PEVELY, Mo. - Oct. 13, 2012 - Jason Sides crawled from his sprint car with an exhausted - and thrilled - look on his face.
Reeling from the passing of a close friend earlier this week, Sides carried a heavy heart into Saturday's World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series doubleheader at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - the culmination of a pair of rainouts earlier this season.
And after a total 95 green-flag feature laps on the high-banked track on a humid and windy Midwest day, Sides captured the Spring Classic after recording a third-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Summit Distributing/Coors Light in the afternoon.
"I had Mark Hardee riding with me," Sides said. "It wasn't his time to go, but the cancer got him and we hate that. He'll be with us a lot in our hearts and everything, so hopefully we'll get us a couple more wins with him riding with us."
It was Sides' first World of Outlaws feature win since July 2 of last season and extended his streak of at least one Outlaws victory in the each of the past four years.
"I think it was our given night to win and I'm glad we did," he said. "We had a win the last few years and (I was) just trying to get us a win. I didn't want to go winless, but it was coming down to the last couple of races."
From Shawn Miller