SENOIA RACEWAY READY TO RACE
SENOIA RACEWAY READY TO RACE
By Katherine Adams
March 21, 2012 (Senoia, GA) The 3/8ths mile clay raceway just west of Senoia on Georgia Highway 16 has completed all it’s upgrades and run it’s pre-season practice sessions. The next event on the calendar is the 2012 Season Opener and Spring Fling 40 on Saturday, March 31st.
Promoter Tim Moses is excited about the fast approaching opening night and anticipates one of the most competitive seasons since he reopened the track in 2010. Moses completed the full transition back to a clay surface in early February as he and his team removed the old layer of asphalt that was the racing surface from the late eighties until his tenure began two and half years ago.
“We pulled up the asphalt that we had laid the clay on top of the past couple of years,” explained the third year promoter. “The project has created a better racing surface during the two pre-season practice sessions. The moisture can get down into the clay and does not have the unnatural barrier of the old asphalt surface.”
Senoia Raceway was originally built in 1969 as a dirt track. The ownership placed a layer of asphalt on top of that in 1987. The Moses returned the popular auto racing facility back to it’s roots in 2000, but had to leave the asphalt in place until they knew the raceway would be an entertainment destination for area race fans.
“The fans were really excited about the return to dirt track racing when we put the clay on in early 2010,” said Moses. “That excitement has not subsided. So to create better racing for the fans and a better surface for the competitors, we made the investment to give them what they wanted.”
Senoia, Georgia’s Joe Armistead, Jr. was one of the first late model drivers to give the track a test. The multi-race winner since the track’s return to clay was impressed with the changes made during the off-season.
“You are really going to be able to race on this track,” said Armistead. “The faster cars should be able to run the high side all the way around. The past couple of years, turns three and four were pretty tough to stay on top.”
Last year’s most dominating performer was Carrollton, Georgia’s Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran. The Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock champion won an unprecedented nineteen feature races in 2011. Moran loves the new surface.
“I am going to run the high side all year,” Moran told Moses after last weekend’s final practice. “The others can run the bottom, but the top is going to win you some races.”
About fifty drivers have been out for the track’s pre-season practice sessions. All have been preparing their ace cars for the upcoming Season Opener on March 31st. The Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model competitors have a little more incentive to open the season ready. The high powered late models will open their Senoia Raceway season with the Spring Fling 40.
Last year’s winner Lavon Sparks of Phenix City, AL, will have his work cut out for him, if he is to repeat as the Spring Fling champion. Newnan’s Rucker Orr and ‘Zero Hero’ Craig Scott have been busy dialing in their new mounts. Dirt Racing Hall of Famer Mike Head has been busy at the track the past two weekends helping young drivers, as well as, making his own notes for opening night.
“It’s going to be an interesting race,” said Head. “The track is not the same as it has been the past couple of seasons.”
Senoia Raceway will run weekly on Saturday nights beginning with the Season Opener and Spring Fling 40 on Saturday, March 31st. The track will also host a variety of children’s activities including an Easter Egg Hunt on April 7th and Kid’s Rides in the Race Cars on April 21st. The family oriented racing program begins with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8pm each night. Affordable ticket prices have helped the track maintain a spot on the entertainment calendar for many families.
Ticket prices did not change for 2012 remaining at $12 for adult grandstand admission. $5 for children ages six through twelve. Five and under are admitted for free. The track is also offering FREE tickets and complimentary sodas to fans visiting their new website at www.senoiaraceway.com.
The 3rd season of dirt track racing under the direction of promoter Tim Moses at Senoia Raceway will begin Saturday, March 31st with the ‘Season Opener’ and ‘Spring Fling 40’. Race fans can look forward to a full night of racing in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, B Cadets, Mini Stocks and Bombers. The newly created Buzz Cars will also have an opportunity to run hot laps.
For additional information on Senoia Raceway, visit the speedway website at www.newsenoiaraceway.com, join their family of friends on Facebook or call the speedway at 770-599-6161.