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Till celebrates grandfathers birthday with a Senoia Raceway win


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Till celebrates grandfathers birthday with a Senoia Raceway win

photos by emily walker

Joshua Till has not had the most successful start to the 2020 racing season at Senoia Raceway.

The McDonough teenager has wrecked race cars in the Mini Stock and Charger divisions in his only two appearances at the track this year.

That changed on Saturday night as the grandson of legendary driver Mike Head celebrated his grandfather’s birthday with a victory in the Mini Stock feature. Head serves as the crew chief for his grandson’s race team.

Joining Till in the winner’s circle Saturday night were LaGrange’s Dennis Hale in the Limited Late Models, Alabama’s Dylan Knowles in the Crate Late Models, Macon’s Brandon McDaniel in the Late Model Sportsman, Jamie Godbee of Carrollton in the Chargers, Chris Steele of Franklin in the Hobby, Senoia’s Dustin Smith in the Bomber and Marietta’s Rick Ricks in the Hot Shots.

Till overtook Temple’s David Brackett on lap two of the Mini Stock feature. He then pulled away from the field as the only slowdown of the race came with four laps remaining when Brackett’s engine blew dropping fluids on the track.

Till kept his cool and cruised to the win followed by the previous week’s winner Jeff Dean of Helena, AL and David Walker of Winder. Walker was a late arrival starting scratch on the field before charging up to finish in third.

In the Crate Late Model race, Powder Springs fifteen year old driver Jake Rainey jumped out to the early lead. Veteran Alabama hot shoe Dylan Knowles was able to wrestle away the lead at lap five while an intense battle for third ensued between LaGrange’s Dusty Jones and Eastonolee’s Matthew Wyatt.

Wyatt was holding down third as Jones tried to dive low entering the third turn. Jones’ car slipped up the banking just clipping the quarter panel of Wyatt which then lost control and spun causing a caution.

The ‘South’s Baddest Bull Ring’ lived up to it’s name over the remainder of the race as drivers raced three wide at times trying to gain positions.

Two-time defending Crate Late Model points champion Marty Massey of Winston was one of the hard charging drivers as he pushed Rainey for the second place position over the final three laps.

The duo raced side by side with Massey down low and Rainey on the high side of the track. As they came out of turn three entering the final turn of the race, Rainey slapped the outside wall breaking his right front suspension. Massey powered past as Rainey’s car rolled to a stop only thirty yards from the finish line. Several cars also passed a disabled Rainey as the checkered flag fell over the field.

Knowles, who had checked out, won his third of the season while Massey grabbed his best finish of the season in second. Matthew Wyatt impressed many with his charge back up through the field to finish in third followed by Franklin’s Tanner Collins and Dusty Jones.

Brandon McDaniel held off all challenges from his older brother Wiley McDaniel of Byron to post his first win of the season in the Late Model Sportsman. They dueling brothers raced side by side for several laps before the elder Wiley faded in the late stages of the 20-lap main event.

Locust Grove’s Morgan Alexander ran second for the second straight week followed by Alabama fifteen-year-old Braxtin Barber in third. Wiley McDaniel and Griffin’s Jack Mills completed the top five.

Landon Bagby looked poised to win his second straight in the Limited Late Models. The Winston driver claimed his third pole position of the season and had built a ten second lead before his engine went up in a puff of smoke on lap twenty. Prior to that moment, Bagby has led 45 consecutive laps over the seven day span.

Dennis Hale inherited the lead and held back a season break-out effort by Fayetteville’s Glenn Morris to claim his second win of the year. Morris who has struggled with a new car this year finished a season’s best second ahead of Newnan’s Rucker Orr, Gray’s Chaz Haskins and Marty Lunsford of Newnan.

Forsyth’s Tommy Smith rolled his racecar in the Hot Shots feature. Smith was caught up in the oil slick created by Marietta’s Brian Cosier after his racecar blew an engine entering turn one. Smith slid up the banking hitting the wall before running into Cosier’s mount and rolling once back on to it’s wheels. Smith was uninjured.

Senoia Raceway will take off the 4th of July weekend to allow drivers to compete at one of the many other tracks offering special events for the holiday.

The 3/8ths mile bull ring will return to action on the Saturday, July 11th with the second leg of the newly created Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep ‘Gumbo’ Series. The special series offers point fund awards for top series drivers in each of the Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Chargers, Hobby, Bomber, Mini Stock and Hot Shots.

The Crate Late Models and Late Model Sportsman divisions will also compete on July 11th for $1000 to win feature races for each class.

