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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.

Philip Morris Continues to Flex His Muscle at Langley Speedway; Becomes Eighth Different Hampton Heat 200 Winner

Philip Morris enters turn one during final practice Saturday afternoon during the 2018 Hampton Heat 200. He would go on to become the second driver in the ten-year history to lead flag-to-flag. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – After just about a month of waiting due to undesirable weather conditions, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was finally able to get the tenth running of the Hampton Heat 200 complete. Philip Morris won the $500 pole award Saturday afternoon just before the sky opened up monsoon style rain forcing officials to push the race back just one more day. The heat, the green race track, and a few tempers were not enough to deny Morris his eighth victory of 2018 at Langley Speedway and his first in the prestigious $10,000 to win race.

It was rather clear from pretty early on that it was going to take something short of a miracle to take this race from Morris. He was certainly kept honest throughout the 200-lap feature by the likes of Peyton Sellers, Bobby McCarty, and CE Falk but none had what it took to dethrone the proclaimed “King” of Late Model Stock Car racing.

The first half of the race mimicked that of race number one in a twin race night. Most drivers were rather calm, cool, and collected. Getting a feel of the racing surface and working to keep tires under their cars. Bobby McCarty was the first challenger for Morris. However, the best he could do was pull within a handful of car lengths of the leader even with the help of a lap sixty-one caution – the only one in the first half of the race.

The second half, well now that’s an entirely different story. Teams were given fifteen minutes to make adjustments, add fuel, and changeup to two tires without the fear of an invert. It was like all of the drivers decided it was time to take the gloves off. Get up on the wheel, or however else you want to word it once the race went back to green because all bets were off. Danny Edwards Jr., who has proven he can race and even beat Morris previously this year, once again put up a great fight on the top groove like we have seen in the past this season. However, it was not enough and Morris eventually took sole possession of the lead back and drove away.

Not to mention the second half of the race witnessed some of the most physical racing we have seen since last years Valley Star Credit Union 300. Multiple cars – some even being heavy favorites to find victory lane – found their cars destroyed before the checkered flag was even displayed. However, even with all of the cautions and about a ten-minute red flag for clean up in turn two after a wild crash involving Casey Wyatt, Mark Wertz, Connor Hall, and Woody Howard, it was still not enough to slow down the Trailer Town USA No. 1 machine of Morris who eventually went on to beat Peyton Sellers by almost a full two seconds.

With Morris and Sellers flip-flopping their finishing position from the opening round of the triple crown at South Boston the two will enter the Martinsville weekend tied for the points lead. Setting up one of the best battles for that title in recent history. Bobby McCarty, Thomas Scott, and Danny Edwards would round out the top five finishers.

 

UNOFFICIAL Hampton Heat 200 Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty; 200
  4. #8 Thomas Scott; 200
  5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  6. #12 Austin Thaxton; 200
  7. #4 Timmy Phipps; 200
  8. #02 CE Falk; 200
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  10. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  11. #12 Nick Smith; 199
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 199
  13. #22 Grayson Cullather; 198
  14. #2 Brandon Pierce; 198
  15. #83 Matt Bowling; 198
  16. #7 Justin T. Carroll; 197
  17. #25 Craig Eastep; 197
  18. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 190
  19. #36 Chris Johnson; 176
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 130
  21. #41 Woody Howard; 129
  22. #92 Casey Wyatt; 129
  23. #77 Connor Hall; 128
  24. #24 Colin Garrett; 127
  25. #8 Tyler Hughes; 111
  26. #19 Cameron Bowen; 110
  27. #50 Garrett Bunch; 101
  28. #9 Rodney Boyd; 99
  29. #88 Thomas Marks; 69
  30. #4 Duane Shreeeves; 27
  31. #97 Greg Edwards; 18

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.

Pulliam Wins At South Boston – Two for Three In VA Triple Crown Events

_Pulliam WinnerSouth Boston, VA – Lee Pulliam is no stranger to victory lane, especially when it comes to the 4/10th mile slightly bank oval of South Boston. This past weekend was no different with Pulliam adding pages to record books grabbing the win in the Bojangles Presents Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology and Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR Late Model 200. It was Pulliam’s fifth consecutive SoBo 200 win, his eighth of the season at South Boston, was the first time anyone has won more than one VA Triple Crown race in one year. Oh yea, did I mention it all comes after Pulliam grabbed his first at the “Concrete Jungle” known as Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee.

Though Pulliam was fast in practice, point’s leader Matt Bowling was able to snatch the pole with a time of 15.876 seconds (90.703 MPH), just .004 seconds faster than the Kiker Motorsports #5 machine. Austin Thaxton – who would later fail post qualifying tech and start in the rear – Bobby McCarty, and Matt Waltz would round out your starting five.

