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South Boston Speedway Officials Hopeful for Some Racing in 2020; Track Championships Will Not be Awarded

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 – South Boston Speedway officials remain optimistic there will be some racing at “America’s Hometown Track” in 2020, but due to the lack of remaining weekends in the season and current COVID-19 restrictions, no track championships will be awarded this season.

“It is very unfortunate that this will be the first time in the track’s 63-year history that no championships will be awarded at the year’s end,” said South Boston Speedway CEO Nick Igdalsky. “We still remain optimistic that we will be able to host some races in 2020 if the COVID-19 restrictions are loosened. If we do have an opportunity to race up to December, we will!”

Restrictions contained in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Forward Virginia state re-opening plan have not allowed South Boston Speedway to hold racing events thus far this season. The mandate for speedways in Phase Three of the plan states the total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) cannot exceed 1,000 people.

“We are not able to hold any racing events with the current state limitation of 1,000 total people including both participants and patrons without making huge compromises to put on the event,” Igdalsky explained.

“It is our passion to provide exciting and affordable family entertainment for all of our loyal fans in South Boston, Halifax County and surrounding communities. But, we will only do so when we don’t need to charge our fans two times what they usually pay, reduce the number of races each night, cut competitors’ purses, or cut any corners that would jeopardize the safety and conveniences of our competitors and fans.”

Some of Virginia’s short tracks have been hosting racing events while complying with the state mandates.

“We acknowledge that some Virginia tracks have opened, and we are very proud of their efforts and hope our regular competitors support the tracks that are able to make it work right now.” said Igdalsky.

Igdalsky pointed out that South Boston Speedway has been operating successfully in Halifax County for over six decades and has become a true shining gem among short tracks across America for many reasons.

“We will not compromise the venue’s storied history, reputation, value and the safety of our competitors and fans to hold a scaled-down race night and charge twice the usual price with the current restrictions,” Igdalsky stated.

“The main goal is to keep South Boston Speedway open for another 63 years. It hurts to miss most of the 2020 season, but we will do everything possible to ensure future generations also get to make the lifelong memories and friendships that so many have made at SoBo since 1957.”

South Boston Speedway will remain open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for any teams interested in testing and for any drivers looking to stay sharp.

For the latest news and announcements about South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com and the speedway’s social media outlets.

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.

Peyton Sellers Wins Caution Filled Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston

Peyton Sellers celebrates in victory lane at South Boston Speedway June 29, 2019. (Andy Newsom/Loose In, Tight Off)

South Boston, VA– Philip Morris was the big man on campus earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying when he was just a couple thousands of a second away from breaking the fourteen-second lap bracket and earned the right to bring the thirty-one car field to the green. Mike Looney, Josh Berry, Ryan Repko, and Trey Crews made up the remaining fastest five starters.

The 200-lap lap Virginia Triple Crown opener would be run in two segments essentially. The first would be 101-laps in distance. Teams would then have fifteen minutes to come down pit road for adjustments and full. A number of cars would then be inverted and sent out for the remaining 99 laps.

It was no surprise that Philip Morris was strong from the drop of the green flag. Leading all but the last ten or so laps when Josh Berry got by him on a restart and he started to slip back through the field. He would ultimately land in the fifth position by the time the halfway caution was displayed. We couldn’t confirm if he had a mechanical issue or if he was playing the invert game. Either way, it came back to bite him when he ended up in the turn four walls and ultimately on the rollback.

Tyler Hughes would inherit the lead following the ten-car invert. With the help of the inside line, clean track, and a plethora of yellow flags, Hughes looked to have what it took to pick up his first Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 victory. However, a right front tire issue would take away those hopes in a hurry. The lead would change hands multiple times between multiple drivers until Layne Riggs and Collin Garrett make contact and literally part the sea for Sellers to take the lead.

Peyton turned into the Peyton of old with 20-laps to go and was able to hold off a hard-charging Lee Pulliam to pick up yet another South Boston Speedway win, extend both his track and national points lead, as well as get a huge leg up on the Virginia Triple Crown standings going into the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway in a few short weeks.

“We had just enough car there at the end,” a tired Peyton Sellers said in victory lane. “Lee Pulliam had the best car there the last twenty or thirty laps. He didn’t go on that restart good and we got a good little lead on him but he came back strong, I knew he would This Clarence’s Steak House/Danville Toyota racecar was strong when it needed to be.”

In a race that saw more than ten cautions and two large pileups on the front stretch, Sellers admitted at some point it came down to maintaining the nose on the car.

“Man, this was a race of attrition,” Sellers added. “We hung around eighth place all night. Never could get track position till the last restart. Here we are with fifteen to go and we were sitting second and it was time to go.”

Sellers admitted that he didn’t have the fastest car but he was certainly at the right place at the right time and capitalized.

“He [Pulliam] ran me clean there at the end,” Sellers spoke about that last restart. “He could have driven through there and took us out but he didn’t, that’s what racing is all about. We had a good clean battle last week for the win and he won that one so the respect comes back on me and I appreciate that.  These races are hard to come by.”

With the win, tonight Sellers sits on top of the Triple Crown Standings. As a previous winner of the mini-series, Sellers was asked how he feels about it early this year.

“We have to go to Langley with an open mind,” Sellers went on to say about his previous Virginia Triple Crown wins. “I told them earlier today you can’t play today’s game with yesterdays home run. We will put our nose down and try to get a win over there.”

