After big opening, revamped Senoia racetrack temporarily closes for repairs


After opening to a record crowd March 7, the revamped Senoia Raceway is canceling races scheduled for March 14 and taking a week off to make track repairs to corner areas that began to crumble.

“The track was little rough,” said Super Late Model feature winner Clint Smith afterwards.

Track conditions prompted organizers to cancel races for a week while repairs are made.

“I don’t want to run this track until I have it fixed,” said Doug Stevens, who is the key man in the track preparation.  “These drivers put too much into their cars.  I want the track to be right so they can race each other.”

Lernerville (Pennsylvania) Speedway’s Gary Risch, nationally renowned for his preparation of dirt tracks, advised Stevens on how to dry the moisture stuck just below the racing surface. 

“It is going to take cutting the track open and letting it dry some before laying it back down and then packing it tightly,” Risch said.  “The cold temperatures and continuous rains have not allowed the new clay to bond with the old racing surface. They need a break with the weather and some time.”

The weather forecast for the next few days is not favorable including a high percentage chance for rain this Saturday. Stevens and his crew will begin to work on the plan he devised after talking with Risch and a few others.   

“A lot of the drivers here last weekend said this track will be very racy once it is packed in,” Stevens said.   

The track will return to action on Saturday, March 21, with racing in all eight divisions including the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, B Cadets, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bombers and Legends Cars.   

For additional information, schedules, rules and more, visit the Senoia Raceway website at