CECIL, Ga. – Smoke may have shut down Interstate 75 but it did not slow the action at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) this past Saturday May 12. Racing with both the NHRA Lucas Oil Series and the SGMP McDonalds Super Series continued as scheduled making some smoke of their own.
In an action filled night, the McDonalds Super Series took to the half miles speed plant joined by the National Vintage Racing Association (NVRA) filled the pits with all the older race cars from the past.
In the Pure Stocks, it was a caution filled night through the heats and the feature with a huge 26 car field biding for the win. It was Josh Southerland of Adel, Ga. walking away with the top prize with Jim Dawkins of Clyattville, Ga. in a close second. Moultrie, Ga., favorite Lupe Alonzo kept a firm third. After the feature, the top four cars passed a “heads off” tech inspection.
Merle Diem Jr. of Americus, Ga., kept his Super Stock at the head of the pack with a dominate finish. Valdosta’s Randy Merwin finished with a firm second while Jason Kelly of Adel, Ga., racked in a third place finish.
The Thunder and Lighting class found its first female winner with Hahira, Ga.’s Emily Weldon who showed the guys her last race second place was no fluke. Following close was fellow Hahiran, Marty McGuire in second and Shane Cornellius from Doerun, Ga. in third.
A strong field of Late Models ran flawless heats only to have a turn two accident on the drop of the green flag. After the restart it was all David Hodges on Valdosta, Ga. showing why he has many championships under his belt. Marty Wood of Jasper, Fl. also no stranger to wins at SGMP followed with a second. Returning for his first race this season, Dusty Cone of Jennings, Fl. Brought in third place money.
In NVRA racing, Walt Bazemore of Valdosta lead the way in Modified Sportsman with Malcolm Parker also of Valdosta posting a strong second. In Late Model Modified with turns two and four wheel stands, Artie Bird with a first place finish and Jason Bowen in second. Gary Brantley lead Chris Davis to the checkered in Late Model Sportsman. In Open Modified Woody Callaway took a close first with Sam Odom in second.
In the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, Jared Dreher out of Clinton, Ind., came from the 8th qualifying position in Top Alcohol Dragster, taking out No. 1 qualifier Dave Hedgers in round one, then beating rookie driver Lindsey Wood in the final. Local racer, Lindsey Wood of McAlpin, Fla., currently leads the Southeast Division Top Alcohol Dragster point's battle.
Former NHRA Lucas Oil National Champion Bob Newberry put his ’07 Top Alcohol Funny Car Monte Carlo in the winner’s circle knocking off Mark Billington of Norcross, Ga.
Local racers Mark Padgett of Dublin, Ga., won Top Dragster taking out Ken Wells and Waycross, Ga. Bruce Thrift won Top Sportsman over Bruce Duncan of Crawfordville, Fla.
With a dual win, Columbus, Ga. racer Sherman Adcock Jr. took home the hardware in both Super Comp and Super Gas. Adcock defeated Chris Davis of Orlando, Fla. Adcock then drove his 02 Trans Am in Super Gas over Mike Ruff also racing out of Orlando.
David Eaton picked up his second Southeast Division win in Comp Eliminator as his ’32 roadster out ran current division champion Glen Tredwell. A pair of Tennessee racers took home wins as Jerry Holman of Hendersonville beat Gary Russell in Super Stock and Edmond Richardson of Greenbrier won over David Toren in Stock Eliminator.
Racing action continues starting with oval track testing on Thursday night and the kick off of the Club 1320 Street Drags on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday it’s the big dollar Summit Super Series on the straight track. Back with another double up Saturday, it’s more McDonalds Super Series on the high speed oval.
Located one mile north of Cecil, Georgia on Highway 41, just off Interstate 75 at Exit 32 South Georgia Motorsports Park is a Premier race facility featuring one of only two all-concrete quarter-mile dragstrips in North America. In addition to one of the finest 1/2 mile D-shaped, progressive banked asphalt oval track speedway in the southeast. Additional information and event schedules are available on the track’s official website, www.sgmpracing.com