Southern All-Stars prepare to invade Senoia following Tri-Fecta

by Riley Hicks

Another Saturday is in the books at Senoia Raceway with championship points and extra cash collected between drivers. Stars were chomping at the bit to claim another checkered flag on the gumbo. When the final checkered flag was waved, three drivers solidified themselves as the first Tri-Fecta winners and drove home richer.

The night kicked off with a feature race in the Bomber division, which saw Dorough Bright capture yet another victory. Throughout the month of June, Bright has dominated the Bomber class by claiming back-to-back victories over his competition. Each week, Bright has been tested and still able to pull away in the end.

In the Mini Stock division, Jamie Nicholson Sr. finally broke the winning streak of Tommy Faulkner. In recent weeks, Faulkner seemed unstoppable, claiming numerous wins in the Mini Stocks, but last Saturday night, Nicholson edged out Faulkner to break his streak.

For the four-cylinder Hot Shots, Dean Williams cruised to his second consecutive victory just ahead of Stacy Henderson. Throughout the season, multiple drivers have captured a win in the Hot Shots and that has created intrigue in the division. It has kept any one driver from running away with a division lead. Now it seems Williams may have solidified himself as the car to beat.

The Hobby’s division was the final event before the Tri-Fecta classes. Ted Willingham returned to the winner’s circle after just missing victory lane last week. Willingham faced tough competition from Keith West, but a crash midway through the race cost him his chance for back-to-back victories. The wreck allowed Willingham to jump out front and claim the checkered flag.

When it was time for the Tri-Fecta races, the Crate Late Models would be the first to take to the track. The checkered flag eventually went to Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith, who drove a perfect race to capture the win against a great field of cars. The victory helps prepare Smith for next weekend as he competes with the Southern All-Stars.

In Late Model Sportsman, Ashton Winger returned to the track after a long absence to claim the $2,000 prize. Winger had to work his way through quite a bit of competition before making it to the front, but eventually he drove to the front for the win.

The last checkered flag of the night went to Joey Armistead in the Limited Late Models. Armistead has rebounded after a tough season last year. He stayed in contention by avoiding a multiple car crash early in the race that wiped out many drivers, and unfortunately driver Chris Carr got injured. He is out of action for a few weeks.

After an impressive Tri-Fecta weekend, Senoia Raceway now prepares for one of its biggest races of the season. This Saturday night, the Southern All-Stars return to the track as Senoia host the 21st annual Michael Head Jr. Memorial race. Drivers will race to claim the $5,454 jackpot. The race will feature some of the top drivers in the southeast as they compete in 54 grueling laps looking to join a part of history. Along with the Southern All-Stars, the Crate Late Models will run for $750, Late Model Sportsman $750, Hobby’s $500, Bombers $500, as well as the Legend cars.

Hot laps start at 6:15 p.m., and the green flag drops at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand tickets are $20; ages 5-12 $5; 4 and under are free, pit passes and trackside are $35; ages 5-12 $20; 4 and under are free. A few drivers expected for the event are Clint Smith, Ricky Williams, TJ Reaid, Lamar Haygood, Mason Massey, Michael Page, Ashton Winger, Shane Fulcher, Riley Hickman, Austin Horton, Glenn Morris, Cody King, and Zach Leonhardi. For more information visit senoiaraceway.com or contact the track at 770-599-6161. Bill Massey and Mayes Massey hope to see everyone at the track.

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