Drivers find options to racing at Southside Speedway

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Southside Speedway announced Tuesday that they will run a limited racing schedule starting in June.  But local drivers who have spent entire summers racing at Southside have had to find different options this year.

Some have closed their garages, and put covers on their cars.  Those drivers almost two months to get their team and their ride going again for the June 17 reopening of the track.

There are other drivers that have driven to Langley or South Boston Speedways, and they're excited to save some gas money on their trailers for their weekend race.

But then their are drivers like Chesterfield native Greg Fernandez.  A Southside Speedway favorite, he's turned to a different option this summer.

Fernandez had planned on running a full schedule at Southside, and dabbling in running a few Late Model Stock car races.  Now he's put all of his attention on running the Late Model.  The difference between that car, and a Modified Stock Car like you'd see at Southside Speedway is about 150 horsepower, and tens of thousands of dollars.

His first test in his new car will be Thursday, in the charity race that used to be at Southside.  Fernandez will try to qualify for Denny Hamlin's Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway.  He's one of 55 drivers who will try to qualify for 36 spots for Thursday night's race.

Fernandez says he'll look into racing the limited schedule at Southside, but he's got something else on his plate now - that's racing a bigger, stronger, faster car.

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