SPORTSMAN CLASH VICTORY TO CLINT SMITH

SPORTSMAN CLASH VICTORY TO CLINT SMITH

(Senoia, GA – August 11, 2019)  Senoia Raceway held it’s inaugural Late Model Sportsman Clash this past Saturday night and the track’s most successful competitor notched yet another milestone as Senoia’s Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith added the victory to his resume.  The four-time track champion worked lapped traffic to near perfection on his way to the winner’s circle.  It was his sixth-second career win at the track since it was resurfaced with dirt in 2010.

 

Other winners on this hot August night included Douglasville’s Mason Massey in the Crate Late Models, Powder Springs’ Keith West in the Hobby, McDonough’s Joshua Till in the Mini, Dustin Smith of Senoia in the Bomber and Fayetteville’s Scott Shelton in the Charger class.

 

Alabama’s Dylan Knowles looked to be spot on with his machine during the early stages of the Late Model Sportsman Clash.  The newly created special event for the division was offering a larger purse and Knowles got out front early with Clint Smith several car lengths back.

 

Evans’ Cody Overton started his climb to the front while Knowles and Smith distanced themselves from the others.  Overton moved past Franklin’s Tanner Collins, Hunter Worley of Alvaton and eventually Alabama’s Jimmy Thomas before beginning his assault on the leaders.  Also finding their groove were Byron’s Wiley McDaniel and Griffin’s Jack Mills as the racing throughout the field was filled with three wide battles on the tight confines of the 3/8ths mile bull ring.

 

On lap 22, Knowles caught up to lapped traffic and had to slow a couple of times to avoid incidental contact.  This allowed Smith to close the gap and challenge for the lead.  The leaders created a lapped car sandwich only two laps later with Smith working the high side of turn four and Knowles stuck down low along the interior wall.  The veteran Smith shot past and into a lead that never relinquished.  Cody Overton came up and also passed Knowles along with McDaniel pushing the former leader to fourth before the final checkers fell over the field.  Locust Grove’s Jamie Nicholson, Jr. charged hard through the final laps to nab fifth place.

 

A wild finish in the Crate Late Model feature again reinforced the fans love for the action at Senoia Raceway.  Close racing, last second passes, three wide and sometimes four wide action is why folks come from all over the southeast to watch the show and two young drivers provided that again on Saturday night.

 

Fourteen-year-old Jake Rainey of Hiram showcased his prowess behind the wheel of high horsepower late model leading a field of drivers that was filled with driver over twice his age.  Rainey held strong while former champion Bobby Mills pushed him into the turns at the start of the race.  Then Douglasville’s Mason Massey, fresh off his NASCAR Gander Outdoor Series Truck race debut at Eldora Speedway a week prior, filled the position of pressuring the young man.

 

Rainey and Massey put on a one of the best shows this season for several laps.  Massey would dive low in turn one and slide up in front of Rainey only to have the teenager charge back underneath and steal the lead back in turn three.  This back and forth battle of bumping, paint swapping hard racing continued until two laps remained in the feature.  That is when Rainey took advantage of Massey having to touch the brakes in turn four to avoid a calamity. 

 

When Rainey took the white flag signaling the final lap, he ran low into turn one.  Massey followed on the high side gaining momentum that closed the space between heading into the final two turns of the race.  Massey dove low forcing Rainey to go high where he tried to pinch down his aggressor. The two touched coming out of the final turn resulting in Rainey spinning across the front bumper of Massey as the two crossed the finish line.  Massey cleared the rear of Rainey by less than a second winning the race as Rainey finished second rolling backwards across the line.  Acworth’s Logan Palmer ran his best race ever at Senoia, but was out of the spotlight with the theatrics of the leaders.  Winston’s Landon Bagby came from mid-pack to finish in fourth ahead of McDonough’s Chris Justus in fifth.

 

Mini Stock points leader Joshua Till of McDonough started at the tail of a the fifteen car field and then suffered a flat tire, as well as, was involved with an early race caution.  The fourteen-year-old charged through the field each time and with three laps to go made the pass he needed to moving by then leader David Brackett of Temple.  Till would not look posting the remarkable win over Brackett and Bob Faulkner of Newnan.

 

Defending Hobby Stock points champion, Keith West of Powder Springs, held off all the challenges of current points leader Jake Sanders of Camp Hill, Alabama.  West raced hard for several laps of the Hobby Stock main event before Sanders car developed problems and dropped out.  It was West’s first win of the season after winning nine during his championship run last year.

 

‘Dune Buggy’ Dustin Smith won his second straight race in the Bombers after holding back all the advances of Macon’s Brandon McDaniel.  Smith, McDaniel and current Bomber divisional leader Curtis Turner of Brooks raced each other closely throughout the middle part of the feature before McDaniel dropped out.  Turner ended up second ahead of Franklin’s Shannon Stephens.