King Charles Photography Starting 5;

  1. #83 Matt Bowling – 15.876
  2. #5 Lee Pulliam – 15.880
  3. #12 Austin Thaxton – 15.903
  4. #6 Bobby McCarty – 15.973
  5. #2 Matt Waltz – 16.082

When the green flag waved over the field Matt Bowling took to the point and never really looked back. Well until we were placed under our first caution on lap 14 due to a spinning Justin Johnson in turn two. After throwing spark from under the right front from the get go, the team pulled the driver off the track heading for the garage area. The field doubled up after Waltz and McCarty take the cone, which the cone helped Waltz out a ton, he was able to grab second and regulating Pulliam to the fourth position.

Things stayed relatively calm through the first half. Some occasional door-to-door racing with Langley Speedway locals Terry & Just Carroll a little deeper in the field, a whole lot of “sizing up” in the top five, and a few wrecks thanks to Thaxton – contact with Juan Garcia in turn two sending him around and the caution to come out. As well as the #74 of Ronald Hill, who actually hit the backstretch/Turn three wall pretty hard. Spewing a good amount of fluid on the track, race control decided instead of rushing and doing a bad job, they would ride out the laps to the half way break.

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“Second Leg” Of Triple Crown Set To Get Underway This Weekend At South Boston

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South Boston, VA – With Mother Nature not cooperating the first time around, we look to this weekend for SoBo’s leg of the VA Triple Crown Trilogy. 200 laps are on deck for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock cars with up to $5,000 to the winner. Looking for some of the best drivers in the Mid-Atlantic region to converge on the historic 4/10th mile banked oval. Only problem… two other local tracks and one major touring series will also be running that day.

A decision not made lightly by Cathy Rice, South Boston Speedway promoter. “As a promoter for the speedway we did look into the other events that would be happening the weekend of August 29,” Rice said. “We also had to take in to consideration our schedule and what date worked best for us.   August 29 was the only available date for us to make up the July 3rd event and unfortunately for us Langley Speedway and the CARS Tour are running that night as well.” Rice did also tell us that she hates to put the competitors in the position to make a choice on where to compete that weekend. They are still hoping for a solid car count.

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C.E. Falk Optimistic For Record Fourth Hampton Heat Victory

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C.E. Falk, test day 2014 Hampton Heat. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer)

Mooresville, NC – Charles Edward Falk… better know around the shop as C.E. has proven time and time again he knows how to wheel a stock car around the flat track of Langley Speedway. Shoot, I stand corrected; the man can wheel a car pretty much anywhere you take him. Falk certainly has done a tremendous job making a name for himself in a Late Model Stock Car in the Mid-Atlantic region. Racking up four track championship – three of those were back-to-back-to-back – and winning the prestigious Hampton Heat three out of the seven times!

Falk however has not had the opportunity just yet this year to complete a race at Langley Speedway, they had made the trip up a few weeks back but of course Mother Nature had a different idea. Since then the team has still yet to take laps around the track. That however does not have the driver at all worried, even with new pavement around the corners. “Sounds okay,” Falk said, talking about the new pavement. “It’s good there was at least one race on it last weekend but honestly if Bill Mullis wanted to make half the track a dirt track I would still come up and run for a shot at $10,000.” He did tell me the team would be in town for Thursday nights practice as well as the practice Friday

We also talked about what it means and what it would mean to win for a fourth time. “Felt good [winning last year],” Falk said. “Probably going to have to free the car up a bit this year because of the pavement but we feel we have a really good package. Certainly going to be plenty of time for me to screw it up, it’s going to be tough, we just have to save our stuff.”

A 2015 Hampton Heat win will mark the second time in the events history that Falk wins back to back (’10 & ’11), it will also extend his record as the “winningest” driver of the series. “Winning a fourth would mean a lot to me,” Falk explained. “We have certainly won it a few different ways from starting in the back to dominating the whole race. I certainly know how to win but I also know how to lose.”

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South Boston: Big races, big names, big money, big fireworks show

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Friday, July 3 is a date short track racing fans in the area have been anticipating since the start of the 2015 racing season. At 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3, the green flag will wave for the start of the Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 racing program.

The Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents the Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR 200 racing program will feature three big money races, the biggest names in the region in short track racing and a fireworks extravaganza at the close of the night. The featured attraction of the night will be a 200-lap shootout for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.

Former South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division champion Matt Bowling has jumped to the top of the 2015 standings. Bowling is a one-time winner at America’s Hometown Track this season. Two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam, a four-time winner this season at South Boston Speedway, sits second in the standings. He trails Bowling by 17 points.

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