MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT)- Chris Dodson saw the red and white of Nick Smith's Late Model division car pass him by a nose and hang on for the win in the first of two races for the division Sunday night. However, no one was getting past Dodson in the second race. He flew through the field in the first seven laps and never looked back.
Dodson started the second race in fourth position due to an invert of the top five finishers in the first race. By lap 3, Dodson was in second place; by lap 8, he'd overtaken the No. 18 car of Brad Davis.
Cautions bunched the field up twice behind Dodson, but to no avail. Finishing in the top five in the race were Dodson, Jeff Oakley, Chris Johnson, Davis and Adam Resnick.
In the first Late Model division race, Smith marched his way through the field into second place by lap 27. Threatening Dodson for the lead, Smith finally got an edge on lap 34, taking the bottom line through turn 4. Top five in the race were Smith, Dodson, Johnson, Brad Davis, and Oakley.
Other top five finishes were as follows:
Modified division: Chris Johnson, Mike Rudy, Joe Scarbough, Chris Hoylman and Kyle Wood.
U-Car division: Daniel Thomas, Michael Hall, Rusty Bennett, Mike Chapman and Corey Lawrence.
Legends' division: Brad Hancock, Brendan Queen, Cameron Patrick, Kevin Yeatts and Rette Causey.
Champ Kart division: Buzz Moore, Jason Higginbotham, David Emory, Brad Davis and Cameron Wood.
Sunday's race marked the first Sunday racing at Southside Speedway since August of 1983. Approximately 2,000 fans braved the heat and attended the events. While attendance was down slightly from last Friday's opening nights, a good crowd was still on hand. Fans had the chance to meet their favorite drivers during a meet and greet that took place between qualifying and the race schedules as well.
The next racing events at Southside Speedway will be held on Friday, July 15.