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Changes stir emotions at Senoia

July 23, 2014

After a less than successful Saturday night two weeks ago at Senoia Raceway, promoter Tim Moses had to make a couple of tough decisions. Drivers were informed on Monday afternoon that the 3/8ths mile track would discontinue running the Modified Mini division on a weekly basis. Saturday night marked the fourth time this season a race was not conducted in the four-cylinder division due to only one competitor signed in to compete.


“It’s always a tough decision when you have to make a change,” explained Moses. “Somebody is always going to be upset and feel wronged. I have been giving the current drivers in the class every opportunity to build the class and support the program. I have paid the purse despite many nights only two or three cars showed up. Saturday night was the fourth time only a single driver showed.”


The current points leader in the Modified Mini, Dorough Bright of Newnan, informed Moses on Saturday night he would just put a stock engine in his racer and go back to competing in the Mini Stock division. Bright’s attitude changed on Monday, claiming on a social media outlets that he will take his car and other cars he supports with his towing business to other race tracks instead.


“That kind of surprised me,” said Moses of the comments written by Bright. “I cannot tell these guys where to run. I can only hope they see my consistency in the operation and choose to support our track.”


Drivers also voiced their opinion on the controversial Jewel Series that offered double features on three separate events during the season. A season low car count was in attendance this past weekend with many believing it was due to the drivers not in favor of the double feature format.


“We split the laps between two races and split the purse between those two races,” said Moses. “The promotion is done at many tracks in other parts of the country to create a night of double points while creating a special night for the fans. But, the drivers thought they should get a double purse or greater purse.”


After the poor car count on Saturday night, Moses made another announcement on Monday afternoon that the track would no longer conduct Jewel Series events or the double feature nights.


“Hey, if they don’t like it, we will just do away with it,” Moses added. “We were trying to create something special for the fans without raising the admission ticket. The drivers did not think the plan was fair to them. Simple, we won’t do it any longer.”


The last remaining Jewel Series event which was slated for Saturday, September 6, has now been changed to a weekly racing series event with a fan autograph session scheduled to take place prior to racing.


Tim Moses and Senoia Raceway continue to offer stock car racing fans unique activities and promotions to coincide with the weekly racing program. The Kids Bike & Trike Races will be on Saturday, July 26.


The fan favorite Waterless Boat Race IV is scheduled for Saturday, August 2. Drivers will pull boats (without trailers) around the track and try to disengage their opponents’ boats. It is not a race to see who is the fastest. It is a competition to see who is the last one remaining with their boat still attached and being dragged. No water, no trailers and no rules creates a night of total boat destruction.


“Our casual fans love to see the smash and crash shows,” Moses said with a huge smile. “We will see fans that never come to our racing show in attendance for the boat race or demo derbies. This is a demo derby with boats. It’s crazy!”


This Saturday, July 26, will feature the Kids Bike & Trike Races, along with racing action in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model, Newnan Bonding B Cadet, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock, Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock and A1 Hydraulics Bomber.


The pit gates will open at 5 p.m. this Saturday. Grandstand gates open at 6 p.m. The drivers will take the track for hot laps beginning at 7:30 p.m. The first race of the night is at 8 p.m.


Ticket prices for grandstand admission is $12. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. Pit passes are $25 with children ages 3-12 $12. Kids two and under are admitted into the pit area for free.


Trackside parking is available on first come, first serve basis and includes access to the pit area.


Senoia Raceway is located just five miles west of Senoia, GA on Georgia Highway 16. Easy access from both Interstate 85 or Interstate 75.


For more information, visit the Senoia Raceway website at www.senoiaraceway.com or call the speedway at 404.796.1435.