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South Boston Speedway Cancels CARS Tour Event Amid COVID Restrictions in Commonwealth

SOUTH BOSTON, VA…….South Boston Speedway officials announced this week that the Autosbynelson.com250 Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour event scheduled for Sept. 19 at “America’s Hometown Track” has been canceled.

The cancellation of the event resulted from the continuation of restrictions mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia in its attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We are very disappointed in having to cancel the event,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice.

“Unfortunately, the Commonwealth’s restrictions make it impossible for us to hold the event. Like our fans, we were looking forward to seeing the competitors of the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour in action here at South Boston Speedway. The previous CARS Tour events here at South Boston Speedway have been exciting, and we were expecting that same level of excitement when the series was to return here Sept. 19.”

While the Sept. 19 Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour event was the final event listed on South Boston Speedway’s 2020 season schedule, track officials have not given up on the possibility of being able to host one or more events before uncomfortably cold winter weather sets in.

“The weather in our region is good enough that we can look as far out as into the month of November in terms of possible opportunities to hold an event,” Rice noted.

“If the Commonwealth’s restrictions should become relaxed enough to make it feasible for us to hold one or more events this fall, we will look at that possibility.”

Track officials remind fans and competitors to continue to watch the track’s website www.southbostonspeedway.com and social media outlets for the latest news and announcements from the speedway.

Sellers Captures Fifth Career South Boston Speedway Title

South Boston, VA – Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia captured his fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division title in Saturday night’s GCR Presents LS Tractor USA Late Model Twin 75s.

Sellers’ fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR track title ties him with the late legendary NASCAR Modified and Late Model Sportsman star Ray Hendrick of Richmond, Virginia for the second-most NASCAR feature-division track championships at South Boston Speedway. Only David Blankenship of Moseley, Virginia, with seven South Boston Speedway NASCAR track championships, stands above Sellers and Hendrick.

This season’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division title is the third South Boston Speedway track title in a row for Sellers, who finished second to Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia in the opening 75-lap race and unofficially finished 10th in the second of Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races.

Pulliam’s win over Sellers in the opening 75-lap race came by less than a second. The win was Pulliam’s fifth victory in a row at the .4-mile oval.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia, Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.

Drew Dollar of Atlanta, Georgia was the unofficial winner of the second race, a dramatic race that saw Sellers and Pulliam battle side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper for the lead for the final 30 laps. As the two drivers sped into the third turn on the final lap, Sellers’ car made contact with the rear of Pulliam’s car, and Pulliam spun between turns three and four.

Sellers sped to the finish line ahead of the rest of the field, but was penalized by track officials for causing the incident and was awarded 10th place, the last position behind the rest of the cars that finished on the lead lap.

Dollar, who was running third at the time, was declared the unofficial winner, with Thaxton finishing second, Scott taking third place, Blake Stallings of Danville, Virginia being awarded fourth place and Nick Smith rounding out the top five finishers in the unofficial finishing order.

Willis Wins Fourth Career Limited Sportsman Division Crown

Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia won his fourth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division championship Saturday night with a 10th-place finish in the night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

Willis and Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina waged a hard-fought battle for the win after the race’s final caution flag flew with 13 laps to go, with Willis getting beside Borst on the inside several times without being able to make the pass.

A last-ditch effort by Willis on the last lap to earn the win came up short as Willis spun as the pair sped off of the fourth turn heading to the checkered flag.

Borst sped across the finish line to grab his sixth win of the season and tie Willis for the most wins in the division. Landon Pembleton of Amelia, Virginia finished third with Mark Cook finishing fourth and Mitchell Wright rounding out the top five finishers

Crews Captures First SBS Pure Stock Division Title

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia won his first career South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock Division championship Saturday night in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

Crews won the 30-lap race to earn his ninth victory of the season, edging Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia by .778-second.

Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia, Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Jesse Keesee completed the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Title; Claims Second Division Title

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia won his second South Boston Speedway Budweiser Hornets Division championship in Saturday night’s 15-lap season finale for the division. This season’s championship makes Currin the first driver to win multiple championships in the division.

Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia edged Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia by a foot in a near photo finish to win the 15-lap race and earn his second victory of the season.

Tyler Stanley of South Boston, Virginia, Currin, and Donald Clay of Clover, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

South Boston Speedway will close out its 2019 season in a big way with the 3 p.m. running of the AutosbyNelson,com 250 for the CARS Tour Series on Saturday afternoon, November 2.

The championships in both the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour will be decided in the event that will feature a 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race and a 125-lap Super Late Model race, with both races going for 125 green-flag laps.

