by Riley Hicks
For the second time in track history, Senoia Raceway welcomes back the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National Series as they travel the southeast through the month of July. Many of the top drivers in the country will head down south to the “baddest bull ring” for a shot at the $4,000 to win race and a chance to solidify their name among past winners of the annual Billy Clanton Classic. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, July 20, but has been bumped up to Friday, July 19 as part of the Schaeffer’s Oil points series tour.
This will be the fifth time Senoia Raceway hosts the Classic honoring the late great Billy Clanton, who dominated any dirt surface he ever raced on, while winning multiple championships. His legacy continues to this day with his three sons, Rusty, Joey, and Shane. Rusty and Joey each found a success running asphalt, with Joey making it all the way to the Nascar truck series. Shane chose to remain in his dads footsteps and stay with dirt, where, just like his dad, he won multiple races and championships. Like every year, Shane will head to Senoia Raceway on July 19 looking to capture yet another win in honor of his dad.
The last time the series came to town in 2017, it was Donald McIntosh that picked up the victory, and he plans to be back to defend his title this year. It will be quite a task to do, since he will be racing side-by-side with some of the best to ever get behind the wheel of a dirt car. A few of the names to be in attendance that weekend include Dale McDowell, Chris Madden, Brandon Overton, Michael Page, Casey Roberts, Ashton Winger, Clint Smith, Travis Pennington, Austin Horton, Cody King, Tyler Millwood, Chris Ferguson, and many more are planning to make the show. Senoia Raceway will also pay an extra $200 to the highest finishing Limited Late Model driver if they want to partake in the Super Late Model race.
The other classes on the July 19 schedule, who will also be racing for higher purses, include the Crate Late Models for $800, Late Model Sportsman for $600, the Hobby and Bomber divisions will be racing together for $400 to win, and capping the night are the Chargers.
Tickets are $20 for the grandstands; kids 5-12 are $5; four and under are free. Pit passes and trackside parking prices are $35; kids 5-12 $20; four and under are free. The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. and the green flag will drop at 7 p.m. For more information contact the track at 770-599-6161 or go to their website at senoiaraceway.com.