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2018 Deep Dixie Late Model Challenge Race Recap

 Leo Johnson congratulates Mark Whitener.

Submitted by Terri Phillips Thornton

We started our weekend off on, Thursday November 1st. We had over 30 cars for practice on Thursday, with many campers following people. Everyone woke up to a beautiful morning at All Tech Raceway. But unfortunately after an afternoon rain, the track crew could not attempt to get the track ready in time for racing. We had to move our two day show down to a one day show. Meaning we would need to fit all 5 classes into a one day show. Wendell stood behind his word and never cut the purses nor raised the prices to get in. But we did have to cut the C-Class Late Models, E-Mods, Pure Stock and Street Stock classes heats out. When they signed up they each drew a pill and what they drew is where they started their feature. We sincerely apologize, but had to do what we did in order to get the entire show on.

We had some great Race Track and Series Promotors in attendance for this race. Thank You to Michelle and Brandon Stone with Waycross Motor Speedway, Tom Whipple with Volusia Speedway Park and Wayne Davis of The Lucas Oil Southern Sates Midgets Series for coming and supporting this event. Thank you Wayne for the Lucas Oil T-Shirts and Lucas Oil Spray Wax for giveaways.

First up after hot laps, would be Late Model Qualifying. As I work the Pit Gate, I was unable to be in the tower for the first half of the night. SO, I did not get a report for the Late Model Qualifying, E-Mod Feature, Street Stock Feature or Late Model heats. After the Late Model heats we would do our bike giveaway for children 12 and younger. We ended up giving away around 40 bikes and helmets to children, with the help from a lot of great race teams, crews and fans. We sincerely Thank each and everyone of these people that supported our bike giveaway.

Next up would be the Pure Stock Feature. Green Flag out but caution before we could complete a lap. Green out once again we have #83 of Sawn Taylor out front. Caution once again after completion of lap 1. After another failed start, green waves again. We would have the #73j of Davey Kinsley out front but #82 of Shane Taylor knocking on his back door. Good battle heats up as they go four wide, with one ending up in the wall causing a caution. Green out once again we have the #1 of Dustin Turnage Sr coming from the back making his way through the field picking them off one by one. Now he is looking at that lead from Kinsley. After having to cut the race short due to time and many cautions we have our Checked. Coming to the finish it would be #73j of Davey Kinsley in for the Win.

Next up would be our Late Model B-Main, taking the top 6 spots for the A-Main. Green Flag is out, we have #26 of Jimmy Sharpe, Sr to the lead. #27 of Garrett Lloyd coming on strong, up to 5th on the first lap. We now have them three wide for the lead between #26 Jimmy Sharpe, Sr, #27 Garrett Lloyd and #311 Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Caution come out, we go green again, #27 Lloyd taking the top spot from #26 Sharpe, Sr. as #311 Lloyd and #313 of Devin Dixon slipping by #26 of Sharpe, Sr as well. Now a good battle between #311 Lloyd and #313 Dixon back and forth. Being #313 Lloyd and #313 Dixon battling so hard, now #27 Lloyd is now a half a straightaway ahead of second and third. At the checkered we would have #27 Garrett Lloyd, #313 Devin Dixon, #311 Ivedent Lloyd, Jr, #41 Nevin Gainey, #721 Joe Kump and #3R Ryan Vansickle making it to the A-Main.

Next up would be our C-Class Late Model feature. Green out we have #68 Shane Taylor out front with #78 Arthur Conquest looking at that top spot by lap two. Caution comes out, we go green once again with the #38 Chuck Cumby looking at the top two. As #78 Conquest and #38 Cumby battling for the they spin in turn one and two brining out a caution. Green out again, we now have #3 Eddie Gainey out front. After a red flag comes out for #10 Dave Ponton tuning over after making contact with the back stretch wall. Green is back out, we have #38 of Cumby looking at that lead from #3 Gainey. Taking that spot on lap #16 and never looking back. Checkered falls it would be #38 Chuck Cumby, #3 Eddie Gainey, #0 Tom Smith, #78 Arthur Conquest and #25 James Willis rounding out your top five. After tech the #38 of Cumby was declared illegal.

