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  DAVIS AVOIDS PROBLEMS, GRABS VICTORY
Saturday, July 10, 2010
by John McLeod

For the past few weeks at Southside Speedway, Brad Davis has started the races he has competed in with good luck at the beginning of a race, but fall victim to bad luck at the end.

Davis, in both the CHAMP Kart and the Late Model divisions, has had strong runs only to fall short due to either incidents on the track or close finishes for the win.

But this past Friday night, Davis put all of the past incidents aside and set sail for his second win of the season in the CHAMP Kart division, his first since the season opening race back on April 16.

But again, the win almost didn’t happen.

Davis led the race heading into the final laps when points leader Buzz Moore made a bid for the led on the high side of the track with 2 laps to go. The 2 cars went side by side for the win with Davis beating him to the line by a few inches.

“That was a tough one tonight. I’m just glad I beat Buzz to the line.” Davis said following the win. “We have had several bad weeks in both divisions and I hope this is a sign of good things to come.”

J.D. Eversole placed third with David Emory and Cameron Wood rounding out the top five.

Frank Silva held off a late race charge by Jamie Hite and Rusty Bennett to win his first race of the season in the U-CAR series. Silva battled with Bennett and David Kerns for the majority of the race. Hite, who grabbed his first career win 2 weeks ago, made his move into the top 2 towards the end of the race and came home second with Bennett placing third. Kerns and Austin Dodge rounded out the top five.

Tommy Tatum held off Mark Simpson at the line to take home his 4th win of the season in the Grand Stock main event. Simpson held on for second. Brian Myslivy came home in third with Shawn Hopkins and Daniel Shelton finishing fourth and fifth.

Thomas Stinson came from seventh position to take the checkered flag for the 6th time this season. Mike Rudy placed second with Chris Johnson coming home third. Rusty Wood and Ryan Wilbourne rounding out the top five.

Mike Ganoe came from the rear of the field to take the checkers in the Street Stock main event. Brian Smith placed second with Ricky Stotler, Gary Turner and Justin Groome rounding out the top five.

Top five finishing orders for divisions

CHAMP Karts-20 Laps
1. Brad Davis
2. Buzz Moore
3. J.D. Eversole
4. David Emory
5. Cameron Wood

U-CAR-25 Laps
1. Frank Silva
2. Jamie Hite
3. Rusty Bennett
4. David Kerns
5. Austin Dodge

STREET STOCK-50 Laps
1. Mike Ganoe
2. Brian Smith
3. Ricky Stotler
4. Gary Turner
5. Justin Groome

MODIFIEDS-75 Laps
1. Thomas Stinson
2. Mike Rudy
3. Chris Johnson
4. Rusty Wood
5. Ryan Wilbourne

GRAND STOCK-50 Laps
1. Tommy Tatum
2. Mark Simpson
3. Brian Myslivy
4. Shawn Hopkins
5. Daniel Shelton