CECIL, GA. A big 40 lap Dirt Clip Late Model with double purse in it’s self is enough to spark a big night of racing at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP). The September 8th night was filled with aggressive racing action, a few racing accidents added with some racing drama just to add a little to boot.
Dust Cone of Lake Park, Georgia would take home the big purse of the night with a dominating win in the Dirt Clip Late Model feature. Cone who has not raced at SGMP in sometime had not forgotten how to set his car for the track. Tom Jones of Barwick, Georgia had one of his better finishes of the season with a second place finish. Last race winner Marty Wood of Jasper, Florida finished third.
During first Pure Stock Qualifying Heat Race of the afternoon an accident in turn three sent Terry Redding to South Georgia Medical Center for observation. With the front three cars racing close, Redding got together with the Josh Southerland striking the wall while collecting Southerland as the vehicles took a hard to the retaining wall. Safety crews responded quickly to the scene, cut the roof of the car and slowly lifted Redding from the cockpit.
"Terry was alert and remembering, but we wanted to make sure he got checked out. He was taken to South Georgia, and the SGMP Fire Safety and Paramedic teams took every precaution. We hope to see him back racing soon!" Mize said after the race.
As the evening progressed into the Pure Stock Feature an early race restart would result into some race ‘drama’. Points leader Jerred Bullard fired his start before the flagman dropped the green flag. Officials elected not to restart but to assess a 2 position penalty at the next caution. The next caution occurred on lap 6 of the 20 lap feature at which time Bullard and his crew was advised of the penalty.
This lead to an altercation between a member of the Bullard team and a track official. Bullard and his entire crew were promptly removed from the facility. "He is responsible for his crew, and we will not tolerate anyone attacking a track official. Bullard is suspended for the evening and further suspensions may be coming." Mize said. A post race decision will leave Bullard in suspension at least for the remainder of the season.
As the Pure Stock feature resumed Lee, Florida’s Joey Webb would take control of the race to the checked flag. Steve Weldon of Hahira, Georgia offered challenge but settled into second. Jim Dawkins of Clyattville, Georgia finished in third and advanced well in the points chase.
In Super Stock action the 20 lap feature begin with Carl Black of Valdosta on the point. After a few laps the tight race car of Black gave in to pervious race winner, Merle Diem Jr. of Americus, Georgia who advanced to the lead. Pervious race winner Randy Merwin of Valdosta finished second with Black falling to third.
Emily Weldon of Hahira came from deep in the field to gain take the lead in Thunder and Lightning. Stoney Gaskins of Valdosta completed the 15 lap feature in second with Randy Merwin who offered a mid race challenge finished in third.
Oval track racing resumes on Friday September 14 when SGMP brings in the American Speed Association (ASA) Late Models to the asphalt. According to track officials, the South Georgia 125 is a rescheduled race and will feature some of the finest stock car racing around. Also schedule for the speedway will be the Pure Stock’s of the McDonald’s Super Series.
Track test and tune on both the speedway and the dragstrip are scheduled for Thursday September 13. Bracket racing action will continue on the dragstrip with the SGMP Super Series on Saturday the 15th.
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