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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.

Lee Pulliam, Peyton Sellers Split South Boston Speedway Late Model Stock Twinbill

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champions Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia split wins Saturday night in the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program at South Boston Speedway.

Pulliam survived a tough battle with eventual runner-up Thomas Scott and Sellers, who started at the rear of the 16-car field after deciding following qualifying that he would rather race the car he had designated as his back-up car.

The Alton, Virginia resident edged Scott by .707-second in capturing his second win of the season at “America’s Hometown Track,” with Sellers trailing Scott by a couple of car lengths in third place. Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia and Daniel Silvestri of Great Falls, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the opener.

The second race featured another tense battle among the trio, with Sellers driving from his eighth starting position under an inverted start among the top 10 finishers of the first race to take the lead from Thaxton on lap 22 and capture his third win of the season at South Boston Speedway.

Scott, from Efland, North Carolina, held off Pulliam over the last seven laps in a stirring battle for the runner-up spot to finish the night with a pair of runner-up finishes. He trailed Sellers by 1.913 seconds at the finish, with Pulliam less than a car length behind him.

Silvestri finished fourth and Thaxton finished fifth, giving both drivers a pair of top-five finishes for the night.


Moss Scores Win In Limited Sportsman Division Race

Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia scored his third win of the season Saturday night, fending off Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Danny Willis, Jr. of South Boston, Virginia in a six-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s two caution periods to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

Moss, the division points leader, edged Borst by .417-second to take the win, with Willis trailing in third place about a second behind Borst. Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina and

Kenny Daniel of Sutherlin, Virginia completed the top five finishers.

There were two lead changes among Moss and Borst, with Moss leading twice for a total of 31 laps, including the final six circuits.

Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina was treated for a foot injury following a crash on lap 25 in which her car crashed into the inside retaining wall on the front stretch. The car’s fuel cell was ruptured in the crash, sparking a fire that briefly engulfed a portion of the car. Dana was able to escape the flaming car without incident.

Pickrel Takes Win In Budweiser Pure Stock Division Race Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the night’s caution-free 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race. The win was Pickrel’s third of the season in the division.

Division points leader Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the runner-up spot, finishing about a quarter of a lap behind Pickrel. Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Halifax, Virginia residents Bruce Mayo and Randy Hupp rounded out the top five finishers in the race.


Cash Claims Win In Budweiser Hornets Division Race

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia became the third driver this season to score his first career win Saturday night with a flag-to-flag win in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. With the win, Cash became the fourth different winner in the division’s first five races of the season.

Two-time winner Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia took the runner-up spot, with Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia and Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.


Butcher, Sauls Take Wins In Southern Ground Pounders Race

Greg Butcher of Mocksville, North Carolina took the win in the Sportsman Division and Dwight Sauls won the Modified Division in Saturday night’s 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Sportsman Division driver Jerry Rice led the early portion of the race, with Butcher taking the lead on lap 13 when the engine in Rice’s car went up in smoke.


Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 15, with the 7 p.m. running of the Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the six-race program. Twin 25-lap races are on tap for the Limited Sportsman Division, and twin 15-lap races are set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. A 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division teams will round out the night’s action.

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 Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Crews Scores First LMSC Win In Bojangles 100 At South Boston Speedway

South Boston, VA – The depth in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway has been getting better with each week of the 2019 season.
It took another step in that direction Saturday night when Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car race win in the Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100.

Crews, the outside pole starter, held off former NASCAR national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Nick Sanchez of Miami, Florida in a 37-lap sprint to the finish following the race’s final caution period to capture his first win. His margin of victory was .748-second.

The Halifax, Virginia resident took the lead at the outset and held a lead of almost a quarter of a lap over Pulliam and Sanchez when a caution flag flew for an incident on lap 63. Pulliam and Sanchez gave Crews a hard run for a handful of laps after the restart, but Crews was able to gradually pull away as Pulliam and Sanchez engaged in a close side-by-side battle for second place, a battle Pulliam won by about two car lengths.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia finished fourth and Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that took just over an hour to complete.

Moss, Willis Split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill

Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races. The wins marked the second victory of the season for both drivers.

Moss took the lead from Willis with three laps to go as they battled on the restart following the last of the race’s three caution periods and held off Willis to win by .415-second. Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia and Brent Younger of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Willis started on the outside of the front row in the second race, took the lead from Myers on the second lap and drove to a .685-second win over Moss, who got around Myers to take second place on the next-to-last lap of the race.

Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina, and Dawson rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

Crews, Pickrel Pick Up Wins In Pure Stock Division Twins

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 15-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division races.

Crews fended off Pickrel in a close battle in the first of the pair of 15-lap races, edging Pickrel by a slim margin of .338-second. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia finished third, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia and Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia.

Crews and Pickrel exchanged the lead three times in the opening race, with Crews taking the lead for good with eight laps to go to capture his third win of the season.

Pickrel started on the front row and led the entire way in the second race that was marred by a multi-car incident on the opening lap. Justin Dawson’s car was destroyed and Hupp’s car was totaled when it overturned on the front stretch. Neither driver was injured.

A good jump on the start allowed Pickrel to pull away from the field, and with no challenges, he sped to a three-second win over runner-up Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia. Mayo finished third with Kenny Mills Jr. of Alton, Virginia, and Crews running out the top five finishers.

Dawson Takes Hornets Division Win

Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career win Saturday night in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. With the victory, Dawson became the third different winner in the four races run in the division thus far this season.

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia finished second with Micah Pacifico of Providence, North Carolina, Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia and Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 1 with the 7 p.m. Running of the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

The six-race program will be headlined by twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors. Also on tap are a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m. Practice goes from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand gates 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 with children ages 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.
For additional information about the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at www.southboston speedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

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.

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