News Release - April 20, 2010

by John McLeod

This past Friday night, fans in attendance at Southside Speedway were treated to one of the closest finishes in recent memory.

Mike Rudy dominated the 50-lap Modified main event all the way until the final laps when veteran driver Thomas Stinson moved his way into position to challenge for the win. The result: a side by side battle going into turns 3 and 4 on the last lap with Rudy coming home the winner by inches at the finish line.

The Modified division will have its time to shine again this Friday night as it headlines racing action at Southside. But this time around, it will be a 100-lap main event and will include double file restarts. And this time, Stinson hopes the outcome will be a bit different.

“We just got caught behind some cars battling for position and that allowed Mike to just get away from us” said the 5-time Southside Speedway Modified champion. “When we finally got by the cars, we had to catch up to him and just ran out of laps at the end. The car was good the whole time, there was just not enough laps for us.”

Going into this Friday night’s 100-lap main event, Stinson knows that patience and starting near the front will be keys to a successful night.

“It’s 100 laps, so you have to play it safe and not hurt your equipment”, Stinson said. “You have to make sure everything is right with the car and be patient. This is a long race, so you have to make it to lap 99 in order to have a shot at the win. And starting in the Top 5 is where you want to be. You try to take advantage starting up front, but it is not important to start from the pole for a race this long. But a top 5 is a good place to be.”

Following the Modified division this Friday night will be the first appearance of the Street Stock division this year with a 50-lap main event. The U-Car and Grand Stock divisions will also be on hand in racing action.

This Friday night is also Chick-Fil-A Kids Night, brought to you by K-95. Kids will get into the track this Friday night for only $3.