Up next would be our 1st Annual Deep Dixie Late Model Championship, paying $10,000 to the winner! After fans came to their feet to wave at each of the driver's, the excitement was in the air! Green Flag was out as we have #5 David Whitener taking the lead. Battles all through out the field as #40b Kyle Bronson is now up to 4th by lap three. Caution on lap nine, green is out once again. We have #5 David Whitener out front but be challenged by #40b Bronson by lap twelve. Battle heating up for fifth place between #66 Kyle Chapell, #26jr Jimmy Sharpe, Jr and #71 Bo Allen. With #311 of Ivendent Lloyd, Jr picking them off quick. At lap number twenty five the top five are #40b Bronson, #5w Mark Whitener, #7f Jason Fitzgerald, #5 David Whitener and #26 Jimmy Sharpe, Jr your top five. Caution comes out on lap 26, green out once again #5w Whitener taking that top spot from #40b Bronson. Leaders now looking at lap traffic. Now battle heats up for third between #40b Bronson and #7f Fitzgerald, Fitz gets Bronson. Caution on lap forty four, we have green once again. We now have #313 Devin Dixon looking at #5w Whitener for the lead, with Dixon taking Whitener. We come to the halfway mark we have #313 Dixon, #5w Whitener, #26 Sharpe, Jr, #7f Fitzgerald and #47 Tyler Crowder as your top five. We have our halfway fuel break, then we go green once again. Battles all through out the field, fans are sure getting their money worth at this point. After a lot of battles and a couple of cautions come out, we have #5w Whitener now a half a straightaway over #47 Crowder. After another caution, #313 Dixon takes that to his advantage. He is now battling #5w Whitener for that lead. Your top five at lap seventy five is #5w Whitener, #313 Dixon, #47 Crowder, #311 Lloyd, Jr and #40b Bronson. Leaders once again catching lap traffic by lap 80. With ten to go we have #5w Whitener, #313 Dixon, #47 Crowder, #40b Bronson and #27 Garrett Lloyd your top five. Checkered Flag Waves we have #5w Mark Whitener in his Barry Wright, ULC Land Clearing, CWI Maintenance Sponsored Machine taking the Win! He is followed by #313 Devin Dixon, #47 Tyler Crowder, #40b Kyle Bronson and #27 Garrett Lloyd rounding out the top five.

We would like to thank each and everyone for the great success of the first annual Deep Dixie Late Model Challenge!

Click here to see event photos!

2018 Deep Dixie Late Model Challenge

Let's start off by saying that a very big race is coming up next weekend at All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Florida. Wendell Durrance is the main man behind this event. We at Deep Dixie Racing want to thank him for allowing us to be involved. Because of him and his staff, our last joint venture, the Borderline Brawl, was a rousing success. We expect no less for this one. Below is a post that Lenny Schmit recently made explaining a little bit about the inaugural Deep Dixie Late Model Challenge.


People are beginning to get excited. Here is another post that Terri Phillips Thornton made.

Now, here are some posts about some of the drivers who are scheduled to be there.

Texas' Erb Nabs Showdown At Senoia Checkers For irst Bull Ring Win

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – October 21, 2018)  Texas hot shoe Tyler Erb made a fast move at the start of Saturday night’s Showdown at Senoia to get past fast qualifier Shane Clanton of Zebulon and then held off all challenges from Winston’s Michael Page to claim his first career win at the icy slick Senoia Raceway capturing the 3rd Annual Showdown at Senoia title for the Super Late Model division.

“When we took off (the car) it was really, really good,” said Erb in victory lane. “Last night (Friday), I put us behind qualifying. I made a couple of changes tonight that I was wishy-washy when I practiced…I should’ve done it and I didn’t.  It definitely worked out and we have something to work off when we come back next year.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia Showdown Salute To America July 27 and 28 at Cochran Motor Speedway

Pits & Grandstand Gates Open at 5pm
Hot Laps begin at 7pm
Racing at 8pm

Friday Night Features Include:
Bomber $2000 to Win (Make Up From 5/12)
Hot Shots $300 to Win (Make Up From 5/12)
Crate Late Model $1000.00 To Win

Plus Qualifying/Heats with Features on Saturday:
Pure Stock ($75.00 Entry Fee)
Sportsman 602($100 Entry Fee)
Hots Shots

Grandstand Tickets: $10; Kids 6-10 $5; Five & under are FREE
Pit Passes: $30; Kids 6-10 $15; Five & under are FREE

Pit & Grandstand Gates Open at 4pm
Driver’s meeting at 6:30pm
Hot Laps begin at 7pm
Racing to immediately follow Hot Laps

Qualifying & Last Chance Races on Saturday:
602 Sportsman Last Chance Race (If Needed)
Qualifying Crate Late Models

Saturday Night Features Include:
Jr. Enduro $400 to Win
Pure Stock $2000.00 to Win
602 Sportsman $3000.00 to Win
Bomber $1000.00 to Win
Crate Late Model $2000.00 (100 Entry Fee)
Hots Shots $500.00 to Win (10 Car Min)

Grandstand Tickets: $15; Kids 6-10 $5; Five & under are FREE
Pit Passes: $35; Kids 6-10 $15; Five & under are FREE

Visit for more information!

