CECIL, GA. An aggressive racing schedule to make up the previously rained out events exposed fans to an explosive night of over 150 laps of ‘McDonalds Super Series’ racing. Under an almost full moon on Saturday August 25th, South Georgia Motor Sports Park (SGMP) featured 9 full length main events including a 40 lap feature for the Asphalt Late Models with a double purse.
The Asphalt Late Models first out on the banks of the oval brought fans to their feet when at half way into the feature front runners David Hodges Jr., Jimmy Lang and Jerred Bullard all got into each other into turn three. The incident put Hodges out of the race with Lang to the rear of the pack.
When all the dust settled and the checkered fell, it was Jerred Bullard of Adel, Georgia winning his first Asphalt Late Model feature. Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, South Carolina came from the rear to finish second. Albany, Georgia’s Jeff Gordon trailed closely behind in third.
In the only Dirt Clip Late Model feature of the night, a mid race incident on the front stretch put two drivers on suspension. Lee Newsome and David Hodges Jr. tangled leaving Nelson Sweeny with no escape route. Sweeney consequently flipped onto the roof and upside down in turn one. Newsome and Hodges continued the altercation outside their cars till officials intervened. Sweeney was OK after being removed from his burning car.
Marty Wood of Jasper, Florida lead the Dirt Late Model cars with a dominating finish to the stripe. Patrick Gilles of Valdosta, Georgia retained a firm second followed closely by Raymond Johnson of Quitman, Georgia in third.
In the first of three Thunder and Lightning make up features of the night, Emily Weldon of Hahira, Georgia did a better job of working traffic to take the lead and demote Stoney Gaskins of Valdosta, Georgia to second. Weldon again worked the field during the second T&L Feature to take her second win of the night with Shane Weaver of Ray City, Georgia to finish second.
In the final scheduled Thunder and Lightning feature it was Shane Weaver improving as the night progressed to win at the finish line. Stoney Gaskins managed to muster out another second place finish.
In the make up Pure Stock feature of the night, Jerred Bullard beat a huge field to the strip taking his second checkered of the night. Jim Dawkins of Clyattville, Georgia finished in second with Steve Weldon of Hahira in third.
For the scheduled Pure Stock feature it was all Joey Webb of Lee, Florida showing the way while moving Jerred Bullard and Jim Dawkins back one position from the previous race. Bullard and Dawkins finished second and third.
Super Stock driver Randy Merwin of Valdosta held off hot pursuit from Nelson Sweeny of Havana, Florida and Carl Black of Valdosta. Sweeny took second while Black slipped to third.
In an even closer second Super Stock feature, the front runners Merwin, Black with the addition of Merle Diem Jr. of Americus, Georgia ran the entire feature seemingly inches apart. At the flagman’s stand it was Diem out in front trailed by Merwin and Black in third.
Oval track racing resumes on Saturday September 11 when the non-stop action of the McDonalds Super Series return to the asphalt. The race will feature a big dollar Dirt Late Model purse and according to officials bring some close competition. “Our number and quality of cars continue to grow as does the excitement for the fans.” stated Chris Mize, Speedway Director.
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