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Stinson Runs Away with a Win; Bailey Holds on to Championship

Photo: Shawn Dulin/

Photo: Shawn Dulin/

Midloathian, VA – Thomas Stinson qualified fifth during practifying but after the invert and Mason Bailey heading to the rear for two consecutive wins he sat on the pole. Sitting beside him on the outside was Tyler Davis in the 00.

Stinson quickly pulled out on the field with Davis falling in line to keep in second. Behind them Chris Hoylman and Kyle Wood ran side by side for three consecutive laps. Hoylman completed the pass leaving Wood to fend off a fast Bailey who quickly got up to fifth after starting in last place.

By the eighth lap Bailey was using his bumper a little on Wood as the entire field was single file. Ten laps later the great battle was still continuing on with Mason bumping Kyle hard enough to get himself loose as he had to back off quickly.

With seven laps left Stinson had a big lead on the field as second trough fourth all battled bumper to bumper. A couple laps later and Mike Bedner became the first car to go a lap down in the race. Coming to the checkered Wood would get around and wreck letting Bailey through for a third place finish and an easy win for Thomas Stinson.

In victory lane Stinson commented after his fifth win for the year that this may have been his last race, especially with a win and being able to go out on a good note. In the final points he only finished five behind Bailey, close to getting him another Southside title.

Mason Bailey won three races, including two of the last three, and had capitalized on the pole sitter point that Southside Speedway gives out with 11 fastest laps on raceday. “It feels great, it was a lot of fun along the way. There’s not a whole lot of cars out here but those who are out here are really tough to beat.” Bailey commented after the races. He went on to thank his sponsors, Crew Chief Chris Matthews, Spotter Wayne Vaughan, and the entire team “They did a hell of a job putting this car together every week. We look and perform like a million bucks but we are 100% sponsor funded, no big family money, no big financial backer behind us, it makes this all the more special. Thanks to RPM Engineering, Hernandez Constructors, Finer Homes, Drive Technology, CR Phillips Electrical Contractors, and Imperial Auto Service for coming on board.”


1. Thomas Stinson
2. Tyler Davis
3. Mason Bailey
4. Chris Hoylman
5. Lauren Edgerton
6. Kyle Wood
7. Mike Bedner

Eddie Johnson Wins Finale but Chris Dodson Takes the Title

DSC_1002Midloathion, VA — Nineteen late models rolled in to the Toughest Short Track in the South for the season finale on a hot Friday evening outside the state’s capital. Steve Zuskin came into the night sitting second place behind Chris Dodson by four points.

Dodson set fast time in practifying with a 15.185 second lap time with  the always fast Eddie Johnson tying him on the last lap of the session. The pole, and the single point for winning it, was given to Dodson based off of series points. Steve Zuskin qualified ninth after having to do some repairs to his car from earlier in the day. They pulled a three car invert putting Bugs Hairfield out in front of the field.

Early on there would be a wreck involving a few cars and Zuskin would narrowly miss it and would improve his position up to sixth. On the restart Bugs would have to fend Eddie off of the top line where he has been able to run well this season. By the ninth lap Johnson would get in line and start applying pressure to Bugs’ bumped. Eddie gets by him and Bugs falls to third while the caution comes out on lap 17 for Woodie Ellington spinning in turn 1.

Barely a lap after the restart Andrew Dean got turned around in turn 3 smashing in some fenders of other drivers. Bugs took advantage of this caution to try and get a grip on his ill-handling car. The top-5 at this point was Eddie, Dodson, Brad Davis, Zuskin, and Rookie of the Year Grayson Cullather. Another lap of racing and another caution flag would fly, this time for RotY runner up Daniel Thomas getting spun out.

Eddie Johnson had the restarts locked down all night, easily clearing Dodson by turn one. Thomas and Zuskin pulled in to end their nights on a lap 21 caution after a couple green flag laps, giving Dodson the series championship.

On lap 27 Dodson started to put some pressure on the rear of Eddie and even while racing hard for the lead they were still clearing the field pretty well. Caution flies again on lap 31 for Rusty Wood spinning out of turn 4. With five laps remaining Raymond Pittman and Cullather get together putting Greg Fernandez and Andrew Dean into the top-5.

Eddie kept on top of the restarts and would cruise to the checkered flag to cap off a very successful partial season that he ran in the 43 car. Fernandez gave all he had to Davis but could not get around him for third place.