Giveaways coming from everywhere for the Borderline Brawl

Finishing position giveaways for the Brawl Aug 11th

  1.Racers Helping Racers ( Chris Storey)  Case of oil  and wix filters
     Rhett Carter (Bazley Road Racing)
     St Johns River Campground (James Powell)
     Kent Corbin (Benny's Racing Equipment)  ($750) Racing Suit
     Central Mobile Homes   $500 to a florida driver that wins the race
     Silent Donation                $500 if Tim Goforth wins
                                             $400 if Shannon Curles wins
                                          or $300 if a Georgia car wins
 Grady Lloyd                        $250 if a Georgia car wins
 Jeff Waters                          $200 if a Georgia car wins
                                              $100 for the first two finishing GA cars
S.R.E Electrical Services (Ocala, Fl)       $250 if a Georgia car wins the race
  2. M&W Contracting   (Joey McGae)        Air Gauge

  3 RC Motorsports (Robby Metts)               5 gallons of 110 in jug

  4. Robby Exum                                           $100
      B4 Signs                                                 Compete wrap form B4 Signs
  5. Waycross Motor Speedway                   1 season pass  for 2018 and 2019 at WMS

  6. M&W Contracting                                 pit extension

  7 .SPS (Chad Tuten)                                  $200 off a drum of fuel

  8 .M&W Contacting                                  Duck Tape/ Pit Mat/Rivets

  9. M&W Contacting                                 Race jug and race funnel

10.Big T's Racing Supplys (Kelly Walker)   1 H500

11 Topnotch Graphics (Brian Green)            1 H500

12 Vip Sign & Graphics                             Half off a wrap valued at $500 ($250 off)
13 M&W Cont.                                          All Star Toe Plates

14 Fitz Factory (Jason Fitzgerald)             1 H500

15 SPS                                                      Fuel jug
16 M&W Cont.                                        Racing Gloves

17 Nevin Gainey Racing                         1 h500

18 Wholesale Automotive                      Air Rivet Gun/Rivets

19 M&W  Cont.                                      Mud Scrapper
20.Waycross Motor Speedway             1 season pass for 2018 and 2019

21.Fitz Factory                                      1 H500

22 M&W Contr.                                    Bead Breaker

23 Five Star Plumbing                           $50

24 Everett Phillips                                $200

25 Topnotch Signs                               1 H500
26 Wholesale Automotive                   Duck Tape /Pit Mat/ Rivets

27 Taylor Trailers                                $50

28 Taylor Trailers                                $50
29 M&W Contr.                                   Seat Belts

30 Chris Davis                                       $100

Five Star Plumbing                                   $50 to the 18 place finisher in non qualifier
 VIP Signs & Graphics                            Half off a wrap $500 ($250 off)
Kevin Durden                                          $200 to non qualifiers race
Deep Dixie Outreach                               $200 to non qualifiers race
Durrance Performance                             $200 to non qualifiers race
S.R.E. Electrical Services                        $200 to non qualifiers race
Last Air and Electric                                Trophy and the first ten Cochran locals entrys fees
Rim Rider Race Cars                                $100 to the fastest qualifier
                                                                 $100 to the fastest qualifier that doesn't make the race
Coty Reese                                               Simpson racing bag - best finishing GA car
Donnie Dobbins                                       Clubtails supplied, Hats , Decals

William Fisher                                         $50 hard charger
Hot Rod Keller                                         $50

