Wednesday, July 14, 2010
by John McLeod

Southside Speedway will play host to a double-duty night for both the Late Model and Grand Stock divisions this Friday night, brought to you by 93.1 The Wolf.

The Late Models will be in 2 50-lap segment races which means double the points for the night. Late Model driver Shane Lockhart rolls into Southside leading all drivers in wins this season with 4. But Chris Dodson holds the top position in points due to consistency. Dodson has 2 wins, has finished no worse than fifth this season and leads the standings over Lockhart by 300 points with 6 races remaining.

But Lockhart knows that it’s a long season and anything can happen.

“We’ve been in points battles out there for years and you don’t count those points until the end of the year,” Lockhart said recently. “Anything can happen between now and then. It’s about winning the races and having the good finishes and keep doing what we are doing and the points will come.”

Chris Hopkins currently sits third in points, just 40 ahead of Brandon Hendrick. Both Hopkins and Hendrick are looking for their first win of the season. Steve Zuskin rounds out the top five.

The Grand Stocks will be competing in 2 30-lap segment races and Tommy Tatum will be the one all the drivers will be chasing. Tatum continues his winning ways, taking home his 4th trophy of the season in last week’s 50-lap race and currently leads the points by 280 over second place Daniel Shelton. Shelton is still searching for his first trip to victory lane of the season, but has finished in the top 6 in all races run this season. Shawn Hopkins sits third, just 60 points ahead of Brian Myslivy in 4th. Mark Simpson rounds out the top five.

The CHAMP Karts series will be in action in a 20-lap main event and Brad Davis will try to continue the momentum after picking up his second win of the season last Friday night. Davis sits second in points behind Buzz Moore with Randy Emory in third. David Emory and J.D. Eversole are both tied for 4th.

Gates open at 6pm with racing kicking off at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are Adults $10, Seniors (60+) & Military are $8, Ages 6-11 are $5 and Ages 5 & under are FREE.