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Let the countdown begin: Open practice Saturday at SoBo signals season-opener is just around the corner

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — You can almost hear the engines roaring. You can almost smell the rubber burning. You can almost see the green flag flying.

The time of the year that race fans live for is almost upon us. In just over one week, South Boston Speedway will drop the green flag for the start of the 2008 racing campaign, the 51st season in the storied history of America's Hometown Track.

"Another season is upon us and everyone here at South Boston Speedway is eager and anxious to get back to racing," South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice said. "Like every season here at South Boston, this promises to be a great year for competitors and fans alike. We are really looking forward to it."

The 2008 campaign at South Boston Speedway will begin Saturday, March 22 with a special afternoon start of 2 p.m. for the Easter Bunny 150. Highlighting the five races in the season-opening event will be a 150-lap race for the talented competitors in the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division. Also in action on March 22 will be the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, the Yellow Book USA Southern Vintage Modified Division and the INEX Legends Series.

The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance for the season-opening event and will take part in an Easter Egg Hunt with children prior to the afternoon of racing getting underway.

To wet the racing appetite for competitors and fans, South Boston Speedway has scheduled an open practice on Saturday, March 15. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and practice will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Fans are invited to attend the practice and watch the action from the grandstands free of charge.

While attending the open practice, fans can purchase season passes for the 2008 racing season at South Boston Speedway. Season passes are available in the speedway office for $160 each.

For more information, phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

Media Contacts:
Tim Chandler
South Boston Speedway
Director of Media Operations
Office Phone: (336) 599-0162, extension 111
Speedway Office Phone: (434) 572-4947



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