Swainsboro Raceway                               $100 the leader of lap 25
B4 Signs                                                    $50  the leader of lap 4
John Kellum (K&K Hauling)                   $100 the leader of lap 41
Southway Crane                                        $50 the leader of lap 2,12,22,32
Wil Herrington                                          $50 the leader at lap 14
Chad Collins                                             $50 the leader at lap 5,15,25,35
Adam Giles                                               $100 the leader at lap 10
                                                                  $100 to a lucky fan (ball toss)
                                                                  $50 to the tenth fastest qualifier
Ryan Sowles                                              $100 to the leader of lap 50
Extreme Racing Engines                          $400 dyno session for the highest finishing Georgia car
Blue Gator Tiki Bar and  Restaurant  Dunnellon,Fl

Bad Boy Racing                                        $100 - Longest tow award   
S.R.E Electrical Services (Ocala, Fl)        $250 hard luck awarded for feature picked by Stalnaker Racing and 2 h500s to the 4th place qualifier
Lavon Sparks
Peterson Total Lawn Service (De leon Springs, Fl
Michaels Pool/ Plumbing St Augustine , Fl
Clay County Gutter                                  $100 to last place in the Non Qualifiers
Racing Trash Talk                            
Garrett Lloyd                                              9 entry fees paid
         James Shaw, Chad Taylor, Scott Crews, Shawn Taylor, Roger Wren, David Showers Sr, Leon Childs, Shane Taylor, Jonathan Rowe
Brian Green                                            $150 off a wrap

Cochran Motor Speedway Has Big Weekend Planned!

This weekend at the 'Battlefield' Cochran Motor Speedway it's the 5th Annual Georgia Showdown to Salute America!!!

Two HUGE NIGHTS of slingin' dirt on Saturday and Sunday!
Plus, FIREWORKS, FIREWORKS, FIREWORKS on Sunday night! The place to be this weekend is at Cochran Motor Speedway!!!

Share this post and you can win a pair of passes for Saturday night and Sunday night! That's right FREE passes for the whole weekend of fun, family, friends and fireworks! Just ahre this post and invite your friends to the track!!! The drawing takes place on Thursday!!!

Saturday Night - June 30th (Feature Races on Saturday)
CCS Air & Electrical Bombers – $2000 to Win (Make Up From 5/12)
***Any Driver Change or Drivers That Change Cars That They Did Not Qualify In Will Be Sent To The Rear. If You Fail to Report The Change You Will Be Automatically Disqualified. Any Minor Infractions Must Be Reported To Tech Officials And Documented With Weight Penalty Prior To The Race***
Hot Shots/440 Cars – $300 to Win (Make Up From 5/12)
Plus a Bonus Feature on Saturday Night for Hot Shots
Heartland EMS Pure Stock – 25 laps – $1000 to Win
Hobby Stock – 30 laps – $1500 to win ($50 Entry Fee)
***EAMS/Senoia Rules Apply***
Durrence Layne Chevrolet Crate Late Model – 30 laps – $2000 to win
***($100 Entry Fee)***Tire Rule Hoosier Spec 1350; Spec 1600; Crate 21 & 55
Last Air & Electrical Jr. Enduro - $400 to win (Thanks to a silent sponsor)
(Heat Races on Saturday)
Baldwin Builders Supply Sportsman – $3000 to win
***($75 Entry Fee Feature Sunday)***
***Tire Rule Hoosier Spec 1350 Spec 1600 Crate 21 & 55***
***Economy 1350 add 25LBS Heat Races Saturday Night***
***Any Driver Change or Drivers That Change Cars That They Did Not Qualify In Will Be Sent To The Rear. If You Fail to Report The Change You Will Be Automatically Disqualified. Any Minor Infractions Must Be Reported To Tech Officials And Documented With Weight Penalty Prior To The Race.***
CCS Air & Electrical Bombers – $1000 to win (For Sunday’s Race)

Saturday Ticket Prices
Grandstand: $10; Kids 6-10 $5; Five & Under FREE
Pit Passes: $30; Kids 6-10 $15; Five & Under FREE

Saturday Gates Open at 5pm. Hot Laps at 7pm.
Racing Cranks Up at 8pm.

Sunday Night - July 1st
Durrence Layne Chevrolet Crate Late Models Touring Series
$2500 to win 'Battle at the Battlefield'
Nesmith Street Stocks – $1200.00 to win (Carl Moore added more $$$)
Baldwin Builders Supply Sportsman – $3000 to win
***Last Chance Race - if needed***
CCS Air & Electrical Bombers – $1000 to win

Sunday Ticket Prices
Grandstand: $15; Kids 6-10 $10; Five & Under FREE
Pit Passes: $35; Kids 6-10 $20; Five & Under FREE

Sunday Gates Open at 3pm. Hot Laps at 6pm.
Racing Cranks Up at 7pm.


