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Three racers score first victories at Senoia Raceway

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Brandon Brock scored his first win in Mini Stock competition at Senoia Raceway Saturday night. / Photo: by Francis Hauke/22fstops.com
SENOIA - Senoia Raceway proved to be tough again this past Saturday night, but not tough enough to see three competitors win their first race at the 3/8 mile dirt track. A trio of drivers that had never won a feature race at the track found their way into the winner’s circle including sixteen-year-old Brandon Brock from Hampton. Brock topped the four cylinder Mini Stocks by leading flag to flag for the win.

“It’s great. We have been working for this for two years now,” said the well-spoken young gun after the race. “They kept telling me I had a pretty good lead, but I just kept working.”

Joining Brock in victory lane for the first time were Alabama’s Jay Elliott in the Newnan Bonding B Cadets and Franklin’s Ben Steele in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks. Another Alabama driver, Dana Eiland, notched his first win of the season in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model while Senoia’s Winford Minix won for the second time in 2014 besting the field of A1 Hydraulics Bombers.

Brock led the Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock feature from the drop of the green flag moving to the top spot from the outside front row. Brock built a lead of nearly a straightaway over another sixteen-year-old competitor, Brandon ‘Goose’ Libri from Newnan. The closest race in this feature was for third between Griffin’s Harold Leath and Barnesville’s Gary Parker. The duo swapped the position several times with two finishing side by side inches away from each other as the checkered flag fell over them.

The best race of the night came in the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock division. Ben Steele moved the number one spot early in the race holding off challenges from Tyrone’s Jamie Simmons. Current points leader, Houston Hatchett of Williamson, was busy working his way through the field when Simmons spun his mount leaving the runner-up spot open for the taking.

Steele and Hatchett raced side by side for a good portion of the race and then swapped the lead back and forth in a classic ‘Bull Ring’ duel. Hatchett would slide in front out of turn four with Steele charging down low to snag it back out of turn two. To the delight of the crowd, the pair battled for several laps only being slowed by a caution late in the race.

With three laps remaining, Hatchett shot into turn one, slipped just a bit and Steele took advantage bolting out to a three car length lead. Hatchett never got closer as Steele won his first career feature at Senoia Raceway. Hatchett was second ahead of Columbus’ Herbie ‘Hitman’ Donath, Jamie Simmons and LaGrange’s Jake Traylor.

Close and competitive was evident in the Newnan Bonding B Cadet. The closeness created carnage for many of the ten competitors as several were eliminated from competition after altercations on the track.

Jay Elliott was making his first appearance at the ‘Bull Ring’ and kept all the traffic snarls behind him. Elliott was never pressured going flag to flag for the win. Alabama’s Trevor McMullan finished in second after an intense battle with LaGrange’s David Osbahr and then Jason Miller of Jonesboro. Miller finished in third ahead of West Point’s Thomas Phillips and McDonough rookie Bennie Croy.

“I like this track,” said the first time visitor, first time winner Elliott. “I will be back if they want me back.”

Excitement was in the air for the beginning of the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model feature. Another teenager, Joey Armistead of Senoia, had qualified fastest and was starting on the pole. It looked like it could be a banner night for the young drivers, but veteran Dana Eiland washed away those thoughts quickly. Eiland jumped on the gas and powered out front from the outside pole position leaving the third generation driver Armistead in second. Eiland cruised to his first win of the year, Armistead finished in second while defending champion and current points leader Glenn Morris of Fayetteville won a great race for third place. Newnan’s Marcus Caswell and Roopville’s rookie of the year candidate Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran rounded out the first five.

In the A1 Hydraulics Bomber feature, the racing was a hard as it has been all season. Winford Minix busted out early with Whitesburg’s Derrick Matthews giving chase. Senoia’s Dustin Smith was running third and close enough to bump Matthews several times, but not enough to overtake the position. That changed when Matthews spun in the middle of three and four on lap six.

Minix held off Smith until points leader John Holcomb could work his way to the top three. Holcomb had come from near the back of the pack in a methodical climb to the top of the leaderboard. Holcomb and Smith battled tooth and nail for the final laps of the feature. As the checkers fell, Minix had his second win of the season ahead of Smith and Holcomb. Matthews charged back to finish fourth while Hogansville’s Pappy Powell was fifth.

For the second time in a month, the Modified Mini class did not field enough cars to have a race. Newnan’s Dorough Bright was the only competitor signed in for the night.

Senoia Raceway resume action Saturday, as all weekly divisions will be competing along with the motorcycle engine powered Legends Cars and the rescheduled Mattress Race

Senoia Raceway - Senoia, GA
Race Results - May 31, 2014

Late Models
1. Dana Eiland
2. Joey Armistead
3. Glenn Morris
4. Marcus Caswell
5. Clifton Moran
6. Jimmy Price
7. Scott Howard
8. Craig Scott
9. Dusty Jones
10. Donnie Whatley
DNS: Joseph Darda

B Cadet
1. Jay Elliott
2. Trevor McMullan
3. Jason Miller
4. Thomas Phillips
5. Bennie Croy
6. Doug Ellis
7. David Osbahr
8. Wesley Lyle
9. Johnny Stinchcomb
10. Blant Duke

Hobby Stock
1. Ben Steele
2. Houston Hatchett
3. Herbie Donath
4. Jamie Simmons
5. Jake Traylor
6. Ben Wells
7. Ronnie Thacker
8. Bill Brown
9. Chad Foster
10. Chris Steele
DNS. Kerry Carden, Mike Jenkins

Mini Stocks
1. Brandon Brock
2. Brandon Libri
3. Harold Leath
4. Gary Parker
5. Tim Collier
6. Jamie Godbee
7. Marc Leath

Bombers
1. Winford Minix
2. Dustin Smith
3. John Holcomb
4. Derrick Matthews
5. Pappy Powell
6. Jonathan Coggins
7. Jonathan Morris
8. Alex Rudolph
9. Lee Owenby
10. George Purgason

Link: Senoia Raceway
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