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.”

Winning his fourth straight title in the Super Late Model division was Senoia’s Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith.  The stand-out veteran won a pair of Super Late Model features including the final points race this season.  The only other repeat champion from last year was Newnan’s Dorough Bright in the Bomber class.  Bright had has win streak snapped on Saturday night.  He had not lost in the Bomber only feature race since late April dominating the class all season.

Joey Armistead won his second career title in the Limited Late Model division.  The third generation driver from Senoia also won the title in 2015.

Winston’a Marty Massey won his first track title winning the points for the Crate Late Model division.  Massey came into the final night of point’s racing with a slim eight point lead over Gray’s Chaz Haskins.  The two battled for the second place spot the entire second half of the main event with Massey holding off all the challenges and securing the points title.

Other drivers winning their first career championships were Macon’s Cory Compton in the Late Model Sportsman; Keith West of Powder Springs in the Hobby and Newnan’s Tommy Faulkner in the Mini Stock.  The late Dean Williams who passed this past summer was declared the champion for the Hot Shot at the time of his passing.

Clint Smith was the only driver to take home his title in winning fashion on Championship Night. The winningest driver in the Senoia Raceway modern days (since 2010 when dirt racing returned) collected his fifty-eighth career win and fourth consecutive title in the Super Late Models.  Smith ran flag to flag for the win ahead of Douglasville’s Lamar Haygood and Alabama’s Dylan Knowles.

Several positions changed during a caution-filled Limited Late Model main event.  The only spot that did not see a change was the first place spot as Acworth’s ‘Fast’ Cass Fowler led every single lap on his to his second straight feature victory at the ‘South’s Baddest Bull Ring’.  LaGrange’s Dennis Hale ran second with Whitesburg’s Austin Horton third.  Fast qualifier Ahnna Parkhurst from Evans finished fourth with Alabama’s Russ Ogletree rounding out the top five.

In the Crate Late Model feature most eyes were watching the points title battle between Massey and Haskins, but some were watching another excellent display of skill by Alabama teenager Cruz Skinner.  The Oxford phenom led the entire race going wire to wire to nab the victory.

Franklin’s Tanner Collins was forced to move up in the Late Model Sportsman division earlier this year after winning three Charger events.  Collins used those early season races to craft his style and gain the seat time experience needed to be successful in the regular sportsman races.  That plan worked perfectly as he won his first Sportsman feature holding off a number of challenges by former track champion Jason Williams of Locust Grove and then a late race charge by another former track champion Jamie Nicholson, Jr. also from Locust Grove.  Collins would cross the finish line first with Nicholson gaining his best finish with the Sportsman in second and Williams third.  Nicholson also gained early season experience in the Charger class.

“We started the class this season to give the younger or lesser experienced drivers an opportunity to gain seat time before moving into the highly competitive Sportsman class,” said Mayes Massey. “You can see how it has worked very well for most of the drivers.  Many gained confidence through competing in the Chargers before moving into the regular race.  We have had several new drivers visit the track just to get that better quality seat time in the Chargers and not have to worry about racing with the stronger competition until they feel they are ready.”

Jackson’s Mike Abercrombie has struggled a bit in the first couple of season behind the wheel of his race car.  After purchasing a new Late Model Sportsman car, he decided to run with the Chargers to get more experience and learn more about his race car.  That decision paid off on Saturday night as he passed Hampton’s Jeff Robinson for the lead of the Riley’s Warriors Charger feature before leading the rest of the way to gain his first career win at Senoia Raceway.

Brook’s Curtis Turner won for the first time this season in the Bomber division.  Turner was never seriously challenged during the first part of 20-lap feature.  But late in the race, Newnan’s Scott Amoson closed the gap and pressured Turner for the win.  He would hold back the hard charging Amoson to claim the victory with Whitesburg’s William finishing in third place.

Whitesburg’s Blant Duke returned to Senoia raceway with his Hobby car to snag the win on Saturday night.  Duke has run a car in many of the weekly divisions and is always a threat to pick up the checkered flag.  Divisional points champion Keith West settled for the runner-up spot with Barnesville’s Landon DeGraff in third.

