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Winner of Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 At South Boston Will Take Home $10,000

Peyton Sellers celebrates his victory in the 2018 Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – The winner of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway on June 29 will go home with a much bigger check than in past years.

The track and the event sponsors, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson and Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort announced today that the winner’s share of the purse for the 200-lap Late Model Stock race had been increased to $10,000. In the past, the winner pocketed $6,500.

Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, committed to being the event’s presenting sponsor for the sole purpose of increasing the winner’s portion of the purse to $10,000.

“We are so very grateful that the folks with Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort made such a commitment to Late Model racing and South Boston Speedway,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “They have helped us take an already great event to the next level.”

Fans will soon be able to register to win a weekend getaway at the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort and Harley-Davidson merchandise at both the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort (www.grandatlanticresort.com/) and the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson (www.thunderroadhd.com/) websites.

The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 is the first leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. The second race in the triple crown will be the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway on July 20 with the championship decided in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

It was announced earlier this week that the top-three finishing positions in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown would split a $10,000 bonus with $7,000 going to the winner, $2,000 to second and $1,000 to third. For the past few years, the winner of the triple crown had been awarded the entire $10,000.

Danville’s Peyton Sellers is the defending champion of both the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 and the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. There were 35 cars entered in last year’s event.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model event, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race on June 29.

And there will be more than racing. Following the final checkered flag of the night, there will be the largest fireworks display in the area.

Tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

NASCAR K&N Practice Day Produces Solid Speeds, Close Field For Saturday’s Twin 100s

Justin Carroll was one of more than a dozen drivers to test at South Boston Speedway Friday.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Thirteen drivers took advantage of Friday’s open test for Saturday’s whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway and most all of them had one thing in common: lots of speed.

Thirteen drivers participated in Friday’s optional practice and 10 of them were bunched within three-tenths of a second of each other.

A field of 18 cars is expected for Saturday’s race, which is unique to NASCAR touring series events. There will be two 100-lap points-paying races.

After the first 100-lapper teams will have the opportunity to work on their cars for the second race while South Boston Speedway’s Pure Stock and Hornets divisions are racing. If a car is not drivable after the first race, teams may go to a backup car for the second race.

The starting lineup for the second race will be determined by a driver’s fastest lap in the first race.

Drivers taking advantage of Friday’s open practice included Sam Mayer, winner of the season’s second race and the points leader, Colin Garrett, Chase Cabre, Tanner Gray, Mason Diaz, Justin Carroll, Nick Sanchez, who will be making his first series start Saturday, Drew Dollar and Spencer Davis.

Hailie Deegan, who has a win in the K&N Pro Series West, will arrive at the track Saturday morning along with teammate Derek Kraus, who won the East Series opener this year.

There are two practice sessions scheduled for Saturday along with practices for the Pure Stock and Hornets.

Garrett and Williamsburg’s Carroll, who finished fourth in the opening race a year ago, have by far the most experience of any drivers in the field. Garrett was the track’s Limited Sportsman champion in 2017 and Carroll has run many Late Model races here.

Garrett, who finished third in the first 100-lapper in 2018, is off to a hot start in 2019. He led more than 60 laps in the season-opener and had a solid top-10 finish in his last outing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with qualifying scheduled for 5 p.m. An autograph session for drivers from all divisions will be held on the track at 6 p.m. with the first K&N 100-lapper taking the green flag at 7 p.m.

There will be a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Tickets are $15 with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paid adult.

Lee Pulliam and Philip Morris Split Twin Bill in 2019 South Boston Season Opener

Lee Pulliam power through turn four during practice for the Danville Toyota Twin 100. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer)

South Boston, VA– It was time to knock the dust off the racing boots and clean those helmet visors because it was time to get back to good ole American asphalt short track racing this weekend at one of NASCAR’s most historic short tracks – South Boston Speedway.

As been tradition, South Boston Speedway kicked off the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a pair of one hundred lap twins. Seventeen cars from all over Virginia and North Carolina made the trip all hunting for the first wins of the season. It was no surprise to see names like Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam, and Peyton Sellers on the entry list. It was also no surprise to see those names at the top of the leader board. Peyton Sellers being the fastest in first practice while Pulliam paced second.

