1st of 3 straight Saturdays of racing scheduled this weekend at SoBo
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — The summer heat is upon us and South Boston Speedway is prepping to entering the "hot" part of its 2010 schedule.
America's Hometown Track will return to action this weekend, Saturday, July 17, for the running of the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 75's race program. The event will mark the first of three consecutive weekends of racing at the fame four-tenths mile asphalt oval. South Boston Speedway will also host events on Saturday, July 24, and Saturday, July 31.
Highlighting this weekend's program, which will feature a total of five races, will be two 75-lap shootouts for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division. Also scheduled are events for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Southern Vintage Modifieds.
The first race Saturday evening will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car champion Justin Johnson has amassed seven victories this season as he seeks to defend his crown. Johnson will enter Saturday's twin races with a 106-point lead over second-place Deac McCaskill.
While Johnson owns a sizable lead at the top of the standings, the race for second place is quite heated. McCaskill, who scored a win in the 200-lap Late Model Stock Car race on July 3, is currently in second, but is only two points ahead of third-place Stacy Puryear and only 14 points ahead of fourth-place Lee Pulliam. All of those drivers and many more of the region's top Late Model Stock Car competitors are expected to be in the field Saturday night for the twin 75-lappers.
Tommy Peregoy used a victory in the 100-lap Limited Sportsman race on July 3 to help open a 24-point cushion over Justin Snow in his bid for the division title. Danny Willis, Jr. has closed the gap between he and the top two contenders for the crown and is now only nine points behind Snow.
After winning the 50-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race on July 3, Jarrett Milam has secured a lead of 16 points over Joe Allred in the chase for the championship. Trey Crews is third in the title chase for the division, but is only four points ahead of fourth-place Randy Hupp.
Pit registration will begin at noon on Saturday. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5:15 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youths ages 7-12. Kids ages six and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
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