CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Veteran racers of Southside Speedway thought they had to go the entire summer without a chance to fulfill their passion at their home track. They were elated in late April when they found out that the track would open for a shortened schedule. But then they realized, they had a short time to get ready for Opening Night.
They wound up having an extra week, as it was pushed back from its originally scheduled date on June 17th because of rainy weather. Friday the track hosted their first racing of the season, with six races on the schedule. Champ Karts started the night, and they were followed by the return of the Legends cars. The third cars to get on the track were the Grand Stocks, followed by the U-Cars. The feature race of the night was a 70 lap Late Model race, and the final race was Street Stocks.
Only 10 Late Models showed, and the drivers blamed it on too many of the racers not being able to get their cars ready in six weeks.
Over 2,500 fans showed up on a perfect weather night for racing. The next day of races from Southside is a week from Sunday, July 7th.