Saturday, June 26, 2010
by John McLeod

The first win in racing is always the sweetest.

For Jamie Hite, his first career win came this past Friday night at Southside Speedway in the U-CAR main event.

Hite took the green flag from the pole and never looked back, holding off division points leader Mike Chapman at the line with David Kerns coming home third. Austin Dodge and Frank Silva came home fourth and fifth.

“This feels great to win one here,” the 18-year old Hite said following the win. “It was a good handling car and Rick Townsend really helped me out tonight. We were able to have a good start there at the beginning and just kept it up front and did not look back.”

Jason Higginbotham made a last-turn last lap pass for the lead and the win in the CHAMP Karts division, picking up his first victory of the 2010 season. Higginbotham started from the pole and fell back to fifth, but made his way up towards the front in the final stages of the event, passing Brad Davis and Buzz Moore as they crossed the line to take the checkers. Davis came home second with Moore placing third. Cameron Wood came home fourth with Tommy Chambers rounding out the top five.

Shayne Lockhart grabbed his 4th win of the season in the 1st 50-lap main event in the Late Model division. Chris Dodson placed second with Eddie Johnson, Chris Hopkins and Brad Davis rounding out the top five.

Dodson turned around and picked up his second win of the season in the second 50-lap Late Model main event. Steve Zuskin finished second with Lockhart coming back from an early race incident to place third. Brandon Hendrick and Chris Hopkins rounded out the top five.

Mike Ganoe captured his third win of the season in the Street Stock division. Ganoe passed then-race leader Justin Dunkum with 14 laps to go and went on to grab the checkers with Dunkum coming in second. Jason Beck placed third with Justin Groome and Ethan Ayers rounding out the top five.

Southside Speedway will be off July 2, but will be back in action on Friday, July 9 with First Responders/Christmas In July night.