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Chris Hopkins Pulls Double Duty and Doubles Down in both Modified’s and Late Models

Midlothian, VA – Chris Hopkins of Chesterfield Virginia also continued to have a standout season when he not only won the Late Model feature to close out the night but he was also the fast car in the nine-car modified field earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over the historic speedway. Hopkins’ 14.951-second (80.254 MPH) was the only one to hit under the fifteen-second, Michael Johnson, Kyle Wood, Lauren Edgerton, and Wayne McGee were the fastest five.

Hopkins wasted zero time getting the throttle down to the floor and jumping out to the front of the field setting a pace matched by no one. Hard racing for fifth place as Kyle Wood tried to make his way through the field. He would make some hefty contact with Wayne McGee out of turn two, which would bend his left rear quarter panel pretty bad. McGee was able to gather the car back up but would lose it once he got back to turns one and two bringing out the races first and only caution on lap five.

With no one else involved in the caution and no debris on the racing surface it was a quick caution period. Once back under green Hopkins retook the lead and got back to his leading ways. The restart sparked an amazing battle between long time modified series racer Lauren Edgerton and Kyle Wood. Kyle would ultimately get the position and Lauren would fall to fifth by the end of the feature.

Hopkins would again go on to lead every lap in the 30-lap feature doing some that we cannot recall being done in the modern era – leading every lap in route to victories in two different divisions. Michael Johnson, defending track champion Kyle Wood, Tyler Davis, and Lauren Edgerton rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #17 Chris Hopkins; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 30
  5. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
  6. #9 Thomas Stinson; 30
  7. #42 Rusty Wood; 22
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 5

Chris Hopkins Dominates Southside 75-lap Feature from the Pole; Dan Rogers Continues Grand Stock Domination

Chris Hopkins celebrates in victory lane after dominating the 75-lap feature at Southside Speedway on July 20, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – It was pure domination Friday night in one of the longest Late Model Stock Car races of the season at Southside Speedway. Hopkins jumped out to the early lead from the start of the race and never looked back. Never having to worry about a caution Hopkins went flag-to-flag for the win.

Southside Speedway and Late Model Stock veteran Bugs Hairfield won the pole and the bonus point that comes with it earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 14.936-seconds (80.335 MPH). Howie Disavino, Chris Dodson, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Hopkins were the fastest five qualifiers. However, per the Southside rulebook, up to six cars could be inverted for the start of the feature. Hairfield was given the honor to reach into the magical bag to pull the pill – he would pull a five.

Hopkins took full advantage of the invert, as anyone would, and speed off into turn one with the lead going virtually unchallenged through the entire feature setting a rather blistering pace. Behind him, however, the wick had certainly been turned up as Hairfield attempted to work his way through the rather stout top five in hopes to get back to the lead. His efforts, though at times were amazing to watch as he battled Eddie Johnson side-by-side for a handful of laps, were only good to get him as high as second before the car went away from him and he started falling back.

Howie Disavino had yet another stand out night at the place coined the toughest short track in the south. Disavino never fell outside of the top five finding himself racing some of the best in the business when it comes to Southside. Chris Dodson – winner of the first 75-lap feature on the season – finished fourth while Bugs Hairfield rounded out the top five finishers.

Another young driver who had a rather impressive night was the No. 22 of Grayson Cullather. After spending most of the 2018 season running in the CARS Response Energy Tour, Cullather found himself back at his home track this weekend on the heels of the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 being postponed. Cullather would start at the rear of the fourteen-car field and drove back up to sixth when the checkered flag flew.

The results for the Late Model race were still unofficial at the time we left the speedway. We were informed that results would be made official come Tuesday. The Weekly Racer will make sure to let everyone know when that happens.

Dan Rogers picked up win number six in the Grand Stocks in seven tries after starting shot fun on the field. Fans witnessed exciting racing throughout the rest of the field as everyone was not afraid to do a little rubbing and leaning on each other.

The UCAR feature, scheduled for 25-laps, was cut short after a medical emergency in the infield brought the field to the red flag with Trevor Stinson leading. Race control decided it was best to at least postpone the rest of the race to allow safety personnel plenty of time to do their work and transport the team member to a local hospital. We will also keep you updated as to what will happen to that race as they had not yet made it to halfway.

 

Late Model Stock Car UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #88 Chris Hopkins; 75
  2. #43 Eddie Johnson; 75
  3. #55 Howie Disavino; 75
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 75
  5. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 75
  6. #22B Grayson Cullather; 75
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 75
  8. #22 Justin Martz; 75
  9. #79 Lane Janosik; 75
  10. #25 Michael Sutphin; 75
  11. #24 Chris Johnson; 75
  12. #90 John Goin; 75
  13. #20 Sonny Allen; 74
  14. #18 Brad Davis; 74