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April 4 Results:
Late Model   Modfied   Grand Stock   U-Car   Street Stock   Legends

Zuskin Wins on Opening Night
A great field of cars and an awesome crowd were on hand for Friday's J.M. Wilkinson Night at Southside Speedway. The weather was perfect for the season opening races and the roar of the engines means that spring is finally in the air in RVA. All six divisions were in action tonight just like they will be all season long.

In the opener, Tommy Jackson, Jr., from Poquoson, VA, used a nice move to slide by Kevin Yeatts in the Legends feature and came home with the first trophy in 2014. Chris Lilly, Barry Kramer and Andy Reeves rounded out the top 5.

Kyle Wood, who was the fastest qualifier in the new group qualifying session that all divisions are now using, overcame his 5th place redraw to be the first one to see the checkered flag in the Modified 30 lap race. Multi-time champion, Thomas Stinson, experience trouble with his automobile when the pace laps started and never took the green flag. Shannon Marano, Lauren Edgerton, Danny Martin and Warren Lipford were 2nd through 5th respectively.

Austin Dodge made his return to the Grand Stocksí one to remember as he was the first one to finish 25 laps in their feature. Dan Rogers was a close second, Todd Ruggles battled his way to third, Daniel Thomas, who made the jump from the U-Cars to the Grand Stocks, was fourth and Daniel Shelton was fifth.

Tyler Davis was the man to beat in the U-Cars and no one found a way to do it. Davis cruised to the win in the 25 lap feature ahead of Alex Brock, Michelle Willingham, David Clay and Charles Simons.

The Street Stocks are always a fan favorite and Alex Ayers didnít disappoint them, especially with his post-race burnout. Ayers edged Wayne Bardonie, Ryan Paul, Chris Kantzler and Rick Paul.

Chris Hopkins was the fastest qualifier in the Late Model feature, but he drew a 3 in the redraw. That put Steve Zuskin on the pole and he had his hands full all race long. Raymond Pittman played bumper tag with Zuskinís rear for the entire race and almost got his nose under him on the final lap. Pittman wasnít Zuskinís only challenge of the night. Hopkins was able to take advantage of the cone restart after a caution on lap 22 and start on the outside of the front row. Zuskin and Hopkins battled side by side for a lap but the two rubbed tires in turn 1 and the Hopkins spun. Hunter Slayton, who was running fourth up until that point, collected Hopkins and ended Slaytonís night. Hopkins was able to come back a fourth place finish. Pittman finished second to Zuskin, Joe Scarbrough finished fourth and Mike Payne rounded out the top 5.

 




 

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