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Craving More Track Time, Daniel Makes Big Jump To Limited Sportsman Division At South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Kenny Daniel enjoyed his rookie season in the entry-level Hornet Division at South Boston Speedway last year and was fairly successful, finishing fifth in the points.

But there was something missing for the 36-year-old Daniel that prompted a big jump up for the 2019 season which begins Saturday afternoon with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Late Model Twin 100s.

The sod farmer from Sutherlin will strap into a Limited Sportsman car for Saturday’s 50-lap Limited race. And it’s those 50 laps that prompted Daniel to make the move.

It’s a real big jump from the Hornets to Limiteds. There’s a lot more motor … four cylinders more,” Daniel joked. “But mainly it’s to run more laps. You get a lot more laps in the Limiteds. It was only 15-lap races in the Hornets. By the time you get going, it’s time to quit.”

So, while Daniel and his crew were keeping his Hornet Division car race-ready last year, they were also building a Limited Sportsman car for this season. They probably did 90 percent of the work themselves, farming out only the set up to Midnight Performance and the shocks to Puryear Racing Parts.

The car was finished a couple of weeks ago and they’ve managed to get to the track twice to test already. And as Daniel had expected, it’s a huge step up for him.

“We’re happy with the car and the way it’s handling. We’ve still got some adjustments and fine tuning,” said Daniel. “The driver has still got a lot of adjusting to do. I’ve got to get more seat time and get info back to the crew.

“The power has been an adjustment, but I like the power. The biggest adjustment has probably been the grip with the bigger tires,” said Daniel, who plans to start at the rear of the field for the “first two or three races” until he gets a good feel for the car.

For older race fans, Daniel’s car will look familiar: it’s the same bright yellow with the No. 2 on the door that the late Goo Fallen’s cars ran at South Boston with driver Danny Willis Sr. back in the 1990s.

“It’s a throwback to Goo’s car and to my daddy. That was the number my daddy ran when he raced sprint cars and that was the number and color Goo ran. My dad worked on Goo’s pit crew,” said Daniel, who is sponsored by White Appraisals, Southern Restorations, Nutrient Solutions, and of course, his family’s farm, Daniel’s Sod Farm. “I was just a little kid, but I used to go to Goo’s shop with my dad some nights and roll around on a creeper while they worked on the car.”

There will be another familiar look to the car: it will carry the bright blue angel wings his Hornet car carried last year. They are a tribute to his young daughter Kendal, who was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome when she was two. Angelman syndrome is a rare neuro-genetic disorder with symptoms that include developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures and walking and balance disorders. Children with Angelman syndrome typically have a happy, excitable demeanor with frequent smiling, laughter and hand-flapping movements.

South Boston Speedway’s season opens Saturday afternoon with twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race. Grandstands open at 12:30 p.m. and the first race begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are just $10 for adults and children 12-and-under admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 877.440.1540 or by stopping by the South Boston Speedway office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Peyton Sellers Edges Philip Morris for Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 Win

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SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Peyton Sellers scored his second win of the season at South Boston Speedway Saturday night and did it in a stirring fashion in the track’s biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race of the season.

The Danville, Virginia resident fended off Philip Morris in a 17-lap sprint to the finish that followed the last of the race’s seven caution periods to win the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson NASCAR Late Model 200. Sellers’ win was worth a total of $8,000. He picked up $6,500 for winning the race, scored a $1,000 prize from Sparks Oil Company for winning the pole and earned another $500 prize from Sparks Oil Company for leading the most laps.

Saturday night’s win was the second of the season for Sellers at the .4-mile oval. It was the first win for Sellers in South Boston Speedway’s premier mid-summer classic that serves as the first leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. The Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway later this month and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway in late September comprise the other two legs. The driver with the best average finish in the three races earns a $10,000 prize at the conclusion of the race at Martinsville Speedway.

Morris, who entered the race having won six of the season’s first eight races at South Boston Speedway, finished second .064-second or about two car lengths behind Sellers. Tyler Hughes of Cordova, Md. Finished third, just over a second behind Sellers, with one-time South Boston Speedway winner Brandon Pierce of Oak Ridge, North Carolina and Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.

C.E. Falk, Woody Howard of Chesapeake, Virginia, Justin Carroll, Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia and Tim Phipps of Tracy’s Landing, Maryland rounded out the top ten finishers in the 35-car field.

Sellers led four times for a total of 129 laps in the race that saw the lead swap hands 10 times among six different drivers. Morris led twice for a total of 25 laps. Eight of the lead changes occurred in the first half of the race.