The pit gates will open on Saturday, July 11th at 3 p.m. with grandstand opening for spectators at 5pm. The drivers meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. with hot laps and qualifying starting at 6pm. Opening ceremonies and the first feature race is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 with kids age 12 and under admitted for free. Pit passes are $30; kids 6-12 are $20 and five & under are free in the restricted area.

For more information, visit the track website at www.senoiaraceway.com. Information is also available on the track’s Facebook page, their Twitter feed and Instagram shares. You can also call the speedway at 770.599.6161.

PHOTOS BY EMILY WALKER

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Official Results – Saturday, June 27, 2020

Limited Late Models (Feature): 1-Dennis Hale, LaGrange 2-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 3-Rucker Orr, Newnan 4-Chaz Haskins, Gray 5-Marty Lunsford, Newnan 6-Jacques Daniel, Cartersville 7-Curtis Cline, Dallas 8-Craig Scott, Newnan 9-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 10-Jamie Carr, LaGrange 11-Larry Pierce, Griffin 12-Landon Bagby, Winston 13-Clint Smith, Senoia DNS: Joshua Nolff, Sharpsburg Fast Qualifier: Bagby (14.737 seconds / 91.6 mph)

Crate Late Models (Feature): 1-Dylan Knowles, Lannett, AL 2-Marty Massey, Winston 3-Matthew Wyatt, Eastonolee 4-Tanner Collins, Franklin 5-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 6-Cody Haskins, Marietta 7-Colby Darda, LaGrange 8-Dustin Elliott, Pine Mountain 9-Kyler Haygood, Douglasville 10-Jake Rainey, Powder Springs 11-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg 12-McKenna Nelms, Newnan 13-Tina Johnson, Senoia 14-Jamie Maurice, Forsyth 15-Tim ClarkeKennesaw Fast Qualifier: Jones (14.707 seconds / 91.8 mph)

Late Model Sportsman (Feature): 1-Brandon McDaniel, Macon 2-Morgan Alexander, Locust Grove 3-Braxtin Barber, Valley, AL 4-Wiley McDaniel, Byron 5-Jack Mills, Griffin 6-Jason Turner, McDonough 7-John Strickland, Jackson 8-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 9-Chris McKeehan, Winder 10-Jeff Norell, Macon 11-Jamie Nicholson, Jr., Locust Grove 12-Mike Abercrombie, Jackson Fast Qualifier: Brandon McDaniel (15.733 seconds / 85.8 mph)

Chargers (Feature): 1-Jamie Godbee, Carrollton 2-Will McConnell, Dallas 3-Jonathan Flourney, Moreland 4-Payton Stevenson, Locust Grove 5-Cody Lively, Locust Grove 6-Nathan Pierson, Sharpsburg 7-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 8-Jimmy Baxter, Jr., Newnan 9-Jesse Pitt, Stockbridge Fast Qualifier: Godbee (16.039 seconds / 84.2 mph)

Hobby (Feature): 1-Chris Steele, Franklin 2-Landon DeGraff, Barnesville 3-James Swanger, Whitesburg 4-Randy Cornwell, Bonaire 5-Michael Thomas, Whitesburg DNS: Ben Steele, Franklin Fast Qualifier: Chris Steele (16.480 / 81.9 mph)

Bomber (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Senoia 2-Lark Haskins, Gray 3-William Blair, Whitesburg 4-Craig Boozer, Jenkinsburg 5-Joey Ward, Newnan DNS: Ben Snider; Curtis Turner, Brooks Fast Qualifier: Smith (17.867 seconds / 75.5 mph)

Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Joshua Till, McDonough 2-Jeff Dean, Helena, AL 3-David Walker, Winder 4-Brandon Henderson, Senoia 5-Tommy Faulkner, Newnan 6-Justin Brackett, Temple 7-Devin Benton, Fairburn 8-Bobby Faulkner, Newnan 9-David Brackett, Temple 10-Bo Chambers, Griffin DNS: Travis Harris, Palmetto Fast Qualifier: David Brackett (17.862 seconds / 75.6 mph)

Hot Shots (Feature): 1-Rick Ricks, Marietta 2-James Drummond, Resard 3-Ernie Turner, Douglasville 4-Cory Wilson, Locust Grove 5-Jonathan Nelson, Marietta 6-Cory Greene, Griffin 7-Paul Heitsenrether, Dallas 8-Stacey Henderson, Senoia 9-Steve Clinton 10-Brian Cosier, Marietta 11-Tommy Smith, Forsyth Fast Qualifier: Ricks (18.511 seconds / 72.9 mph)

TILL CELEBRATES GRANDFATHERS BIRTHDAY WITH A SENOIA RACEWAY WIN

(Senoia, GA – June 28, 2020) Joshua Till has not had the most successful start to the 2020 racing season at Senoia Raceway. The McDonough teenager has wrecked race cars in the Mini Stock and Charger divisions in his only two appearances at the track this year. That changed on Saturday night as the grandson of legendary driver Mike Head celebrated his grandfather’s birthday with a victory in the Mini Stock feature. Head serves as the crew chief for his grandson’s race team.

