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Pits Full For South Boston Speedway Open Practice Session

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (March 5, 2016) – More than 40 cars showed up for South Boston Speedway’s open test day Saturday afternoon, the largest number for an opening test session in recent memory.

There were an impressive 23 Late Model Stock cars in the pits as teams prepared for next Saturday night’s Danville Toyota NWAAS Late Model Twin 100s, which opens the 2016 season.

Traditionally about a dozen Late Models show up for the open test, so many in the pits were caught off guard. That wasn’t the case for Bobby McCarty, who won his first Late Model race at South Boston in 2015 and plans on running for the championship this year.

“I was looking at that (the number of cars). I was expecting it. I feel like the first race we may have close to 30 cars and I think it will be good all year because of the tire rule and the guaranteed $500 to start a night. And when you come here you race against the best of the best,” said McCarty, who was fastest in the morning practice.

The two-tire rule, which limits teams to purchasing two new tires a night, and the increased purse to guarantee every driver $500 for a night of racing, were the two biggest of several Late Model rule changes this year.

There were plenty familiar names in the Late Model ranks, including Josh Oakley, Austin Thaxton, Mark Wertz, C.E. Falk, Stacey Compton, Terry and Justin Carroll, Dennis Holdren and Brendan Queen. There were also a few other drivers on hand familiar with the track, but not the division. Danny Willis Jr. and Trey Crews both tested their new Late Models in anticipation of their move up from Limited Sportsman this season.

Other Late Model drivers practicing included Alex Brock, Terry Dease, newcomer Brandon Pierce, Kyle Barnes, Johnny Cash, John Moore, Dusty Ellington and Mark Keesee Jr.

In addition to the 23 Late Models, there were seven Limited Sportsman cars, seven Hornet Division cars and six Pure Stocks.

The South Boston regular season kicks off with the Danville Toyota NWAAS Late Model Twin 100s on March 12. There will also be a 50-lap Limited race, 30-lap Pure Stock race, 50-lap Modified race and a 15-lap Hornet race. Adult tickets are $10 while youth ages 7-12 are $5.

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