It was Peyton Sellers who earned not only the honors of leading the field to the green flag for the first race but also broke the track record with his 14.676 (98.119 MPH) lap. Lee Pulliam, Philip Morris, Mike Looney, and Mike Jones were the fastest five cars during euro style qualifying. Race number two would be set per the NASCAR rule book for when twin races are run – no less than an eight-car invert.

As usual race number one was tame. Drivers settled in line early and gave more room than usual. Peyton Sellers got to the gas quick, assumed the lead early, and set the cruise control. The defending track champion looked poised to take the first win of the year and set a precedent that he was here to defend his title. As the laps counted down the field got strung out which prompted NASCAR to throw the yellow flag, bunch up the field, and allow the drivers to take the cone. As the control car, Sellers took the outside which proved to be a sound strategy throughout the race; Pulliam and Morris elected to stay low.

When officials threw the green flag it didn’t take long for things to heat up. Sellers had to go on the defense as Pulliam wanted to take the lead and Philip Morris was there to capitalize should things go south. He looked like he was going to be able to use the high line to do just that but would eventually succumb to Pulliam’s perseverance losing the lead on lap 45.

The second caution of the race came just shortly after when Jason Barnes looped it out of turn two. Unfortunately, Justin Carroll locked up his brakes to try and avoid and ended up sliding right into the tires and water barriers at the entrance to the back pits. NASCAR decided to stop the field on the front stretch to take care of the tires. Pulliam took control once the race went back green and that was all she wrote. Morris made more than an honest attempt to take second from Sellers but was not able to and would have to settle with a third-place finish. Mike Looney and Austin Thaxton would round out the top five.

Pulliam was very happy climbing out of the car in victory lane for the first time in years.

“Well, this is the first new car I have had in nine years, I have been driving an old car,” Pulliam said in victory lane. “Got to thank Mr. Kiker for giving us the opportunity to build this thing, I have been dying to get in a new one for a while. Man, it feels good to have what these guys have and be back in victory lane. This is a special day for me.”

Pulliam was also asked about the quality of drivers and what was more difficult getting around or staying in front of [Philip] Morris and [Peyton] Sellers.

“It was tougher to pass them than stay ahead of them,” Pulliam explained. “We had a really good car right there. Philip [Morris] is always tough, he’s trying to protect the bottom and ride the brake, I had to move him because I knew he was going to be pretty impossible to pass riding that brake pedal. Peyton and I had a good battle there side by side and we were giving all we had. I knew if we could get out front it would be over, had to get that clean air. Feels good for sure. I hadn’t gotten a win at South Boston since 2016, it was my first on this new pavement. Gotta think my fans, my family, my crew I can’t do it without all of these guys.”

Nine cars were inverted for the start of race two handing the front row over to Mike Jones and Mark Wertz. Both drivers ran into issue quick, however. Jones had to come down pit road so his crew could torque all four tires. Because of NASCAR rules, Thomas Scott and the rest of the inside row moved up. Mark Wertz soon ran into issues of his own when something seemed to go south in the power plant. Luckily he was able to make it to pit road without causing any damage – Thomas Scott assumed the lead and tried to put distance between him and the rest of the field.

However, Philip Morris had other ideas for this race and took the lead from Scott by lap fifteen. The first caution of race two came once again at the hands of NASCAR when officials threw a competition yellow at lap thirty-two to bunch the field up once again. Morris did Philip Morris things on the ensuing restart and jumped back out to the lead and never looked back. A great battle for second ensued between Thomas Scott, Peyton Sellers, and Lee Pulliam sometimes even going three wide. That is when things went south for Pulliam who got into the outside wall hard causing enough damage to end his afternoon early.

Morris took care of business once again when the green flag waved for the last time clearing Scott going into one. Took Peyton Sellers two laps to clear Scott himself which was just enough time for Morris to create a gap that was virtually impossible to collapse. That being said the best show of the afternoon in our opinion was the eventual battle for third place between Austin Thaxton and Thomas Scott. Thaxton was able to use the top groove like most others to hold off Scott for three-quarters of the race. However, a slip out of two with a handful of laps left forced him to surrender the position to Scott.

Philip Morris was asked about his dominance last year and what that means looking forward to another NASCAR National Championship this year.

“Last year we didn’t get a win till after April so I feel great about today and this brand new car,” Morris said in victory lane. “The car responded to all the changes after the first break. I don’t even know my car would have been able to keep up with those guys in the first race, they were really fast, hats off to Peyton [Sellers] and those guys for digging hard. “

Knowing he is going to make another run at a National title Morris was asked where he is going to race this year. Pretty simple answer, anywhere the cars are.