Joining Till in the winner’s circle Saturday night were LaGrange’s Dennis Hale in the Limited Late Models, Alabama’s Dylan Knowles in the Crate Late Models, Macon’s Brandon McDaniel in the Late Model Sportsman, Jamie Godbee of Carrollton in the Chargers, Chris Steele of Franklin in the Hobby, Senoia’s Dustin Smith in the Bomber and Marietta’s Rick Ricks in the Hot Shots.

Joshua Till overtook Temple’s David Brackett on lap two of the Mini Stock feature. He then pulled away from the field as the only slowdown of the race came with four laps remaining when Brackett’s engine blew dropping fluids on the track. Till kept his cool and cruised to the win followed by the previous week’s winner Jeff Dean of Helena, AL and David Walker of Winder. Walker was a late arrival starting scratch on the field before charging up to finish in third.

In the Crate Late Model race, Powder Springs fifteen year old driver Jake Rainey jumped out to the early lead. Veteran Alabama hot shoe Dylan Knowles was able to wrestle away the lead at lap five while an intense battle for third ensued between LaGrange’s Dusty Jones and Eastonolee’s Matthew Wyatt.

Wyatt was holding down third as Jones tried to dive low entering the third turn. Jones car slipped up the banking just clipping the quarter panel of Wyatt which then lost control and spun causing a caution.

The ‘South’s Baddest Bull Ring’ lived up to it’s name over the remainder of the race as drivers raced three wide at times trying to gain positions.

Two-time defending Crate Late Model points champion Marty Massey of Winston was one of the hard charging drivers as he pushed Rainey for the second place position over the final three laps. The duo raced side by side with Massey down low and Rainey on the high side of the track. As they came out of turn three entering the final turn of the race, Rainey slapped the outside wall breaking his right front suspension. Massey powered past as Rainey’s car rolled to a stop only thirty yards from the finish line. Several cars also passed a disabled Rainey as the checkered flag fell over the field.

Knowles, who had checked out, won his third of the season while Massey grabbed his best finish of the season in second. Matthew Wyatt impressed many with his charge back up through the field to finish in third followed by Franklin’s Tanner Collins and Dusty Jones.

Brandon McDaniel held off all challenges from his older brother Wiley McDaniel of Byron to post his first win of the season in the Late Model Sportsman. They dueling brothers raced side by side for several laps before the elder Wiley faded in the late stages of the 20-lap main event. Locust Grove’s Morgan Alexander ran second for the second straight week followed by Alabama fifteen-year-old Braxtin Barber in third. Wiley McDaniel and Griffin’s Jack Mills completed the top five.

Landon Bagby looked poised to win his second straight in the Limited Late Models. The Winston driver claimed his third pole position of the season and had built a ten second lead before his engine went up in a puff of smoke on lap twenty. Prior to that moment, Bagby has led 45 consecutive laps over the seven day span.

Dennis Hale inherited the lead and held back a season break-out effort by Fayetteville’s Glenn Morris to claim his second win of the year. Morris who has struggled with a new car this year finished a season’s best second ahead of Newnan’s Rucker Orr, Gray’s Chaz Haskins and Marty Lunsford of Newnan.

Forsyth’s Tommy Smith rolled his racecar in the Hot Shots feature. Smith was caught up in the oil slick created by Marietta’s Brian Cosier after his racecar blew an engine entering turn one. Smith slid up the banking hitting the wall before running into Cosier’s mount and rolling once back on to it’s wheels. Smith was uninjured.

Senoia Raceway will take off the 4th of July weekend to allow drivers to compete at one of the many other tracks offering special events for the holiday. The 3/8ths mile bull ring will return to action on the Saturday, July 11th with the second leg of the newly created Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep ‘Gumbo’ Series. The special series offers point fund awards for top series drivers in each of the Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Chargers, Hobby, Bomber, Mini Stock and Hot Shots. The Crate Late Models and Late Model Sportsman divisions will also compete on July 11th for $1000 to win feature races for each class.

The pit gates will open on Saturday, July 11th at 3pm with grandstand opening for spectators at 5pm. The drivers meeting is set for 5:30pm with hot laps and qualifying starting at 6pm. Opening ceremonies and the first feature race is scheduled for 7:30pm.