Chris Dodson won his 8th track championship with 6 wins on the season and Steve Zuskin wrapped up second on the season while Greg Fernandez finished in third in his final season of racing.

This season the late model division grew large at Southside Speedway with lots of new drivers and a couple of the old drivers coming back out. Next season should be pretty competitive as some of the young guns come back with a year of experience under their belts.


1. Eddie Johnson
2. Chris Dodson
3. Brad Davis
4. Greg Fernandez
5. Andrew Dean
6. Mike Payne
7. Michael Suthpin
8. Cole Walker
9. Rusty Wood
10. Raymond Pittman III
11. Grayson Cullather
12. Woddy Ellington
13. Doug Mundy
14. Matt Ashworth
15. Bugs Hairfield
16. Steve Zuskin
17. Sonny Allen
18. Howie Disavino
19. Daniel Thomas

Lauren Edgerton Edges Out Kyle Wood in First Career Modified Victory at Southside Speedway

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📸 Justin Kern/

Midlothian, VA – You can win by the invert and you can tear some stuff up by the invert. This past weekend the invert worked wonders for Lauren Edgerton at Southside Speedway this past weekend. After qualifying fifth on the seven-car field, Edgerton inherited the pole position after Mason Bailey set the fast time earlier in the afternoon but drew the number five pill.

Took two attempts to get the race underway after Thomas Stinson went for a loop down in turns three and four before the field could complete a lap. It would negate the awesome jump that Edgerton got on the rest of the field. Track officials would get everyone slowed down and back in their original starting position for the complete restart. With the slow roll out of four Tyler Davis got a much better start and was able to hang with Edgerton for about three-quarters of a lap.

Credit lap one to Edgerton as Davis started to feel the pressure from Kyle Wood who almost makes it quick work. Stinson took just two laps to get around the double zero making the topside work yet again to his advantage. Now back in the fourth position Davis was left to deal with the top qualifier Mason Bailey, who make it around him as well.

As the laps counted down you could visibly see Edgerton’s car getting tighter on corner exit and it was allowing Wood to close the gap quick. With ten laps on the board the top three were all but bumper-to-bumper, Edgerton doing a great job to hold off a very hard charging Kyle Wood and Thomas Stinson. Mason Bailey, working to give it everything he had to reel in the top three, was now running out of laps and needed either all three to mess up or a caution.

With just six cars on track Bailey didn’t get his yellow, however, he did get his wish when the top two cars got loose coming out of the corner and had to gather the cars back up. Edgerton was the first to step out of line, which of course allowed Wood to catch up. Just as he was looking to capitalize he too slipped out coming out of four. Just what Stinson and Bailey wanted to see right? Well, yes that’s right but neither of them able to capitalize like they wanted to. Kyle Wood did a great making his car wide enough that Stinson could not get around and well Mason Bailey had a slip of his own coming out of two.

With Stinson working as hard as he possibly could on the bumper of Wood, it allowed Edgerton to put some distance between to the two and collect her very first win at Southside Speedway in the Modified division – starting from the pole position none the less. Kyle Wood was able to hold off Stinson and shooting down any chances to make it back-to-back trips to victory lane as well as extend his points lead over Mason Bailey who finished fourth.

“That car has always been tight,” Edgerton said after the race when asked about the car. “I got a new setup to put in it for this season that at least made it drivable. I still can’t get that last bit of tightness out though.” Lauren may have had a little help with the way the car felt though as the track as an interesting tire rule for these large motor Modifieds. The car gets four new tires at the start of the season and then move to a two tire type rule, difference with this two tire rule, you only get them every other race!

Working in the ladder portion of July we start to get into some of the hottest days and nights of the year. With these big motors and small tires we asked if the heat had anything to do with the way the car handled. She actually thought the heat would have helped the car rotate a little more.

“I think the car would have been tight regardless,” said Edgerton. “If anything it would have helped it probably would have had a better right front tire. I had changed a lot after the last race, so I really wanted to see how it would race before I changed anything else.”

Took six years for the Chesterfield native to get that all important win and she told us just how great it felt and what it took to get there.

“It was pretty awesome,” Edgerton proclaimed. “My sixth season at Southside and fourth in the new car so it was time! I had a really good spotter, which always helps. I just didn’t really worry about it, focused on driving, and listened to my spotter.”

