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 $1,000 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.
McDonough’s Ted Willingham was moved to the winner’s circle after a disqualification in the Hobby.
“There was some really good racing,” said promoter Mayes Massey. “Unfortunately, some bad wrecks and a lot of passing and racing through the fields.”
Massey expects even more excitement to come this Saturday when Senoia hosts the 21st Annual Michael Head, Jr. Memorial Race.
span class="Apple-converted-space"> the schedule with the travelling Super Late Model series offering some of the region’s best competitors the opportunity to pocket the top prize of $5,454.
The tour was at Senoia Raceway last month and Winston’s Michael Page was the winner.
Joining the Southern All-Stars on the schedule of racing includes the Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Hobby, Bomber and Legends.
span class="Apple-converted-space"> Hot laps and qualifying begin at 6:15 with racing at 7:30 p.m.
Last week, Armistead barely snuck past Shane Fulcher of Thomaston at the finish line in easily the closest race this season. LaGrange’s Dennis Hale was third with Newnan’s Rucker Orr fourth and Griffin’s Bobby Mills fifth.
In the Crate Late Model feature Cody Smith looked to have the field covered until a caution on lap 20 forced a restart before losing control of his car and had others clip his vehicle, ending his night. Clint Smith captured the lead after a second restart and ran to victory.
A race that was eventually shortened by five laps due to several crashes saw Winger take over the lead just prior to one of the larger pileups. Eighteen-year-old Brandon McDaniel passed Craig Scott during the final lap shoot-out to finish in second. Dylan Knowles ended up fourth behind Craig and current Late Model Sportsman points leader Cory Compton of Macon rounded the first five.
Jamie Nicholson, Sr. returned to victory lane for the first time since April winning the Mini Stock feature.
Newnan’s Dorough Bright extended his points lead in the Bombers where The defending class champion has been unstoppable for the past month winning four straight features. Newnan’s Scott Amoson finished as the runner-up with Alabama’s Abe Chase in third.
Limited Late Models
1-Joey Armistead, Senoia 2-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 3-Dennis Hale, LaGrange 4-Rucker Orr, Newnan 5-Bobby Mills, Griffin 6-Jimmy Johnson, Monroe 7-Thomas Mewborn, Greenville 8-Kenneth Pendley, Dallas 9-Matt Black, Douglasville 10-Marcus Caswell, Newnan 11-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 12-Matt Dooley, Brooks 13-Chris Carr, Newnan 14-Corey Payton, Newnan DNS: Bailey Williams, Fayetteville Fast Qualifier: Fulcher (15.876 seconds – 85.1 mph)
Crate Late Models
1-Clint Smith, Senoia 2-Mason Massey, Douglasville 3-Marty Massey, Winston 4-Chaz Haskins, Gray 5-Steven Bloodworth, McIntyre 6-Marty Lunsford, Newnan 7-Logan Palmer, Acworth 8-Tina Johnson, Senoia 9-Michael Queen, Cartersville 10-Travis Price, Oxford 11-Chase Baker, LaGrange 12-Randall Powell, Oxford 13-Brent Clark, Tunnel Hill 14-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 15-Mike Abercrombie, Jackson 16-Cody Smith 17-Lark Haskins, Gray 18-Trey White, Jenkinsburg 19-Jamie Maurice, McDonough 20-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg 21-Chris McCullough Fast Qualifier: Clint Smith (15.627 seconds – 86.4 mph)
Late Model Sportsman
1-Ashton Winger, Senoia 2-Brandon McDaniel, Byron 3-Craig Scott, Newnan 4-Dylan Knowles, Lannett, AL 5-Cory Compton, Macon 6-Curtis Turner, Brooks 7-Chris Steele, Franklin 8-Jamie Nicholson, Jr., Locust Grove 9-Bobby Arnold, Newnan 10-Blant Duke, Whitesburg 11-Jason Turner, McDonough 12-Morgan Alexander, Locust Grove 13-Drew Larson, Marietta 14-Ted Minnix, McDonough 15-Ty Ellis, Covington 16-McKenna Nelms, Newnan 17-Chris Arnett, Lannett, AL 18-Timothy McKinn 19-Ryan King, Anniston, AL 20-Dave McWilliams, Brooks 21-Kayla Boswell, Winston 22-Shane Payton, Newnan 23-Scott Gaddy, Newnan DNS: Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan; Bud Roland, Molena Fast Qualifier: Scott (15.714 seconds – 85.9 mph)
1-Ted Willingham, McDonough 2-Chris Kozusnik, Newnan 3-Josh Pitt, Stockbridge 4-Keith West, Powder Springs 5-Ben Wells, Milner DQ-Landon DeGraff, Barnesville (nose piece) DNS: Michael Couch, Senoia; Mike Jenkins, Brooks Fast Qualifier: Wells (17.028 seconds – 79.3 mph)
1-Dorough Bright, Newnan 2-Scott Amoson, Newnan 3-Abe Chase, Valley, AL 4-Stratton Scott, Newnan 5-Mike Nelms, Newnan 6-John Holder, Milner 7-Vern Miller, Newnan Fast Qualifier: Bright (17.044 seconds – 79.2 mph)
1-Jamie Nicholson, Sr., Locust Grove 2-Tommy Faulkner, Newnan 3-Gary Parker, Barnesville 4-Bo Chambers, Griffin 5-Bob Faulkner, Newnan 6-Tracy Southerland DQ: Joshua Till, McDonough (unsportsmanlike conduct) Fast Qualifier: Nicholson, Sr. (18.421 seconds – 73.3 mph)
1.-Dean Williams, Lanett, Ala. 2-Ernest Turner, Douglasville 3-Shannon Stephens, Franklin 4-Cale Burford, Milner 5-Justin Bentley 6-Stacey Henderson, Senoia 7-Cory Green