Saturday's twin Late Model races could play key role in chase for 2009 SoBo track championship
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — It's still fairly early in the 2009 racing season at South Boston Speedway; however, Saturday night's racing action at America's Hometown Track could prove pivotal in the chase for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock Car Division.
The lights will shine on the four-tenths mile asphalt oval Saturday night in South Boston and a five-event race program will be highlighted by twin 75-lap races for the competitors in the Late Model Stock Car Division. The first of the five events scheduled will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Justin Johnson, the runner-up in the championship chase in 2008, entered the current season with high hopes of taking the next step and securing a NASCAR crown at historic South Boston Speedway. Currently, Johnson is sitting in good shape to obtain that goal; however, with two races slated Saturday night, the points race could change rapidly.
Johnson heads into Saturday night's twin 75-lappers with a 22-point advantage over second-place Deac McCaskill, who round up third in the race for the championship last season. Johnson and McCaskill have each tallied one victory on the four-tenths mile oval this season.
Philip Morris, a multi-time winner this year at South Boston, is third in the standings and is followed in the top five by fourth-place Eddie Johnson and fifth-place David Quackenbush.
Also slated Saturday night are events for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Southern Vintage Modifieds.
Brian Pembelton leads second-place Jeb Burton by 39 points in the Limited Sportsman Division standings. Tommy Peregoy is third in the standings, just four points ahead of fourth-place Danny Willis Jr., while Brandon Gdovic rounds out the top five in the standings.
Only 18 points separate the top three drivers in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division standings. Mickey Cassidy is the division leader by 10 points over Courtney Crosby, while Chris Crosby is third in the standings.
Pit gates will open Saturday at 12 p.m. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5:15 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults. Youth, ages 7-12, will be admitted for $5 when accompanied by a paying adult and children, ages six and under, are admitted free with a paid adult.
For more information, phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.
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Office Phone: (336) 599-0162, extension 111
Speedway Office Phone: (434) 572-4947