Sellers caught two big breaks during the race, the first coming when he pitted on lap 53 during a caution period to have his team change a flat right rear tire. He raced his way back to sixth place by the mid-race break and restarted the race from fourth place after Morris, the halfway leader, drew a nine for the inverted restart, meaning the top nine drivers at the halfway break would be inverted for the start of the second half of the race.

He needed only three laps after the restart of the race to take the top spot. Once in front, Sellers never relinquished the lead, fending off challenges from Hughes and Morris to secure the win.

 

DANA WINS 75-LAP LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION RACE

Jessica Dana, who wowed South Boston Speedway fans by winning a Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston Speedway on June 16, did it again Saturday night, this time, winning South Boston Speedway’s longest and richest Limited Sportsman Division race of the season.

Dana, of Mooresville, North Carolina, muscled her way past Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia on the 47th lap and edged Crews by .825-second to win Saturday night’s 75-lap race. With the win, Dana became the first female driver to win the track’s biggest Limited Sportsman Division race of the season.

Karl Budzevski of Montvale, Virginia, Jacob Borst and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the 12-car field.

 

AUTRY TAKES PURE STOCK DIVISION WIN

Greg Autry of South Boston, Virginia grabbed the lead on the opening lap and sped to victory Saturday night in the 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race. Saturday night marked the third time that the two-time former South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock Division champion has won the division’s longest and richest race of the season at South Boston Speedway.

Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia finished second 1.195-second behind Autry with Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia, Kenny Mills of Alton, Virginia and division points leader Daniel Shelton of Hurt, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

 

JARRELL WINS IN HORNETS DIVISION

Cameron Jarrell of Amelia, Virginia made it a perfect three-for three Saturday night, winning the 20-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.

The win in the season’s biggest race for the division’s competitors gives him wins in all three of the races run in the division to date this season.

Defending division champion Tyler Crute of Alton, Virginia finished second with Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Kenny Daniel of Sutherlin, Virginia and Joey Clay of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Jarrell led twice for a total of 16 laps in the race that saw t he lead change hands four times among four drivers.

 

NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday, July 14 with the running of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will headline the six-race card that starts at 7 p.m. The night’s action will also include twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Hornets 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 Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s 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.

Cory Dunn, Mod 4 Division Will Be Making South Boston Speedway Debut In Season Opener April 7

Cory Dunn practiced his Mod4 last week at South Boston Speedway in preparation for their debut at SoBo on April 7th. (Photo: South Boston Press Release)

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Cory Dunn is going to be a road warrior this year, but that’s just fine with him.

There was a time when he was a driver without a track, so a 2 1/2 -hour drive to South Boston Speedway from his Salem home isn’t that big of a deal.

Dunn will be competing in South Boston Speedway’s new Mod 4 Division this year, but it won’t be new to him. He’s one of a group of 10 or so Mod 4 drivers who were left searching for track time when Motor Mile Speedway in Radford announced it wasn’t opening in 2018.

The group pleaded its case to South Boston Speedway to add them and now they will be in the schedule of races for the Danville Toyota Twin 100s on April 7. It will be the track’s season opener, postponed from last Saturday night.

“It was a bummer when we heard Motor Mile was closing. Heck we didn’t have anywhere to race,” said Dunn. “I was excited when I found out South Boston was going to run this class. I know the history of South Boston Speedway and what it means to the sport. It’s a great opportunity for us. I think it’s going to be a great season.”

Dunn got a late start behind the wheel considering today’s standards. Although he comes from a racing family and he started helping late model driver Bryan Reedy when he was 15, he was 20 and winding down classes at Roanoke College before he sat behind the wheel of a race car.

“Dennis and Pop Holdren gave me an opportunity two years ago to try out to drive their car and fortunately I did well enough to make it,” said Dunn, referring to a long-time Roanoke-area racing family. Dennis will also be competing in the Mod 4 class this season at South Boston. “I was finishing at Roanoke College when I actually started racing.”

In his rookie season, Dunn was co-rookie of the year and finished fourth in the Mod 4 points driving the Holdren’s car. Before the start of the 2017 season he purchased a car of his own, and even though he finished fourth in points again, it was a season of improvement as he scored his first pole in the final race of the season.

“It was a very tough division. I finally got to the point where I could run with the leaders, and once that happened, I learned a lot,” Dunn said of the division that features light-weight, rear-wheel-drive cars that run a high-revving four-cylinder engine.

