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South Boston Speedway Racers Pause To Give Thanks This Week

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (Nov. 21, 2016) – For weekly racers and their families, Thanksgiving comes at a perfect time. The season is over for most. Work on next year hasn’t hit full tilt yet. Their lives have finally slowed a bit.

It is the perfect time for them to spend time with families and give thanks for everything in their lives. That’s certainly the case with South Boston Speedway’s competitors.

“I’m very thankful for two awesome parents that showed me morals and the value of respecting others as well as myself,” said Mark Wertz, who finished third in South Boston Speedway’s Late Model Stock points in 2016. “I’m thankful for God’s blessings on this earth, of health, family and a solid job. I’m thankful to be blessed with a beautiful daughter.

“I’m thankful for the great people and sponsors who surround me each day in life and with racing. I’m thankful to have so many friends in this great sport of racing which I love so much. The friendships, the time spent with family and the memories created are priceless.”

Johnny Layne picked up seven wins and the South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock championship in 2016, but he is thankful for much more.

“I’m thankful for everything in my life,” said Layne. “I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m thankful for the people that really stick their necks out for me. That’s why I have the opportunity to do what I do.”

Layne will be giving thanks with his family on Thursday.

“I plan on taking my little girl and seeing the family and eat all that we can eat,” said Layne.

Peyton Sellers, runner-up to Matt Bowling in the South Boston late model points this season, believes the original message and meaning of Thanksgiving by American settlers is still a reason to celebrate.

“In all that we as a country have seen this year, I’m thankful for independence more than anything,” said Sellers. “That is what Thanksgiving is all about, so I plan on spending time with family and friends to enjoy the down time from our busy schedules.”

South Boston Speedway will kick off its 60th season on March 25 with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100s, featuring two 100-lap races for the Late Model Stock Division, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

The full 2017 schedule can be found here.

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