Tickets are $15 with kids age 12 and under admitted for free. Pit passes are $30; kids 6-12 are $20 and five & under are free in the restricted area.

For more information, visit the track website at www.senoiaraceway.com. Information is also available on the track’s Facebook page, their Twitter feed and Instagram shares. You can also call the speedway at 770.599.6161.

Official Results – Saturday, June 27, 2020

Limited Late Models (Feature): 1-Dennis Hale, LaGrange 2-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 3-Rucker Orr, Newnan 4-Chaz Haskins, Gray 5-Marty Lunsford, Newnan 6-Jacques Daniel, Cartersville 7-Curtis Cline, Dallas 8-Craig Scott, Newnan 9-Dow Kirkland, Lake Spivey 10-Jamie Carr, LaGrange 11-Larry Pierce, Griffin 12-Landon Bagby, Winston 13-Clint Smith, Senoia DNS: Joshua Nolff, Sharpsburg Fast Qualifier: Bagby (14.737 seconds / 91.6 mph)

Crate Late Models (Feature): 1-Dylan Knowles, Lannett, AL 2-Marty Massey, Winston 3-Matthew Wyatt, Eastonolee 4-Tanner Collins, Franklin 5-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 6-Cody Haskins, Marietta 7-Colby Darda, LaGrange 8-Dustin Elliott, Pine Mountain 9-Kyler Haygood, Douglasville 10-Jake Rainey, Powder Springs 11-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg 12-McKenna Nelms, Newnan 13-Tina Johnson, Senoia 14-Jamie Maurice, Forsyth 15-Tim ClarkeKennesaw Fast Qualifier: Jones (14.707 seconds / 91.8 mph)

Late Model Sportsman (Feature): 1-Brandon McDaniel, Macon 2-Morgan Alexander, Locust Grove 3-Braxtin Barber, Valley, AL 4-Wiley McDaniel, Byron 5-Jack Mills, Griffin 6-Jason Turner, McDonough 7-John Strickland, Jackson 8-Parrish Duncan, Newnan 9-Chris McKeehan, Winder 10-Jeff Norell, Macon 11-Jamie Nicholson, Jr., Locust Grove 12-Mike Abercrombie, Jackson Fast Qualifier: Brandon McDaniel (15.733 seconds / 85.8 mph)

Chargers (Feature): 1-Jamie Godbee, Carrollton 2-Will McConnell, Dallas 3-Jonathan Flourney, Moreland 4-Payton Stevenson, Locust Grove 5-Cody Lively, Locust Grove 6-Nathan Pierson, Sharpsburg 7-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 8-Jimmy Baxter, Jr., Newnan 9-Jesse Pitt, Stockbridge Fast Qualifier: Godbee (16.039 seconds / 84.2 mph)

Hobby (Feature): 1-Chris Steele, Franklin 2-Landon DeGraff, Barnesville 3-James Swanger, Whitesburg 4-Randy Cornwell, Bonaire 5-Michael Thomas, Whitesburg DNS: Ben Steele, Franklin Fast Qualifier: Chris Steele (16.480 / 81.9 mph)

Bomber (Feature): 1-Dustin Smith, Senoia 2-Lark Haskins, Gray 3-William Blair, Whitesburg 4-Craig Boozer, Jenkinsburg 5-Joey Ward, Newnan DNS: Ben Snider; Curtis Turner, Brooks Fast Qualifier: Smith (17.867 seconds / 75.5 mph)

Mini Stock (Feature): 1-Joshua Till, McDonough 2-Jeff Dean, Helena, AL 3-David Walker, Winder 4-Brandon Henderson, Senoia 5-Tommy Faulkner, Newnan 6-Justin Brackett, Temple 7-Devin Benton, Fairburn 8-Bobby Faulkner, Newnan 9-David Brackett, Temple 10-Bo Chambers, Griffin DNS: Travis Harris, Palmetto Fast Qualifier: David Brackett (17.862 seconds / 75.6 mph)

Hot Shots (Feature): 1-Rick Ricks, Marietta 2-James Drummond, Resard 3-Ernie Turner, Douglasville 4-Cory Wilson, Locust Grove 5-Jonathan Nelson, Marietta 6-Cory Greene, Griffin 7-Paul Heitsenrether, Dallas 8-Stacey Henderson, Senoia 9-Steve Clinton 10-Brian Cosier, Marietta 11-Tommy Smith, Forsyth Fast Qualifier: Ricks (18.511 seconds / 72.9 mph)