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Final lap heroics highlight recent wins at Senoia

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 29, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Final lap heroics highlight recent wins at Senoia

Senoia Raceway

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 1-lap dash restart to snag his first career Senoia Raceway win in the Limited Late Model main event.

Other winners on Saturday included Senoia’s Clint Smith in the Crate Late Models, Macon’s Cory Compton in the Late Model Sportsman, Keith West of Powder Springs in the Hobby and Carrollton’s Jordan Wallace in the Hot Shots.  

Newnan’s Dorough Bright won his seventh straight in the Bombers while McDonough’s Jason Turner was victorious in the Chargers.

Senoia continues their 2018 racing season Saturday, with another full night of racing and motorsports excitement. 

 The Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Hobby, Bomber, Mini and Hot Shots will be on the schedule competing in qualifying and features.

Newton, the track’s defending Mini Stock champion, has had a difficult time getting his race car ready for the 2018 season after losing his crew chief and father earlier this year.  

But he was finally able to load up the car and head to Senoia last week while trying to get past the heavy heart that came along with it.

Newton ran among the top five for most of the way before making a move late in the race, pumping his fist out the window as he crossed the finish line ahead.  Tommy Faulkner and Grant Roberts finished in second and third, respectively.

It was a similar finish in the Limited Late Model race. Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher was the man to beat most of the night, but former champion and current points leader Joey Armistead tracked him down through the final five laps of the race.  

Armistead worked the highside in Turns 3 and 4 and then would dart low in Turns 1 and 2.  

Fulcher’s car began to push up the track in the final stage allowing Armistead to dive low in turn one on the white flag lap.  The third generation driver lost control of the car spinning which brought out a caution and set up a one lap dash for the checkers.

Mark Page started third on the restart and drove his car hard into the first turn using the high side to scoot past Fulcher and Newnan’s Craig Scott.  Fulcher charged hard into the third turn trying to retake his lead from Page, but lost control of his car.  Page kept steady winning the race ahead of Scott and Dennis Hale of LaGrange.

In the Crate Late Model feature, Smith claimed his 56th win since 2010, which tied him with Carrollton’s Clifton Moran for most career wins since the track returned to a dirt surface.  Senoia’s Ashton Winger was second ahead of former champion Marty Lunsford of Newnan in third. Powder Springs driver Jake Rainey ended up in fourth just ahead of Douglasville’s Mason Massey.

A tribute race in the Hot Shots last week honored divisional standout Dean Williams from Lanett, Ala, who passed away in his sleep on July 2.

His father, Gene, drove the No. 18 car on Saturday.

Defending Hot Shot points champion Nathan Farrow of LaGrange led most the tribute race before losing the lead to newcomer Jordan Wallace with only two laps remaining.  

Farrow held on for second ahead of Brian Wallace, Williams and Senoia’s lady racer Stacey Henderson.

In the Bombers, Dorough Bright won his seventh straight feature while celebrating his 60th birthday.  

He was harassed by Brooks Curtis Turner for the final few laps, but never relinquished his lead posting the win.