Qualifying for that event will feature a knock-out qualifying format.

Advance tickets for the AutosbyNelson,com 250 are priced at $10 each through Friday, Nov. 1. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be priced at $15 each. Youth ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the AutosbyNelson,com 250 CARS Tour series 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.

Philip Morris Captures the Pole at South Boston’s Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200

Philip Morris powers down the front stretch at South Boston Speedway during final practice for the 2019 Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

South Boston, VA– Earlier today The Weekly Racer made a handful of picks on who we thought might be contenders for tonight’s races and Philip Morris helped our creditability as the hot sun finally started to set over turns one and two. Morris, who won final practice continued that speed into group qualifying capturing the top spot and earning the right to lead the field to green with a 15.022-second lap. That is an average of 95.859 miles per hour.

The 200-lap race will be run in two segments essentially. A caution will be displayed at lap 101. At that point, the field will be brought down pit road and teams will be given fifteen minutes to make normal pit stop adjustments. No hard parts may be changed or fuel added. Teams will need to finish the race with the tires they started with, however, they are permitted to rotate tires if they wish during that break.

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Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 Starting Order

  1. Phillip Morris – 15.022
  2. Mike Looney – 15.106
  3. Josh Berry – 15.137
  4. Ryan Repko – 15.163
  5. Trey Crews – 15.174
  6. Peyton Sellers – 15.177
  7. Bobby McCarty – 15.187
  8. Timothy Peters – 15.208
  9. Colin Garrett – 15.212
  10. Ty Gibbs – 15.227
  11. Brandon Pierce – 15.229
  12. Lee Pulliam – 15.237
  13. Mike Jones – 15.252
  14. Layne Riggs – 15.259
  15. Tyler Hughes – 15.260
  16. Justin T Carroll – 15.260
  17. Ryan Millington – 15.270
  18. Corey Heim – 15.307
  19. Ryan Wilson – 15.317
  20. Tim Phipps – 15.330
  21. Thomas Scott – 15.348
  22. Terry Dease – 15.384
  23. Brenden Queen – 15.386
  24. Justin S Carroll – 15.509
  25. Austin Thaxton – 15.548
  26. Mark Wertz – 15.551
  27. Daniel Shelton – 15.676
  28. Terry Carroll – 15.684
  29. Mark Keesee – 15.717
  30. Jordan Pickerel – 15.755
  31. Quincy Adkins – 15.798

South Boston Speedway’s 200-Lapper On June 29 Will Offer Huge Payout, Large Field, Fireworks

South Boston Speedway’s big Fourth of July celebration is always big from fans and drivers alike

South Boston, VA – As far as Peyton Sellers and Lee Pulliam are concerned, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 at South Boston Speedway on June 29.

“This race has been gaining a lot of traction over the past few years,” said Sellers. “It brings cars from a lot of different tracks.”

“It’s a huge deal,” said Pulliam.

These two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions should know. Between them they have won eight of the mid-season-classics. At one point, Pulliam won an amazing six straight. Sellers has won it twice, in 2005 and then again last season.

Why is the 200-lapper such a big deal? Let’s count the ways.

First, it is the initial leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, the three-race series that awards the winner $7,000, the second-place finisher $2,000 and the third-place finisher $1,000. The other two races in the series are the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway on July 20 and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

“It’s an absolute necessity to finish good in this race if you want to win the triple crown,” said Pulliam, who won the 2015 triple crown. “One bad race and you’re not going to win this deal. You have to get off on the right foot.”

“You used to have a mulligan in the triple crown. Now it takes three perfect races,” added Sellers, who has captured three triple crown titles. “If you are going to run good in the triple crown, you have to run good at South Boston.”

Then there is the purse. For the first time, the winner will take home $10,000 up from $6,500 in past years. “That’s going to help bring some really good cars,” Sellers said of the 10-grand first-place prize.

Last year’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 attracted 35 entries. A similar field is expected again this season.

“I think with the purse this is definitely going to bring a few more (cars),” said Sellers. “It’s kind of an off weekend. People tend to come out. They know South Boston will have seven or eight thousand fans there and it’s easier to pick up a one-off sponsorship.”

Then there are the non-racing activities that make the night a big deal. There will be a huge prerace fan-appreciation event on track with drivers from all divisions signing autographs and interacting with fans.

The night will end with a bang as the area’s largest Fourth of July fireworks display will be set off outside of the third turn following the final race of the night.

There will be a full night of racing action with the 200-lap Late Model race, a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office or by calling 877.440.1540, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5  p.m. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

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.

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