YOUNG GUNS VS. VETERANS TO HIGHLIGHT SENOIA RACEWAY SEASON
March 24, 2013
March 24, 2013 (Senoia, GA) The 2013 Senoia Raceway season opens this Saturday, March 30th with racing action scheduled in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Mini Stock, Bomber and the Modified Mini. Each class will run a set of heats and features to kick off the new year of racing at the 3/8ths mile clay oval just west of Senoia, GA on Georgia Highway 16. In addition to the season opening round of racing, there will be a huge Kids Easter Egg Hunt with several hundred colorful eggs filled with candy and prizes.
Anticipation has been building throughout the winter months with drivers and crew members working diligently on their machines in preparation for the 2013 season. The new year is an opportunity for each race team to start fresh with the points being reset and everyone starting from the same position.
“The beginning of the season is always the most anticipated part of the year in motorsports,” said fourth year promoter Tim Moses. “Everyone has a shot at the track title. Everyone starts at zero again when the new year opens.”
Last year’s strong season end for some of the track’s younger competitors has prompted one of the more anticipated season beginnings since the Moses brothers took over the shuttered facility four years ago. Grantville’s Austin Horton began to flex muscle in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks while Greenville’s Thomas Mewborn notched his first career track title in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets. These are just two of the track’s ‘young guns’ that are expected to give the track’s seasoned veterans a few headaches this year.
“Horton has a hunger in his belly,” said Moses. “You could see that last year the way he raced (hobby stock champion) Moran over the last month.”
LaGrange’s Dusty Jones also showed his power as the 19-year-old shoe ran strong in the Hobby Stock claiming one win on the 2012 campaign. Jones came out of the Mini Stock two seasons ago where he topped the class in season victories. Jones is rumored to be planning to compete in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets or Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models this season.
“That will give Thomas (Mewborn) another good driver to contend with in the B Cadet class,” added Moses. “I think the B Cadets will be the most competitive class at the track this year.”
Mewborn only won one feature race last year en route to his track title. Veteran Paul ‘Cowboy’ Holloway notched three wins late in the year. Alabama’s Kelly Leonard ran strong and grabbed a couple victories while 2011 track champion Jeff Carter is looking to bring home another season crown. Newnan’s Marcus Caswell also brings a strong team back to Senoia and Caswell can win races picking up over a half dozen since 2010.
“If Marcus could run a full season without any interruptions, he would be tough to beat in the points race,” said Moses. “But Holloway, maybe Parrish Duncan and a few others that have been knocking on the door the past couple of years could step up this season. I am excited for the fans. It is a going to be a great show in the B Cadets.”
Throw in a couple of young bucks with 18-year-old high schooler Corey Payton and the feisty Whitesburg hot shoe Blant Duke and the B Cadets is loaded with racing talent.
The fans are split down the middle with the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks. Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran has won forty-one races over the past two seasons while locking up the division titles both years. Moran has his fans, but he also is a favorite driver to dislike for some.
“You either love his wide open style,” said Moses. “Or you hate him for winning so much. He is one of those drivers that can back up his swagger with checkered flags.”
Horton will challenge Moran for wins and maybe the points race this year. Rusty ‘Rocketman’ Johnon can give him a run as can last year’s points runner-up Bill Brown or Kerry Carden. Brooks’ Mike Jenkins will also come into the season with a new Camaro mount.
The biggest unknown for the new year is in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models. Defending champion Racin’ Jason Williams may not be back to defend his title which would leave the crown open for maybe Tod Darda, Shane Fulcher, Laddie Fulcher or young gun Russ Ogletree to nab it. A couple of drivers that continue to improve each year include Trey White and Glenn Morris. Plus, Brooks upstart ‘Magic’ Matt Dooley and the next generation from the Armistead racing stable could make for an interesting season for the high powered late models.
Rocky Johnson is expected to defend his title in the Mini Stock division. Johnson did not visit victory lane last season on his way to the title. He made every race last season and consistently finished among the top five finishers at the end of the year.
“It was great to see Rocky win the title for the Mini Stock last year,” said Moses. “He is a welcomed competitor in the pit area each week and just loves being a part of the action. He is the ultimate short track racer.”
Gary Parker could be on the verge of another championship season. Parker won the Jewel Series last year and would have contended for the title had he planned his vacation time better.
The Bright Racing Team has been rumored to be taking their show on the road this season. Dorough Bright contended for the Mini Stock title in 2011 and was a frequent winner again last year. His teammate and son, Brandon, was the win leader for the division last year, but will need to make all the races this year to have any shot at the championship.
The Bombers will be wide open as defending champion David Johnson will have his hands full with returning duo Michael Mills and Jay Conner. Johnson dominated the points all season as most competitors ran into issues of making all the race events. A few new drivers and some expected returning veterans will make for a better race in 2013.
The Modified Mini will return as a semi-regular series in 2013. The division may become a weekly division by the end of the first month. Tim Moses will make the decision on their frequency after seeing how much support the track receives from the competitors.
The season kicks off this Saturday, March 30th, with all six divisions competing. There will also be a Kids Easter Egg Hunt this weekend. The track will host the Spring Fling 40 for the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models on Saturday, April 6th before the championship charge for the 2013 points titles begins on Saturday, April 13th. The track has several special events for the drivers, fans and especially the younger race fans throughout the season. Interested parties can visit the speedway website at www.senoiaraceway.com for more information.
This Saturday the pit gates open at 5pm. The grandstand gates will open at 6pm with hot laps slated for 7:15pm. The Kids Easter Egg Hunt will start at 7:45pm with the season’s opening green flag set for 8pm. Ticket prices are $12 for the grandstand, $5 for children ages six through twelve and 5 & under are admitted free. Pit passes are $25, $12 for children three through twelve and 2 & under are admitted for free. Trackside parking and tailgating is available on a first come, first serve basis and also allows access to the pit area.
For additional information on Senoia Raceway, visit the speedway website at www.senoiaraceway.com, join their family of friends on Facebook or call the speedway hotline at 404-796-1435.