Track History

Senoia Raceway

South of Atlanta, the racing buzz isn’t about Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart or even Danica Patrick. It’s about the Senoia Raceway short track that was originally dirt, then went asphalt in the 1980’s charge for paved tracks, before returning to it’s dirt track roots in 2010.  New promoters have come on board in 2015 and have infused a renewed enthusiasm for the 3/8ths mile ‘bull ring’.  Super Late Models will return to the high banks for the first time in almost thirty years.  Many of the drivers that helped build the reputation of this action packed show place have now retired to see their sons (and some daughters) take on the role of wheel-masters!

In the 1970s and ‘80s, Senoia’s red-clay high banks offered some of the best entertainment around, racing or otherwise. Promoter Hence Pollard, his wife Reba and their staff were masters at making the place fan and driver friendly.

Hence Pollard, like all the great promoters, watched his races from the grandstands, from the perspective of a fan. Rather than get embroiled in every tire and spoiler and rules controversy, he looked after the fans’ interests, while Reba kept the concession food hot and as tasty as home cooking.

On more than one occasion, Hence Pollard settled scoring disagreements by paying both drivers for the disputed position.

Once, years ago, Roscoe Smith (father of World of Outlaw Late Model driver Clint Smith) and Doug Kenimer finished a Late Model feature side by side. The official on Smith’s side of the track called Smith the winner. The official on the other side saw Kenimer as the victor.

Pollard declared the fans the winner and paid both drivers, explaining that it was worth the extra payout to have such an exciting finish.

Once Pollard paid two drivers for second place in a disputed Sportsman race. Both drivers left happy, and Pollard explained later that it really wasn’t that expensive to make both drivers happy. He said he was going to have to pay one of them third-place money anyway and the difference in paying out two second-place purses and a second and a third wasn’t enough to be worth the worry.

After Hence Pollard died, the track was sold and eventually paved. It had a strong run as an asphalt track, but interest waned in the 2000’s.  Dirt racing has long been the backbone of short track racing in the South, and on the Southside of Atlanta, and in 2010 Tim and Tony Moses decided to bring the storied past of this 3/8ths mile oval back by providing a layer of clay to the surface.

The brothers operated the track for five years and then in 2015 turned over the reigns to a trio of promoters steeped in the history of racing in the southeast.  Douglasville’s Bill Massey and Mayes Massey teamed up with Griffin’s Doug Stevens to take the track over and they have transformed Senoia Raceway into one of the fastest growing short track operations in the country. 

During their first season of operation, track guru Doug Stevens tore down the interior concrete wall and pushed it back allowing for a better racing groove through the turns.  The wider surface allowed for drivers to race the top of the track and the bottom of the track creating better side by side battles for position.

The second year saw the track change from it’s Georgia Red Clay to a newly found ‘Gray Gumbo Clay’.  The track became one of the raciest tracks in the nation which sometimes will see three and four wide racing!  Drivers love the unknown as sometimes the track will stay tacky and be super fast and then other times it will be slick and turn into a driver’s versus driver’s track.

In 2016, the trio of promoters introduced the season ending special ‘Showdown at Senoia’ and welcomed over 150 race teams from twelve states.  They offered the largest purse in the track’s history which included a $10,000 to win finale for the Super Late Models.

In 2017, Senoia Raceway will welcome back the Southern All-Star Tour, Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals, Ultimate Late Model Series and for the first time ever, the Craftsman Tools World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Check out the track schedule and begin to make your plans to visit this amazing ‘Bull Ring’ in west central Georgia!!!

 

RECENT TRACK CHAMPIONS 

 

2016

Super Late Models:  Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith

Limited Late Models:  Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith

Crate Late Models:  Marty Lunsford

B Cadets:  Parrish Duncan

Hobby Stock:  Randy Cornwell

Mini Stock:  Jamie Nicholson, Jr.

Bomber:  Tim Harmon

 

2015

Super Late Model:  Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith

Limited Late Model:  Joey Armistead

Crate Late Model:  Bobby Mills

B Cadet:  Parrish Duncan

Hobby Stock:  Ben Wells

Mini Stock:  Bo Chambers

Bomber:  Winford Minix

Legends Cars:  Jason Treschl

 

2014

Late Model:  Glenn Morris

B Cadet:  Jason Miller

Hobby Stock:  Houston Hatchett

Mini Stock: Harold Leath

Bomber: John Holcomb

 

2013

Late Model : Glenn Morris

B Cadet: Roger Arnett

Hobby Stock: Clifton Moran

Mini Stock: Bobby Arnold

Bomber: Michael Nelms

Mod Mini: Joe Spencer

 

2012

Late Model : Jason Williams

B Cadet: Thomas Mewborn

Hobby Stock: Clifton Moran

Mini Stock: Rocky Johnson

Bomber: David Johnson

 

2011

Late Model : Lavon Sparks

Crate Late Model: Doug Ludwig

B Cadet: Jeff Carter

Hobby Stock: Clifton Moran

Mini Stock: Gary Parker

 

 

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