A pair of teenagers squared off with McDonough’s Joshua Till passing Good Hope’s Grant Roberts near the halfway mark of the Mini Stock main event.  The two gave race fans a glimpse into the future with a classic side by side battle for the lead.  Roberts would provide one final charge at the end of the race, but Till would slam the door shut to win his first feature since mid-April.

Last year’s Hot Shot champion waited until the final night of the point’s racing season to win his first feature of the year.  LaGrange’s Nathan Farrow led all fifteen laps keeping Douglasville’s Ernest Turner behind him. Franklin’s Shannon Stephens finished third.

The championship winning drivers along with other top drivers from each division will be honored on Saturday, September 29th in a pre-race award ceremony.  Afterwards a full night of racing will begin with the Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Hobby, Bomber, Mini and Hot Shots competing.

The month of October offers racers and race fans a pair of special events.  Saturday, October 6th is the track’s first run of an Endurance Race.  Drivers will compete in nearly stock automobiles for six hours with the team completing the most laps winning $10,000.  Rules and entry forms are available on the track website at

The track will then turn it’s attention to the big four day ‘Showdown at Senoia’ on October 18, 19, 20 and 21.  The four day festival of speed will feature all divisions competing for the season’s largest purses with the culmination on Sunday with a $10,000 to win tilt for the Super Late Models.

For additional information, event schedule, ticket prices and more, visit the track website at or call the speedway at 770.599.6161.

Official Results – Saturday, September 15, 2018
Super Late Model (Feature):  1-Clint Smith, Senoia  2-Lamar Haygood, Douglasville  3-Dylan Knowles, Lannett, AL  4-Dalton Polston, Lithia Springs  5-Ricky Williams, Fayetteville  6-Dana Eiland, Salem, AL  7-Kyler Haygood, Douglasville  8-Marty Lunsford, Newnan  9-David Doherty, Sydney, Austrailia  Fast Qualifier: Smith (16.212 seconds – 83.2 mph)  2018 Season Points Champion – Clint Smith (fourth straight title)

Limited Late Models (Feature):  1-Cass Fowler, Acworth  2-Dennis Hale, LaGrange  3-Austin Horton, Whitesburg  4-Ahanna Parkhurst, Evans  5-Russ Ogletree, Phenix City, AL  6-Joey Armistead, Senoia  7-Oliver Gentry, Newnan  8-Jimmy Johnson, Monroe  9-Jaques Daniel, Cartersville  10-Craig Scott, Newnan  11-Joseph Darda, Greenville  12-Jamie Carr, LaGrange  13-Jake Hollis, Anniston, AL  14-Landon Bagby, Winston  15-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville  Fast Qualifier: Parkhurst  (16.056 seconds – 84.1 mph)   2018 Season Points Champion – Joey Armistead
Crate Late Models (Feature):  1-Cruz Skinner, Oxford, AL  2-Marty Massey, Winston  3-Chaz Haskins, Gray  4-Logan Palmer, Acworth  5-Jamie Maurice, McDonough  6-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg  7-Mason Massey, Douglasville  8-Bobby Mills, Griffin  9-Jake Traylor, LaGrange  10-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey  11-Josh Copeland, McDonough  Fast Qualifier: Marty Massey (16.267 seconds – 82.9 mph)  2018 Season Points Champion – Marty Massey

Late Model Sportsman (Feature):  1-Tanner Collins, Franklin  2-Jamie Nicholson, Jr., Locust Grove  3-Jason Williams, Locust Grove  4-McKenna Nelms, Newnan  5-Parris Simmons, Baldwin  6-Cory Compton, Macon  7-Chris Steele, Franklin  8-Ted Minnix, McDonough  9-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove  10-Lance Chitwood, Danielsville  11-Justin Angle, Anniston, AL  12-Sam Moore, Columbus  13-Trey Wood, Newnan  14-Keith Fields, Griffin  Fast Qualifier: Collins (16.147 seconds – 83.6 mph)  2018 Season Points Champion – Cory Compton

