New Asphalt Should Increase Excitement Level In Saturday’s Season-Opener At South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (March 23, 2017) – After a long offseason, fans and competitors alike have a ton of reasons to be excited headed into Saturday afternoon’s season-opener at South Boston Speedway.
The new racing surface heads the list. Repaved in the offseason, the fresh asphalt has drawn rave reviews from drivers heading into Saturday’s Danville Toyota Twin 100s, which takes the green flag at 2 p.m.
Described as “amazingly smooth,” and “smooth as glass” by various drivers who have practiced at the .4-mile oval this spring, the new racing surface is expected to promote close, exciting racing as the track celebrates its 60th season of operation.
“You are no longer going to have to manipulate your car so much in the corners,” said former South Boston champion Peyton Sellers. “It’s (the new surface) is going to allow us to race side-by-side much more.”
The new asphalt is part of the track’s overall $1 million capital improvement plan. Other improvements fans will notice Saturday is a new LED scoreboard along with a new sound system.
“Everyone … drivers, teams, sponsors and all of us here at South Boston Speedway have worked hard in the offseason to make the 2017 season better than ever,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice. “I think fans are going to be really pleased with what they see on and off the track Saturday.”
As they were a year ago when it was first implemented, competitors are also excited about the track’s purse structure, guaranteeing $3,000 to win and $500 to start race date.
South Boston Speedway’s 60th season opens Saturday afternoon 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.
Grandstand gates open at 12:30 p.m. with qualifying set to start at 1 p.m. The green flag falls at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children seven to 12 and admission is free for children six and under.