring mother’s on their special weekend. All mothers will be admitted into the grandstand for only $7 (five dollar savings). The night will feature racing in the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, B Cadets, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bomber and Legends Car divisions. The ‘Bonus Race’ month of May will also continue with the Bomber Bonus race taking place. The Bomber feature winner will take home a cool five hundred dollars next weekend.

 

The pit gates will open this Saturday at 4pm, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps will begin at 6:30pm. Heat races and qualifying will start at 7pm.

 

Grandstand ticket prices are $12 (moms only $7); ages 5-12 are $5; four and under are admitted for free. Access to the pit area is available for $25; ages 5-12 are $12; four and under are free. Trackside parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Trackside parking is only accessible through the pit area and pit passes must be purchased.

 

For additional information, schedules, rules and more, visit the Senoia Raceway website at www.senoiaraceway.com. The track also offers an e-mail newsletter (sign-up on the website), Facebook page and twitter feed for social media access to news and information. You can also contact the track directly at 770.599.6161.

 

Official results (B Cadet unofficial at press time) from Saturday, May 2, 2015
Super Late Model (Spring Fling Feature): 1-Michael Page, Winston 2-Ethan Hunter, Tiger, GA 3-Joe Armistead, Jr., Senoia 4-Kenny Collins, Colbert 5-Tony Kemp, Carrollton 6-Ricky Williams, Fayetteville 7-Scott Groves, Canton 8-Mason Massey, Douglasville 9-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 10-Brian Reese, Sharpsburg 11-Tyler Millwood, Kingston 12-Madeline Crane, Meansville 13-Ashton Winger, Senoia 14-Clint Smith, Senoia 15-Cale Simons, Leesburg Fast Qualifier: Hunter (14.048 seconds/96.2 mph)
Limited Late Model (Feature): 1-Clint Smith, Senoia 2-Joey Armistead, Senoia 3-Clifton Moran, Carrollton 4-Thomas Lewis, Hamilton 5-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 6-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 7-Marty Lunsford, Newnan 8-Jack Mills, Griffin 9-Brand Lewis, Hamilton 10-Jayce Southwell, Brooks 11-Russ Ogletree, Phenix City, AL 12-Austin Horton, Grantville DNS-Tod Darda, LaGrange Fast Qualifier: Horton (14.676 seconds/92.0 mph)
Crate Late Model (Feature): 1-Dylan Knowles, Lanett, AL 2-Mark Page, Winston 3-Matt Black, Douglasville 4-Nick Phillips, Dallas 5-Tyler Hill, Newell, AL 6-Bobby Mills, Griffin 7-Jamie Brown, Carrollton 8-Frank Rogers, Villa Rica 9-Taylor Mitcham, LaFayette, AL 10-Woody Woodruff, Senoia 11-Robin Collins, Colbert 12-Kyle Clifton, Ranburne, AL Heat Winners: Knowles & Collins
Battle of the B Cadet: 1-Craig Scott, Jackson 2-Blant Duke, Whitesburg 3-Jake Traylor, LaGrange 4-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 5-Marc Gooden, Lafayette, AL 6-Richard Goode, Hampton 7-Bubba Gorman, Phenix City, AL 8-Wesley Lyle, Carrollton 9-Roger Arnett, Lanett, AL 10-Cindy Anderson, Concord 11-Bryson Ussery, LaGrange 12-Chris Justus, McDonough 13-Jeff Carter, Stockbridge 14-Charles Grogan, Heflin, AL 15-Benny Croy, McDonough 16-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 17-Jeremy Hall, Carrollton 18-Jamie Maurice, McDonough 19-Jay Elliott, Phenix City, AL 20-Jesse Wilson, Newnan 21-Jake Rakestraw, Dallas DNS-Joey Keyser, Phenix City, AL Fast Qualifier: Scott (15.435 seconds/87.5 seconds)
Hobby Stock (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Carrollton 2-Jonathan Archer, Griffin 3-Kerry Carden, Brooks 4-Joe Hillman, Villa Rica 5-Ben Herren, LaGrange 6-Ben Wells, Milner 7-Lee McElwaney, Newnan 8-Mike Jenkins, Brooks 9-Jamie Garner, Powder Springs 10-Curtis Turner, Brooks 11-John Holder, Milner 12-Dennis Lykins, Senoia 13-Sam Carter, Covington 14-Ben Steele, Franklin 15-Carl Richards, Ball Ground 16-Chris Steele, Franklin 17-Ryan Ray, Mableton 18-Clyde Alexander, Locust Grove
Bomber (Feature): 1-Winford Minix, Senoia 2-Josh Roddy, Palmetto 3-Derrick Matthews, Whitesburg 4-Alex Rudolph, Griffin 5-Jim Jackson, Zebulon 6-Michael Lilly, Lithia Springs 7-Brent Harmon, Mansfield 8-Lucas Green, LaGrange 9-Tim Harmon, Conyers 10-Buck Ussery, LaGrange 11-Blake Harmon, Mansfield
Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Brandon Bright, Newnan 2-Gary Parker, Barnesville 3-Billy Allison, Jackson 4-Dickey Caldwell, Carrollton 5-Cassie Dingler-Still, Newnan 6-Dorough Bright, Newnan 7-Robert Caldwell, Senoia 8-Travis Harris, Palmetto DQ-James Stansel, Douglasville (illegal pedals) DNS-Darrin Parrot, Sharpsburg

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