“We are going to go where we can,” Morris explained. “South Boston has a few dates, we will be at Langley, Dominion, Motor Mile; anywhere we can get the car count. Thank god we had some cars here today, South Boston has always been good with that.”

South Boston Speedway will be back in action in just two weeks for the NASCAR Whelen Modified 150-lap feature. Tickets can be purchased at the track or online at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com

(Featured photo: Philip Morris celebrates first of many victories to come in 2019. Andy Newsome/Loose in Tight Off)

 

Race 1 Results;

  1. #5 Lee Pulliam; 100
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 100
  3. #01 Philip Morris; 100
  4. #87 Mike Looney; 100
  5. #12 Austin Thaxton; 100
  6. #11 Jeff Oakley; 100
  7. #8 Thomas Scott; 100
  8. #55 Mark Wertz; 100
  9. #39 Mike Jones; 100
  10. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  11. #28 Jason Barnes; 99
  12. #50 Raymond Pittman, III; 98
  13. #22 Eric Winslow; 64
  14. #09 Trey Crews; 49
  15. #90 Terry Carroll; 37
  16. #14 Dusty Ellington; 31
  17. #9 Chris Denny; 24

 

Race 2 Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 100
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 100
  3. #8 Thomas Scott; 100
  4. #12 Austin Thaxton; 100
  5. #28 Jason Barnes; 100
  6. #9 Trey Crews; 100
  7. #11 Jeff Oakley; 100
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  9. #50 Raymond Pittman; 97
  10. #22 Eric Winslow; 57
  11. #5 Lee Pulliam; 38
  12. #55 Mark Wertz; 9
  13. #2 Chris Denny; 1
  14. #87 Mike Looney; DNS

Corey Heim Sweeps NWAAS Late Model Features at South Boston Speedway

South Boston, VA – ­­South Boston Speedway has a new winner in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division – that is pending the outcome of a post-race technical inspection by NASCAR officials.

Sixteen-year-old Corey Heim of Marietta, Georgia, competing in a Late Model Stock Car for the first time, tamed a 22-car field that included a pair of former NASCAR national champions and swept the pair of 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that were part of Saturday night’s Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

Another teenager, Ryan Repko, finished second to Heim in both races. Former NASCAR National Champion and defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, Tyler Hughes of Cordova, Maryland and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.

Former NASCAR National Champion and current NASCAR national points leader Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia finished third in the second race, with Sellers and Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Heim took the lead in the first race with 11 laps to go and pulled away from his challengers on a restart with nine laps to go. Once in front, he surged to a 1.533-second win over Repko.

In the second race, Heim took the lead on lap 8 after Scott and Hughes tangled while battling for the lead. Once in front, Heim pulled away and edged Repko by 4.048 seconds to claim the win.

Speedway officials said the results of the race are unofficial pending a post-race technical inspection by NASCAR officials. Official final results are expected to be posted this coming week.

 

Pollard Wins Davenport Energy PASS 150 Super Late Model Race

Bubba Pollard, one of the best-known Super Late Model drivers in the South, added his name to the list of South Boston Speedway Super Late Model race winners Saturday night surviving a wild Davenport Energy PASS 150 race punctuated by 11 caution periods.

With the race being part of the PASS “Roads To Oxford and Richmond” program, Pollard opted to accept a guaranteed starting spot in the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine later this season.

The veteran from Senoia, Georgia looked to be out of luck when he spun with eight laps to go while battling eventual runner-up Lucas Jones of Mooresville, North Carolina for the lead. But Pollard picked his way through traffic and got back to third place by the time a caution flag flew with four laps to go.

The late caution period set up another intense battle between Pollard and Jones, with Pollard wrestling the lead away from Jones with three laps to go. Pollard managed to hang on from there, crossing the finish line .434-second ahead of Jones.

Jeff Batten of Nashville, North Carolina finished third with Heim and Roy Hayes III of Millukge, Pennsylvania rounding out the top five finishers.

 

Jarrell Wins Hornets Division Race

Cameron Jarrell of Amelia, Virginia scored his sixth win in seventh starts Saturday night, taking the lead from Kenny Mills, Jr. of Alton, Virginia with two laps to go and edging Mills for the win in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Donald Clay and Andrea Ruotolo Rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead swap hands seven times between four drivers.

