Bailey Moves Kyle Wood for Modified Victory; Dan Rogers Picks Up Where He Left Off

Mason Bailey gets a feel of a new car during the opening round of practice Friday, March 29, 2019. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA– Bailey was one of two drivers, Kyle Wood was the second, pulling double duty on the evening. Both drivers were racing in the Modified division and the Late Model class. Bailey, who was piloting the yellow No. 17 machine we saw end up in victory lane so much last year, once again put it on the pole with a time faster than what he did in the Late Model – 14.550. Kyle Wood, Michael Johnson, Tyler Davis, and Thomas Stinson were the fastest five drivers. Bailey somehow drew another two for the invert handing his pole spot over the Kyle Wood.

Once the race went green Wood took advantage of that top spot and took an early lead. Bailey stayed glued to the rear nerf bar, however, and the two checked out from the rest of the field. As the two clicked off laps we could see the race getting more and more physical. It went from stalking, to a couple of knock-knocks on the rear nerf bar, all the way to one hell of a bump and run, two to be exact. The first one was just a little sloppy and Bailey let Wood collect the car back up so they could go back at it.

Wood did a hell of a job leading the first seventeen circuits and looked to be a real contender for victory lane. However, that second shot Bailey gave him going into one working lap seventeen was just too much. Wood was moved up the racetrack allowing Bailey to take the lead and ultimately the victory. Michael Johnson was able to hold off Thomas Stinson, the two finished third and fourth respectively. Tyler Davis rounded out the top five.

Dan Rogers picked up where he left the Grand Stock division in 2018 – at the top of the leader board and points standings. Rogers was the only driver to break into the fifteen-second bracket during practifying running a 15.824 (75.827 MPH). With the invert rule Southside uses – up to six cars can be inverted for the start of the race, however, the pole sitter earns a bonus point – Rogers took the green flag from the fourth position. This handed the top spot and front row over to Brian Rogers, no relation, and Mike Lowe.

Lowe was able to hang onto the lead for the first seven circuits before surrendering the lead to Chris Sylvester, just as the first of two cautions came out. The second caution coming from Lowe stopping on the backstretch. The lead switched hands one final time on lap seventeen when Rogers was able to get around Sylvester who would ultimately finish second. Rookie of the Year contender Eddie Slagle recovered from an early spin to finish third. Wayne Groome and Jordan Bell rounded out the top five.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #17 Mason Bailey; 30
  2. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
  3. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  4. #9 Thomas Stinson; 30
  5. #00 Tyler Davis; 30
  6. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
  7. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  8. #43 Warren Lipford; 0

 

Grand Stock Official Results;

  1. #33 Dan Rogers; 30
  2. #5 Chris Sylvester; 30
  3. #58 Eddie Slagle; 30
  4. #08 Wayne Groome; 30
  5. #17 Jordan Bell; 30
  6. #88 Mike Lowe; 29
  7. #44 Brian Rogers; 22

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