Zuskin claims checkered flag in 150
Sunday July 9, 2006

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Where your car is on the track when the race is over usually determines whether you win.

At the halfway pit-stop mark of Friday night's 150-lap Late Model Sportsman race at Southside Speedway before more than 3,000 fans, Steve Zuskin was a solid sixth, following pole-sitter Chris Dodson and four others.

After a six-car redraw that moved Dodson into sixth and Zuskin into first for the start of the second half of the race, it didn't take long to see that Zuskin had the car to beat.

Zuskin pulled away from second-place Russ Ellis, but he came back to the field as a caution flag flew on Lap 109. Two more cautions kept the first five cars in order and after a four-car pileup on Lap 140 brought out a red flag, it was Zuskin, Ellis and Ray Ashworth dashing the last few laps to the checkered flag.

They were followed by Chris Dodson in fourth and last week's LMS winner, John Eversole, in fifth place.

Zuskin had experienced some mechanical problems the past couple of races, but last night he cruised.

"We'd been having some vapor lock problems the last few weeks," Zuskin said. "But we finally figured out what was going on and were able to get it fixed.

"We were racing the best of the best out there tonight, and I can't say enough about my team. . . . They come out here, tear everything up and put it all back together again and again. It was a really sweet ride tonight."

Zuskin won one race last year at Southside and one this year before last night's. "And I don't care if I win another one or not," he said. "This was the big one for me."

Zuskin takes home a $1,000 winner's check and four new Goodyear racing tires.

The 100-lap Grand Stock race was won by Fred Key.

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