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3.15.19

Saturday Afternoon’s South Boston Speedway Season-Opener Should Offer Up Plenty Of Fun, Excitement

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (March 14, 2019) – Race fans hungry for action and excitement will get their fill Saturday afternoon when the gates swing open for South Boston Speedway’s 62nd season.

The always-exciting South Boston oval should produce more excitement than ever in 2019.

During the offseason the track announced that caution laps would not count in races that are 150 laps in length or shorter. In the past that rule was in effect only for races 75 laps or less. In short, that means there will be 295 laps of green-flag racing in Saturday afternoon’s Danville Toyota NASCAR Late Model Twin 100s.

In addition to a pair of 100-lap Late Model races, there will be a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornet race. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with the first race beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free.

As has been the case for decades a solid, talent-laden field of Late Models is expected. Last year’s track champion Peyton Sellers, the 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion, is returning to defend his title. Philip Morris, who captured his fifth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship in 2018 and finished second to Sellers in track points, returns. And earlier this week, four-time national champion Lee Pulliam announced he was coming out of semi-retirement to race at South Boston Speedway.

Thomas Scott, who finished third in track points, also returns, as does the 2018 Virginia Late Model rookie-of-the-year Mike Jones along with other regulars like Austin Thaxton, Danny Willis Jr., Jason Barnes and Trey Crews, last year’s Limited Division champion who is moving up a division.

And speaking of the Limited Division, it, too should be strong and large, even with Crews’ departure. The track announced new engine rules in the offseason that made the affordable division even more affordable. Several teams new to South Boston Speedway have been attracted to the historic track because of the new engine rules package.

Returning drivers like Jessica Dana, who won three times last season, Jason Myers and Brent Younger tested last week, as did Kenny Daniel, who is moving up to Limited from the Hornets Division.

Both the Pure Stock and Hornets divisions should offer the same fun and excitement as in the past few seasons, with each division returning a large group of drivers and with several rookies debuting.

The grandstands open at 12:30 Saturday afternoon with qualifying at 1 p.m. and pre-race activities at 1:45. The tentative schedule has the Hornets kicking off the day’s action with a 15-lap race followed by a 100-lap Late Model race, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and the second 100-lap Late Model race.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate, by calling the track at 877.440.1540 or stopping by the track office between 9-5 Monday through Friday.

Media Contacts:
Mike Smith
Relevant Public Relations
423.914.3009
msmith@southbostonspeedway
msmith@prrelevant.com

 

 


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