 

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. Peyton Sellers
  2. Lee Pulliam
  3. Trey Crews
  4. Mike Looney
  5. Corey Heim
  6. Brandon Pierce
  7. Timothy Peters
  8. Tyler Hughes
  9. Thomas Scott
  10. Mike Jones
  11. Terry Carroll
  12. Ty Gibbs
  13. Brenden Queen
  14. Layne Riggs
  15. Colin Garrett
  16. Ryan Millington
  17. Josh Berry
  18. Mark Wertz
  19. Mark Keesee
  20. Quincy Adkins
  21. Justin S Carroll
  22. Tim Phipps
  23. Phillip Morris
  24. Terry Dease
  25. Justin T Carroll
  26. Ryan Wilson
  27. Daniel Shelton
  28. Bobby McCarty
  29. Jordan Pickerel
  30. Ryan Repko
  31. Austin Thaxton

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.

To follow all of tonight’s actions make sure to pay attention to our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer) as well as our LIVE coverage at the following link >> http://bit.ly/2YoriDk

 

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

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 “Who to Watch”

Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. It’s that time! Time for some big time Late Model Stock Car Racing. Round one of the 2019 Virginia Triple Crown series kicks off this evening at South Boston Speedway for their annual Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. Thirty plus cars have converged on the .400-mile Speedway all bunting for the big pay day.

As always The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the start of practice to the checkered flag. You can follow all the action here at this link ->> https://www.24live.co/live/2289885268277396739. Coverage will begin approx. 1:00 PM EDT.

Need to know who to keep your eye on tonight. We got you covered there too! Here are our top five picks for tonight’s race. What about you? Who do you have coming home the winner?

1:30 PM: Practice

4:30 PM: Euro Qualifying

5:30 PM: On track Fan Appreciation

7:00 PM: GREEN FLAG

  • Hornets: 20
  • Pure Stock: 40
  • Late Model: 200
  • Limited Sportsman: 75

To Follow: Fireworks

Josh’s Pick 5

Phillip Morris – It’s Phillip Morris, how could you not pick him as a favorite? Yeah he’s had an up and down season, but when you put Morris and a big race at SoBo together, you’re going to get the best Morris there is. After finishing second to Sellers last year in this race, Phillip looks to get that one extra position to put him in victory lane this year.

Lee Pulliam – He’s put all his dedication into South Boston this season by running a full season there. He’s fourth in points at the track and has two wins, he’s coming off a last place finish in the most recent Late Model race. He’ll be looking to turn his luck around with a strong finish.

Bobby McCarty – Bobby has ran the CARS tour series for a few years now and he won the championship last season. Anywhere McCarty goes, he’s a top three runner. This will be McCartys first appearance at South Boston since last years 200 lap race where he finished fifth.

Peyton Sellers – Sellers will be looking to defend his title as last years winner this year. He’s the points leader at the track, he’s had strong runs at multiple tracks and wins at multiple tracks this season. Being first in national points also gives him a boost to run his best with a big car count expected for more points towards a national championship.

Josh Berry – Berry has been strong in every single CARS tour race this season. Late race luck just hasn’t been on his side, but the other drivers know who’s been the top performer. After breaking through and picking up the win at Dominion last weekend, Berry looks to continue his dominant performances going into this weekend.

Dark Horse:

Thomas Scott – Scott runs well in any big race he goes to. He’s third in points at South Boston, five out of nine races this season he’s finished in the top five with two runner up finishes. He had a chance to win the inaugural Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway earlier this year, until a late race wreck ended his night. He finished 17th last year, he’s looking to improve that stat a lot this year.

Justin’s Pick 5

Peyton Sellers – You would be crazy to count Peyton Sellers out of any race he shows up to. It would be even more wild to count him out at his home track of South Boston. Sellers is your current points leader at the speedway as well as NWAAS points. Sellers also posted times in the low 15’s yesterday during practice. Keep your eyes in that white and orange two-six come race time.

Philip Morris – I would have to second Josh’s statement from above. It’s Philip Morris, how can you not pick this man as a favorite. He has won at just about every track he’s been to. You could also argue that Morris is not hitting on all cylinders this year like he was last year. Either way, Morris will certainly be a front runner and a contender at the end of the feature.

Mike Looney – The saying strike when the iron is hot comes to mind with this pick. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner knows how to deal with pressure in these big races and has certainly been hitting on something out at his home track in the mountains of Virginia. Last week he picks up a win in his first visit to Langley Speedway. Look for Looney to ride that momentum into tonight feature.

Timothy Peters – So he hasn’t been in a Late Model Stock much this year but it’s Timothy Peters. Not to mention when you have the backing of Berry Nelson you know your going to have some of the best equipment out there. If Peters can keep the nose clean he will most certainly be a car to watch in the closing laps.

Brenden Queen – You might say this is more suited for a dark horse or sleeper pick but let me take a second to tell you why we don’t think so. Queen has always done well in these long distances races. He has also been more determined than ever this year to perform. He has also teamed up with car owner Andre Grier which, despite some obvious growing pains and learning the car, has proven to be a good partnership. Queen will need to focus on keeping tires under his machine and make the right moves at the right time. If he can do that there is a chance we may see him in victory lane.

Dark Horse

Mark Wertz – Yup, I said it! Don’t sleep on the Chesapeake native. Wertz stepped back from full time competition this year to assist in the development of Connor Hall. One thing this has allowed him to do is pick and choose the races he wants to run. What’s the benefit in that? Focused attention. Wertz has plenty of experience at South Boston to be a real threat. With him stepping away from full time driving it’s just enough for other drivers to “count him out” which makes him dangerous.

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