NEWMAN, SHELTON HIGHLIGHT THE SEASON FINALE
Friday, September 3, 2010
by John McLeod Race fans took home some great memories tonight from the final night of racing of the 2010 season at Southside Speedway.
And one memory that all took home was the finish between Grand Stock driver Donnie Newman and Daniel Shelton in the 30-lap main event.
Newman edged Shelton as the two crossed the start/finish line in one of the closest finishes in the 51-year history of Southside Speedway.
“Man, I just had to go for it all there at the end of the race,” Newman said following his win. “I told the crew that if it came down to it tonight, I was either going to win it or wreck it trying.”
Shelton held the lead for the majority of the race with Newman running second. A late caution bunched the field up with 3 to go and Newman went to work on Shelton for the lead when the green flag flew.
“I had old tires there and I did not know if I could hang with them,” Newman said. “But when we got that last shot, I knew that had go for it all.”
Shelton finished in second with J. D. Eversole, Tommy Tatum and Bill Nixon rounding out the top five.
Tatum picked up the 2010 Street Stock championship and after the race, announced his retirement from driving.
Jason Higginbotham and Stan Holmes followed that race up with a photo finish of their own in the CHAMP Kart 20-lap main event. Heading into the final turn of the final lap, Holmes made a move on race leader Higginbotham and the two went side by side at the line with Higginbotham finishing ahead of Holmes. Buzz Moore finished third and picked up the 2010 CHAMP Kart championship. Brad Davis and Clint Gunn rounded out the top five.
Chris Dodson grabbed the 2010 Late Model Championship and picked up his fourth win of the season in the 75-lap main event after grabbing the lead after then race leader Eddie Johnson spun out in the final laps. Dodson assumed the lead and went on for the win with Chris Johnson finishing second. Brad Davis, Lin O’Neil and Neil Culley rounded out the top five.
Thomas Stinson locked the 2010 Modified Championship and picked up his 9th win of the season. Stinson moved passed Kyle Wood in the final laps to grab the win with Chris Johnson coming home second. Wood, Mike Rudy and Ryan Boggs rounded out the top five.
Jamie Hite picked up his fifth win of the season in the U-Car main event. Frank Silva came home second with Mike Chapman placing third. Austin Dodge and Andrew Condrey rounded out the top five. With the second place finish, Mike Chapman takes home the 2010 U-Car championship.
Mike Ganoe grabbed his 9th win of the season in the Race of Champions Street Stock race and the 2010 Street Stock championship. Coming home second was Brian Smith with Gary Turner, Ricky Stotler and James Loving rounding out the top five.