See you at the 'Battlefield' this weekend!!!

Armistead Inches Ahead For Victory At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – June 17, 2018)  Former track champion Joey Armistead finished his late race charge on Saturday night at Senoia Raceway by narrowly inching in front at the finish line beating Shane Fulcher by only .035 seconds winning the Limited Late Model Trifecta Saturday special event.  The Senoia young gun pocketed $1000 for his efforts and inched closer to the top of the point standings for the 2018 season.

Joining him in victory lane were fellow Senoia residents Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith in Crate Late Models and Ashton Winger in the Late Model Sportsman.  Dorough Bright of Newnan and Dean Williams from Alabama continued their win streaks while Newnan’s Jamie Nicholson, Sr. picked up the win in the Mini Stocks and McDonough’s Ted Willingham was moved to the winner’s circle after a disqualification in the Hobby.

“That was a great show,” said promoter Mayes Massey. “There was some really good racing, Unfortunately, some bad wrecks and a lot of passing and racing through the fields. Next weekend should be one of the best shows of the season with the way these drivers are currently battling.”
Saturday June 16th is the first of two straight weekends of open wheel racing at Cochran Motor Speedway!!!

The Lucas Oil Southern States Midgets are in the house tomorrow night and the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars are coming to town next Saturday, June 23rd!!!

Saturday - June 16th at Cochran Motor Speedway

The Durrence Layne Chevrolet Crate Late Models, the CCS Air & Electrical Bombers, the Heartland EMS Pure Stock, the Baldwin Builders Supply Sportsman, the Hot Shot 440s and the Last Air & Electrical Jr Enduro will all be racing! Plus, the Lucas Oil Southern States Midgets!

The Baldwin Builders Supply Sportsman will also complete their rained out event from last month and then do single lap qualifying to line-up a second feature!!!

Wide open dirt car racing and the wild action of the open wheel midgets - - - BEST OF ALL - - - Look at the low, low ticket prices! This is the one you do not want to miss!!!

Grandstand Tickets are $10; kids 6-10 are $5; and kids 5 & Under are FREE

Pit Passes are $30; kids 6-10 are $15; and kids 5 & under are FREE

Grandstands and Pits Open at 5pm. Hot Laps at 7pm.
We fire the engines for racing at 8pm.

2018 Borderline Brawl Title Sponsor Announced

(Photo from Mark Whitener Motorsports Facebook page.)

By now, most of you know about the 2018 Borderline Brawl that is going to be held on August 11th at the All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Florida. People have started getting excited. The Enduro/Thunderstock class has always been one of the classes at the heart of racing. The working class, if you will. These guys work their butts off day in and day out to provide for their families and then maybe have a little left over to go out and enjoy the sport they love on the weekends. The Borderline Brawl is Deep Dixie Racing’s attempt to recognize those drivers, their family, their crew members and their fans on one special weekend during the year,  Our goal is to make the 2018 Borderline Brawl one to remember and to set a standard for future Borderline Brawl events.

Activities are being planned for all ages. Friday night after practice we are planning on having a band to provide entertainment. Saturday, before the race, activities such as face painting for the kids, a dunking booth, possibly a cornhole tournament and much more are being looked at.

Prizes for all drivers who gain entry into the main event are being sought as well as other incentives.

After sharing some of these thoughts about making the Borderline Brawl special with folks this past weekend down at Volusia Speedway Park’s Powell Memorial, you wouldn’t believe the response that was received from those connected to the racing community. Lots of prizes and gifts have already been promised.

Really coming through for Deep Dixie Racing and the 2018 Borderline Brawl was Mark Whitener Motorsports. Because of their love and respect for this class of racing, Mark and Bridgette Whitener have committed to being the title sponsor for this year’s event. For that, we at Deep Dixie Racing are grateful.

Make plans now to attend the 2018 Borderline Brawl presented by Mark Whitener Motorsports.

Additional opportunities exist for other sponsorships and prizes. All sponsors will be recognized in a commemorative racing program as well as in posts and videos. If you want to come on board and contribute, please contact Leo Johnson, Dale Hall, or Joe Kelly. Their contact information is listed below.

“There’s only one Borderline Brawl y’all!”

