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Late Model Stock Competition Much Deeper Than Expected At South Boston Speedway This Season

Teenager Daniel Silvestri (97) has been one of the big Late Model Stock surprises at South Boston Speedway this season.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – The racing season is young at South Boston Speedway, with just four race dates in the books so far. But there have already been some solid story lines revealed.

As expected, the three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions, Peyton Sellers, Philip Morris, and Lee Pulliam have dominated victory lane.

What may be unexpected though, is the depth of the competition. Ten different drivers … Pulliam, Sellers, Morris, Mike Looney, Austin Thaxton, Jason Barnes, Trey Crews, Thomas Scott, Mike Jones, and Daniel Silvestri have all posted top-5 finishes in just five races this season.

Thaxton and Crews have been solid enough to elbow their way into the top-5 in the point standings, despite the winning ways of the big three. With second, fourth and fifth-place finishes, Thaxton is tied for second with Morris in the Late Model points standings, trailing only Sellers.

Late Model rookie Crews is fourth in the standings after a pair of third-place finishes and four top-10 efforts. Pulliam, who won the season-opener, is fifth in points.

Morris and Sellers have two wins apiece.

Silvestri is perhaps the biggest surprise of the season. The 16-year-old rookie finished second to Sellers on April 20 in just his third Late Model start. He also has a sixth to his credit this season.

The Limited Sportsman Division has seen parity as well early in 2019. There have been three different winners … Danny Willis Jr., Jacob Borst, and Daniel Moss … in three races this year.

There is just a 10-point difference between first and fourth in the Limited points standings. Moss leads the way with 106 points, followed by Willis with 99, Jessica Dana with 98 and Borst with 96.

Nathan Crews, behind a pair of victories, leads the Budweiser Pure Stock Points by 17 over Jordan Pickrel and Bruce Mayo, who are tied for second. Crews captured the first two races of the season and Pickrel won the most recent Pure Stock race.

Steven Layne leads the Budweiser Hornets Division in victories with two but trails Kevin Currin, who has one victory, in points. Currin has a five-point, 122-117 lead over Layne.

All divisions will be back in action Saturday night with the Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100, featuring a 100-lap Late Model Stock race, twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.

Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the green flag falling at 7 p.m.

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.

Sellers Scores Second South Boston Speedway Win in Easter Bunny Late Model 100

South Boston, Va – Defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division Champion Peyton Sellers sped past teenage rookie Daniel Silvestri with 53 laps to go and went on to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.

Saturday night’s win in the caution-free race was the second of the season for the former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion from Danville, Virginia.

Silvestri, driving a car co-owned by NASCAR racer Jeb Burton of Halifax, Virginia and H. C. Sellers of Danville, Virginia, trailed by 2.498 seconds at the finish. The race was Silvestri’s second outing in a Late Model Stock Car. He had competed in twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway on March 30.

Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia finished third, holding off former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia in a battle for third place over the closing laps.

The race featured two lead changes among Sellers and Silvestri, with Sellers leading twice for a total of 86 laps and Silvestri leading once for 14 laps.

Sellers averaged 91.168 mph in winning the race that took 26 minutes and 19 seconds to complete.

Borst, Moss Split Wins In Limited Sportsman Twinbill

Two new winners emerged in the pair of 25-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division races Saturday night at South Boston Speedway, with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia splitting wins in the twinbill.

In the first 25-lap race, Borst took the lead from Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina on the 10th lap and held off a fast-closing Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia to secure the win. Borst’s margin of victory over Willis was .287-second.

Dana finished third with rookie Landon Pembelton and Moss rounding out the top five finishers.

The second race featured an inverted start among the top four finishers of the first race, but Moss started from the pole after a crash that occurred before the first lap was completed took out Pembelton and heavily damaged Willis’s car.

Moss led the entire race, edging Dana by .216-second to claim the win. Borst finished third with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Cole Bruce of Fredericksburg, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Crews Wins Pure Stock Division Race

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the lead from Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia on the second lap and took the win in the night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

The win was the second for Crews in as many starts at South Boston Speedway this season.

Pickrel finished second .589-second behind Crews with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia and Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Race

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia took the lead from Aaron Cash of South Boston, Va. with four laps to go and held on to win the night’s 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was the first of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.

Cash finished second with Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Josh Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

The stars and cars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, May 4 when “America’s Hometown Track” hosts the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program.

The unique event, one o f the bigger events of the season at South Boston Speedway, will feature the competitors of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in twin 100-lap races. South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Pure Stock Division racers will compete in a 30-lap race and the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors will compete in a 15-lap race.

Practice will run from 1:30 p.m. until 3:40 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5 p.m. A driver autograph session will be held trackside at 6 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets priced at $10 will be available for purchase until Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. Adult general admission tickets will be $15 on race day. Youth ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s 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.

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.

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