Kyle Wood Holds onto Victory in Modified Season Opener at Southside Speedway
Midlothian, VA – A division who seems to be struggling at tracks all throughout the Mid-Atlantic region saw just seven cars take the green flag in tonight’s season opener. Mason Bailey, of Chesterfield, Virginia, looked to be the car to be early in both practice and qualifying. Bailey pacing the field in euro style qualifying with a time of 14.455 seconds. That time, however, would be almost for nothing but a confidence booster as every division at Southside Speedway falls subject to a redraw. Pulling the number five pill from the bag, Mason would be shuffled all the way practically to the rear of the field, handing the top spot to Laren Edgerton.
Edgerton was able to hold the top spot there from the drop of the green flag till about lap ten when Kyle Wood was able to get his car under the black number seven and take the lead away. Thomas Stinson, who rolled off the grid fourth, wasted no time and followed Wood under Edgerton regulating her to third to fend off the likes of Warren Lipford.
It was all the Kyle Wood & Thomas Stinson show up front as the two had plenty of hard run in. I must say though, some of the best racing I have seen from open wheel cars in some time. Stinson tried everything in the book from rattling the rear nerf bar, to crumpling the left rear quarter, to even falling back a bit and letting the tires cool down. Nothing was effective tonight as Kyle Wood’s cars mine as well been on rails!
The only caution of the 30-lap feature came from the very hard charging Mason Bailey who just loses the year end of the car in turns one and two with just five laps to go. Has to restart at the tail end of the field – with only seven total cars on the track it wasn’t to hard. On the ensuing restart Stinson tried one more trick to grab the lead from Wood by driving her some kind of deep into one, could not make it stick, may have made just the smallest bit of contact with the leader and cut, what appeared to be a left front tire down. The race would remain under green – Stinson would hit pit road – Bailey was able to get by Lipford there at the end to grab a second place finish.
“Car was pretty good this evening,” Wood said in victory lane. “Think we qualified third, not quite the field we want but I think more cars will come. Thomas and I have been racing really hard for the past couple of years and I think that’s really what is was, just hard racing. First win of the year; you just don’t want to give up anything. You know 30 laps aint a whole lot so you really got to go. I just hope it was really exciting for the fans.”
P1. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
P2. #05 Mason Bailey; 30
P3. #43 Warren Lipford; 30
P4. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
P5. #99 Mike Bedner; 30
P6. #4 Thomas Stinson; 27
P7. #00 Tyler Davis; 16