Leo Johnson

Dale Hall

Joe Kelly

2018 Borderline Brawl Set For August 11th At All-Tech Raceway

Many of you know by now about the Borderline Brawl which was announced last week. This event is scheduled to be run at All-Tech Raceway on August 11th in Lake City, Florida. What you may not know about is the amount of interest that it is generating.

It has been one week to the day that this event was announced. Below is the post where the Borderline Brawl was announced: 

As you can see them mentioned above, several people immediately came on board to begin helping get the word out. And get the word out they did. Eric James, Sean Casey and Allen Haire went to work sharing information about the Brawl to all their friends and acquaintances especially the ones at Racing Trash Talk, their private Facebook group. (Warning: Racing Trash Talk is not for the feint of heart or cupcakes.)

By Thursday, Leo Johnson was able to present a payout for the Enduro/Thunderstock race at the Borderline Brawl.

Recap of the 2018 Powell Family Memorial at Volusia Speedway Park

Submitted by Terri Phillips Thornton

Zach Attack At Senoia As Leonhardi Claims First Super Victory

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – June 10, 2018)  Zach Leonhardi of Cartersville dominated the thirty-lap main event for the Super Late Models at Senoia Raceway Saturday night.  The seventeen-year-old just obtained his license to drive legally on the streets of Georgia this past week, but he showed everyone he has known how to drive a racecar for a long time beating the three-time defending champion Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith by over four seconds.  It was the young guns first career victory behind the wheel of a Super Late Model and first time back into victory lane at Senoia Raceway since he raced legends cars a few years back.

“It feels to great to get our first win,” said Zach afterwards. “What a car.”

Joining Leonhardi in victory lane during Saturday night’s important double points event were Hamilton’s Thomas Lewis in the Limited Late Models, Alabama’s Todd Morrow in the Crate Late Models and Macon’s Cory Compton in the Late Model Sportsman.  The Hobby winner was Keith West of Powder Springs while Newnan’s Dorough Bright and Tommy Faulkner won again in the Bombers and Mini respectively.  Alabama’s Dean Williams topped the Hot Shots class and Franklin’s Tanner Collins won for the third time in the beginner Chargers division.

Thomas, Johnson & Jones Claim Summer Sizzler Cash At Bull Ring

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – June 3, 2018)  It was a rough road to victory lane on Saturday night as Senoia Raceway hosted the Summer Sizzler 2018.  Excessive rains for the past week, including showers during the morning and afternoon, resulted in a wet, soggy and rough surface for the drivers to compete upon.  But those that maneuvered their cars through the tough spots and kept their foot on the floor while also staying focused on the checkered flag, were the ones who came home victorious.

Alabama’s Jimmy Thomas topped the stellar field of forty-three entries for the Late Model Sportsman while Tennessee’s Ronnie Johnson collected the win for the Limited Late Models.  LaGrange’s Dusty Jones smoked the field in the Crate Late Models finally pulling the monkey of his back with a feature win.

Page Pummels Competition At All-Stars Stop At The Bull Ring

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – May 20, 2018)  Michael Page of Winston has figured out the tricky, slick, gumbo surface at Senoia Raceway’s bull ring race track and he showed it on Saturday night.  Page led the majority of the Southern All-Stars Tour ‘Mayhem 40’ securing his first ever win on the tour while also leading every lap of the Limited Late Model feature to double up on the domination.

“We have been working hard to get this track down,” said Page.  “It’s good to get the win.”

Page outdueled Zebulon’s Shane Clanton in the early stages of the race as the two traded the lead position a couple of times before Page’s final pass coming out of the second turn on lap three.  Page then used lapped traffic to keep a buffer between he and Clanton racing to the finish line and the $4000 top prize.  Clanton settled for the runner-up spot with Chatsworth’s Aaron Ridley third.  Senoia’s Ashton Winger celebrated his high school graduation with a fourth place run and South Carolina’s Ross Bailes nabbed a top five in his first trip to the ‘South’s Baddest Bull Ring’.

A Night At Needmore

*The starting times of the feature races are annotated in the description of the video on YouTube. Just click on the time of the feature you want to see and it will take you to that point in the video.

Madden Takes Home Billy Clanton Classic Title At Senoia

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – May 6, 2018)  Chris ‘Smokey’ Madden ran flag to flag to claim the victory during the 4th Annual Billy Clanton Classic on Saturday night at Senoia Raceway.  The Gray Court, South Carolina hot shoe saw a late race charge by Winston’s Michael Page fall short as won the event by just over a second ahead of Page and Chickamauga’s Dale McDowell. The race was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Dirt Late Model Series.

