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Thaxton Takes Win In Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 at South Boston

South Boston, VA – Austin Thaxton of South Boston scored his first win of the season Saturday night, slipping past Mike Jones on lap 46 following a restart and fending off a late bid from Trey Crews to win the Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.

The win, Thaxton’s 10th career NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division victory at South Boston Speedway, came by a margin of 1.429-second. With the victory, Thaxton became the fifth different winner in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway this season.

Crews, of Halifax, Virginia, finished second with Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina, Chad McCumbee and Stuart Crews of Long Island, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

There were five lead changes among four different drivers in the 100-lap race that was punctuated by eight caution periods and some intense three-wide racing among the race leaders twice during the first half of the race.

Thaxton saw a relatively comfortable lead over Crews evaporate with the race’s final caution flag with 12 laps left. The South Boston, Virginia native chose to restart the race on the outside of the front row, got a good start, and quickly pulled away from Crews to seal the win.

Former NASCAR national champions Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia was in the hunt early, but incidents in the race took them out of contention for the win. Sellers hung on to finish seventh. Pulliam finished last in the 16-car field.

Borst, Moss Split Wins In Limited Sportsman Twinbill

Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.

Borst earned his second win of the season with a flag-to-flag win in the opening race. The North Carolinian dominated the action, speeding across the finish line 5.206 seconds ahead of runner-up Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia. Moss finished third, with Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina and Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Moss picked up his fourth win of the season in the nightcap, and like Borst did in the opener, earned the win by going flag-to-flag.

Moss pulled away from Winslow in a 10-lap dash to the finish following the last of the race’s three caution periods, winning by almost a full second. Willis, Dawson, and Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Crews Sweeps Pure Stock Division Twinbill

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia continued his winning ways in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division by sweeping the night’s pair of 15-lap races.

The two wins by Crews gives him five wins in the eight races that have been run in the division thus far this season.

Crews went flag-to-flag in both races, edging Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia by 4.973 seconds in the opener, with Halifax, Virginia residents Randy Hupp, Bruce Mayo and Scott Phillips rounding out the top five finishers.

In the nightcap, Crews drove to a 2.6-second win over Mayo, with Pickrel, Hupp and Phillips completing the top five finishers.

Layne Wins Hornets Division Race

Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia grabbed the lead from Donald Clay on the second lap and drove to victory in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was Layne’s third of the season at South Boston Speedway.

Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished second with Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia, Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia and Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

South Boston Speedway will stage one of its biggest events of the 2019 season on Saturday night, June 29, as America’s Hometown Track hosts its annual Pre-Fourth of July extravaganza, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program.

A 200-lap race for the region’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors paying $10,000 to the winner headlines the night’s four-race card.

The night’s schedule also includes a 75-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 40-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 20-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.

At the conclusion of the night’s racing action, fans will be treated to a dazzling and colorful Fourth Of July fireworks show to round out the night.

Advance tickets priced at $15 each will be available at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28. Tickets at the gate on race day will be $20 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult.

For additional information about the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 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.

Austin Thaxton Prevails in Aqua Pros 100 at South Boston Speedway

Austin Thaxton hoists the winner’s trophy after winning the Aqua Pros 100 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

South Boston, VA – Austin Thaxton found himself in the right place at the right time and came away with his first win of the season in Saturday night’s Aqua Pros 100 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway.

In earning his first victory of the season at the .4-mile oval, Thaxton became the fourth different driver to visit Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway this season. The win equaled the one win Thaxton earned last season at “America’s Hometown Track.”

The Clarksville, Virginia resident pulled away from his challengers after the final restart with eight laps to go and was never seriously challenged in the closing laps.Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina finished second, .668-second behind Thaxton, with Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, defending track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Raymond Pittman III of Amelia, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina finished second, .668-second behind Thaxton, with Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, defending track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Raymond Pittman III of Amelia, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.The lead proved not to be the best place to be for much of the race. Track and NASCAR National Point Leader Philip Morris and Sellers tangled on lap 40 while battling for the lead. Morris spun again on lap 62 while battling Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia for the top spot.

The lead proved not to be the best place to be for much of the race. Track and NASCAR National Point Leader Philip Morris and Sellers tangled on lap 40 while battling for the lead. Morris spun again on lap 62 while battling Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia for the top spot.Jones, who was returning to action with a new car after having had his car destroyed in a violent crash and subsequent fire in a June 16 race at South Boston Speedway, led on four different occasions. His bid for his first Late Model Stock Car Division win ended in a crash with Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia as they were battling for the lead with 13 laps to go.

Jones, who was returning to action with a new car after having had his car destroyed in a violent crash and subsequent fire in a June 16 race at South Boston Speedway, led on four different occasions. His bid for his first Late Model Stock Car Division win ended in a crash with Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia as they were battling for the lead with 13 laps to go.Scott inherited the lead, only to lose it to Thaxton on the final restart.

