by John McLeod

Southside Speedway Modified driver Mike Rudy knows what he has to do in order to win the 2010 Modified Championship this year.

Stay on the back door of multi-time Modified champion, Thomas Stinson.

“I need to stay with Thomas,” Rudy said. “Either in front of him or behind him, but I need to stay with him in the races in order to win this year.”

Going into Friday night’s Modified 50/50 Main event at Southside Speedway brought to you by Chick-Fil-A and 93.1 The Wolf, Rudy is tied with Stinson in the points after winning the opening season race and placing second in the 100-lap main event on April 23. Rudy, Thomas and the rest of the Modified division will compete in 2 50-lap main event races this Friday night, which poses the question: How do you handle 2 separate races on the same night?

“You need to be patient and not wear your stuff out,” Rudy said. “You wanna keep the car together and keep the tires on the car for the first race and then give it what it has in the second. If you have a good car to run up front for the first race, then go for it. But if you don’t, you have to hang back and see what you have.”

Other races that will occur on Chick-Fil-A Kids night include the Grand Stocks in a 50-lap main event, the U-Car division in a 25-lap dash to the finish and the Champ Karts return for a 20-lap race.


Work crews were at Southside Speedway this week repairing the catch fence and light pole which were damaged in last week’s Street Stock race. Drivers O.K. Wilson, James Groome and Brian Smith were involved in an accident on the front stretch resulting in Groome’s machine going over the front stretch outside wall and hitting the light pole and the catch fence causing hard damage to both. All drivers were okay from the incident, but track officials decided to call the rest of the night’s events for safety reasons.

“As of Wednesday morning, the light pole had been replaced, lights were attached and the fence poles were up, “Southside Speedway official Chris Stefi said. “Things were on schedule to have everything finished by Wednesday and we should be good to go on Friday”

Gates will open at 6pm and racing begins at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for Senior-Military and $5 for kids 6-11.