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Southside Speedway Set for Second Race Night of the Year Friday April 21st

MIDLOTHIAN, VA – Southside Speedway continues their fifty-eight-year tradition of great local short track racing in Central Virginia on April 21, 2017. The track opened last Friday night with one of the largest Late Model car counts in the state. The family-owned track in Chesterfield, Virginia prides itself on being a family-friendly venue entertaining generations of fans.

There are six different divisions of racing to make up their second race of the season. Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCARS, Legends and Bandoleros all set to take the green flag. Chris Dodson will look to continue his dominance at the speedway and go for two wins in a row. However, he will have the likes of Mason Bailey, Grayson Cullather and Eddie Johnson to keep at bay. Kyle Wood and Dan Rogers both looking for repeat results after thrilling Modified and Grandstock finishes.

Front gates open at 6:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway around 7:30 p.m. We will be on site to provide LIVE, lap-by-lap, coverage on our Twitter feed and hopefully get the approval to stream a Facebook live video of a pre-selected race.

Garrett Manes Sweeps A Main and Top Dog Feature in Dominion Payroll Services 200

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With the Top Dog feature being set by a random pill draw, B-Main runner-up Branden Sanders would be tasked with leading the field to green. Once it was time to get going Sanders car had other ideas and did not get a good start. Manes, however, was ready for the green and jumped out to the lead.

Scott Prillaman, who has been strong in these cars since Arena Racing started, gave him a run for his money on the inside. Prillaman was able to lead a couple laps, beating Garrett to the line by just inches. Manes took a play out of basketball coaches playbook and used the slower back markers as a pick to take sole possession of the lead.

Matt Sanders, who had some issues before the start of the race, fell a lap down early to Manes while Prillaman and Testerman picked up their A-Main battle for a few short laps.

Savannah Nickens and Chase Burrow had a nice little battle for the fourth spot on the racing surface just after lap twenty. Burrow looked to take the position from her when his car snapped loose on corner exit forcing him to chase his machine up the track, losing about five or six car lengths. Burrow regroups and charges back to the rear bumper of Nickens and makes the pass for fourth on lap 25

It wasn’t easy sailing for Manes, however, having to work through some pretty heavy traffic towards the end of the race. A scary moment for the leader while working around some slower traffic, the car broke loose allowing Prillaman to close the gap he had created. With a great recovery, Manes was able to hang onto it and cross the line first to grab his second victory of the night.

We caught up with Garret after the race in victory lane. We asked Garrett about taking the lead in the A-Main when Prillaman and Testerman got into it.

“Honestly I can’t say that I knew they were going to wreck,” Manes told us. “I had a really good idea, though. I kind of just took it easy there in third and ran around there. I was in the right place at the right time.”

Prillaman didn’t make things easy for Manes throughout the night though and really ran him down in the Top Dog.

“Scott was just so much faster than me tonight it wasn’t funny,” Manes said. “He would chase me down from half a track to being right there in ten laps so I knew it was time to go. The top dog race though my guys made an adjustment and the car was wicked loose. I would pull two car lengths and then Scott would be right there again. I would come off the wall and kind of slam into him because I couldn’t hold it. We were just in the right place at the right time.”

Tonight’s sweep was Garrett’s second A-Main & Top Dog sweep of the season. Arena Racing will be back in action next weekend here at the Richmond Coliseum on February 4th then they will return to the Hampton Coliseum for the first time in years on February 18th.

Top Dog UNOFFICIAL:
1 #1 Garret Manes
2. #83 Scott Prillaman
3. #17 Camden Testerman
4. #00 Chase Burrow
5. #71 Savanah Nickens
6. #51 Mark Clements
7. #63 Matt Sanders
8. #48 Branden Sanders
9. #7 Nate Thomas Jr
10. #74 Jim Grady Jr
11. #24 Allen Booth – DNS
12. #70Johnny Shonk – DNS

 

A Main

Camden Testerman, your defending season champion, qualified on the pole earlier in the afternoon at the Richmond Coliseum, rolled off the A-Main on the outside of Scott Prillaman’s #83 due to the pill draw during the fan meet and great. When the green flag flew Testerman and Prillaman went to work racing door to door for the lead. Camden using the topside and the momentum to his advantage, holding off the Prillaman by almost a full car length. Took just seven laps for Testerman to grab sole possession of the race lead with Scott Prillaman hot in his tire tracks.

