Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The History of #81 – Lonnie Roberts


Submitted by Sherry Roberts
The History of #81 – Lonnie Roberts
The story of the #81 race team started in 1969, Lonnie Dee Roberts, Jr. was just a bright-eyed ten year old boy eagerly looking forward to seeing his first race with his father Lonnie, Sr.; affectionately known as LD to all of his family and friends. L.D. took Lonnie to watch his first race at the Old North Valdosta Speedway, which later changed its name to Thunderbowl Speedway. Lonnie and his dad would go to the races every Saturday night, and thus began a love affair that has lasted for more almost forty years.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

McKenna Nelms Youngest Female Ever To Win At Senoia Raceway


McKenna Nelms

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke


(Senoia, GA – September 30, 2018)  Hundreds of fans turned out Saturday night for the Senoia Raceway ‘Fan Appreciation Night’ and they were treated to a record setting night and witnessed a track first with teenager McKenna Nelms winning her first feature in the Late Model Sportsman division.  Nelms became the youngest female to ever win a main event at the tough 3/8ths mile gumbo clay bull ring.  The Newnan high schooler did it in grand style holding back a late race charge by former track champion Jason Williams to snag the checkered flag in front of a standing ovation in the grandstand.

Other winners on Saturday night included Columbus’ Dalton Cook in the Limited Late Models; Brooks’ ‘Magic’ Matt Dooley in Crate Late Model; Keith West of Powder Springs in the Hobby; Auburn’s JJ Garrett in the Mini; McDonough’s Robbie Wooddall in the Legends Cars; Lucas Pittman of Grantville in the Hot Shots and Dustin Smith in Bomber.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Season Points Champions Crowned At Senoia Raceway

Clint Smith


Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – September 16, 2018)  It has been a long road since the beginning of the Senoia Raceway points season back in April.  For some drivers, the road has been a treacherous journey filled with crashes, engine problems and missed opportunities.  For others, it has been a dream season that culminated Saturday night with putting their names in the track’s record books by achieving a season points championship.

“A lot of people do not understand the dedication, skill and luck that it takes to win a championship,” explained track promoter Mayes Massey.  “And the help you need from family and friends, the sacrifice it takes from those closest to you and many times additional funds that were not budgeted when the season started this past spring.  It is pretty awesome to win a title and these guys deserve all the accolades they will receive.”