Thaxton Damages Bowling National Title Hopes with Late Model Win
South Boston, VA – Austin Thaxton, of South Boston, Virginia, recovered from a spin early in the race and came through the field to win the 100-lap “Italian Delight Family Restaurant Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model 100” at South Boston Speedway on Saturday.
Matt Bowling, of Ridgeway, Virginia, has held the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points race all year but held only a single point lead entering Saturday’s race.
Bowling, who has eight wins and holds a 63-point lead over Peyton Sellers in the points battle at South Boston Speedway, started mid-pack but took the lead from Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Virginia, on lap 27 and held a comfortable lead until shortly after the race’s second and final caution on lap 53.
Thaxton had moved to third by lap 80 and passed Danville, Virginia’s Peyton Sellers on lap 83, before tracking down Bowling on lap 93 and holding on to win the race by 1.276 seconds, his fourth win of the year.
Sellers finished second, followed by Josh Oakley, of Rougemont, North Carolina, Bowling and Mark Wertz, of Chesapeake, Virginia.
Thaxton captured his second pole of the season with a time of 16.048 seconds (89.731 MPH).
Throckmorton reaches 10-win plateau in Limited Sportsman Division
Joey Throckmorton closed in on the Limited Sportsman Division title with his 10th win of the season on Saturday, passing Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia, on lap 28 and pulling away from the field to win over Mike Jones, of South Boston, Virginia by 2.751 seconds.
Moss finished in third place, with Colin Garrett of South Boston, Virginia, and Bob Davis, of Thaxton, Virginia, rounding out the top-five finishers in a race that had one caution.
Barry Beggarly, Jr., of Providence, North Carolina, captured his first pole of the season with a time of 16,371 seconds (87.960 MPH).
Allred takes home first Pure Stock win of season
Joe Allred III, of Scottsburg, Virginia, grabbed his first win of the season in the 30-lap Pure Stock Division race, starting back in the field and working his way up before passing Randy Hupp, of Halifax, Virginia, on lap 27.
Hupp finished second, with Bruce Mayo, of Halifax, Virginia, and points leader Johnny Layne, of Nathalie, Virginia, rounding out the top-four finishers in a race that had one caution.
Layne, who has seven wins on the year and elected to start at the rear of the field for passing points, won his seventh pole of the year with a time of 18.739 seconds (76.845 MPH).
Mills takes win in Hornets Division race
The points battle in the Hornets Division became even tighter Saturday with Kenny Mills Jr. of Alton, Virginia, winning his third race of the year.
Mills, 16 points behind Todd Garnett at the beginning of the race, took the lead on lap eight of the 15-lap race and held on to win over Frank Wagner of Nathalie, Virginia, with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia, and Jared Dawson, of Nathalie, Virginia, rounding out the top-four finishers in a race that had three cautions, with Garnett not finishing the race after an on-track incident.
Rice, Agee division winners for Southern Ground Pounders
Jimmy Rice, of Gibsonville, North Carolina, driving a 1963 Ford Falcon, and Corey Agee, of Martinsville, Virginia, driving a 1938 Plymouth Coupe, were the Sportsman and Modified division winners in the 25-lap race for the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club race.
Sparky Staton, of Charlottesville, Virginia, driving a 1955 Chevrolet, finished in third place, and Jay Royal, of South Port, North Carolina, rounded out the top-four finishers in a caution-free race.
NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
It will be Championship Night when NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday night, Sept. 3 with the 7 p.m. running of the GCR Presents Spaulding Equipment Co. NASCAR Late Model Twin 75’s racing program.
There will be plenty of excitement as South Boston Speedway officials crown the track champion in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division and the Limited Sportsman Division.
Five races are on tap with twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors headlining the action. A 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division round out the night’s action.
Registration and pit gate opens at 2:30 p.m. and practice will start at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 6 p.m. and the first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Adult General Admission tickets are $10 each, with youth ages 7-12 admitted for $5 and kids ages six and under being admitted free with a paid adult.
For additional information about the GCR Presents Spaulding Equipment Co. NASCAR Late Model Twin 75’s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.