Midlothian, VA, June 16, 2009 – Southside Speedway action was fierce in all divisions running. Mike Ganoe, #82 of Louisa, continued his trek towards an undefeated season by putting the hurt on the Street Stock field and taking the checkered, while Lauren Edgerton, #24 of Petersburg, finished her U-Car sprint in second but the Late Model Sportsman Division main feature held the story in driver Brandon Hendrick. B. Hendrick, #39 of Midlothian, drove the Chesterfield Berry Farm hot rod like it was on fire. Once he got to the front of the field a few laps into the endurance driven 150, there was no looking back. With Brandon’s win on Friday, proved his twin 50 sprint wins were anything but a fluke. Scoring his third win of the 2009 season (fourth career win at Southside Speedway) separated him from the rest of the field in points. He now owns the lead for the championship by 80 points.
“It is the best feeling in the world to be in Victory Lane. I have been kicked around for years, since my rookie season in ’01,” said Brandon on his recent successes. “Racing against my dad is a dream come true. My brother was able to do it a few years ago and now it’s my turn.” Brandon was selected as the Red Wing Shoes Driver of the Week after his dual wins in the Twin 50’s on May 16th. “I have to thank Richard and Aaron Goode for the continued support and giving me a chance to run this season.” Richard and Aaron are the owners of the Chesterfield Berry Farm #39 and #11 Late Model Sportsman cars.
Ray Hendrick, Brandon’s grandfather, won the track championship during the 1963 & 1965 seasons and successfully defended it during the 1966 & ’67 seasons. Ray Hendrick continued his career to be a very successful driver on the NASCAR Circuit during his years as a driver. Roy Hendrick, Brandon’s father, also won the track championship during the 1983 & 1989 seasons and also defended the championship during the 1990 & ’91 seasons. Roy, still driving weekly at Southside Speedway, sits in the cockpit of the infamous Flying 11, which got its name from legend Ray Hendrick, Roy’s father. Shannon Mangnuson, representative of Chesterfield Berry Farm, could not be happier with Brandon’s success and remains ecstatic about Brandon taking control of the points lead in his charge to become the first 3rd generation driver at Southside Speedway to follow the legacy. Both Roy and Brandon are sponsored by Chesterfield Berry Farm.
“The Toughest Short Track in the South” has only seen two generations with championship seasons. Brandon continues to run hard and the practice time shows with his finesse. Southside Speedway, at only 1/3 of a mile, demands patience, skill, and driving knowledge to tame this beast on the east. What’s more impressive, when contact is made between drivers on the track, all drivers involved are sent to the back of the field. With this rule, it is imperative to race clean.
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About Southside Speedway- Southside Speedway, “The Toughest Short Track in the South,” was established in 1959 by J.M. Wilkinson and currently owned by his daughters, Sue Clements and Mrs. Patsy Stargardt. The track is proud to remain Chesterfield County’s favorite family-friendly entertainment venue. The .33 mile oval track features races from 6 different divisions. During the historic 2009 season, April 10th through September 4th, the speedway will host Thursday and Friday Night races, featuring the Late Model and Modified divisions. Southside Speedway will also present the Grand Stock, U-Car, Street Stock and Champ Kart’s divisions. The track is available for corporate functions, birthday parties, and other private events. Please see SouthsideSpeedway.com for schedule and additional information.
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