Can anyone slow Smith down in Late Model Stock Car action at South Boston Speedway?
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — While there will be racing action next weekend at South Boston Speedway for the touring USARacing Pro Cup Series, a three-week spree of events for the regular divisions at America's Hometown Track will conclude this weekend with the running of the Imagine Halifax 150 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
The featured attraction of the night will be a 150-lap race for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division.
Nick Smith will enter the event as the likely favorite to score a victory. As a matter of fact, everyone is probably wondering if anyone can slow Smith down on his current surge. The five-time winner has won four of the last five Late Model Stock Car Division races and has surged into contention to claim the 2009 track championship.
Smith sits fourth in the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Stock Car point standings and is only 17 points behind pace setter Deac McCaskill, a two-time winner this season. McCaskill was third in the championship chase in 2008 and entered the current season as one of the favorites for the title.
Also considered a preseason favorite for the track championship at the outset of the season was Justin Johnson, who has claimed one victory in 2009 and is a mere five points out of the lead. Also very much in the thick of the championship chase is David Quackenbush, who has had a solid season in 2009 and is only one point behind Johnson in the third place position.
The competitors in the Limited Sportsman Division as well as the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the touring Legendary Flathead Ford Series will also be in action Saturday night.
Brian Pembelton appears headed to a championship in the Limited Sportsman Division with a comfortable 56-point advantage over his nearest competitor. Second place in the division is very much up for grabs; however, as Rookie of the Year contender Jeb Burton leads third-place Tommy Peregoy by only eight points and fourth-place Danny Willis Jr. by only 14 points.
Chris Crosby leads the Budweiser Pure Stock Division standings by 25 points over Courtney Crosby. Jack Milam is third in the title chase and is only two points out of the second spot. Mickey Cassidy is fourth in the standings and trails Milam by only two points.
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.
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