DUKE & FOWLER CASH IN AT WEST GEORGIA SPEEDWAYadmin
(Whitesburg, GA – July 4, 2021) Celebrating the holiday weekend with a pocket full of money is what everyone had in mind when they checked into the West Georgia Speedway pit area on Saturday night. Whitesburg’s Blant Duke and Acworth’s Cass Fowler added some greenbacks to their wallets with triumphs in the Sanders Logging Hobby Stocks and Summit Racing Equipment Late Model Sportsman feature races.
“I love coming to any track that is prepared and promoted by Doug Stevens and Mayes Massey,” said Fowler during his post race interview. “At Senoia and now here at West Georgia Speedway, the track is always great and the place is well run.”
‘Fast Cass’ Fowler held off challenges from Newnan’s Shane Payton and Temple’s Mitchell Keaton to take home the checkered flag and the $1000 pay day Saturday night. Fowler won for the fourth time this season and now has a firm grasp on the Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Warner Robins Shoot-Out Series point standings and the bonus money that comes along with that at the end of the racing season.
Duke ventured back into his family’s backyard to snag the special $1500 to win Sanders Logging Hobby Stock Southern Outlaws special event. The ‘Whitesburg Warrior’ dominated a field that included the recently undefeated James Swanger, also from Whitesburg, who was perfect on the season winning six of six races in 2021. Swanger bowed out early with mechanical issues leaving the much anticipated showdown between the friends for another time. Franklin’s Chris Steele ran down Duke in the late stages of the race, but could not muster anything to get past him. Carrollton’s Tim Anderson rounded out the first three Hobby finishers.
In the Gerber Collision & Glass Chargers division Florida’s Noah Cornman became the seventh different feature winner in seven nights keeping the class designed to gain drivers experience before moving into the Late Model Sportsman division the most competitive at the red clay oval. Cornman ran side by side for several laps with Villa Rica’s Cole Barrett racing for the lead position. The two battled back and forth with each trying to slide past the other with inside moves. Barrett clipped the turn four retaining wall on lap five before spinning out a lap later due to the damage received on his rear spoiler a lap earlier. Alabama’s Brennen Shirley applied pressure to Cornman over the final five circuits, but Cornman would not be denied his first trip to victory lane.
“Last week we qualified last, ran terrible and finished last in my first time in the car,” explained Cornman afterwards. “This is only second time in the car and to be here after that kind of race. Wow.”
Lilburn’s Tony Newman ran three wide with Kennesaw’s Doug McClain and Lilburn’s Jason Young for several laps during the early stages of the Hot Shots main event. The Doug Stevens prepared track allowed for several grooves of racing and this first feature of the night provided some of the best racing seen all season at West Georgia Speedway. Newman was able to get the lead secured as he sliced and diced lapped traffic. Young made one final push on the final lap charging down into turn one creating a three wide tussle with Young and a lapped car. As the checkers flew, Newman was the winner claiming his first win of the year ahead of McClain and Young. Marietta’s Jonathan Nelson and current points leader Ernie Turner of Douglasville completed the first five across the finish line.
Derrick Matthews of Whitesburg and Winston’s Marty Massey also claimed wins in the West Georgia Tire Bombers and Country Financial Crate Late Models besting unusually small fields of cars.
West Georgia Speedway welcomes for the first time ever the Southern Nationals Tour for Super Late Models on Thursday, July 22nd. One of the southeast’s most popular summer tours for the 700 horsepower engine race cars will make it’s first appearance on the newly reconfigured clay oval with a winner’s share of $4000 on the line. Tour director Ray Cook is looking forward to a new venue to challenge the Super Late Model drivers.
“Mayes Massey and Doug Stevens are one of the best promoter teams in the southeast,” said Cook. “I put this race and track on the calendar within a week of them announcing their takeover.”
The special Thursday night show will also feature racing in the Summit Racing Equipment Late Model Sportsman, Gerber Collision & Glass Chargers and Sanders Logging Hobby Stock.
The gates will open at 4pm with racing set for 7:30pm. Spectator tickets are $20 with kids twelve and under admitted for free. Pit passes are $35, kids 5-12 are $20 and four and under are admitted for free with an adult. Trackside Parking reserved spaces offering a view of the track from the top of turn four are available for purchase at the gate.
For additional information, rules, point standings and more, visit the track website at www.wgsracing.com or call the speedway at 404-234-6785.
Official Results – Saturday, July 3, 2021
Summit Racing Equipment Late Model Sportsman (Feature): 1-Cass Fowler, Acworth 2-Shane Payton, Newnan 3-Mitchell Keaton, Temple 4-Justin Begley, Calhoun 5-Dan Meadows, Douglasville 6-Shane Duncan, Acworth 7-Tate Nicholson, Canton 8-John Land, Cartersville 9-Michael Thomas, Whitesburg 10-Andrew Moody, Villa Rica Fast Qualifier: Fowler – 14.874 seconds / 90.76 mph
Gerber Collision & Glass Chargers (Feature): 1-Noah Cornman, Mt. Dora, FL 2-Brennen Shirley, Rainbow City, AL 3-Garrett Williams, Kennesaaw 4-Brandy Brewer, Lilburn 5-Jeff Peardon, Canton 6-David Jackson, Whitesburg 7-Jonathan Sanford, Aragon 8-Cole Barrett, Villa Rica Fast Qualifier: Cornman – 15.866 / 85.09 mph
Sanders Logging Hobby (Feature): 1-Blant Duke, Whitesburg 2-Chris Steele, Franklin 3-Tim Anderson, Carrollton 4-Ben Steele, Franklin 5-Greg Thomas, Whitesburg 6-Shane Gulledge, Carrollton 7-James Swanger, Whitesburg Fast Qualifier: Duke – 15.292 seconds / 88.28 mph
West Georgia Tire Bomber (Feature): 1- Derrick Matthews, Whitesburg 2-William Blair, Whitesburg 3-Jordan Wallace, Ranburne, AL Fast Qualifier: Matthews – 17.630 seconds / 76.57 mph
Massey Towing Mini Stock (Feature): 1-David Brackett, Temple 2-Jamie Pritchett, Canton 3-Jeremy Milsap, Pickens 4-Jay Farmer, Carrollton 5-Brian Arce, Ranburne, AL 6-Dustin Farmer, Carrollton 7-Rocky Johnson, Winston Fast Qualifier: Pritchett – 17.897 seconds / 75.43 mph
Hot Shots (Feature): 1-Tony Newman, Lilburn 2-Doug McClain, Kennesaw 3-Jason Young, Ranger 4-Jonathan Nelson, Marietta 5-Ernie Turner, Douglasville 6-Paul Heitsenrether, Marietta 7-Cody Meherg 8-David Dunn, Douglasville 9-Jessie Hand DNS: Brian Morris, Wedowee, AL Fast Qualifier: Newman – 19.266 seconds / 70.07 mph
Country Financial Crate Late Models (Feature): 1-Marty Massey, Winston 2-Lee Fuller, Newnan