Eddie Johnson Wins Late Model Feature at Southside Speedway Friday Night

Eddie Johnson enters turn one at Southside Speedway in the iconic Richard Petty No. 43 replica Late Model. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – With no rain in the immediate forecast racing returned to the southside of Richmond this past Friday night. With more than two weeks off of racing fans and drivers alike were ready to get back at it with some good ole fashion short track racing. With the sun being out and temperatures being pretty high it slowed the field down just enough to where the top six cars were only separated by a couple hundredth of a second. Eddie Johnson laid down the fastest lap time in the final round of practice with a 15.211 to earn the pole point. Daniel Thomas, Bugs Hairfield, Mason Bailey and Alex Brock rounded out the top five starters. Johnson pulled the number three pill handing the point over to Mr. Hairfield.When it was time get going, Bugs was able to clear the number 99 machine of Thomas down the back stretch to lead lap one and pick up right where he had left off the last time the cars were on the track, at the front of the pack. Daniel Thomas seemed to be the odd man out on the outside line as Johnson was able to get around him on the bottom and eventually bringing young Mason Bailey along with him. Thomas would eventually settle into the fourth position with a hungry Alex Brock and Chris Dodson behind him.

When it was time get going, Bugs was able to clear the number 99 machine of Thomas down the backstretch to lead lap one and pick up right where he had left off the last time the cars were on the track, at the front of the pack. Daniel Thomas seemed to be the odd man out on the outside line as Johnson was able to get around him on the bottom and eventually bringing young Mason Bailey along with him. Thomas would eventually settle into the fourth position with a hungry Alex Brock and Chris Dodson behind him.Took Johnson just nine circuits to work his away around Hairfield for the lead with Mason Bailey really closing the gap. The race was slowed for the first of two cautions on the night when we look back from the leaders and see that Alex Brock and Chirs Dodson had made contact and were facing the wrong way just at the stripe. Both drivers were able to pull away and rejoin the race. However, Brock’s luck would not get any better when he was caught up in another pileup – this time involving Matt Ashworth and Disavino – down the back stretch, pinning his car into the outside wall and causing some damage. Bugs

Took Johnson just nine circuits to work his away around Hairfield for the lead with Mason Bailey really closing the gap. The race was slowed for the first of two cautions on the night when we look back from the leaders and see that Alex Brock and Chirs Dodson had made contact and were facing the wrong way just at the stripe. Both drivers were able to pull away and rejoin the race. However, Brock’s luck would not get any better when he was caught up in another pile up – this time involving Matt Ashworth and Disavino – down the back stretch, pinning his car into the outside wall and causing some damage. Bugs Hairfield was one of the many cars to bring his car to the attention of his crew during that caution period and eventually calling it quits for the night.

Once the track was clean and the cone was set it was back to green flag racing. Bailey, electing to try his luck on the outside for that start got the jump of his life; too good of a jump as a matter of fact. Before race control could do anything over the radio Bailey looked to back off the throttle and give the lead back over to Johnson. The two would make contact into one just seconds later causing the leader to get sideways. Somehow Eddie gathered the car back up and retained his position at the front of the pack.

Once things got settled down Johnson just had to manage his three car advantage over second place while drivers went to work behind him. Daniel Thomas, who posted the second-fastest time of the day had quietly spent all night in the top five and was able to lock down a third place finish. Last years Grandstock sensation and Late Model rookie, Lane Janosik, had his hands full in the closing laps running fourth working to keep Chris Dodson at bay. Once the checkers were displayed, Janosik was successful and took fourth place over the Southside legend.

The victory was Johnson’s first trip back to victory lane since winning the season finale in August of 2016. In addition, Johnson won this exact race just one year ago. The victory over Mason Bailey and Chris Dodson will surely help his efforts in the points.

 

 

Michael Chapman took the lead from Jamie Hite, who started the race from the pole position thanks to the invert, on lap nineteen of the 25-lap feature. Chapman was forced to give up his pole starting position when he drew a number four pill post qualifying. Wasting no time when the green flag was displayed, Chapman was able to make his way up to second by lap ten.Just seventeen laps it took Chapman to reel in the bumper of Hite and make his attempt at the lead. The two spent a couple laps battling hard for position and putting on a great show for the fans in the stands. By lap nineteen the lead was Chapman’s and he never looked back. Hite was able to hang onto the second position 25-laps later. Beejay Anderson would finish right where he started the race in third with Dillon Devenney and Frank Silva – the races biggest mover – rounding out the top five.

Just seventeen laps it took Chapman to reel in the bumper of Hite and make his attempt at the lead. The two spent a couple laps battling hard for position and putting on a great show for the fans in the stands. By lap nineteen the lead was Chapman’s and he never looked back. Hite was able to hang onto the second position 25-laps later. Beejay Anderson would finish right where he started the race in third with Dillon Devenney and Frank Silva – the race’s biggest mover – rounding out the top five.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  2. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  3. #99 Daniel Thomas; 40
  4. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  5. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 40
  7. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  8. #42 Mike Payne; 40
  9. #9 Alex Broke; 40
  10. #09 Jason Barnes; 40
  11. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  12. #26 John Crews III;40
  13. #89 Matt Ashworth; 39
  14. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 24
  15. #55 Howie Disavino; 24
  16. #52 Timmy Nice; 17

 

UCAR OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #87 Michael Chapman; 25
  2. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  3. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  4. #51 Dillon Devenney; 25
  5. #92 Frank Silva; 25
  6. #04 Korey Lawson; 25
  7. #96 Alex Ayers; 25
  8. #1 Mike Frayser; 25
  9. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 19
  10. 10 #72 Joshua Thomas; 19
  11. #97 Richard Sisco; 19

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