The Newnan Times-Herald


Smith takes checkered flag at Senoia

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 15, 2017 - 5:43 AM

Under a full moon at Senoia Raceway, a pair of roll-over accidents stole the spotlight last week. 

Newnan’s Corey Payton rode up the front stretch wall at the beginning of the Limited Late Model feature, which sent him tumbling several times down the front stretch before coming to rest on top of the turn one retaining wall.  
The next race saw a similar crash with Atlanta’s Kyle Cochran getting upside down during the Crate Late Model main event.  
Both drivers were not injured, but the wrecks stole the show from those winning on a night at the 3/8 mile speedway.
Clint “Cat Daddy” Smith of Senoia was again victorious in the Super Late Model feature while Brooks’ Matt “Magic” Dooley picked up the win in the Limited Late Model competition.  
Tyrone’s Jody Knowles took the checkered flag for the Crate Late Models, Locust Grove’s Billy Stevenson the Late Model Sportsman and Mableton’s Ryan Ray the Hobby Stocks. Mark “Mad Dog” Newton continued his dominance of the Mini Stocks, while Alabama’s Dunie Dillard won again in the Bombers. The Hot Shot Gumboree went to Alabama’s Dean Williams after the first two finishers were disqualified in post-race tech.
Knowles took advantage of a late race misfortune of Sharpsburg’s Dennis Lykins Jr. to snag the lead of the Crate Late Model feature. Lykins had controlled the caution-filled race until the race’s final two laps when his mount took a strange turn to the right entering turn three.  
Lykins kept the car from slamming the concrete retaining wall but forced a caution, which bunched up the field for a one-lap dash for the cash.
Knowles shot out to the lead, holding back the advances of Dylan “Thrillin’” Knowles of Lanett, Ala. and Cochran’s Will Herrington. The win was Jody Knowles’ second of the season.
In the Bomber feature, Dunie Dillard waited until the final lap to make his move. Whitesburg’s Derrick Matthews was leading heading into turn three, but Dillard stuck his nose against the interior fence to gain the low side.  
Coming out of the final turn, Dillard inched his Chevy just past Matthews to steal the win and go to victory lane for the second straight week. Former champion Mike Nelms, of Newnan, finished third ahead of Fayetteville’s Randy Cornwell and Junior Hardy.
The Hot Shot Gumboree offered the newest division of competition an opportunity to shine with a $500 to win.  
Alabama’s Jonathan Merritt was the race’s first leader as he battled with Dean Williams. Moving up through the field was another Alabama driver, Jason Newson, who had to start a bit further back on the starting grid.
On lap 7, Newson moved his station wagon racer to the front as he slung past both Williams and Merritt.  

Newson would never look back as he was the first to cross the finish line ahead of Merritt and Williams. 

