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Friday, July 20, 2001

Big Senoia field provides plenty of action

Saturday's night's field of almost 100 race cars packed a standing-room-only pit area at Senoia Speedway and provided a huge crowd of spectators with exciting door-to-door, fender-to-fender action in every racing division.

In the super fast Pro-Late Models, the number 93 driven by Roger Delp won the pole position by circling the 3/8th-mile high-banked track in 13.973 seconds. A roll of the dice to determine how many, if any, cars would be inverted came up a 3, which resulted in Randy Bynam starting on the pole, Delp outside pole, Wayne Hansard third and Junior Hardy fourth. In accordance with track rules, Scott Griffin, the last feature winner in the division, started eighth.

Griffin went on to take the checkered flag, with Hansard finishing second. Dale George, who only weeks ago demolished a new car when he became airborne and headed toward the grandstand until the retaining fence stopped him, finished third, with Bynam fourth and Hardy fifth.

In Sportsman action, Fayetteville's Rod Williford took the win with Payton finishing second. Williford started the race at the pole and held off Payton's charges. Finishing third through fifth were Cash, Larry Pierce and Alan Kimball.

Street Stock racing was as fierce and competitive as ever. Robbie Gober, sitting behind the wheel of the Locust Grove Sports Car machine, sat on the pole and jumped to an early lead with Hampton's Stan Barge right on his bumper. As the pack behind them fought for position, the action heated up. The finish saw Gober in front, Stan Barge second, Mark Lore third, Jason Turner fourth and Mark Ward fifth.

Mini-stock action saw the #8 of Cary Hamilton starting on the pole with the #55 of Keith Adams on the outside front row position. By lap two Hamilton was in front, followed by Adams, Troy French and Ty Stewart, who was the last feature winner in mini-stock and had to start eighth. French and Stewart battled nose-to-nose for several laps until Stewart finally pulled ahead on the 10th lap. Following Stewart to the checkered flag were Hamilton, French, Chris Wieignan and Mark Chambers, second through fifth, respectively.

In the Legends Young Lions- Semi Pro II division, Bobby East used his outside pole position to cruise to victory. However, positions 2 through 5 proved to be the real hotspot of racing.

Cindy Anderson driving the #167, Jarrett Jerrigan piloting the #24, the #27 driven by Doug Ludwig and the #14 with Michelle Theriault behind the wheel staged an all-out battle right from the start until Theriault finally managed to pull ahead and get a firm hold on the second spot. Anderson, Jenigan and Ludwig, however, continued their battle by passing each other several times, only to find themselves crossing the finish line three abreast. The final order saw East taking first, Theriault second, with Anderson third, Ludwig fourth and Jenigan fifth.

A field of 31 cars comprised the field for the Legends Semi-Pro I and Masters race, which included a stipulation that any driver deciding to start at the rear of the field could collect $1,400 if he or she went on to victory. Future ASA star Doug Stevens, along with Jonathon Davenport and Virgil Brown, accepted the challenge and started on the tail end.

Pole sitter and 15-year-old Legends sensation Reed Sorenson quickly jumped to the front followed by Walt Brannon in the Clint Brannon Manufacturing Special, Eric King and Dwight Pilgrim in the T&D Retaining Walls entry. King soon had mechanical trouble and was forced to retire for the evening.

The finish saw Sorenson take win, followed by Brannon, Stevens, Davenport and Scott Tinsley in the #15 Payton Machine Works car.

The Roadster division saw retired Delta pilot Lloyd Wittenburg take first in a nose-to- nose finish with Dale Akeridge second. Don Snyder finished third.

15 year old Matt Peoples took the checkers in Bandoleros, with 15 year old Trey Maughan second, 16 year old Brandon Jackson third, 14 year old Ryan Gattlin fourth and Tina Johnson fifth. 11 year old Adam Akridge of Lilburn, Georgia was sixth and 15 year old Marcie Bristol rounded out the field.

Next week's racing program at Senoia Speedway includes not only a regular racing program, but also a Super 8 event for the highpowered, hard charging Pro Late Model division, which means 100 laps of door-to-door racing on Senoia Speedway's oval.

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