Just three laps later Prillaman makes contact with Testerman coming to lap ten which sends Testerman around and into the inside wall. Both would have to restart from the rear of the field per Arena Racing rules giving the lead to Manes on the ensuing restart. With little to no challenge on the restart, Manes immediately drove away from the field – Testerman and Prillaman were back up to third by lap 20.

Prillaman was able to get around Testerman with twenty-one laps on the board to take over the third position and immediately sets his sights on Savannah Nickens. Prillaman ultimately is able to get around Nickens to for the second position just seven laps later. It was easy sailing from there on for eventually race winner Garrett Manes as he lapped all but the top four drivers.

A Main Feature:
1 #1 Garret Manes
2 #83 Scott Prillaman
3. #71 Savannah Nickens
4. #17 Camden Testerman
5. #74 Jim Grady Jr
6. #51 Mark Clements
7. #07 Shane Zupo
8. #70 Johnny Shonk

 

B Main

img_0362The B-Main once again witnessed a two-car invert has pole winner Chase Burrow was forced to start outside of Chase Butler. Burrow, who actually qualified within the top five in time, had to start in the B-Main due to Arena Racing rules after moving up from the Youth division to Pro division earlier than normal. Outside or inside, it did not prove to be a problem for Burrow who immediately took the lead using that outside groove.

The yellow flag waived early in this one when the #15 of Blaine Schumann experienced some mechanical issue stalling out of turn two causing the leader and the rest of the field to stack up. At just about the same time the #7 of Nathan Thomas Jr. goes for a spin and lands in the inside retaining tough blocks. Schumann needed a tow off the racing surface – the #92 of Todd Meredith would also need assistance off the racing surface and would not continue.

The B-Main seemed to be the race of attrition as cars started dropping like flies. The best battle of the race was short lived between Buttler, Matt & Branden Sanders. The three would make contact in turn four sending Butler into the wall and both the Sanders into him – Chase Butler was the only one who could not continue.

On the ensuing restart, Nathan Thomas was the only car to take the cone. He was able to hang onto second till lap twenty-six when he got loose off four, he was able to hang onto it but it allowed Matt Sanders to catch his rear bumper. Thomas gets loose again in turn four coming to lap twenty-seven and goes around in front of Matt Sanders – officials moved Matt to the rear, guessing they thought he helped the 7 around – Thomas Jr pulls down pit road unable to continue.

With only three cars to finish out the final twenty laps of racing, Chase Burrow is able to go three for three with B-Main wins and punches his spot into the night’s Top Dog feature.

B-Main Results:
1. #00 Chase Burrow
2. #48 Branden Sanders
3. #63 Matt Sanders
4. #7 Nathan Thomas Jr.
5. #11 Chase Butler
6. #24 Allen Booth
7. #15 Blaine Schumann
8. #92 Todd Meredith

Cody Carlton Doubles Down to Win Care Advantage 200 – Camden Testerman Clinches Drivers Championship

Arena 4.22.16Richmond, VA – For the final time in 2016 the cars and the stars of Arena Racing USA piled into the Richmond Coliseum to crown a new champion. Attrition seemed to be the keyword of the night as drivers were fighting tooth and nail for all they had. Practice and qualifying took place earlier in the afternoon before gates opened for the fans. We picked up the nights action with the Top Dog qualifying races.

 

A-Main

Branden Sanders would find himself leading the field to the green flag for the A-Main with Connor Medeiros, who currently sits second in points, to his outside. Camden Testerman, who holds just a thirteen point lead entering tonight’s race, would roll of the grid way back in the seventh position.

Medeiros clears Sanders quickly after the drop of the green flag opening a 10 car advantage. Larry Murphy also around Samers early. Jordon Wood also makes quick work of Sanders to break into the top three with just ten laps in the books. Points leaders, Camden Testerman, and Carlton on a roll early picking off cars early. Testerman able to climb up to fourth position just fifteen laps into the fifty lap feature. Both Carlton and Garrett Manes – who started shotgun on the field – slowly picking cars off as the laps click off. Sanders, who took the green flag on the pole, had fallen all the way back to the end of the field after completing just twenty laps

First caution of the night surprisingly did not come till lap 24 after Medeiros, who at the time was leading the race, makes contact with the much slower car of Sanders trying to put him a lap down and ultimately spinning him out. Per the rules of Arena Racing, Medeiros would earn himself a one way ticket to the rear of the field – potentially ending his run for a championship

Murhpy stays low as officials display the cone – just like at the local short track level lead lap cars are able to chose which line they would like to restart in – while Jordan Wood elects to restart to his outside. As the two were battling for the lead out of turn four it appeared the Murphy put a little to much left side tires on the concrete which send the car up and over the right side and sliding down the front stretch on his lid, his night would be done.