Hobby (Feature): 1-Blant Duke, Whitesburg  2-Keith West, Powder Springs  3-Landon DeGraff, Barnesville  4-Ben Wells, Milner  5-Ted Willingham, McDonough  6-TJ Joiner, Lithia Springs  7-Larry Bednar, Locust Grove  8-Jeff Carter, Carrollton  9-Phillip Wallace, Locust Grove  10-John Holcomb, Griffin  DNS: Joe Hillman, Villa Rica  Fast Qualifier:  DeGraff  (17.160 seconds – 78.7 mph)  2018 Season Points Champion – Keith West

Bomber (Feature):  1-Curtis Turner, Brooks  2-Scott Amoson, Newnan  3-William Blair, Whitesburg  4-Dorough Bright, Newnan  5-Dustin Smith  6-Vern Miller, Newnan  7-Stratton Scott, Newnan  8-Ricky Neill, Whitesburg  9-Larry Pierce, Griffin  10-TJ Boetz, Midland  11-Mike Nelms, Newnan  12-Wilson Boozer, Jackson  Fast Qualifier: Turner (17.475 seconds – 77.2 mph)  2018 Season Points Champion – Dorough Bright (two consecutive titles)

Mini (Feature): 1-Joshua Till, McDonough  2-Grant Roberts, Good Hope  3-Tommy Faulkner, Newnan  4-Bob Faulkner, Newnan  5-Harold Leath, Hampton  6-Jamie Nicholson, Sr., Locust Grove  Fast Qualifier: Till (18.119 seconds – 74.5 mph)  2018 Season Points Champion – Tommy Faulkner

Hot Shot (Feature):  1-Nathan Farrow, LaGrange  2-Ernest Turner, Douglasville  3-Shannon Stephens, Franklin  4-Bryce Ussery  5-Cale Burford, Milner  6-Brandon Henderson, Senoia  7-Cory Greene  2018 Season Points Champion – Dean Williams
Riley’s Warriors Chargers (Feature): 1-Mike Abercrombie, Jackson  2-Jason Turner, McDonough  3-Jeff Robinson, Hampton  4-Cole Compton, Macon  5-Dave McWilliams, Brooks  6-Steven Bryant, Gordon  7-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Wild, Wide Open & Wicked Fast Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars Invade Senoia Raceway On Saturday Night

Atlanta, GA – September 7, 2018 - The United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters winged sprint cars make their only 2018 visit to Senoia Raceway this Saturday, September 8th. The USCS Senoia Summer Nationals IX will feature 120 mile per hour USCS Winged Outlaw type sprint cars taking on the tricky 3/8-mile gumbo clay oval. The racing schedule also includes the USCS 600 Mini Sprint Series, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Hobby, Bomber, Mini and Hot Shot racing action. 

The track has also scheduled a first time appearance by North Carolina's Jeremy Mayfield.  The former NASCAR Cup Series stand-out will be racing in the Late Model Sportsman division this Saturday.  After being ousted from NASCAR competition for an apparent drug test violation, Mayfield endured a lengthy court battle with the huge sanctioning body fighting for his innocence.  He continues to compete at short tracks in the Carolinas and Georgia and will make his first-ever start this weekend at Senoia Raceway.

The United Sprint Car Series portion of the event expects to draw some of the top winged sprint car drivers from at least seven states including at least five of the series 2018 sprint feature winners.

Heading the entry list is 2017 United Sprint Car Series National Champion Jordon “The Jet” Mallett from Greenbrier, AR. Mallett currently leads the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour National point standings. The Arkansan has nine trips to Victory Lane this season. He won six times during the 2017 season, but has never won at Senoia Raceway. Mallett is one of the top ranked sprint car drivers in the nation currently holding down the number ten spot.

The 2015 and 2016 USCS National Champion, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, TN is also entered this weekend's show. She was the 2016 USCS Senoia Summer Nationals Champion after grabbing her first win at the speedway on August 20th of 2016.

Eleven-time National Champion, Terry Gray, the "Bartlett Bullet" from Bartlett, TN is currently second in the USCS national point standings behind only Mallett. The veteran driver has one win so far in 2018.  Gray holds the top spot for career wins at Senoia Raceway with five dirt track wins and two asphalt wins which came prior to the track's transformation back to dirt in 2010.

The 2012 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jeff Willingham from Ripley, MS who is in fourth place in the standings is entered as is Tony Agin from Ft. Myers, FL who is currently in fifth place.  Several other veteran sprint car drivers from the state of Georgia are expected to enter including Joe Larkin from Suwannee, Brian Thomas and Jeff Oliver both from Pendergrass, as well as Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain and newcomer Danny Oliver who recently moved to the Peach State from San Diego, CA.