Just one car did not make out of the room of doom cleared. The #00 of Tyler Davis who had crossed the line fifth was disqualified after his carburetor failed post race technical inspection. Edgerton’s win will help her climb up the points standing where she entered the weekend fifth – sixteen behind Stinson in fourth and nineteen behind leader Kyle Wood. The Modifieds will return to Southside Speedway with all of the other divisions in two weeks on August 5th.


Modified Results

P1. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
P2. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
P3. #4 Thomas Stinson; 30
P4. #05 Mason Bailey; 30
P5. #99 Mike Bedner; 30
P6. #97 Robert Eroh; 5
P7. #00 Tyler Davis; 30 (DQ)

Tommy Jackson, Jr Dominates at Soutside Speedway – Silvestri Holds off Godby for the Win

IMG_4882Midlothian, VA – Chris Hildebrand, the 2015 Langley Speedway track champion, made his first appearance of 2016 as well as his first attempt at Southside Speedway. Learning the track lap after lap the Newport News native set the second fastest time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon. However inherits the pole position after Tommy Jackson, Jr, your fast qualifier, inverts the top two spots.

Jackson, Jr making the top of the track work would end up leading lap one. Hildy settled right in line in second with Timmy Phipps behind him. Jackson, as if he had a statement to make, opened up a huge lead over the six cars behind him. Leaving Hildy in the dust so to speak to deal with Phipps. I must say for his first time on the track and learning things on the fly, Hildebrand did a fine job running second

Phipps started to turn up the wick on second place as we approached the halfway mark. Looked to make an attempt to get around in turn three as the field worked lap twelve but just could not make it happen and instantly fell back four to five cars. Phipps took a couple laps to cool the tires off and made another run to the rear nerf bard of Hildebrand, this time making the pass.

Was just a little to late for the driver of the orange and white number five as Jackson, Jr had already started to catch the rear of the field with less than five laps to go in the race. In dominating fashion Tommy Jackson, Jr found himself back in victory lane yet again at Southside Speedway.

Carter Weedon, who had been running near fifth or sixth all race, made things interesting as they were coming to stripe. He was able to get by the thirteen of Jimmy James but appeared to make contact after the stripe going into one that sent himself into the wall and the thirteen spinning. Barchanowicz would be checked out by safety crews but found to be okay


INEX Legends Results:
P1. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr
P2. #5 Timmy Phipps
P3. #71 Chris Hildebrand
P4. #22 Carter Weedon
P5. #13 James Barchanowicz
P6. #79 David Turner
P7. #00 DJ Elzey




Cole Bruce won the pole with a 17.189 but will start fourth after the invert. Daniel Silvestri, Conner Jones, Michael Godby and Jacob Putman round out the top five starters.

Field gets single file pretty quick and Silvestri opens about a car to car and a half lead over the field. Putman gets around Connor Jones for the third spot but has a long way to go to catch the leaders.

Battle for the lead heats up right at the half way. Conner Jones made a huge push back to the rear bumper of Putman but gets loose coming out of four. His car steps out on him and he has to gather it up. Takes about four to five laps but Jones able to catch Putman and get around.

Silvestri, with minimum pressure from Michael Godby, grabs another victory at Southside Speedway.


Bando Results:
P1. #27 Daniel Silvestri
P2. #17 Michael Godby
P3. #14 Conner Jones
P4. #3 Jacob Putman
P5. #58 Eddie Slagle
P6. #33 Franklin Caracole
P7. #43 Leonard Harrison, IV
P8. #48 Wesley Newell
P9. #31 Cole Bruce (Mechanical)

Chris Dodson Back to Victory Lane After Leading Wire to Wire at Southside Speedway

Dodson WinMidlothian, VA – Heading up towards the capital city of Virginia for some Friday Night action under the lights. Southside Speedway hosted six divisions of racing as they near the end of their 2016 campaign. Eddie Johnson was the fastest car in qualifying as the sun set over turn four. However, its not always the fastest car that wins the race at the end of the night. This is especially true in the heat of the summer and at a track that inverts up to the top six.

Johnson would earn the bonus point for setting the quickest time but would pull a number three pill out of the bag putting seven-time track champion Chris Dodson on the pole. Mason Bailey, making just his second start in a Late Model, just about snagged the pole position but would have to settle for the outside pole – even after the invert. Steve Zuskin and Bugs Hairfield would round out the starting five. Zuskin would be forced to start shotgun on the field after failing post qualifying technical inspection.

