by John McLeod

To say that Robbie Robertson is a supporter of Southside Speedway would be an understatement.

Robbie has been a strong supporter for the race track over the years working in many areas including driving the pace car for the races.

So this Friday night, in one of the biggest races of the year for the division, the Late Model 150-lap main event at the track will bear Robbie’s name, honoring a man who has given his life to the track.

“This is our way of thanking Robbie for the many years of service he has given to the track,” said track official Chris Stefi. “Robbie has not been feeling well recently and we thought that this would be a good way to honor him for all he has done for this track.”

And the 150-lap main event, presented by 96.5 KLR, will also showcase some of the hottest racing action around in one of the biggest races of the year.

After placing 3rd and 4th in the Late Model main event at Southside on May 21, both Late Model drivers Chris Hopkins and Chris Dodson are tied for first in the season points race. Dodson has one up on Hopkins after picking up his lone win of the season on May 7 while Hopkins has gone winless this season, but has 2 Top-2’s and a 4th place finisher.

The U-CAR Series will also be in action in a 25-lap main event as David Kearns tries to extend his points lead over second place running Mike Chapman. Chapman is trying to hold off Charlie Simmons who sits third, just 20 points back.

Tommy Tatum will try to increase his points lead and add a 4th win this year in the Grand Stock 30-lap main event. Tatum has won all 3 races this season and holds a 120 point lead of second place Donnie Newman. Shawn Hopkins sits 40 points back in third.

After placing sixth in the season opener of the Champ Karts division in April, Buzz Moore has won 2 races and currently sits atop the points race, just 40 points ahead of David Emory. The Champ Karts will race in a 20-lap main event this Friday night.

Gates open at 6pm with qualifying starting at 6:30 and racing action kicking off at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for Senior-Military and $5 for kids 6-11. Kids under 5 get in free.