Legendary dirt track racer, Mike Head, will be appearing at Senoia Raceway this Saturday, May 18th. The former track champion at Senoia Raceway will be bringing along a pair of race cars as he will display the 1966 Chevrolet Corvair he piloted at the 3/8ths mile bull ring during the 1973 racing season and drive his two-seater late model car. The member of two racing hall of fames, Head will offer race fans the opportunity to ride with him in his late model at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour.
“It is quite the thrilling ride,” said Head. “It’s just as much fun for me to hear the person screaming with excitement as I rip around the track getting closer and closer to the concrete wall each lap.”
Head is raising money this weekend to assist his sister-in-law with the funeral expenses for his late brother Donald Head. Mike’s sibling passed away earlier this week. Donald was instrumental in Mike’s success at Senoia Raceway and other southeastern regional short tracks. The rides cost $50 per three lap ride with all proceeds assisting Donald’s widow.
“He was a good man, my brother,” explained Mike Head. “He loved this place (Senoia Raceway) and was key to why I ran so well here.”
Mike Head is a member of the National Dirt Racing Hall of Fame and the Georgia Auto Racing Hall of Fame. He won hundreds of feature events across the southeast in many different kinds of race cars. The 1966 Chevrolet Corvair that he will have on display is the car he raced at Senoia Raceway in early years of his career.
“I sold this car to Joe Lee Johnson for his son to race,” said Head. “It was Ronnie Johnson’s first race car. In fact, they painted over the #4 in my number and raced it with the #5 for Ronnie. He never changed his number to anything else.”
Race fans can sign up for the three lap rides with the hall of famer throughout the night. A registration table will be available near his Corvair display at the grandstand entrance.
“I hope we are here until 3am giving fans rides,” said Senoia Raceway promoter Tim Moses. “Help out a great racing family and get to ride with a hall of fame racer. It’s a can’t miss opportunity.”
This Saturday, May 18, Senoia Raceway will be running double features for all their weekly divisions. The Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models will run twin 20’s paying $750 to win in each. Plus, The Newnan Bonding B Cadets, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bombers and Modified Mini will run only features on the twin bill.
The pits open at 5pm. Grandstands at 6pm. Hot laps crank up at 7:15pm. Racing will go green at 8pm. Grandstand ticket prices will be $12 for adults; children twelve and under are admitted for free. Pit passes are $25 for adults; children 4 through 12 are $12; three and under are admitted for free. Trackside Parking and Tailgating is also available on a limited basis and includes access to the pit area.
Senoia Raceway is located just five miles west of Senoia, GA on Georgia Highway 16. Easy access from both Interstate 85 or Interstate 75.
For more information, visit the Senoia Raceway website at www.senoiaraceway.com or call the speedway at 404.796.1435.