by Riley Hicks
The month of June has seen non-stop action at Senoia Raceway, and the racing will continue with two big races in the upcoming weeks. Fans have enjoyed watching side-by-side and three-wide racing that the drivers have presented each Saturday night, including another batch of feature winners over the weekend.
On Saturday, Senoia Raceway welcomed back the Super Late Models to the track after it took a week off. The feature winner was Zach Leonhardi, who captured his first career Super Late Model victory. In previous races, Zach ran up front, but was never able to pull his car into victory lane until now.
In the Limited Late Models, Matt Dooley returned for the second consecutive week looking to pick up his first victory of the season. The race looked to be in his complete control for the win, but Dooley’s car broke midway through the event. This allowed Thomas Lewis to jump out front and hold on for the win.
The Crate Late Models welcomed another first-time winner at Senoia with Todd Morrow picking up the victory. Morrow hadn’t driven on the gumbo before Saturday, but he had no problem adjusting quickly to the surface as he qualified on the pole. Morrow would go on to lead every lap for the victory in a field of cars which featured quite a few new drivers.
Cory Compton captured the feature win in the Late Model Sportsman by leading flag-to-flag. Compton also added to his night by posting a new track record of 14.437 seconds in qualifying He set the stage for the Senoia gumbo to be smoothed out for some fast cars and tight racing.
The other winners from Saturday in Senoia’s other weekly divisions were Dorough Bright, who picked up his second victory in a row in the Bomber class, and Keith West in the Hobby division, who also picked up his second consecutive victory. Tommy Faulkner kept his winning streak alive in Mini Stocks, and Dean Williams claimed the checkered flag in the 4-cylinder Hot Shots. The last two winners of the night were Keith Fields in the non-qualifier race for the Late Model Sportsman, and Tanner Collins won in the Charger division.
Each of these divisions will be back in action this Saturday night, excluding the Super Late Model who have the weekend off. Senoia is calling this event the Tri-Fecta, since the Limited and Crate Late Models will each be running for $1,000 to win, and the Late Model Sportsman will be running for $2,000 to win and $200 for the fastest qualifier. These races are sponsored by Gibson Electric Motors and Five Star Chrysler.
Grandstand tickets are $12; ages 5-12 are $5; and four and under are free. Pit passes and trackside are $30; ages 5-12 $20; and four and under free.
Following this weekend, the Southern All-Stars will be back in action with the Mike Head Jr. Memorial race paying $5,454 to win. For more information on all these events visit senoiaraceway.com or contact the track at 770-599-6161.