Thursday, July 8, 2010
by John McLeod

After a week off for 4th of July, the cars and stars of Southside Speedway will be back at again this Friday night with their own set of fireworks as the 2nd half of the 2010 racing season gets underway.

This Friday night, the Modified division will headline racing action with a 75-lap main event. Division points leader Thomas Stinson is looking to pad his points lead and increase his win total to 6 wins on the season. Stinson has finished no worse than 3rd all season long. His closest competitor in the points race, Chris Johnson, has 9 top 5 finishes this season, but has yet to visit victory lane. Mike Rudy sits third in the points and has 3 wins on the season. Michael Johnson and Kyle Wood round out the top five.

Brian Myslivy will be trying to make it 2 in-a-row in the Grand Stockís 50-lap main event after collecting his first win of the season three weeks ago. Tommy Tatum leads the series with 3 wins and the points, 200 points ahead of Daniel Shelton. Donnie Newman and Shawn Hopkins are tied for third with Myslivy rounding out the top five.

Mike Chapman and David Kerns continue their battle for the top spot in the U-CAR division. Both drivers have one win a piece in the series and both have finished in the top 5 six times this season. Chapman leads Kerns by 140 points with 8 races remaining. Austin Dodge sits third with Daniel Thomas and Charlie Simons rounding out the top five heading into their 25-lap main event this Friday night.

After a dismal 18th place finish in the Street Stock race on May 21st, Mike Ganoe has won the last 2 races and has 3 total wins on the year. Ganoe heads to the track this Friday nightís 50-lap main event second in the points behind points leader Brian Smith, who has won win, but has finished 7th the past 2 races.

Justin Groome sits third in the points, just 20 points ahead of Paul Clemons in fourth. Ricky Stotler rounds out the top five.

CHAMP Kart driver Buzz Moore will look to increase his points lead this Friday night in the divisionís 20-lap main event. Moore leads his closest competitor, Brad Davis, by 440 points. Davis has 1 win and 4 top fiveís on the season. Randy Emory sits third in the points with David Emory and J.D. Eversole tied for 4th.

Gates open at 6pm with racing kicking off at 7:30pm. Bring an unwrapped toy with purchase tags to the track for the Toys for Tots Campaign and receive a $1 off admission. Ticket prices are Adults $10, Seniors (60+) & Military are $8, Ages 6-11 are $5 and Ages 5 & under are FREE.