Wednesday, September 1, 2010
by John McLeod

As Labor Day approaches and school re-opens, all race fans and drivers know that the end of the season is near at Southside Speedway.

And heading into this Friday night’s season finale, 2 championships are still up for grabs and a host of drivers are looking to end the 2010 campaign on a high note-with a trip to victory lane at the Toughest Short Track In The South on Championship night, presented by 93.1 The Wolf.

Heading into the U-Car 25-lap main event, Mike Chapman knows he needs to do everything right and have a little bit of luck on his side to grab the division championship. Last week, then-points leader David Kerns got involved in an incident on the track which regulated him to a 13-place finish. Chapman’s 3rd place finish moved him into first, 120 points ahead of Kerns.

“I really don’t want to win the championship like this,” Chapman said after last week’s race. “I want to race for the championship with David. But we still have another week and we have to make sure nothing happens to us and we should be in pretty good shape. But, it ain’t over yet!”

But looking over both Chapman’s and Kerns’s shoulders is Austin Dodge. Dodge came home second in last week’s race and is within 200 points of the lead and 80 points of second place. If both Chapman and Kerns have a bad night and Dodge pulls off a good night, then Dodge could be in line for his first U-CAR championship.

Frank Silva and Jamie Hite are in a battle of their own for 4th place. Silva currently holds a 240-point lead over Hite, who grabbed his 4th win of the season last Friday.

Buzz Moore comes into Friday night’s 20-lap CHAMP KART race with a 120-point lead over Brad Davis. Both Moore and Davis have been favorites at the win each week with Moore holding down the most wins this season, 3, over Davis’s 2. Davis made up some ground over Moore on August 13 when Moore finished a disappointing 11 while Davis finished 2nd.

J. D. Eversole, Randy Emory and Clint Gunn round out the top five in points and all three could change positions as they are separated by 340 points total.

Also on the schedule for this Friday night will be a special “RACE OF CHAMPIONS” event for the Street Stock division. Any driver who has won a race in the division in the last 5 years is automatically qualified for the 25-lap main event. Those that have not won can earn their way into the race via the Race of Champions OPEN: a 30-lap race where a minimum of 5 cars will advance to the Champions race later that evening.

Other divisions in action include a 75-lap main event for the Late Models, a 50-lap race for the Modifieds and a 30-lap dash for the Grand Stocks.

All division champions will be crowned this Friday night.

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.