CECIL, GA. In effort to make up last week’s rained out event at South Georgia Motor Sports Park (SGMP) and with the sometimes threatening skies, officials decided to ‘go for it’ on Saturday July 21. Even with mother nature providing a light show in the clouds above and a rather nervous speedway manager, the ‘McDonalds Super Series’ got underway with the largest field of cars on the speedway this season.
This week’s race combined the current Super Stock class with a group of full bodied Asphalt Late Models. “We felt these cars were very closely matched in speed and provide some exciting racing action” stated Chris Mize, speedway manger. “Fans associate closely with these body styles and we hope to build this class combination and actually be able to soon offer two premium classes for the racers and the fans.”
Taking the checkered for the Super Stock/Asphalt Late Model combination was Valdosta’s David Hodges Jr. checking out on the field. Both serving dual duty for the night was Nelson Sweeney of Havanna, Fl. crossing the strip with a second place finish while Lee Newsome of Lake Park. Ga. completed the 20 lap feature in third.
Jarred Bullard of Adel, Ga. again lead a full field of Pure Stocks all the way to the checkered strip at the flagman’s stand. In a firm second, Josh Southerland also of Adel completed the 20 lap feature in second while Terry Redding of Cecil, Ga. with a best finish took home the third place money.
Dirt Clip Late Model driver David Hodges Jr. won his second feature of the night after early strong runner Mark Jones fell out of the race. With his best Late Model finish at SGMP, Patrick Gilles of Valdosta secured second place early in the feature after many third place finishes this season. Completing the 25 lap feature with another third place finish of the night was scored by Lee Newsome.
Finishing the night with Thunder and Lightning cars was Stoney Gaskins of Valdosta taking his forth win of the season. Providing some close challenges for the lead was Scott Ray of Nashville, Ga. taking home second place with cheers from the ‘Big Red Bus’ in the pits. Last race winner, Emily Weldon finished the 15 lap feature in third.
Oval track racing resumes on Saturday July 28 when the star and cars of the McDonalds Super Series return to the asphalt. Featured this week will include the Asphalt Late Model cars.
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