 

This Saturday, August 17th marks the tenth year for the United Sprint Car Series annual visit to Senoia Raceway.  The Senoia Summer Nationals X will be highlighted by the 700 horsepower, alcohol burning winged Outlaw Sprint Cars, 600cc Mini Sprints, Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Chargers, Hobby Stocks and Bombers. 

 

The gates will open at 3pm for the pit area and trackside parking while the grandstand will open at 5pm.  Opening ceremonies takes place at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $20; kids 5-12 are $5 with four and under admitted for free.  Pit passes and trackside parking tickets are $35, kids 5-12 are $20 and four and under are admitted for free with an adult.

 

For the full schedule of events along with special attractions, promotions and additional information, visit the track website at www.senoiaraceway.com or call the speedway at 770.599.6161.

 

Official Results – Saturday, August 10, 2019   

 

Crate Late Models (Feature): 1-Mason Massey, Douglasville  2-Jake Raimey, Hiram  3-Logan Palmer, Acworth  4-Landon Bagby, Winston  5-Chris Justus, McDonough  6-Marty Massey, Winston  7-Scott Land,  Eufala, AL  8-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg  9-Morgan Alexander, Jackson  10-Sam Carter, Covington  11-Bobby Mills, Griffin  12-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville  13-Josh Copeland, McDonough  14-Tina Johnson, Senoia  15-Lee Fuller, Newnan  16-Cody Haskins, Marietta  DNS-Colby Darda, LaGrange  Fast Qualifier:  Rainey – 14.859 seconds/90.8 mph

 

Late Model Sportsman (Feature): 1-Clint Smith, Senoia  2-Cody Overton, Evans  3-Wiley McDaniel, Byron  4-Dylan Knowles, Lannett, AL  5-Jamie Nicholson, Jr., Locust Grove  6-Jimmy Thomas, Phenix City, AL  7-Jason Williams, Locust Grove  8-Tanner Collins, Franklin  9-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove  10-Colton Leyendecker, Holt, FL  11-Jason Turner, McDonough  12-Jake Traylor, LaGrange  13-Kevin Knotts, Smiths Station, AL  14-Jack Mills, Griffin  15-Wade Walker, Dadeville, AL  16-William Blair, Whitesburg  17-Shane Payton, Newnan  18-Josh Weathers, LaGrange  19-Jamie Maurice, McDonough  20-Hunter Worley, Alvaton  21-Cole Compton, Macon  22-McKenna Nelms, Newnan  23-Rickey Payton, Newnan  DNS: Grffin Alexander, Locust Grove; Dana Eiland, Salem, AL  Fast Qualifier: Smith – 15.063 seconds/89.6 mph

 

Hobby (Feature):  1-Keith West, Powder Springs  2-Ben Wells, Milner  3-Landon DeGraff, Barnesville  4-Ben Steele, Franklin  5-TJ Joiner, Lithia Springs  6-Lee McElwaney, Newnan  7-Jake Sanders, Camp Hill, AL  DNS:  Larry Bednar, Locust Grove  Fast Qualifier: Sanders – 16.931 seconds/79.7 mph

 

Bomber (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Senoia  2-Curtis Turner, Brooks  3-Shannon Stephens, Franklin  4-Vern Miller, Newnan  5-Larry Pierce, Griffin  6-Jim Jackson, Zebulon  7-Brandon McDaniel, Macon  8-Derrick Matthews, Whitesburg  Fast Qualifier: Smith – 16.533 seconds/81.1 mph

 

Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Joshua Till, McDonough  2-David Brackett, Temple  3-Bob Faulkner, Newnan  4-John Caldwell, Senoia  5-Fred Woodrum, Phenix City, AL  6-Cory Wilson, Locust Grove  7-Cory Greene, Griffin  8-Tommy Smith, Forsyth  9-Cody Lively, Locust Grove  10-Trent Griffith, Phenix City, AL  11-Stacey Henderson, Senoia  12-Robert Holder, Milner  13-Joseph Collins, Columbus  14-Tommy Faulkner, Newnan  15-Phillip Wallace, Locust Grove  Fast Qualifier: Brackett – 17.685 seconds/76.3 mph

 

Chargers (Feature #1):  1-Scott Shelton, Fayetteville  2-Todd Brewster, Villa Rica  3-Jason Stevenson, Locust Grove  4-Dave McWilliams, Brooks  5-Chad Atha, Loganville  6-Will McConnell, Dallas  7-Jamie Godbee, Carrollton  8-Richard Dale, Winston  9-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan  10-Scott Amoson, Newnan

 

                                                                             

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