Late Model title contenders in midst of critical stretch of races at South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Drivers in South Boston Speedway's highly competitive NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock Car Division are in the midst of a critical three-week part of the 2009 schedule.
After being in action last weekend, the drivers will return to America's Hometown Track for the next two weekends to compete in 150-lap shootouts.
Saturday night, South Boston Speedway will host the Embarq Night 150 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program. The first race of the night will get cranked up at 7 p.m.
Highlighting the racing action will be the 150-lap event for the Late Model Stock Car Division competitors. The tight title chase for the division currently has Deac McCaskill sitting atop the standings.
McCaskill, who finished third in the championship chase last year, owns only a three-point lead over Justin Johnson, who placed second in point standings in 2008.
David Quackenbush has not been to Victory Lane in the Late Model Stock Car action; however, he is solidly in the chase for the crown this year. Quackenbush is only five points behind Johnson and eight behind McCaskill.
Also highlighting Saturday's Embarq Night 150 will be twin races for the competitors in the Limited Sportsman Division.
Brian Pembelton, a multi-time winner this season, is the current leader in the division point standings. He is 66 points ahead of second-place Jeb Burton, who is only two points in front of third-place Tommy Peregoy.
The drivers in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division will also be in action Saturday night. Chris Crosby leads Courtney Crosby by 13 points in the division's title chase, while Mickey Cassidy is third in the standings and is only two points behind Courtney Crosby.
Pit gates will open Saturday at 12 noon. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5:15 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults. Youth, ages 7-12, will be admitted for $5 when accompanied by a paying adult and children, ages six and under, are admitted free with a paid adult.