Bobby McCarty, Philip Morris Split South Boston Speedway Twinbill
SOUTH BOSTON, VA – South Boston Speedway celebrated its 60th Anniversary with Saturday night’s Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60’s racing program, complete with birthday cake, balloons for the kids and a colorful fireworks display to end the evening.
While the evening was a celebration of South Boston Speedway’s history, Bobby McCarty and Philip Morris were at the center of the celebration at the conclusion of the night’s pair of 60-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races.
McCarty, of Summerfield, North Carolina, won the first of the night’s twin 60-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races, fending off a torrid challenge from Morris to score his fourth win of the season.
In what was one of the most exciting Late Model Stock Car Division races of the season, McCarty edged Morris by .206-second to earn the win. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standout Timothy Peters of Danville, Virginia finished third with track points leader Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Josh Oakley of Rougemont, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.
With the top 10 finishers of the first race inverted for the start of the nightcap, Morris and McCarty started ninth and tenth respectively. Morris quickly sliced his way through the field to take the lead from Blake Stallings of Danville, Virginia on the 15th lap. Once in front, Morris never relinquished the lead.
A caution flag with four laps to go set up a four-lap dash to the finish and a battle between Morris and Sellers for the win. Morris cleared Sellers with two laps to go and crossed the finish line .908-second ahead of Sellers to secure his sixth win of the season at South Boston Speedway and his 63rd career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division win at the .4-mile oval.
Oakley finished third, Brandon Pierce of Oak Ridge, North Carolina and Peters rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.
Garrett Tops Field In Limited Sportsman Race
Colin Garrett of South Boston, Virginia picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday night, taking the top prize in the 40-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race. The race had been scheduled for 60 laps but was cut to 40 laps after early wrecks left only four cars running after the first 15 laps.
Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia appeared to have the race all but wrapped up until a caution flag was thrown after 25 laps. Garrett took the lead from Jones on the restart and led the final 15 laps to earn his fourth win of the season. His margin of victory over Jones was .547-second.
David Latour, Jr. of Clemmons, North Carolina finished third with Kirstin Simmons of South Hill, Virginia and Barry Beggarly, Jr. of Providence, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.
Autry Wins Pure Stock Division Race
Greg Autry of Alton, Virginia took the lead from Stuart Crews of Long Island, Virginia with two laps to go and sped to a 1.232-second win over Johnny Layne of Nathalie, Virginia in Saturday night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race and picked up his fourth win of the season.
Crews finished third with Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia and Matt Epps of Halifax, Virginia completing the top five finishers.
Rice, Tatum Top Field in Southern Ground Pounders Race
The competitors in the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders racing series brought South Boston Speedway fans a vision of yesteryear racing their Modified and Late Model Sportsman cars in a 25-lap race Saturday night.
When the checkered flag flew Jimmy Rice of Gibsonville, North Carolina picked up the overall win and the win in the Late Model Sportsman Division, with Mack Tatum of Midlothian, Virginia winning the Modified Division.
NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
It will be championship night when NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, Sept. 16 with the GCR Presents Spaulding Equipment PASS 150.
The action starts at 7 p.m. with the five-race program being headlined by a 150-lap race for the PASS (Pro All Star Series) South Super Late Models.
All four of South Boston Speedway’s division championships will be on the line in what will be the final night of points races for the 2017 season. The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will be featured in a 100-lap race. 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 will round out the night’s five-race card.
Qualifying will start at 5 p.m. and the first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the rained out Aug. 12 PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program will be honored at this event.
For additional information about the GCR Presents Spaulding Equipment Company PASS 150 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.