 

Hendrick Wins Southern Ground Pounders Race

Brandon Hendrick topped the field in the 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series. Hendrick took the top prize in the Modified Division and Ken Faucette, who finished third overall behind Hendrick and Dwight Sauls, won the Sportsman Division

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

It will be a big night for fans when South Boston Speedway celebrates its 61st Anniversary Saturday night, August 25 with the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program. As part of South Boston Speedway’s 61st-anniversary celebration, fans will get to watch as the latest chosen inductees are honored with their formal induction into the Virginia Motorsports Hall Of Fame during pre-race ceremonies.

The night’s racing action starts at 7 p.m. with the seven-race program being headlined by a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Cars. In addition, fans will see twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and twin 15-lap races for the Mod-4 Division.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model 100 racing 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.

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.

Solid Field Of Cars Expected For Season-Opening Race At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

South Boston, VA  – The lights will go on at South Boston Speedway Saturday night for the first time this season with a strong field of Late Model cars expected.

The Autos By Nelson presents the ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s will roll off at 7 p.m. Saturday with a strong field of cars anticipated to take the green flag.

Drivers expected for the Late Model field include defending track champion and former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Peyton Sellers, former track champion and four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Philip Morris, Danny Willis Jr., Brandon Pierce, Bobby McCarty, Mike Jones, Austin Thaxton, Bruce Anderson, Eric Winslow, Quincy Adkins, Charles Barnes, Thomas Scott, Blake Stallings, Mark Kesee Jr. and Jason Barnes, among others. Entries are not finalized until teams sign in Saturday afternoon.

Pierce is coming off one of his best runs ever, finishing second in the CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway last Saturday night after winning the pole with a new track record in his Thunder Road Harley Davidson Camry. The young driver believes his team is loaded with positive energy headed to South Boston this week.

“We’re absolutely bringing a lot of momentum into the race and really look forward to getting to the track,” said Pierce, who finished fifth in South Boston Speedway’s championship points last year. “It’s really a confidence booster when you run so well like we did over the weekend and then you know your next race is at a track that you are familiar with and have laps on. We’re looking forward to it.”

Pierce’s Nelson Motorsports teammate McCarty finished one spot behind him over the weekend in third, and also believes he brings momentum into Saturday’s South Boston race. He finished second in the South Boston points race last year.

“I feel we have been strong all year long and any time we go to South Boston Speedway, there’s always more excitement and motivation because we consider it our home track,” said McCarty, who drives a Toyota Camry sponsored by autosbynelson.com.

Thaxton, who made his CARS Tour Late Model debut last week, is just as excited as Pierce and McCarty about coming back home to South Boston this week, but he may have a longer week than them.

“I’m ready to get back over there to South Boston,” said Thaxton, who won on his home track last year. “It’s going to be a long week, though. I had a run in with the wall last week.”

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the Autos By Nelson presents ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s. Anyone presenting a ticket stub from either the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Series race earlier this spring at Martinsville Speedway will be admitted free.

Saturday’s season-opener will feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race and a 30-lap Mod 4 Division race.

Gates open at 5:30, qualifying is at 6 at the first race rolls off at 7 Saturday night. Tickets are just $10 for adults, and new for 2018, children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Mother Nature Not Kind To South Boston Speedway; Opening Race Postponed To April 28

Mark Wertz and crew work on the car between practice session’s during the 2017 Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – For the second time this spring, Mother Nature has frowned on South Boston Speedway forcing the postponement of Saturday night’s season-opening Danville Toyota Twin 100s.

Because of a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday, that racing program has been moved to May 26.

The next action at South Boston Speedway will be the AutosbyNelson ValleyStar Credit Union race night on April 28.

Mother Nature has kinder offerings for Friday with a sunny, warm day predicted, so the scheduled practice session is still on tap from 5 p. m. to 8 p.m.

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the AutosbyNelson ValleyStar Credit Union race night. Anyone presenting a 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 will be admitted free.

The season-opening AutosbyNelson ValleyStar Credit Union races on April 28 will feature Twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race. And the new Mod 4 Division will make its debut with a 30-lap race.

Tickets are $10 for adults and new for 2018, 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.

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