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South Boston Speedway Offering Free Admission To Season Opener For Anyone With Martinsville Speedway Ticket

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – South Boston Speedway wants you to double your fun if you plan on going to one of Martinsville Speedway’s two big race days next weekend.

The speedway announced Wednesday free admission to the Danville Toyota Twin 100s on March 24 for anyone presenting a ticket or ticket stub from either the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

The Danville Toyota Twin 100s are slated to take the green flag at 7 p.m. on March 24. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville is an afternoon race on March 24 while the STP 500 is on March 25.

“We think this is a great way to introduce some folks to racing at South Boston Speedway that has never been here before and at the same time offer a real bargain to any of our longtime fans who may be going to either of the Martinsville races,” said Cathy Rice, South Boston Speedway’s general manager.

South Boston Speedway’s season-opening Danville Toyota Twin 100s on March 24 will feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Tickets are $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Fan gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7 p.m.

Event Preview – RGS Products 125 at Caraway Speedway

Modified’s on the front stretch at Caraway Speedway. (Photo: NASCAR Hometracks)

The RGS Products 125 this Sunday at Caraway Speedway will officially kick off the 2018 season for the Southern Modified Racing Series, 602 Tour Super Limiteds and 602 Modifieds.  The race will also feature a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model feature as well as the local Caraway Speedway Limited Late Models for what will be one of the biggest tickets of the 2018 season at any track.


Clifton Ready to Tour

Michael Clifton’s name isn’t new to Southern Modified racing fans but his name will roll off the tongue of Southern Modified Racing Series fans for the first time as part of the tour in 2018.  Clifton has been racing Modifieds since 1990 at Bowman Gray Stadium with appearances on the now-defunct NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour and SMART (SMRT) Modified tours over the years but this season he’ll embark on his first foray into the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Clifton isn’t coming in looking to log laps either, he’s looking to win races and be competitive with the best that the Southern Modified Racing Series has to offer.  Clifton has 21 wins in Modifieds at Bowman Gray Stadium and he has a lone win at Caraway Speedway on the SMART Modified tour in 2004. Entering his 31st year of Modified racing, Clifton isn’t looking to fill any fields.

“We’re going to give it a shot this year,” Clifton stated.  “I’ve always ran good in the past and we’ve got as good of equipment as anyone. We’ll be in contention but we might get off to a slower start than we want but we’ll be in contention.”

One reason Clifton is running the Southern Modified Racing Series this season is the opportunity to be freed up on the weekends more than when he was full time at Bowman Gray.

“Honestly, we didn’t want to tie up our whole summer at the stadium.  Running the tour frees up our summer. We don’t have to race every week.  If we want to go out on a boat or go camping or whatever, we can do that and not have to worry about missing a race.  They have a good schedule and it’s spread out and gives us our summer back.”

Clifton is also excited about the tire change the tour will have this year moving to a harder compound tire to help save teams money and give them something they race more on.

“We ran these tires at Martinsville in 2005 I believe,” commented Clifton.  “They’re a real good tire.  My only concern will be the softer compound on the left rear and burning it off but I think we’ll be ok.”


Double Duty

Kodie Conner will be a busy young man this coming weekend as he attempts to do double duty.  Conner will compete in the Kodie Conner Racing #45 Super Late Model in the PASS South race and will also run the #78 for Hillbilly Racing in the Southern Modified Racing Series feature.  Conner is no stranger to either car as he competes regularly in the Super Late Model and has a few starts in the Modified.


Super Late Model Debut

Fletcher Whaley, who competes part-time in the 602 Tour Super Limiteds and at Bowman Gray Stadium, will make his Super Late Model debut in the PASS South feature.  Whaley will be driving a car for Rudy Roberts.  The car will be setup by Jay Hedgecock and they hope to have a strong performance right out of the gate this weekend.


602 Modifieds Take Flight

After a couple of exhibition races last year for the 602 Modifieds the series is ready to take flight this season.  The brainchild of former 602 Tour owner David Sell, the 602 Tour Modifieds is expected to grow significantly over the years as an introductory series for those wanting to compete in Modifieds but they’re not quite ready for a full-blown tour car.  Brian Loftin, Cody Norman, Dean Lowder and Brad Robbins are among the drivers expected to compete this weekend.


Pole Money

Precision Built Spindles and New Day Motorsports have posted $900 in Pole Award money for this weekends festivities at Caraway Speedway.  $500 of that money goes to the pole winner in the Southern Modified Racing Series with $300 to the fastest Super Late Model in PASS South qualifying.  $50 each will go to the 602 Tour’s fastest qualifiers in both the Super Limiteds and the Modifieds.


Like a Rock

Veteran Late Model Stock Car driver Rock Harris won the championship last year in the 602 Tour Super Limiteds and this year he’s going to be gunning for his second straight title.  Harris will be looking to fend off younger challengers for the championship trophy as well as chasing wins.  His son Austin Harris will be one of those younger challengers and he’s coming fresh off a victory in the Charger division at Caraway Speedway two weeks ago.


