Modified Twins = 2 Races, 2 Winners, 1 Heck of a Points Battle

by John McLeod

There was electricity in the air tonight at Southside Speedway as lightning flashed along the backstretch and Rookie Modified driver Greg Fernandez shot out of the starting gate to lead the beginning laps of the second 50-lap Modified twin. With five laps remaining, race fans were expecting a fight to the finish between race leaders Mike Rudy, Michael Johnson and Thomas Stinson. But in the end, rain which had threatened the area into the evening time finally won as showers fell down on the track forcing officials to call the race and awarding Rudy the win. Kyle Wood came home in fourth with Chris Johnson rounding out the top 5.

In the first Modified twin Thomas Stinson wasted little time marching his way from his sixth place starting position to a clear victory.

David Kerns took home top honors in the U-Car main event, holding off Mike Chapman for his first win of the season. Daniel Thomas finished third with Charlie Simons and Frank Silva rounding out the top five.

Grand Stock points leader, Tommy Tatum increased his points lead after picking up the win. Mark Simpson finished in second with Bryan Myslivy placing third. Shawn Hopkins and Donnie Newman were fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the Champ Kart division, Buzz Moore collected his first win of 2010 with Mark Claytor coming in second. Mitch Bartholomew, David Emory and Derek McCauley rounded out the top five.

Racing action kicks off next Friday night, May 21 with the first driver Meet and Greet of the season. Get there early to come onto the track and meet the Cars and Stars of The Toughest Short Track in the South. Racing will include Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Champ Karts.