Scott inherited the lead, only to lose it to Thaxton on the final restart.

 

Crews Claims Fifth Limited Sportsman Division Win Of Season

Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia wrestled took control after the race’s final restart with 23 laps to go and held off Jacob Borst of Burlington, North Carolina to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race. Crews’ margin of victory over Borst in scoring his fifth win of the season was 1.259 second.

Bob Davis of Thaxton, Virginia, Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton of Greensboro, North Carolina and Brandon Jones of Amelia Courthouse, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

The race was a four-car battle between Crews, Borst, Dalton and Jones, with Crews getting the upper hand after Jones and Dalton tangled on lap 27 while battling for the lead.

 

Milam, Shelton Split Wins In Pure Stock Division Doubleheader

Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Daniel Shelton of Hurt, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.

Milam won the first race to score his first win of the season, edging Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia by .271-second to earn the win. Defending division champion Johnny Layne of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Harrison Walker of Buffalo Junction, Virginia and Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Shelton started third in the second race, took the lead on the fourth lap, and finished almost one second ahead of Layne in earning his second victory of the season. Milam, Pickrel and Mayo completed the top five finishers.

 

Jarrell Continues Domination Of Hornets Division

Cameron Jarrell of Amelia, Virginia continued his domination of South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Hornets Division, starting on the back row of the field and driving to victory in Saturday night’s 15-lap race.

Jarrell got a good jump on the final restart of the race with three laps to go and edged defending division champion Tyler Crute of Alton, Virginia for the win. Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia finished third.

 

Holdren Remains Perfect In Mod-4 Division

Dennis Holdren of Roanoke, Virginia got a solid start on the race’s final start with three laps to go and edged Jesse Yopp of Moneta, Virginia by .589second to win Saturday night’s 30-lap Mod-4 Division race.

Holdren has won all three of the Mod-4 Division races held at South Boston Speedway this season.

Cory Dunn of Salem, Virginia, Haley Holdren and Chad Asberry rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

One of South Boston Speedway’s bigger events of the season is coming up as racing returns to “America’s Hometown Track” on Saturday, August 11 with the running of the Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

The stars and cars of the PASS South Super Late Model series will make their only visit of the season to South Boston Speedway to compete in a 150-lap race. Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will share the spotlight with the PASS South Super Late Model competitors.

Rounding out the night’s action are a 15-lap race for South Boston Speedway’s Hornets Division competitors, and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Registration and pit gates open at 12:30 p.m., practice runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 5 p.m. A Fan Appreciation event will be held at trackside at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance general admission tickets priced at $10 each will be available for purchase until 5 p.m. Friday, August 10. Tickets on race day will be $15 each. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 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.

Thaxton Damages Bowling National Title Hopes with Late Model Win

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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.

Thaxton & Bowling Split Twin Bill at South Boston Speedway

_Pace LapsSouth Boston, VA – With forecasts looking grim for just about evey race track on the eastern seaboard. Colder than average temps and the threat of rain – and snow in some regions – put track officials and race directors is some pretty tough situations. With NASCAR Tour Mods coming into town, officials made the call to move the drop of the green flag from the evening to the afternoon in hopes to avoid the subarctic temperatures.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stocks on tap for two 75-lap features. Thaxton, your most recent South Boston winner, paced the field in both afternoon practice. With just ten minutes of practice in both sessions Thaxton told us he didn’t think they were that good in practice. Citing that it was difficult to try to get a good lap in with all the cars on the track at the same time. Didnt seem to pahse him to much if you ask me.

Qualifying, the first order of business, rolled off slightley after the one o’clock hower following the Modifieds. In normal South Boston fashion, cars were sent out in groups of five for five laps to lay down their best time. Grouped together by pratice times to ensure that the faster drivers are not held up by those who are a bit off the pace. Nathan Crews in the black number three actually held the top spot for quite some time untill the likes of Phillip Morris, Austin Thaxton, and Lee Pulliam hit the pavement. Pulliam would eventually post the fastest time of the session with a 15.691 (91.772 MPH)

The green flag was displayed just shortly after 2:00 PM and 28 Late Model Stocks came to life. A combined seven national titles, between Pulliam & Morris, lead the field down into turn one. Fighting for the same piece of real estate. Morris was able to use the top groove to get around the #5 of Pulliam and take the lead by lap seven. Pulliam would be left to deal with the likes of Bobby McCarty who has been strong the last few weeks around the historic 4/10th mile oval. Matter of fact about seven laps later, McCarty, with the help of some lap traffic found himself leading the field. Morris, on the other hand, got the bad end of the deal and was shuffled back to fifth.

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