Wednesday, August 25, 2010
by John McLeod

With 2 weeks of racing left at Southside Speedway, race fans are sure to get their money’s worth this Friday night as the Late Models will headline the night in the Virginia 125 Late Model Showdown.

After Late Model driver Shayne Lockhart’s car was disqualified following post-race inspection in last week’s 75-lap main event, Chris Dodson’s points lead grew from 260 to 740, which almost assures him of a championship with only two races remaining.

Chris Hopkins was awarded his first win of the season after Lockhart’s DQ and is solidly in third position behind Lockhart and ahead of Eddie Johnson and Jeff Oakley heading into the 125-lap main event.

The Grand Stocks will also be in action in a 30-lap main event. Tommy Tatum currently holds a 420-point lead over second place Shawn Hopkins. Tatum’s chances for capturing the division title are good as he has 6 wins on the season and has only 1 finish outside the top three this year. Hopkins finally grabbed his first win of the season 2 weeks ago and has finished outside the top 5 only once this year.

Mark Simpson, Kevin Wilson and Donnie Newman are in a heated battle for third spot. All three drivers are separated by just 60 points total.

David Kerns and Mike Chapman continue their battle for the U-CAR points championship this Friday in a 25-lap main event. Chapman chipped away at Kerns’s points lead last week after grabbing his second win of the season and pulling to within 80 points. Kerns has consistency on his side heading into the final 2 races as he has finished in the top five in all 11 races this season. Chapman is still trying to make up ground after finishing 12th on July 9th.

Austin Dodge sits firmly in third spot in the points and is still looking for his first win of the season.

Frank Silva and Charlie Simons round out the top five.

Mike Ganoe will look to pad his points lead and pick up the championship in the 50-lap Street Stock race. Coming into this Friday’s race, Ganoe has won all but one race this season and holds a 500-point lead over Justin Groome. The battle will be for third between Ricky Stotler and Jason Beck, who are both tied for the spot. James Loving sits 100 points back in 5th.

Gates open at 6pm this Friday night with racing kicking off at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are Adults $12, Seniors (60+) & Military are $10, Ages 6-11 are $5 and Ages 5 & under are FREE.