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Championships To Be Decided In All Divisions At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – It is championship week, the week that drivers in every division at South Boston Speedway have been racing toward since the season began back in the early spring.

Championships will be decided Saturday night in all four divisions during the running of the GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s. In additions to twin 75-lap races for the Late Model Stock Division, there will be a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Entering Saturday night’s title night, the tightest race is in the Budweiser Hornets Division where Kevin Currin holds a 15-point, 408-393 lead over Steven Layne. Josh Dawson is another 34 points back in third.

Layne has the most Hornets wins of the season with five. Currin has three and Dawson two. But Currin has two more top-5 finishes than Layne and has also scored 20 more passing points on the season.

Passing points are awarded in all divisions when a driver elects to move to the rear of the field for the start of the race and is awarded one point for each car passed during the race.

There is a fairly close race brewing in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division with Nathan Crews holding a 44-point lead over Jordan Pickrel going into Saturday’s race.

Crews has been a regular visitor to victory lane this season with eight wins compared to Pickrel’s four. Crews finished in the top five 12 times in 14 starts and was in the top 10 in every race. Pickrel also finished in the top 10 every race but had one less top five than Crews.

Crews also topped the passing points leader board with 36 compared to Pickrel’s 29.

Danny Willis Jr.’s move back to the Limited Sportsman Division turned out to be hugely successful in 2019. He has won six times and finished in the top five 14 out of 15 starts and holds a 91-point lead over Daniel Moss.

Moss’ season has been solid with five wins and top-5 finishes in 12 races. Drew Dawson is 24 points behind Moss, and teenager Jacob Borst, who won two races this season, is fourth, another five points back.

Defending Late Model Stock champion Peyton Sellers has a 660-557 lead over Austin Thaxton headed into Saturday, with Lee Pulliam another 22 points back. Sellers and Pulliam have six wins apiece. Sellers has more top fives and top 10s and has accumulated 66 more passing points than Pulliam.

Thaxton has one win and has finished in the top 10 in 15 out of 16 races this season.

Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the first race set for 7 p.m. Admission is just $10 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.

Southside Speedway Set to Crown Champions Later This Evening; Will be Without One Late Model Contender as Martinsville is Right Around the Corner

Crew members work on the front end of Mason Bailey’s car during the Thursday night test session at Martinsville Speedway getting ready for the largest race of the young drivers young career. (Photo: Mason Bailey)

MIDLOTHIAN, VA – Friday, September 15 at Southside Speedway is Championship Night and the final race of the season when the track will crown a points champion in each of the six divisions. Eddie Johnson will enter the evening with just a nine-point advantage over Grayson Cullather. Mason Bailey, who was leading the points, took a huge hit when his car was deemed illegal after post-race inspection when he collected his season leading fourth win on August 25th and will not be battling for the win once the race goes green.

With Mother Nature playing spoiler to the original championship night, Southside Speedway added two dates to their 2017 campaign, which moved champion’s night to this evening. For some, it is not an issue. For others who are planning to run the big Late Model race at Martinsville, like Mason Bailey, made decisions tough on both driver and teams.

“We do not have any regrets,” Bailey told The Weekly Racer at the conclusion of the Martinsville test Thursday night. “Just a lot of disappointment. Would love to be out there helping my teammate Sonny Allen in the No. 20 at least. The track put is in a real box with scheduling the championship race on top of the Martinsville test.” Bailey, however, is in a position that many drivers face this week preparing for one of the largest races of the year while we enter championship season.

“We only have one car so we will not be able to make it out to Southside,” Bailey went on to say. “Between the test and the race next weekend, I cannot miss any more classes.”

Bailey was just one of about 90+ cars that converged on the .526-mile paper clip oval this past Thursday evening for the annual test day, or night rather, now that the LED light system is up and running. Bailey was relatively pleased with the handling of the car but admitted their team still has some work to do and speed to find heading into next weekend.

“We are all very pleased with the car,” said Bailey. “Wasn’t as fast as we would have liked on our sticker run but our speed and drivability on old tires were exceptional. It is a tricky track for sure. I left with a decent understanding of it, though.”

With just about a week to go before teams make the return trip to Ridgeway, Virginia for that $25,000 payday, maybe even more importantly, that grandfather clock, we asked Mason what would define a successful weekend or a reasonable goal for the young rookie driver who is one of only a few making an attempt from an “outlaw” track this season.

“To be honest I haven’t really thought about that,” Bailey went on to say. “Making the race will be a challenge due to the format but as long as we get in I would be disappointed if we didn’t finish top twenty.

In addition, Roy Hendrick, son of Ray Hendrick, owner of the famous flying #11 modified coupe will bring the race car to the track and lead the first pace car laps. Come out to watch all of the driver’s race for the lead see who will win the 2017 championship – every lap matters! Front gates open at 6:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway around 7:45 p.m. If you are not able to make it, The Weekly Racer will have lap-by-lap coverage over on our Twitter handle – @theweeklyracer.com

 

About Southside

Southside Speedway is a 1/3 mile, paved oval track located on Genito Road in Midlothian, Virginia.  The speedway was established in 1959 by J.M. Wilkinson and is currently run by his daughter, Sue W. Clements, and granddaughter, Jennifer Mullis. The speedway hosts twelve nights of racing from April through August.

The family-owned track in Chesterfield prides itself on being a family-friendly venue entertaining generations of fans and continues their 58-year tradition of great local short track racing in Central Virginia. There are six different divisions of cars racing: Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCARs, Legends, and Bandoleros.