Dodson wasted no time when the green flag was displayed, using the invert to his advantage; he opened up a pretty commanding lead early. Eddie Johnson was also able to get around Bailey early to take over the second position leaving Mason Bailey, who had already run a 30-lap feature in the Modified division, to deal with veteran driver Bugs Hairfield. Bailey did a great job holding off the #04 of Hairfield for quite some time.

The races first and only caution came just past lap twenty-nine when the car of David Stevens goes around in turn two. Did not see if Stevens had any help going around as we watched other battles on the speedway. Certainly not what Dodson wanted to see but it was the break that Eddie Johnson needed.

In one of the more bizarre restarts I have seen since tracks adopted the cone rule, the two veteran drivers lead the field of sixteen to the green with just eleven laps of racing to go. Dodson elected to restart on the bottom with Johnson going topside. Throw in a row of lapped cars – we learned after the evening it is the tracks rule that they do not put lapped cars to the rear until it is less than ten to go – then it was the combo of Mason Bailey and Bugs Hairfield.

Once back under green flag conditions Dodson jumped back out front with Johnson trying to stay hot in his tracks. Bailey, who had done such a great job running in the top five had huge problems shortly after the restart as something sounded to go incrediably south in the motor. He would be forced to pull of the racing surface and end his night early. This allowed Hairfiled to take the third spot once again.

One thing the yellow did was set up one hell of a three-way battle for the fourth spot. Daniel Thomas, who the previous week had the entire side of his car ripped off, was back in full form trying to hold off Greg Fernandez and Steve Zuskin for a top five finishing position. Fernandez would eventually get under and around the 99 of Thomas to grab the fourth position. Zuskin, as we mentioned above, was able to drive back from starting shotgun on the field to a sixth place finish.

Dodson in victory lane couldn’t have been more pleased with his car, his crew and the new Billy Banks power plant under the hood. Dodson also made mention that the car was just a little more of a handful than usual with all the power under the hood. He also thanked Eddie Johnson for running him clean there at the end saying he wouldn’t have wanted to have anyone elese there at the end of the race than Eddie because he knew he would race him hard but clean. With Dodson’s win and Zuskin finishing outside the top, Dodson would leave the night with sole possession of the points lead.


Late Model Results:

P1. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
P2. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
P3. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 40
P4. #02 Greg Fernandez; 40
P5. #99 Daniel Thomas; 40
P6. #71 Steve Zuskin; 40
P7. #50 Raymond Pittman III; 40
P8. #42 Mike Payne; 39
P9. #22 Grayson Cullather; 39
P10. #4 Chris Sylvester; 39
P11. #55 Howie DiSavino; 39
P12. #1 Doug Mundy; 39
P13. #21 David Stevens; 38
P14. #20 Mason Bailey; #31
P15. #18 Brad Davis; 20
P16. #11 Woody Ellington; 13
P14. #67 Cole Walker




Lane Janosik, who has been so dominate this year in the Grandstock division over came the invert again Friday night to land him self in victory lane. This time the fastest car in the day did win the race. Janosik was the fastest car in qualifying earlier in the after noon but pulled the five pill – inverting the top five cars on the start.

The best action, other than Janosik working his way to the front, actually came from the battle for the seventh position. Todd Ruggles, third in points, and Ethan Ayers, seventh in points and leading the Rookie of the Year race, spent a good portion of the feature battling door to door. If they were not side-by-side they were exchanging a little bit of paint with the bumpers or crossing each other up. Ayers would ultimately gain the advantage and the spot from Ruggles.

It took most of the 30-lap feature for Janosik to get up to the front. The battle for the lead was on with 10 laps to go. It looked like Dan Rogers was going to be able to hold Janosik off by making his car really wide. It was a small slip off turn four that did it in for him. Janosik was able to get by and steal the win. Janosik was able to extend his already dominate point lead over James Neely as the season comes to a close.


Grandstock Results:

P1. #79 Lane Janosik; 30
P2. #33 Dan Rogers; 30
P3. #77 James Neely; 30
P4. #4 David Blankenship; 30
P5. #25 Michael Sutphin; 30
P6. #69 Ethan Ayers; 30
P7. #40 Todd Ruggles; 30
P8. #88 Mike Lowe; 30
P9. #84 David Fontaine; 27
P10. #61Ervin Dickerson; 23
P11. Landon Abbott; 2

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