“Man what an awesome place,” Madden said after earning the $10,000 pay day. “And what an awesome race to come here and win.  Shane’s like best friends out here on this tour, and he’s been so kind to me, him and his family.  I just want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for this race. It means a lot to me (to win it).”

Madden joined Zebulon’s Shane Clanton (2015 and 2016) and Illinois champion Brandon Sheppard (2017) as winner’s of this special race honoring the late Georgia Auto Racing Hall of Famer Billy Clanton, Shane’s father.

Michael Page had climbed through traffic to nab second behind Madden just before the halfway mark of the 50-lap main event.  But, Madden kept lapped cars between he and Page causing the aggressor to slow a few too many times to catch the high side hustler.  McDowell charged from his seventeenth starting spot to gain third place before the checkered flag fell.

“I should’ve qualified better,” said McDowell afterwards. “Hats off to the Masseys and everyone who gets the track ready…I was able to race up through there.  It was a lot of fun.  I just wish I would have had more laps and then I maybe could’ve gotten up there and raced with those guys.”

Tennessee’s Mike Marlar dropped to fourth after a strong opening to the night starting on the outside pole.  Evans’ Brandon Overton claimed his best finish of the season on the World of Outlaws Tour claiming the fifth place spot.  Ohio’s Devin Moran was sixth followed by former race winner Shane Clanton in seventh.

Familiar faces returned to victory lane after races on the event undercard.  Senoia’s Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith won his fourth Crate Late Model feature of the season while Alabama’s Dylan Knowles notched his sixth victory in the Late Model Sportsman division main.  Brooks’ Christopher Clanton won an exciting Legends Car race as the grandson of Billy Clanton gave the family a trip to victory lane on this special night.

Racing action returns to Senoia Raceway on Saturday night, May 19th, when the Southern All-Stars Tour makes it’s first stop of the season at the ‘South’s Baddest Bull Ring’.  The event will include racing in all weekly divisions including Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Griffin Hose & Hydraulic Chargers, Hobby, Bomber, Mini and Hot Shots.

The pits will open at 4pm this weekend with the grandstands opening at 5pm.  Hot laps and qualifying will begin at 6:15pm with racing at 7:30pm.

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, May 5, 2018

Craftsman World of Outlaws (Feature):  1-Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC  2-Michael Page, Winston  3-Dale McDowell, Chickamauga  4-Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN  5-Brandon Overton, Evans  6-Devin Moran, Dresden, OH  7-Shane Clanton, Zebulon  8-Chase Junghans, Manhatten, KS  9-Rick Eckert, York, PA  10-Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN  11-Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL  12-Chris Ferguson, Mt. Holly, NC  13-Morgan Bagley, Longview, TX  14-Jason Croft, Woodstock  15-David Breazeale, Starkville, MS  16-Ray Cook, Brasstown, NC  17-Mason Massey, Douglasville  18-Timothy Culp,  West Monroe, LA  19-Zach Leonhardi, Cartersville  20-Austin Smith, Rome  21-Blake Spencer, St. Augustine, FL  22-Donald McIntosh, Dawsonville  23-Will Roland, Jasper  24-Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX  Total Entries: 32

Crate Late Models (Feature):  1-Clint Smith, Senoia  2-Monte Skinner, Saraland, AL  3-Will Herrington, Cochran  4-Dennis Lykins, Jr., Sharpsburg  5-Woodrow Mullis, Pearson  6-Jamie Maurice, McDonough  7-Marty Massey, Winston  8-Mark Page, Winston  9-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg  10-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey  11-Ahnna Parkhurst, Evans  12-Josh Copeland, McDonough  13-Chase Baker, LaGrange  14-Tina Johnson, Senoia  15-Michael Queen, Cartersville  16-John Holcomb, Griffin  17-Cody Martin, Cochran

Late Model Sportsman (Feature):  1-Dylan Knowles, Lanett, AL  2-Wiley McDaniel, Byron  3-Cory Compton, Macon  4-Keith Fields, Griffin  5-McKenna Nelms, Newnan  6-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove  7-Richard Dale, Winston  8-Morgan Alexander, Locust Grove  9-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan  10-Kayla Boswell, Winston  11-Ryan King, Anniston, AL  12-Randy Cornwell, Fayetteville  13-Dave McWilliams, Brooks  14-Bobby Mills, Griffin  15-Shane Payton, Newnan  16-Ted Minnix, McDonough  17-Levin Campbell, Jackson

