CECIL, GA. With the hot summer weather finally upon us the racing action at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) has gotten even hotter with competition on both the all concrete dragstrip and asphalt speedway.
The weekend of June 23rd and 24th began as SGMP dragstrip hosted the Junior Dragster Challenge, 1st Annual Summer Dash. Saturday’s event featured ½ sized dragsters with power plants based on the five horsepower Briggs engines piloted by kids ages 8 to 16.
The highlight of Saturday’s Jr. Dragsters was the 330 Outlaws which are so named because they race only 330 feet. They are able to achieve the speeds near 85 mph in under 4 ½ seconds. Valerie Clements of Central S.C. with a 4.394 ET out powered Sean McRaney of Breaux Bridge, La. in a new dragster with a 4.470 ET in the final.
Regular SGMP Jr Dragster racers Cory Cox of Live Oak, Fl. scored a 7.914 ET at 83.35 MPH to defeat Ladson Selph of Alamo, Ga. with a close 7.928 ET at 79.14 MPH in 7.90 index 1/8 mile racing. Pinellas Park, Fl racer, Marie Muller took a 8.935 ET at 69.55 MPH over Bailey Denton of McDonough, Ga. with a 8.922 ET at 73.43 MPH in the 8.90 index class. Muller’s near perfect reaction time of .001 bested Denton’s .055 giving her the win.
In 9.90 index 1/8 mile Jr Dragster Bradley Motler of Callahan, Fl. did pull off a perfect reaction time of .000 to run a 9.953 ET at 64.84 MPH for the win. Moultrie, Ga.’s Justin Winters clocked a 9.777 in a breakout defeat. The slower 12.90 index win went to Cole Wood of Jefferson Ga. with a 12.960 ET over Courtney Carter of Bloomingdale, Ga. with a 12.83 breakout.
As action with the kids was winding down, the speeds cranked up a few notches as the stars of the McDonalds Super Series took to the banks of the oval. Speedway manager, Chris Mize involved the Jr Dragster kids in a golf cart race on the oval with the win purse going to the families of the fire fighters who perished is Charleston, S.C. Fans also contributed and additional $582.00 for the families as well.
In Pure Stock division it was all Joey Webb of Jasper, Fl putting a tight packed field in his mirror. In possibly the show of the night, Super Stock drivers Carl Black and Randy Merwin both of Valdosta ran a tight first half of their feature. As the race progressed, Black found his groove to be trailed by Merwin a several lengths back.
David Hodges of Valdosta took an early lead to leave a competitive field of Late Model’s to mix it up for the 25 action filled feature. Emily Weldon of Hahira, Ga. came from deep in the pack to take her second Thunder and Lightning win of the year.
The second day of the Jr Dragster Challenge continued of Sunday with Ladson Selph taking the Quick 32 with a 4.968 ET as he beat Carlton Douglas of Hendersonville, Tn to the win light. In the 15 and Up age group it was Brian Chason of Whigham, Ga. with a 7.909 ET to take out Alexandera Rose of Merritt Island, Fl.
With his second win of the weekend, Bradley Motter used a better reaction time to defeat the quicker Cevin Croft of Jacksonville, Fl in the 13 to 14 age group. In the 10 to 12 age group, it was Zach Hebert of Evans, Ga. to win over Alyssa Fleming of High Springs, Fl. Cole Wood takes his second winning light of the weekend over Matt Cook of Tallahassee, Fl. in the 8 to 9 year old racers.
Fun on the dragstrip returns on Friday night June 29 with the Club 1320 Test and Tune. Open to street cars, race cars, trucks and motorcycles alike, Club 1320 allows a safe racing environment to test and develop your drag racing skills. On Saturday June 30, the local heroes of the oval track take to the asphalt in an action filled afternoon of side by side speedway racing.
Located one mile north of Cecil, Georgia on Highway 41, just off Interstate 75 at Exit 32 South Georgia Motorsports Park features one of the Premier 1/2 mile D-shaped, progressive banked asphalt oval track speedway in the southeast. In addition to one of only two all-concrete quarter-mile dragstrips in North America. SGMP was voted NHRA track of the Year for the last two years. Additional information and event schedules are available on the track’s official website, www.sgmpracing.com