Wednesday, June 16, 2010
by John McLeod

Fans looking for a night of exciting side by side racing action with plenty on the line need look no further than Southside Speedway this Friday night, brought to you by 93.1 The Wolf.

Add in that 2 of the top divisions, the Late Models and Modifieds, will be on hand for a double main-event and the fact that Friday night is double points night for all the classes, you can bet that it will be one for the record books.

Headlining the evening will be the Late Models in a 75-lap main event. Shayne Lockhart will come to the track looking to capture his third win of the season. 2 weeks ago, Lockhart was awarded the victory in the 150-lap main event after a post-race inspection found race winner Eddie Johnsonís car to be too low. Lockhart sits third in the season-long points race behind points leader Chris Dodson, who is only 20 points ahead of second place running Chris Hopkins. Brandon Hendrick and Shannon Marano are fourth and fifth in the points, looking to have a good night and keep track of the top 3 in the points.

After a triple night of racing last week in the Modified division, Thomas Stinson left the track with one of the race-winning trophies and the lionís share of the points lead. Stinson leads his closest competitor, Chris Johnson, by 220 points. Johnson has his hands full with Mike Rudy, who is 120 points back in third. Michael Johnson is fourth in points after placing in the top five in all 3 races last week. Kyle Wood rounds out the top five.

Tommy Tatum will return to Southside this Friday and try to re-capture his winning ways in the Grand Stock division. After winning the first 3 races this season, Tatum came home a disappointing 10th in the June 4th main event. Tatum also sits second in the points behind leader Donnie Newman, who has yet to visit victory lane, but has not finished worse than 5th this season. Daniel Shelton sits third in the points, still looking for his first win of the season. 60 points back in 4th is Shawn Hopkins with Kevin Wilson rounding out the top five.

David Kerns is looking to pad his points lead in the U-Car series. But the hottest driver in the class right now is Daniel Thomas. After starting out with a 10th place finish in the season opener, Thomas has 3 wins, including back-to-back wins in the last 2 races. Thomas will be trying to pull a 3-peat this Friday in their 25-lap main event. Thomas is tied for second in the points with Mike Chapman. Austin Dodge and Charlie Simons finish out the top five.

Buzz Moore will be looking to make it 4 in-a-row this Friday night in the CHAMP Kart series. Moore also sits atop the points race, 60 points ahead of second place David Emory, who has 4 top-four finishes this year, including 2 second place finishes. Brad Davis, Stan Holmes and Randy Emory round out the top five.

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.