Legends Cars (Feature):  1-Christopher Clanton, Brooks  2-Chris Wilson  3-LJ Klemons, Meansville  4-Jake Owens, TN  5-Adam Roberson  6-Adam Cochran  7-Miranda Meredith, Locust Grove  8-Hunter Burns

First Time Winners Celebrate Senoia Raceway Victories

Submitted by: Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – April 22, 2018)  Woodrow Mullis of Pearson dominated the Crate Late Model feature securing his first ever victory at Senoia Raceway on Saturday evening.  Mullis was one of six drivers that won their first career feature at the ‘South’s Baddest Bull Ring’ Senoia Raceway.  Locust Grove’s Jamie Nicholson, Sr. picked up career win number one in the Mini Stock division while fourteen-year-old McKenna Nelms also won her first main event topping the field of Griffin Hose & Hydraulics Charger competitors.  Mableton’s Keith West, Winston’s Austin Hill and Alabama’s TJ Sanders joined the new winners after their features as well.

“If you win at Senoia Raceway, you have really accomplished something,” said promoter Mayes Massey.  “It is not easy to beat the veteran competition on this tough, slick surface gumbo clay.  These drivers stepped up their game tonight and joined an elite group of winners.”

Horton & Hale Headline Points Opener At Senoia Raceway

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – April 15, 2018)  The defending champion of the Southern All-Stars Late Model Tour returned to his racing roots on Saturday night as the South’s Baddest Bull Ring, Senoia Raceway, opened it’s 2018 points season.  Whitesburg’s Austin Horton claimed the opening night honors in the Super Late Models while LaGrange’s Dennis Hale topped the Limited Late Models opening night feature race.  Horton also nabbed a second place run in the Crate Late Models.

Other points opener winners included 13-year-old Joshua Till of McDonough in the Mini Stock; Winston’s Marty Massey in the Crate Late Models; Alabama’s Dylan Knowles in the Late Model Sportsman; Tanner Collins of Franklin in the Griffin Hose & Hydraulics Chargers; Ted Willingham of McDonough in the Hobby; Alabama’s Dunie Dillard in Bomber and Dean Williams of Lanett, AL in the Hot Shots.

Lots Of Racing Choices This Weekend, What Shall I Do?

Here are just some of the options for great racing action within my abilities to travel this weekend. Where oh where shall I go? Isn't it nice to have options? I have included information about each event as provided by the tracks themselves. Keep in mind, most racing in this area was rained out last week.

Saturday Night April 14, Needmore Speedway is the place to be for a spectacular night of dirt track racing action

Adults - Ticket: $12 for Grandstand
Kids 12 & Under - Free
Pit Pass: $30
ATV, Golf Carts and 4 Wheelers or etc. $5.00
Pit Gates Open: 2:00 pm
Grandstand Gates Open: 4:00
Hot Laps: 6:00 pm
Racing Starts: 7:00 pm

$2,000 to win Pro Late Model Show ($100 Entry Fee with a Minimum of 15 car count): Plus Nesmith Street Stock, Super Street, 602/C Class Late Model, Enduro and Georgia/Florida Late Model!
Adding to the pot on the April 14th Late Model Shootout $200 to the pole setter and $100 to the outside pole setter!!!!!!!
Going to be an exciting night of racing!!!
Thanks Auto Transmissions Sales and Service!

Fans get to try your driving skills in the Late Model Simulator on the Premises!
Free Bounce Houses and Train Rides on the Needmore Train, and free glow necklaces for the Kiddo’s.
We are Giving away 30 Needmore t-shirts!
Giving away a Matco Mini Fridge!

It is going to be pedal to the metal wide opening racing fun for you, your family and friends. Get the racing you need at Needmore Speedway!

1060 John Vickers Road
Norman Park, GA

Come join us to one of the BEST DIRT TRACK RACING in South Georgia, with a family atmosphere!

Clayton Homes Presents

Late models, limited sportsman, 440, EMOD, Superstreet, Street stock and Enduro

Pit gates open @3pm
Drivers meeting @5:45pm
Hot laps @ 6:00pm
Racing @ 7pm

Pit gates: $30
Kids 12 and under FREE