SENOIA RACEWAY BATTLES ON THE BULLRING HIGHLIGHT RACING
(April 13, 2014 – Senoia, GA) Senoia Raceway’s tight, three-eighths mile clay oval has become known as one of the toughest bullrings to master in the southeastern auto racing scene. That proved to be the most entertaining part of Saturday night’s racing action as several feature races were determined after side by side battles for the lead position.
Roopville’s Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran and Lanett, Alabama’s Roger Arnett led the charge in ways of putting on a show for the fans. The championship duo battled side by side for fourteen of the twenty lap main event for the Newnan Bonding B Cadet class. Moran is the three-time defending champion in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks while Arnett is defending his Newnan Bonding B Cadet title from a year ago. Moran ran the high side nearly the entire race with Arnett holding the inside line. The only thing slowing down the race for first place was a number of caution flags. But each time after the restart, the drivers would return to the side by side racing that had the fans standing and cheering.
On the final lap, Moran slid up the track in turn four allowing Arnett to jump up on his inside left quarter panel. The drag race to the finish line was legendary as Moran held him off by only a foot at the line winning for the second straight week.
“Clifton Hog Head Moran and Roger Arnett, what a show you guys put on,” said track fan Joey Ward. “Class act by both drivers.”
The story was similar in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock division, although not for the lead position. Williamson’s Houston ‘Hoot Daddy’ Hatchett moved out front of the field at the drop of the green while all the side by side, bumping and racing was left to decide who would finish in what position behind Hatchett.
Whitesburg’s William Blair had to start scratch on the field after arriving late and missing the qualifying heat races. Blair worked the high side of the track to near perfection as he climbed to the number three position before tangling with Forsyth’s ‘Wild’ Bill Brown. The skirmish would relegate him to the back of the pack for a second time.
Brook’s Mike Jenkins was also near the back of the pack after being involved in a couple of spins, a trip to the pits and some unfortunate tangles. Jenkins and Blair both entertained the fans with a charge to the front of the field.
Jenkins charge ended on lap 16 when he spun in turn two. It was the third and final caution he was allowed as Senoia Raceway officials enforced their three spin rule. Blair’s night would end only a couple laps later when his engine blew with the white flag waving.
Hatchett calmly claimed his second straight feature win with Brown coming home second, Brook’s Kerry Carden third and rookie Ben Wells of Milner fourth.
In the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock feature, Griffin’s rookie contender Harold Leath led the pack at the drop of the green. Quickly, Brandon Bright of Newnan challenged Leath for the lead while fellow Newnan competitor Bobby ‘Wild Child’ Arnold came along to snare third. The three drivers looked at going three wide on lap four, but Arnold patiently held back. Bright and Leath went hard into the third turn touching a bit through the corner. It was enough for Arnold to slide under and take the lead. It was a lead he would never relinquish successfully beginning his championship title defense in the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock. Harold Leath would come home second ahead of his brother and teammate Marc Leath of Hampton. Brandon Bright finished fourth ahead of Barnesville’s Gary Parker.
McDonough’s Dwight Pilgram won the legends cars return to Senoia Raceway. The motorcycle powered race cars had not competed at Senoia Raceway since the track returned to dirt five years ago. Six cars competed with lots of passing, changing of position and good racing. Sixteen-year-old Megan Younginer of Locust Grove finished second ahead of Convington’s Tony Armbruster. The legends cars will return to Senoia Raceway in two weeks on Saturday, April 26th and will compete on a semi-regular basis at the track.
“These cars can race on both dirt and asphalt,” said Pilgram. “You can have a race ready race car and not have to build anything. And they are a blast to race.”
Senoia’s Dustin Smith picked up his second victory of the year in the A1 Hydraulics Bomber division while another Dustin Smith, this one of Carrollton, won the main event for the Modified Minis. LaGrange’s Tod Darda led every lap of the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model feature besting fellow LaGrange driver Dusty Jones and Newnan’s Parrish Duncan.
Next Saturday, April 19th, Senoia Raceway hosts a holiday weekend special for the kids. The Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Senoia Drug Company Mini Stocks, A-1 Hydraulics Bombers and Modified Mini will compete in point’s races while the kids can look forward to an appearance by the Easter Bunny and a huge Easter Egg Hunt. Promoter Tim Moses has arranged for hundreds of prize filled eggs to be ready for the kids to collect prior to the night’s racing action.
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. The Kids Easter Egg Hunt will take place around 7:45pm with racing set to go green for the first time in 2014 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, April 12, 2014
Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature #1): 1-Tod Darda, LaGrange 2-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 3-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 4-Rick Woodruff, Peachtree City 5-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 6-Brant Hardin, McDonough
Newnan Bonding B Cadet (Feature): 1-Clifton Moran, Roopville 2-Roger Arnett, Lannett, AL 3-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 4-Melissa Still, Locust Grove 5-Bob O’Brien, Milner 6-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove DQ-Zack Privette, Locust Grove (light at scales); Jason Miller, Jonesboro (carburetor). DNS-Paul Holloway, Hampton
Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock (Feature): 1-Houston Hatchett, Williamson 2-Bill Brown, Forsyth 3-Kerry Carden, Brooks 4-Ben Wells, Milner 5-William Blair, Whitesburg 6-Mike Jenkins, Brooks 7-Gary Brand, Senoia 8-Chad Foster, Griffin 9-Wilson Boozer, Locust Grove DNS-Sam Carter, Covington
Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Bobby Arnold, Newnan 2-Harold Leath, Griffin 3-Marc Leath, Hampton 4-Brandon Bright, Newnan 5-Gary Parker, Barnesville 6-Robert Caldwell, Senoia 7-Cassie Dingler, Newnan DNS-James Stansell, Douglasville
A-1 Hydraulics Bomber (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Senoia 2-Mike Ray, Riverdale 3-John Holcomb, Griffin 4-Pappy Powell, Hogansville 5-James Barber, Jr.,Luthersville DNS-Alex Rudolph, Griffin
Modified Mini (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Carrollton 2-Robbie Scadron, Sharpsburg 3-Barry Copeland, McDonough 4-Dorough Bright, Newnan
Legends Cars (Feature): 1-Dwight Pilgram, McDonough 2-Megan Younginer, Locust Grove 3-Tony Armbruster, Covington 4-Chris Middleton, Locust Grove 5-John Ponzio, Fayetteville 6-Mike Younginer, Locust Grove