by John McLeod

Each week at Southside Speedway, or for that matter, every race track in the country, drivers suit up, get in their engine-powered chariots and do battle to determine who the best is on that given evening. Its points for some, pride for others and money for most that keep them coming back for more.

But all drivers will agree that it is the fans that allow them to come back and compete against each other. For without the fans, who would support the drivers, the races, the tracks, or even the sport of racing for that matter?

And on this Friday night’s racing agenda, brought to you by K95, Southside Speedway and its drivers honor those great fans that cut several hours out of their weekend to come out and pull for their favorites. Prior to the start of racing action Friday night, fans will be able to come on the track and meet the drivers as well as get up close to the cars that battle it out for the win every Friday night at the “Toughest Short Track in the South”!

Fans will also get an evening full of racing activity as 4 of the track’s top divisions will be in action.

Thomas Stinson, Mike Rudy and others will compete in a 50-lap Modified Main event which will be another big points night for the top 2 drivers in the standings, Stinson and Mike Rudy. Both picked up wins last week in the 50/50 races and are separated by just 20 points going into Friday night’s race.

The Late Models will compete in a 75-lap main event and Chris Hopkins holds a 20-point lead over Chris Dodson in the division’s points race. Dodson has 1 win this season, but Hopkins has finished no worse than second since the beginning of the season last month.

The top 5 in the Street Stock point’s race are all separated by 20 points a piece with Mike Ganoe leading the charge. They will race in a 50-lap contest.

The CHAMP Karts will also be in action in a 20-lap main event race. David Emory leads Buzz Moore by 20 points with Mitch Bartholomew holding on to the third position.

Gates open at 6pm. Fans will be able to come onto the track for Meet and Greet Festivities between 6:45pm and 7:45pm. Racing action will begin at 8pm. Fans are encouraged to get their early for the event.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for Senior-Military and $5 for kids 6-11. Kids under 5 get in free.