Dunn, who is a sales coordinator at Carter Machinery in Salem, rolled onto the racing surface at South Boston Speedway the first time Wednesday for a day of practice. He left feeling positive.

“There was a learning curve. This is a totally different scenario at a totally different track, but we got it dialed in as the day went on,” said Dunn, who is sponsored by Woodson Honda, Fire Equipment Company of Salem, Associated Packaging of Roanoke, Bill Richard All-State Agent, PMI Lubricants, The Jerry Wimmer Trio, Hannabas and Rowe Collision Center and Grand Storage of Vinton.

“I was surprised … pleasantly surprised … at how fast it is. You’ve got to be up on the wheel the entire race.”

Dunn and the entire field will be up on the wheel April 7 when the Mod 4 Division debuts with a 30-lap race, part of the Danville Toyota Twin 100s racing program. It will also feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the rescheduled event. 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.

Tickets are $10 for adults and 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.

Hunt-Sellers Racing Adds Late model Driver Colin Garrett to 2018 Lineup

DANVILLE, Va., March 21, 2018 – Hunt-Sellers Racing (HSR) announced on Wednesday that Colin Garrett, South Boston Speedway’s 2017 Limited Sportsman champion, has signed with the team for three races of the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (KNPSE) schedule.  Garrett joins HSR’s driver development program while he competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series full-time, focusing on the Dominion Raceway track championship. For his partial KNPSE campaign, Garrett has partnered with Propel GPS.

The 17-year-old, South Boston, Va. native will move to the cockpit of the No. 18 Propel GPS Toyota Camry beginning at Langley Speedway on April 28. He will later compete at Iowa Speedway and the fall race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, two first time visits. With the guidance of team owner, series veteran, and driver coach Sam Hunt, Garrett will be learning valuable skills to compete against the KNPSE field while focusing on winning races.

“It means a lot for me to have the opportunity to be able to run one of these cars for Hunt-Sellers Racing in the K&N series,” said Garrett. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to get to the top of our sport, and I believe making this step at this point in time is the thing to do to further work towards making my dream come true.”

Garrett began racing in 2015 when he joined Sellers Racing Inc. in the Pure Stock division at South Boston Speedway. He later began racing Limited Late Models (LLM) and Late Model Stock Cars (LMSC), and, in 2017, he won the Limited Sportsman championship title at South Boston Speedway.

“I’m looking forward to working with Colin,” said Sam Hunt. “Since his racing debut in 2015, he has shown a lot of promise. We are excited to see him succeed this season, and we’re lucky to have him as part of our driver development program. But, more importantly, we’re looking ahead to winning races this season with him behind the wheel.”

Hunt also notes that two of the three tracks that Garrett will be competing at will be new to him.

“We’re looking to capitalize on his South Boston Speedway championship last year and the lessons that will be learned this season as Colin chases the Dominion Raceway championship. We’re looking forward to developing his skills to adapt to different scenarios that he will face in the future. He has shown versatility, and he has the drive and determination to win.”

As part of the program, Garrett will be competing in LMSC’s throughout the 2018 season in addition to the three KNPSE races he has signed for. He will be racing with Sellers Racing Inc. for the Dominion Raceway track championship in Thornburg, Va. Garrett will also be competing in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown and Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway, the Valley Star Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, the South Boston Speedway 200 and more.

In February, Garrett had the opportunity to test with HSR in a KNPSE car at Dominion Raceway. The test was a kick-start to the team’s driver development deal with Garrett.

“It was so fun. I was actually pretty nervous at first, but once I got in, it came so naturally to me,” he said.

Propel GPS will be aboard the No. 18 Toyota Camry for all three races. “We’re looking forward to supporting Colin as he is an up-and-coming driver, especially as he is still a teen,” said Propel GPS CEO Rick Burtner. “Colin is a part of our platform for driver safety which has an emphasis on teen and family safe driving.”

“I can’t thank Propel GPS enough for coming on board with us this season,” said Colin Garrett. “I’m looking forward to representing them, and I look forward to tackling these three races with HSR.”

 

About Hunt-Sellers Racing

Hunt-Sellers Racing (HSR) is a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (KNPSE) competing team. The team is owned and operated by veteran KNPSE competitor Sam Hunt and veteran late model stock car driver Peyton Sellers in Danville, Va. 2018 is HSR’s third year in KNPSE competition.