Other competitors making the longer trip from neighboring states including veteran drivers Lance Moss from Cherryville, NC, Bob Auld from Largo, FL, rookie of the year candidate Nick Drake from Concord, NC and the Father and Son sprint car racing team of Terry and Tanner Witherspoon from Jacksonville, FL.  Alabama Outlaw, young gun Kyle Amerson from Montgomery, Alabama rounds out a few of the winged warriors to keep your eyes on this weekend at the 'South's Baddest Bull Ring' Senoia Raceway.

Grandstand admission prices on Saturday night are as follows: Adult grandstand admission is $20 and Youth 5-11 years are $5. Children 4 years and younger are FREE. Pit Pass/Trackside Passes are $35 for Adults. Youth/Children 5-12 years are $20 Kids 4 & Under are admitted for FREE to the grandstand, pit area or trackside with an adult.

For additional information, visit the track website at or call 770.599.6161.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Clanton Claims Ultimate Series Checkers At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – August 26, 2018)   Former World of Outlaws Late Model Tour champion Shane Clanton of Zebulon led all 40 laps of Saturday night’s Ultimate Super Late Model Series feature to win his second series victory at the tough bullring Senoia Raceway.  Clanton lapped all but twelve cars on his to a near two second win over Senoia teenager Ashton Winger.  Clanton pocketed $4000 for his efforts.

Other winners at Senoia Raceway on Saturday night included Michael Page of Winston in the Crate Late Models, Dylan Knowles of Lannett, AL in the Late Model Sportsman and Baldwin’s seventeen-year-old Parris Simmons in the Chargers.  Barnesville’s Landon DeGraff notched the victory in the combined Hobby Bomber feature while Hampton’s Mark Newton won the Mini Stock Hot Shot main event.  Christopher Clanton of Brooks won his third Legends feature while Alabama’s Abe Chase picked up the laurels in the Waterless Boat Race.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Kyle Plott Wins The Southern Super Series Lyle Farms 125 At Crisp Motorsports Park!

Even after having to pit late in the race after running out of fuel, Kyle Plott was able to surge back to the front and claim victory.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Bright Wins Eighth Straight At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austad

(Senoia, GA – July 29, 2018)  Dorough Bright has been unstoppable since April in the Bomber division at Senoia Raceway.  The 60-year-old Newnan businessman won his career best eighth straight feature on Saturday night after turning down an offer by track promoter Mayes Massey to start in the back.  Massey offered Bright twice the winner’s purse if he would start in the back and win the race.  Bright turned down the opportunity and led flag to flag starting on the pole.

“The fans wanted to see him start in the back,” said Massey. “But, the money did not entice him more than the winning streak.  He has been tough to beat this season.”

A few other repeat winners carried the checkers on Saturday night including Alabama teenager Cruz Skinner.  The 17-year-old hot shoe won the Crate Late Model feature notching his fourth win of the year at the tough Bull Ring.  Macon’s Cory Compton returned to the winner’s circle for the second straight week in the Late Model Sportsman as did Hampton’s Mark Newton in the Mini Stock.  Powder Springs Keith West continued his winning ways nabbing his seventh win this season in the Hobby.  Two new faces in victory lane included Tyrone’s Jody Knowles in the Limited Late Models and Trey Chapman in the Hot Shots.  McDonough’s Ted Minnix won the Charger feature.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Last Lap Passes For Victory Highlights Senoia Raceway Night

Mark Page
Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – July 22, 2018)  The sports quote “It ain’t over til it’s over” rang true on Saturday night at the South’s Baddest Bull Ring, Senoia Raceway.  The 3/8ths mile gumbo clay track had a pair of races that were not decided until the final turn of the final lap with two cars that were running in third place when the white flag flew indicating one lap remaining actually crossed the finish line in first.  Hampton’s Mark Newton watched the lead cars spin each other before sneaking past for the victory in the Mini Stock while Winston’s Mark Page used a one lap dash restart to snag his first career Senoia Raceway win in the Limited Late Model main event.