Brothers Compete

When the green flag drops on the 602 Tour Super Limiteds two brothers will be looking to see who can outrun who.  Ryan Robertson, who over the years has competed in the UARA-STARS Series and has won Sportsman races at Bowman Gray Stadium will be looking to keep his younger brother Chase Robertson behind him as they both compete in the Super Limited series.


Super Ticket

With four touring series and the feature division for Caraway Speedway, the ticket for this Sunday’s RGS Products 125 is an exceptional value at $20 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and five and under free.  Where else could you see the PASS South, Southern Modified Racing Series, 602 Tour Super Limiteds and Modifieds and the local contingent of Limited Late Models in one race for just $20?


For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website at or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803

2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour Season Opener Could be Most Talented Field in Series History

Mooresville, NC – The first ever CARS Tour race in 2015 at Southern National featured 36 cars with some of the top names in the region competing. Fast forward to the upcoming Do The Dew 150 on March 10th at Tri-County Motor Speedway, and all indications show that the 2018 season opener could outdo that inaugural event.

Headlining the list of early pre-entries are defending CARS Tour champion Josh Berry driving for JR Motorsports, 2016 CARS Tour champion Deac McCaskill, and making his CARS Tour debut, four-time and defending NASCAR All American champion Lee Pulliam. The Semora, NC driver has never raced at the Hudson, NC track but is looking forward to the challenge and competing on the CARS Tour circuit.

“I’m really excited to be making my CARS Tour debut at Tri-County. The last time I raced a CARS race, was 2013 when it was still the Pro Cup cars, that race was $10,000 to win and I ended up in victory lane so it would be nice to pick up where I left off,” noted Pullium. “I’ve never raced at Tri-County but have watched some videos and I’m really looking forward to getting on track there. It seems to be a place that has multiple grooves, which as a racer you really enjoy because it allows you to move around throughout the race to find speed and fix any handling problems you might have in your car. With a limited schedule this year, I’ve got a lot of emphasis on this race and making it our goal to end up in victory lane at a CARS Tour race.”

Plenty of local flare will be in attendance as well led by Touring 12 driver Charlie Watson from nearby Lenoir, NC. Thomas Beane (Hudson), Dexter Canipe Jr. (Claremont), and part-time NASCAR Truck Series competitor Landon Huffman (Claremont) will look to keep the $10,000 winner’s check close to home. All three drivers have never won a CARS Tour race, but out of all the expected in attendance, these three drivers will have the most experience around the Caldwell County 4/10th mile track.

Ronald Hill, Craig Moore, Justin Johnson, Ty Gibbs, and 2017 CARS LMSC Tour points runner-up Layne Riggs, are just a handful of the Touring 12 drivers that will kick off their attempt at putting their name on the Bob Brooks Memorial championship trophy at season’s end. Fresh-faced Touring 12 drivers Brandon Pierce, Grayson Cullather, Cody Haskins, Bradley McCaskill, and Sam Meyer will also be a welcome sight to the series this season. The five drivers have just fifteen combined CARS Tour starts among them when they roll through the tunnel at Tri-County.

In addition to the Late Model Stock race, a 75 lap Limited Late Model race is expected to draw a large field as well. The race will pay $13,100 in prize money with $2,500 going to the winner. Limited teams wanting to compete in the event can enter online in advance via the CARS Tour website Entry fee for the LLM race is $100 if submitted online by 4pm on March 6th. An additional late fee of $50 will be added to all entries past the pre-entry deadline period.

The event schedule and tickets are on sale now at Fans planning on attending the event need to bring their Mtn Dew products to the gate the day of the race for $3 off general admission tickets. Additional discounts on general admission tickets, Mtn Dew four packs (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 tickets: $60), and Pepsi Park It (2 tickets, 1 parking spot: $45) trackside parking spots are also available online only.


For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

Late Models to Remain on Hoosiers at Southern National; No Decision on Limiteds Yet

Southern National Motorsports Park will continue to run on Hoosier F-45 tires in the Late Model Stock Car division. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/SNMP

Lucama, NC – Following a tire test earlier this month with American Racer tires, Southern National Motorsports Park has decided to keep the Late Model Stock Cars on the Hoosier F-45 tire for this season.

Southern National Motorsports Park General Manager Charlie Hansen said the decision was made to keep most of the competitors from having to make a change just to compete at the 4/10 mile speed plant.

“The tire of choice throughout this region is the Hoosier F-45 and it didn’t make sense for us to use something different than what most racers are already used to running,” Hansen said.  “We’re in a position where our schedule is shorter and racers will be coming from a lot of tracks and series to compete with us and it just doesn’t make sense to make everyone have to make wholesale changes to their cars to adjust for a different tire when the rest of the region primarily runs the Hoosier F-45.”

Hansen also stated that no decision has been made about what tire the Limited Late Models will run this season but that they would have another tire test, this time with Hoosier next week before making a final decision.

“We’re probably going to put the Limiteds on a different tire this season.  Something that will last longer and save them money.  The Limited division will run more races and we need them to be able to afford to race all year.  We’re going to test a couple different tire compounds with Hoosier before making a decision.”