About Propel GPS

Propel GPS is a Virginia-based solution provider, also with an office in North Carolina and a shipping warehouse in the Los Angeles area, that offers an IoT/Cloud-based platform for assets of all types with vertical market applications in commercial vehicle fleet, transportation, utilities and construction equipment management. The Propel GPS solution delivers asset and temperature monitoring, along-route virtual geographic boundaries and fleet tracking. The software supports full reporting capabilities by vehicle, fleet, driver or team, allowing for a reduction in cost and an increase in productivity.

South Boston Speedway Offering Free Admission To Season Opener For Anyone With Martinsville Speedway Ticket

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SOUTH BOSTON, VA – South Boston Speedway wants you to double your fun if you plan on going to one of Martinsville Speedway’s two big race days next weekend.

The speedway announced Wednesday free admission to the Danville Toyota Twin 100s on March 24 for anyone presenting a ticket or 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.

The Danville Toyota Twin 100s are slated to take the green flag at 7 p.m. on March 24. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville is an afternoon race on March 24 while the STP 500 is on March 25.

“We think this is a great way to introduce some folks to racing at South Boston Speedway that has never been here before and at the same time offer a real bargain to any of our longtime fans who may be going to either of the Martinsville races,” said Cathy Rice, South Boston Speedway’s general manager.

South Boston Speedway’s season-opening Danville Toyota Twin 100s on March 24 will feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Tickets are $10 for adults and 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.

S02E11 – 2018 Season and Series Previews from the Mid Atlantic

The guys get back together for the first time in 2018 to talk about the recent races in the national series, ARCA, as well as the K&N Pro Series East season opener in Florida. We also take a look at six different tracks schedules throughout the Mid-Atlantic region along with the CARS Tour. Jesse announces he will be spotting full-time for #TeamRacingVirginia driver Grayson Cullather in the CARS Tour LMSC program.

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South Boston Speedway Regulars Figure Time Is Right For CARS Tour Debut

South Boston, VA – Neither Bobby McCarty nor Mike Jones has ever raced in a CARS Tour Late Model race, but they both figure October 14 is the perfect time to start.

The CARS Tour will make its inaugural stop at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, October 14 with a 125-lap race for the CARS Tour Late Models and a 125-lap race for the CARS Tour Super Late Models.

McCarty and Jones will be two of at least four South Boston regular competitors attempting to make the AutosbyNelson.com CARS Tour 250. Timothy Peters and Brandon Pierce have also committed to the late model race.

Austin Thaxton, who finished sixth in South Boston’s Late Model points this season, will be racing in the CARS Super Late Model event. He will be driving for the Georgia-based team that he has made several starts for this season.

“South Boston is a place where we run well and the money they (CARS) pay is really good,” McCarty said, explaining his decision to enter. “That and Mr. Nelson (car owner Barry Nelson) is sponsoring the race, so it would be a big deal for me to win a race with his name on it.”

McCarty scored four late model wins in the regular season at South Boston on his way to a runner-up finish in the points. McCarty said his experience should be a help, but it may not be a huge advantage.

“Yes and no,” McCarty responded when asked about a home-track advantage. “I know how the track will play out. I know the groove well, but I don’t know the tires they use so that could throw things off a bit.”

Not only will it be Jones’ first CARS Tour race, it will be his first Late Model race. Period. He’s been a regular in South Boston’s Limited Sportsman Division for several years and recorded three wins this year.

“I’ve been after dad for a year or more to do this,” said Jones, referring to his car owner and father Dean Jones. “I heckled him about it all of this year. So, I got with my chassis guy and engine builder decided we could do it and I submitted an entry. Then I told dad we were racing.”

Even though he doesn’t have any Late Model experience, he believes his time at South Boston in a Limited car will pay off.

“I’d like to think it’s an advantage running here. I’ve probably got 2,000 laps here on the new pavement and probably 10,000 total,” said Jones. “That was the reason I was trying to coax him (his father) to do it. It’s better than going to a track we haven’t seen before.”

Both McCarty and Jones know they will need every advantage they can get going head-to-head with the solid field of CARS regulars.

Layne Riggs brings a four-point lead over Josh Berry into the October 14 CARS Tour season finale. Berry’s Junior Motorsports teammate Anthony Alfredo is another five points back. Berry leads the tour with four wins while Riggs and Alfredo have two each.

The CARS Tour Late Model race will also have some former South Boston runners, including Deac McCaskill, Ronald Hill, and Justin Johnson.

Advance adult general admission tickets to the AutosbyNelson.com 250 are on sale in advance for $10 each. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be $15. Youth ages 7-12 will be admitted for $5 with children six and under admitted free.

This race will have knockout qualifying and run 125 green flag lap races.

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