Fords Making Presence Felt At South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. - Adam Barker has had pretty much the run of South Boston Speedway this season.
Barker, from Hurt, Va., has won eight of the 11 races run to date in the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division and has been a factor in all 11 races.
Last week, however, there was a new face in Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway. Greg Edwards of Poquoson, Va. drove a Ford Fusion owned by Ted Daves to a 12-plus second win in the150-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race, giving Ford fans something to cheer about.
"I've been wanting to win at this place and beat Adam and this competition," Edwards said after the win that netted him his first-ever victory at South Boston Speedway.
"You know you've really done something when you come into these guys' back yard and win a race."
Of the three races that Barker has not won this season, two have been won by Fords. Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. won the season opener at South Boston Speedway in a Ford and has been among the front-runners all season.
Will the Fords get back to the top of the leader board again this week?
Fans and competitors alike will find out soon enough as they gear up for Saturday night's Italian Delight 150 racing program at South Boston Speedway.
Saturday night's Italian Delight 150 racing program will get the green flag at 7 p.m. and will feature a five-race card headlined by a 150-lap race for the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division. Along with the 150-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race, Saturday night's program will include races for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, the Grand Stock Division and the INEX Legends Cars Series.
Saturday's race-day schedule calls for registration to start and pit gates to open at 1 p.m. Practice will start at 2:15 p.m. and will continue until 3:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open and ticket sales will begin at 5 p.m.
Qualifying time trials will start at 5:15 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
South Boston Speedway's Early Bird Special will be in effect with adult general admission tickets being $8 until 6:30 p.m. and $10 after that. Youths ages 10-15 will be admitted for $5 and kids ages nine and under will b admitted free with a paid adult.
Barker, who was forced to retire early from last week's race due to mechanical problems and finished 10th in the race, enters this weekend's action with a 50-point edge over Ramsey in the division point's standings.
Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va., last week's second-place finisher, is in third place in the points standings, 46 points down to Ramsey. Johnson stands six points ahead of David Triplett Jr. of Timberlake, N.C. and C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach, Va. who are tied for fourth place in the standings.
Defending Limited Sportsman Division champion Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va. continues to hold the top spot in the Limited Sportsman Division points standings and is 42 points up on Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Va.
In what is the most competitive points race ongoing at South Boston Speedway, defending Budweiser Pure Stock Division champion Chuck Watkins of Stem, N.C. leads William Ridgeway of Burlington, N.C by 20 points entering this weekend's action.
For more information about the South Boston Speedway's 50th anniversary season, phone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.