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‘Boo Boo’ Dalton Had A Scary Good Night At South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (July 14, 2016) – Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton picked up his nickname because he was born on Halloween. But there were no tricks, just treats for the 21-year-old driver at South Boston Speedway two weeks ago.

With only one South Boston start under his belt, Dalton rolled into town and put an end to Joey Throckmorton’s eight-race win streak in the Limited Sportsman Division. The win in the 100-lap Limited race provided a big pay day for Dalton: $1,500 first-place money plus a $600 bounty for beating Throckmorton.

“The bounty was the big reason we came to South Boston,” said Dalton, who has raced at five different tracks this season. “We’re trying to get our name out there and to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. They threw that bounty out there on Joey and we figured we had to go and try to get it.”

The Liberty, North Carolina, driver’s first South Boston appearance had been a week earlier.

“We came up for the 50-lapper the week before. We used that as more of a test for the100-lapper,” said Dalton. “South Boston is a different place. It’s not like any other place you go. It took me about 40 laps to get it figured out in that first race.”

Dalton is admittedly a poor qualifier. He started 10th in a 13-car field for the 100-lapper but quickly worked his way into the top five and as the race wound down he was on Throckmorton’s bumper. With three laps to go he slipped past and put an end to Throckmorton’s amazing win streak.

In retrospect, Dalton said his qualifying effort wasn’t that bad. He was just in some pretty fast company.

“South Boston is the most competitive track you can go to for Limiteds or Late Models on the East Coast,” said Dalton, who has 10 victories this season. “I qualified 10th and I was just one-tenth of a second off of the pole. That just shows how tight the field is at South Boston.”

Dalton isn’t sure when he will return to South Boston; he’s running for Limited championships at two other tracks. But he says his No. 50 Chevrolet will be back.

“I definitely want to come back. I’m just not sure when it will be, but we’ll be back,” he said

Racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night for the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

The twin 75-lap races will headline the full night of racing, which will include a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.

Registration and pit gate opens at 2:30 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 6 p.m. and the first race will take the green at 7 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $10 each with youth ages 7-12 admitted for $5 and kids ages six and under admitted free with a paying adult.

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