News Release - April 16, 2010
Rudy Holds Off Stinson In Wild Finish At Southside

by John McLeod

The 51st season at Southside Speedway kicked off Friday night with one of the closest finishes in its storied history.

Mike Rudy held off veteran Thomas Stinson at the line in a side by side finish in the Modified 50-lap main event race.

“He (Thomas) gave me a shove before that last lap and I knew that it was going to be close,” Rudy said following his win. “I knew that I had to get him at the line and beat him and it was only by inches”

Rudy won the pole due to a pre-race invert and took off, leading all 50 laps. At one point, Rudy held the second place driver by over a full straightaway. But Stinson was able to use slower traffic to close the gap and put the pressure on Rudy in the final laps.

“The traffic was a little tough getting through there towards the end and that helped Thomas catch up,” Rudy said.

Stinson held on for second with Chris Johnson, Kyle Wood and Michael Johnson rounding out the top five.

The U-Car division saw 48-year old Michael Hall pick up his first win at Southside Speedway. Hall held off Charlie Simons at the line with Austin Dodge running third. David Kearns and Mike Chapman were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Tommy Tatum took top honors in the Grand Stock division. Donnie Newman came home a close second with Mark Simpson running third.

In the Late Model division, Shane Lockhart led from green to checker with Chris Hopkins coming in a close second. John Eversole, Chris Dodson and Brandon Hendrick finish out the top five.

Derek McCauley took the checkers in the Champ Kart main event, but was later disqualified giving the win to Brad Davis. David Emory came home second with Mike Mitchell rounding out the top 3.

Catch racing action every Friday night at Southside Speedway. Next Friday, the Modified division will race in a 100-lap main event. For all the details, including updated race results, points standings and more, go to www.southsidespeedway.com