The two tires that Hoosier will bring to the tire test is the Hoosier 1070 and F-80.  Both tires will be tested on the same day and will be compared to the American Racer tire tested earlier this month.  Limited Late Models have their first event at Southern National Motorsports Park on March 31st.

The goal of the tire change is to also help improve the quality of the tires for the Charger division and to move them to the Limiteds scuffs by the end of the season.

“This change will also filter down to our Charger division and hopefully make the racing better and give them a more repeatable tire to compete on.  Our goal is to have them on these scuffs by the end of this season.”

The Late Model Stock Cars will kick off the 2018 season on March 3rd with a 150-lap race featuring a potential $4,500 payday to the winner as well as a minimum of $600 to 18th finishing position and $500 to start.  The Dogwood 265 will also feature a 50-lap Mini Stock Mania race paying $500 to win, a 40-lap Charger feature and a 25-lap Bandolero race.  The opener will be a daytime event with a 2pm start time set.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Children 12 And Under Will Be Admitted Free At South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – In a move toward attracting more young people to racing, South Boston Speedway announced today a restructuring of youth ticket prices for the 2018 season.

Beginning with the season-opening Danville Toyota Twin 100s on March 24, children 12 and under will be admitted free to all South Boston Speedway events. Youngsters must be accompanied by a paying adult.

“Everyone in racing needs to do everything we can do to get more young people involved in our sport, said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice. “This is a way for us to make race night more affordable for parents. With our new pricing, a night of racing at South Boston Speedway will be one of the most affordable nights of family entertainment anywhere in the area.”

In the past, children six and under were admitted free while admission for children 7-12 was $5.

With a new playground unveiled last year, Rice said youngsters have something to keep them busy if they need a break from the racing action.

“We know that sometimes children have short attention spans. That’s the reason we built the new playground. Now if they get tired of watching the race, they can head over to the playground and have fun playing,” said Rice.

Racing returns to South Boston Speedway on March 24 with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100s featuring twin 100-lap races for Late Models, a 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stocks and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets.

Mason Diaz Dominates Pro Late Model Feature for New Smyrna Victory

Mason Diaz celebrates in victory lane after winning the 100 lap Pro Late Model race at New Smyrna Speedway on Friday night.(Photo by Cassie Fambro/Short Track Scene)

Mason Diaz dominated Friday night’s 100-lap Pro Late Model feature at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida to score the victory, his first of the season.

Diaz set the fastest time in qualifying but had to start fourth after an invert. By lap 14, Diaz had rocketed to the lead and pulled away from the competition. However, Diaz had to survive a series of late-race restarts and a challenge from veteran racer Mike Skinner.

“Fury Racecars and Mike Darne Racing gave me a great racecar today,” Diaz said in victory lane. “They non-stop worked on this thing. We unloaded from the trailer and was fast but they kept working on it, thrashing on it and it showed tonight. One more tomorrow, Super Late Model race, hopefully, we can get the win in that.”

On the race’s final restart with 12 laps remaining, Skinner drew even and the two drivers traded paint, but Diaz fended off the challenge and drove away from the competition.

“I wasn’t sure what he was doing, to be honest with you,” Diaz remarked. “He had to do what he had to do to win the race but it just wasn’t enough to beat us today.”

The victory is Diaz’s first of the 2018 season and his second career Pro Late Model victory. Last season, Diaz scored a Pro Late Model win at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina, the same track he won the NASCAR track championship in a Late Model Stock Car.

Diaz will now set his sights on the Super Late Model race on Saturday night. The race will be broadcast live on FansChoice.TV. NASCAR Home Tracks and will provide updates throughout the night as well.

Diaz’s efforts on Friday were supported by Solid Rock Carriers, The Sign Shop, Fury Race Cars and Mike Darne Racing.

To learn more about Mason Diaz Racing, check out his website at, “like” Mason Diaz Racing on Facebook or follow @masondiazracing on Twitter.

Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Coming to Southern National Motorsports Park

Brandon Clements powers off turn four at SNMP during Saturday’s Mini Stock practice during the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic. (Justin Kern/

LUCAMA, NC – Southern National Motorsports Park will host the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series on Saturday, May 5th – making the North Carolina based tour’s first trip to the Lucama, North Carolina track.

In addition to hosting the series, Southern National Motorsports Park will also adopt the series’ rules in the Mini Stock division for 2018.  The change would put every track in the Eastern North Carolina region on the same rules package.

“We’re excited about the Carolina Mini Stock Challenge coming to Southern National,” track owner Michael Diaz said.  “It’s great to have a series where all the tracks work together.  Adopting their rules package, I feel this is the best thing for our Mini Stock racers.”

The Carolina Mini Stock Challenge will headline the May 5th race, which also features racing for Limited Late Models, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars.

The 2018 season gets underway on Saturday, March 3rd with the Dogwood 225 featuring 150 laps of Late Model Stock Car racing as well as Mini-Stock and Bandolero racing.

More information about the 2018 season at Southern National Motorsports Park will be released in the upcoming days and weeks.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

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