The ensuing restart, coming just one lap before halfway, should have found Wood & Testerman on the front row but the #28 of Wood stalls coming out of turn two just prior to the cone. Officials looked in the rear section of the car but could not get him re-fired. This allowed Carlton to move up one spot and restart behind Testerman – Zupo and Medeiros only two to take the cone.

The high line not working to well for Zupo who falls back quickly. Leaving Testerman in control of this one with Carlton riding hot on his tails. Carlton starting to take a peak under Testerman as we work lap 30 and is able to make the pass coming out of turn four however the the field would be slowed yet again as Branden Sanders spins for a second time.

Restart coming up with just laps to go and Carlton not playing games, gets a great jump and clears Testerman off four who is left to fend off Maines. Top four, separated by just a car length a piece, able to extend their lead by a full straightaway until the caution is displayed yet again on lap 45 – DiSavino coming to a halt on the back stretch with what looked like a broken right front.

Carlton with another great jump to clear Testerman. Medeiros and Manes battling hard for the third spot. So hard in fact Manes makes pretty solid contact with the wall. Everyone able to keep things rolling and Cody Carlton will take home the A-Main trophy and lock himself into tonight’s Top Dog.

 

Results
P1. #94 Cody Carlton
P2. #17 Camden Testerman
P3. #11 Connor Medeiros
P4. #1 Garrett Manes
P5. #07 Shane Zuppo
P6. #18 Branden Sanders
P7. #55 Howie Sanders
P8. #28 Jordan Wood
P9 #04 Larry Murphy

 

B-Main

John & Savannah Nicken – the father daughter duo – lead the field to the green for their 50-lap feature. Either Savannah caught her old man sleeping or dad was slow to get to the gas to allow for Savannah to get to the bottom. She jumps out to an early lead over her father John Nickens who falls back to as far as fourth place.

First caution of the race comes early in this one on lap 11 from none other than who we were just talking about, John Nickens, who had an incredible save coming off turn four after the car gets crazy loose. However, he was not able to gather it back up and collides with Jim Grady in turn one and blocking the track.

Savannah electing to start on the bottom on the ensuing restart plays in her favor and jumps out to a 15 car lead. Leaves Matt Sanders, Davis, and Shonk to battle things out for the second and third postion. Some beating and banging – as is the norm here at Arena Racing – proves to be beneficial for Sanders who takes the second spot away and sets his eyes on S. Nickens.

Field pretty strung out as they reach half way with the expection of Alford and J. Nickens – who about wrecks himself again in turns one and two trying to snag the position away from Alford. Looking back up front Savannah, for the first time all race, had to navigate her way by the slower car of Ogden – this allowed for Sanders to catch up as well as Davis.

Whoa, scary moment for the leaders with just over 10 laps to go. Alford and J. Nickens make contact out of four and get way out of shape. The two are able to gather things up and we stay under green, but allows for Sanders and Brad Davis to catch up to the bumper of Savannah Nickens who, just a couple laps later would have a huge slip out of two, allowing Matte Sanders to attempt the pass on the outside. With the help of the slower machine of Ogden, Sanders successfully makes the pass for the lead in turn one.

Davis and Shonk restart on the front row, good battle for a couple laps till Shonk spins his self out coming out of turn two to put the field back under yellow. Alford will be your lucky dog and puts Savannag Nickens back into the second postion after going to the rear of the field along with Brad Davis – who mad contact with her bringing out the previous yellow flag after a dive bomb in turn three did not work.

Savannah Nickens, electing to take the cone and restart on the top side, which appeared to be the preferred line here tonight, took the lead from Matt Sanders. All of that however, would be for nothing as the caution flag waved yet again for a wreck here on the back stretch after Shonk made contact with her father and turning him around. This time Nickens chooses to start on the bottom, boy does she wish she could have that one back, as Sanders went top shelf getting the better restart and ultimately grabbing the win.