Newson and Merritt were disqualified in post-race tech after officials declared the two were running different-sized tires. The Senoia Raceway rulebook states competitors in the Hot Shots must have all four corners in the same size.  
The disqualifications moved Williams to the winner’s circle and all others up two positions each.
Dominating performances in the Super Late Models and Limited Late Models saw Clint Smith and Matt Dooley run flag to flag for their victories. Dooley’s win was by a half lap over his nearest pursuant “Racin’ Jason” Williams of Locust Grove.
Billy Stevenson also made it look easy in the Late Model Sportsman as he ran near the outside retaining wall to get past Newnan’s Bobby Arnold on his way to his second straight night in victory lane. Stevenson’s win a week earlier came with an air of controversy as his tires were protested in post race tech. Samples sent to Blue Ridge Labs came back with the benchmark correct, and Stevenson was allowed to keep the win.
Ryan “Hard Head” Ray overtook Stockbridge’s Josh Pitt on lap four of the 15-lap feature for the Hobby Stocks.  He then held off a late charge by Villa Rica’s “Smokin’ Joe” Hillman to collect his second Senoia Raceway win of the season. Griffin’s John Holcomb was third ahead of Mansfield’s Blake Harmon and Pitt.
In the Mini Stock feature, Mark Newton was nearly uncontested in his fourth trip to the winner’s circle.  
Rockmart’s Ross Baines tried to catch the speedy Newton, but could not get the job done, finishing in second. Baldwin teenager Paris Simmons was third ahead of Locust Grove’s Jamie Nicholson Sr. and David Brackett of Douglasville.
This Saturday, the track will host its annual Waterless Boat Race along with a full night of racing action.
The Waterless Boat Race features drivers pulling boats without trailers around the 3/8 mile dirt track. The object of the competition is not to see who is the fastest, but who keeps their boat from being dislodged from the pulling vehicle. The crash-filled event is a delight to fans of all ages. The track will be providing boats for those wanting to bring a junker car and compete.
Official Results for Saturday, June 10, 2017
Super Late Models (Feature):  1-Clint Smith, Senoia;  2-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville;  3-Tod Darda, LaGrange;  4-Craig Scott, Newnan;  5-Ricky Williams, Fayetteville;  6-Zach Leonhardi, Cartersville;  7-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston;  8-Cody King, McDonough;  9-P.L. Williams, Dublin;  10-Mason Massey, Douglasville;  11-Laddie Fulcher, Thomaston;  12-Gathan Burns, Piedmont, Ala;  Fast Qualifier: Morris (16.023 – 84.1 mph)
Limited Late Models (Feature):  1-Matt Dooley, Brooks;  2-Jason Williams, Locust Grove;  3-Bailey Williams, Fayetteville;  4-Brant Hardin, McDonough;  5-Joseph Darda, Greenville;  6-Tyler Thomason, Phenix City, Ala.;  7-Dakota Weeks, Douglasville;  8-Hunter Worley, Alvaton;  9-Corey Payton, Newnan;   Fast Qualifier: Dooley (16.368 – 82.4 mph)
Crate Late Models (Feature):  1-Jody Knowles, Tyrone;  2-Dylan Knowles, Lannett, Ala.;  3-Will Herrington, Cochran;  4-Montana Dudley, Ladonia, Ala.;  5-Coby Darda, LaGrange;  6-Matthew Wyatt, Eastonollee;  7-Jamie Maurice, McDonough;  8-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg;  9-Tina Johnson, Senoia;  10-Dennis Lykins Jr., Sharpsburg;  11-Kyle Cochran, Atlanta;  12-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey;  13-Trey White, Jenkinsburg;  14-Zach Shelton, Tyrone;  15-Chris Justus, McDonough;  16-Marty Lunsford, Newnan;  DNS: Mike Abercrombie, Griffin; Fast Qualifier: Lykins (16.289 – 82.9 mph)
Late Model Sportsman (Feature):  1-Billy Stevenson, Locust Grove;  2-Bobby Arnold, Newnan;  3-Curtis Turner, Brooks;  4-Keith Fields, Griffin;  5-Jake Traylor, LaGrange;  6-Jamie Nicholson Jr., Locust Grove;  7-Clyde Alexander, Locust Grove;  8-Roger Arnett, Lannett, Ala.;  9-Blake Griffin, Grantville;  10-Ted Minnix, McDonough;  11-Paul Holloway, Hampton;  12-Jeff Robinson, McDonough;  13-Lee Fuller, Newnan;  14-Dustin Newell, Gray;  15-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan;  16-Brandon Huffman, Newnan;  17-Nick Carter, Rutledge;  Heat Winners: Arnold & Turner
Hobby Stock (Feature):  1-Ryan Ray, Mableton;  2-Joe Hillman, Villa Rica ; 3-John Holcomb, Griffin;  4-Blake Harmon, Mansfield;  5-Josh Pitt, Stockbridge;  6-Ted Willingham, McDonough;  7-Sam Carter, Covington;  8-Larry Bednar, Locust Grove;  9-Griffin Alexander, Locust Grove;  10-Chris Kozusnik, Newnan;  11-Mike Jenkins, Brooks 
Mini Stock (Feature):  1-Mark Newton, Hampton;  2-Ross Baines, Rockmart;  3-Parris Simmons, Baldwin;  4-Jamie Nicholson Sr., Locust Grove;  5-David Brackett, Douglasville;  6-Tommy Faulkner, Newnan;  7-Brandon Jones, Newnan;  8-Bobby Faulkner, Newnan;  9-Cassie Dingler-Still, Newnan;  10-Joshua Till, Atlanta;  11-Rocky Johnson, Douglasville
Bomber (Feature): 1-Dunie Dillard, Phenix City, Ala.;  2-Derrick Matthews, Whitesburg;  3-Mike Nelms, Newnan;  4-Randy Cornwell, Fayetteville;  5-Jr. Hardy;  6-Wilson Boozer, Jenkinsburg;  7-Tim Harmon, Conyers;  8-Abe Chase, Valley, Ala.;  9-Charlie Garrett, West Point;  10-McKenna Nelms, Newnan;  11-Dorough Bright, Newnan;  12-Ricky Neill, Whitesburg;  13-Carly Arnett, Lanett, Ala.
Hot Shot (Feature):  1-Dean Williams, Lanett, Ala.;  2-Michael Fullmer, Canton;  3-Bobby Duell, Phenix City, Ala.;  4-Remmington Bryson;  5-Mark Meyer, Ellijay;  6-Shane Davis, Waco;  7-Nathan Farrow, LaGrange;  8-Morgan Pittman, Grantville;  9-Dave McWilliams, Fayetteville;  10-Sarah Davis, Waco;  DQ: Jason Newson, Phenix City, Ala. (illegal tires); Jason Merritt, Phenix City, Ala. (illegal tires).  DNS: Scott Amoson, Newnan; Jerry Lee Sisson, Rockmart.