clear
Tuesday May 5th, 2015 10:34PM

R.S. Senter scores first Pro Late Model victory at 5 Flags Speedway

By Chuck Corder
PENSACOLA, FL - There's nothing in the world like your first win.

Just ask Oakwood, GA's R.S. Senter, who powered to his first Pro Late Model victory Friday night at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

Senter was the dominant car for a long time Friday night. He blistered the pavement in qualifying with a fast lap of 16.552 seconds.

When the opener began, Senter shot out front and never sweated a charge from either former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Johanna Long or Garrett Jones, as that pair battled for second for 19 of the 20 laps.

"I love coming to Pensacola," Senter said. We had some transmission problems earlier in today. We got it changed and the car was fast."

Long finished in second, with Jones in third, Steven Davis in fourth and Bryce Dulahban in fifth.

After the 14-car field was inverted following the first feature, 14-year old Garrett Jones would take his turn in victory lane by scoring his first PLM victory at 5 Flags.

Jones nipped Junior Niedecken - one of Five Flags' first sons - at the line in the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series split feature finale to earn the win.

The crowd erupted with cheers as the pair raced door-to-door on the final lap. Jones passed Niedecken coming out of turn 4 and he won the drag race to a photo finish.

"Man, I can't believe this," an overjoyed Jones said. "It's been a long time coming, for sure. We've had our ups and downs, but this is definitely an up."

Senter finished in third, with Dulahban in fourth and Ryan Luza in fifth.

Long came home sixth in the second feature. Coupled with her second place finish in the first feature, the 2010 Snowball Derby champion Johanna Long now sits atop the standings of the Allen Turner PLM Series, leading Niedecken by 18 points.

"I don't get to race a whole lot anymore," Long said. "We've got a decent car that's come a long way."

Super Stocks

The return of Dave Mader III turned heads and caught eyes of fans and drivers alike.

The 1978 Snowball Derby champion, who famously outdueled future NASCAR star Mark Martin, was hopeful for a triumphant return.

Yet it was Pace's Todd Jones making it two-for-two in 2014, as he passed Mader on Lap 18 of the 25-lap Faith Chapel Super Stocks feature and never looked back.

"The racecar was pretty good," Jones said. "It definitely felt pretty fast. Anytime you can pass Dave Mader, you know you're doing pretty good. I just wanted to move him a little bit; I didn't want to turn him. And we raced each other clean."

Sportsmen

Brannon Fowler appears poised to challenge the Beef "O" Brady's Sportsman record books.

The Molino driver has picked up right where Steve Buttrick left off in 2013.
Fowler took the lead from Shanna Ard on Lap 13 of the 25-lapper and hoisted his third checkered flag in four races this year.

Fowler set the fast time in qualifying (20.743), but started sixth after the invert.

"We rolled a six on the dice, so that's some good racing right there," Fowler said. "We got into Shanna a bit, and I certainly apologize for that. We've had some good races, me and him.

"It was a fun night. This is our sixth win overall, counting Mobile (International Speedway). It's been a great season."

Bombers

Hunter Ward is erasing all doubts.

If anyone wondered if the Pensacola youngster could stay atop the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers points standings, Ward quickly silenced those skeptics with his second consecutive win Friday night.

Ward was the fast car in qualifying (22.010), but Robert Balkum controlled the tempo early on in the 20-lap feature.

But on lap 5, Balkum's No. 52 almost came to a complete stop on the back straightaway, a victim of a parts failure.

Ward took over the lead on Lap 14 and never surrendered it down the stretch.

"I kinda figured I had it in the bag when Robert left," Ward said. "He put on a great show at the beginning."
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 4 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 4 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 4 months ago )
Sports
Pits will be tight as Chili Bowl entry count hits 316
TULSA, OK - The 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire is on track to be a record smashing event, with the entry count climbing over the 300 mark for the first time to 316 entries confirming 303 drivers for the indoor spectacular happening Tuesday, January 13 through Saturday, January 17 at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, OK.
9:59AM ( 4 months ago )
Falcons fire Mike Smith after 2nd straight losing season
Mike Smith's status as the winningest coach in Falcons history wasn't enough to save his job. Owner Arthur Blank said he fired Smith on Monday because in his "heart of hearts" he didn't believe Smith could take the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
7:58PM ( 4 months ago )
New promoters in place for 2015 at Senoia Raceway
SENOIA, GA - Lease papers have been signed and a team of new promoters is in place for the upcoming stock car racing season at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA.
6:00AM ( 4 months ago )
Professional Sports
Garbo, Jr. to compete in NASCAR K&N East with Whelen sponsorship
CHARLOTTE, NC--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- When Marsh Racing and longtime team sponsor Whelen Engineering Company, Inc. got the opportunity to put together a race team for 2015, they looked closely at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
12:00PM ( 4 months ago )
Former NASCAR racer pleads guilty in high-speed chase
ST. GEORGE, UT (AP)
12:51PM ( 4 months ago )
Chili Bowl entry list again nearing record 300 mark
TULSA, OK - For the past couple years, the entry list for the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals has flirted with the 300 mark. Once again, the number of teams registering for the indoor Midget event is nearing the three century mark with 285 entries received for the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
11:59AM ( 4 months ago )
NASCAR News
Girls soccer: Lady War Eagles make history, storm into first ever quarterfinals
Mark Dunn keeps watching his retirement drift further and further away. And the Chestatee girls soccer coach is just fine with that...
2:07PM ( 15 hours from now )
Girls soccer: Lady Wolves roll into 3rd round; St. Pius up next (VIDEO)
Buford girls soccer coach Crystal Fowler wanted to see some variety from her offense Tuesday in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs...
12:45PM ( 14 hours from now )
Gary Dunn drives to Super Pro Atlanta Dragway victory
After the first scheduled Summit ET Series drag racing event at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. was rained out, racers finally got a chance to take to the drag strip Saturday afternoon.
By Tim Glover
8:00PM ( 2 hours ago )
Baseball: Area teams head to 2nd round with momentum
Area teams caught some big breaks, others made their own, and one, Jackson County, made history in the first round of the state baseball playoffs...
6:31PM ( 4 hours ago )
Softball: Hawkins named new GHS coach
Gainesviile High announced Tuesday that David Hawkins has been named the new girls softball coach.
By AccessWDUN staff
5:15PM ( 5 hours ago )