 

Results
P1. #54 Matt Sanders
P2. #71 Savannah Nickens
P3. #4 Brad Davis
P4. #911 John Alford
P5. #21 Johnny Shonk
P6. #17 John Nickens
P7. #88 Ian Ogden
P8. #74 Jim Grady
P9. #01 Chase Butler

 

Top Dog

The entire Top Dog starting grid set by random pill pulls. Shane Zupo came out on top of tonights draw, no seriously, he will lead the field to the green flag for the final 50-lap feature of the night. Followed by points leader Camden Testerman, Johnny Shonk, B-Main winner Matt Sanders, and John Alford to round out the starting five – have to note that Conner Medeiros will roll off the grid sixth.

Took only about three-quarters of a lap for things to get interesting in the nights final race. Pole sitter Shane Zupo goes for a spin into the inside blocks and comes to a rest in the infield with some left front damage, his night his done before we complete a single lap. This put the #911 machine of Alford on the point with the championship contenders starting to his outside.

Attrition was the name of the game for the Top Dog feature as five of the fourteen cars had dropped out and two cars have heavy front or rear end damage with just two laps of the fifty in the books. Points leader Camden Testerman ran into issues early as he was caught up in one of the wrecks causing him to lose his rear bumper cover. Connor Medeiros, also getting caught up in the action early would retire from the race with front suspension issues.

By the time we could actually run more than two consecutive laps the we found Garret Manes pacing the field over Carlton, Testerman, M. Sanders, and Alford. Top three drivers did a very good job of distancing themselves from the pack staying no more than a few car lengths from each other’s bumpers.

With the longest green flag run of the evening setting up some great racing in the top three. Manes scored your leader at halfway break with Carlton hot on his heels, however, the field would be slowed yet again with cars spinning all over the track. After officials got things cleaned up and cars lined back up we went back green flag racing where Carlton was a man possessed on the restart.

Carlton to the lead as we complete lap 34 just before the field would be slowed for yet another yellow flag from Branden Sanders, who was facing the wrong way out of four. Murphy and Alford appear to get a piece – Alfords night over.

On the ensuing restart both Carlton and Testerman catch Garrett Manes sleeping and jump out to a huge lead. Manes has to get up on the wheel and fight off Matt Sanders to stay in third. Luckily for Carlton the field was able to keep things together and we were able to finish this thing off under green with Carlton pulling off the sweep. Testerman, Manes, M. Sanders and Davis rounded out the top five.

“This is just a great way to end the season,” Carlton said in victory lane. “Specially after the season we had. I can’t thank my guys enough for the car and all the work and especially for all these fans that came out.” Testerman’s hard fought second place finish would be enough to wrap up the drivers championship for the 2015/16 season

 

Results
P1. #94 Cody Carlton
P2. #17 Camden Testerman
P3. #1 Garrett Manes
P4. #54 Matt Sanders
P5. #4 Brad Davis
P6. #18 Branden Sanders
P7. #21 Johnny Shonk
P8. #04 Larry Murphy
P9. #91 John Alford
P10. #11 Conner Medeiros
P11. #17 John Nickens
P12. #71 Savannah Nickens
P13. #55 Howie DiSavino
P14. #07 Shane Zuppo

 

Virginia Dirt Kart Association Looking to Kick Off 2016 Campaign at Capital City

 

Ashland, VA – “Grooming champions since 1984” – the slogan for the VDKA, a six race, Maxxis National qualifier series, for some of the best drivers in the Mid-Atlantic. Running two races at three tracks throughout the state of Virginia and even Elizabeth City, the VDKA brings great competition those drivers as young as five years, to the seasoned veterans hunting the big pay outs.

Mother Nature permitting, we look to kick off the 2016 campaign this weekend as Capital City host a double header. With forecast looking grim, race officials decided to bump the start times up for everything, hoping to get practice underway by 9:00 AM. That pesky R word had other plans. Drivers and crews are forced to take shelter in their trailers and under their tents hoping the weather clears up.

Seventeen classes are on the docket this afternoon for state points, along with eleven PRO classes. A total of 28 classes here today looking to make laps around the 1/4 mile, moderately banked, clay speedway. 20 laps the scheduled distance for all classes once we get underway. Now, with 28 classes and over 500 laps of racing and just two of us, we cannot possibly cover everything. Follow us throughout the day and into the evening on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer). We will do our best to keep everyone up to date through out both the points and PRO races.

Garrett Manes Back-to-Back Top Dog Wins in Movement Mortgage 200

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B-Main

Did not take long for things to get wild in the B-Main. Pole sitter Johnny Shonk crossed the line on the first lap on his lid! Coming out of four the car got on two wheels and on her lid she goes. Shonk able to return to the race, however, to the rear he goes which moves John Alford to the point.

Jim Grady, your outside pole sitter, with the better run on the top side on the start is able to take the lead early. Of course though, cautions breed cautions as just two laps the #71 of Savannah Nickens goes around in two. John Alford comes to a stop on the apron in turn one. Reports from the infield are saying the chain has come off the engine, ultimately causing him to retire early from the event.

After quite a few more cautions the racing really started to pick up when Jordan Wood, who started shotgun on the field, was now just a couple feet off the lead with a little under twenty laps to go. Wood eventually peaks his nose under J. Nickens coming to lap 32. The two go door to door for a lap with Wood coming out on top and leading lap 33 while slowly putting distance on the field.

Wood, with about a half straighaway lead puts Shonk a lap down with 10 laps to go and that was all she wrote for the B-Main as Jordon Wood crosses the finish line first to move on to the Top Dog. John Nickens would cross the line second followed by Brad Davis, Jim Grady and Matt Sanders would round out the top five and transfer to the top dog.

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Arena Racing USA – Military Appreciation 200

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Richmond, VA – Every so often during the off season while we are waiting for the asphalt racing to get back underway we like to try and get out and about to cover more local racing. Tonight, we find ourselves planted in the Richmond Coliseum for some good ole Arena Racing. For those who may not know what Arena Racing is, first I invite you over to their website www.arenaracingusa.com. Arena Racing is an indoor racing event with mini cup sized cars racing on a high back aluminum track with speeds around 50 M.P.H. Drivers from all over the region fighting for a $5,000 points pay out at the end of the year.

The races are set up very similar to a dirt track. Qualifying is held earlier in the afternoon as well as practice. Two or more heat races are set by lap times. Drivers then race 50 laps to set the field the feature event – a.k.a The Top Dog race. Top six finishers from each main earn a spot in the top dog race. Importance of getting in the Top Dog? Simple – POINTS.

A – Main

Of course packed with fast cars as well as those up their battling for points. Points leaders Camden Testerman showed his strength early on in the event holding the lead till just past the halfway mark. Cody Carlton – who was so dominate last year – started shotgun on the field but was able to climb up to the second position. Things got interesting from there on. As Testerman was working his way around lap traffic out of two, the rear of the car stepped out on him, causing Carlton to make contact and out of no where, Connor Medeiros running third plows into the both of them.

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Southside Speedway Kicks Off August Double Header With A Bang

IMG_8704Midlothian, VA – No seriously, talk about some “beatin-n-bangin” to kick off night one of our two-night short track double header! Southside Speedway, a 1/3-mile short rack that is all but flat was the point of interest. A track I personally have never been to so it was nice to check it off our list was also interesting to see how a non-NASCAR track operated. Because of pesky interstate traffic we were not able to make it out to practice or their euro style qualifying but we were just in time for pre-race festivities and the drop of the green flag!

A very impressive field of LMSC rolled into the Richmond area this weekend as Mother Nature cooperated with us to help put on a show for the fans, and well a show is what they got! Chris Dodson – the point’s leader – put is #0 car on the pole earlier in what they call “practicfying” which is nothing more than group or euro qualifying. This is something that is done quite often at tracks that are on a time crunch. Dodson set the pole with a time of 14.830 sec (80.836 MPH), Steve Zuskin, Alex Brock, Eddie Johnson, and Dusty Ellington completed the Starting Five. Dodson would eventually pull a #5 chip, inverting the top five.

Did take long for things to get a little crazy in the LMSC 30-lap feature, right off the bat it was like Ellington either missed a shift or spun the tires, either way it opened the door wide open for Eddie Johnson to grab the top spot, and honestly run away with it like he just stole the bullies lunch money! Zuskin also able to capitalize on the start and jumping all the way back to the number two spot. Ellington on the other hand forced back to the fourth or fifth position.

Things seemed to be pretty calm, cool, and collected for the first half of the race. Other than Dodson testing the waters and diving his machine into one trying to make a pass, wasn’t able to do so and had to chase the machine up what little banking there is.

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