Division championship battles heat up again Saturday night at South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — With only three nights of racing remaining before the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock Car Division champion is crowned at South Boston Speedway, the first of those three events, slated this weekend could have huge ramifications.
America's Hometown Track will host Sunoco Night Saturday at 7 p.m. The featured attractions of the night will be twin 75-lap races for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock Car Division.
Remaining events that will help decide the 2009 track champion at South Boston Speedway will be waged on Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.
Heading into Saturday night's twin NASCAR Whelen Late Model Stock Car races, Nick Smith, who has surged late in the season, sits atop the standings. He owns a nine-point lead over David Quackenbush, who has been consistent throughout the season, but is still seeking his first victory of the campaign.
Others in solid contention for the championship in the Late Model Stock Car ranks include Deac McCaskill, who sits third in the standings, just four points behind Quackenbush and only one ahead of Justin Johnson.
Other events scheduled Saturday night include races for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Southern Vintage Modifieds.
Brian Pembelton, a multi-time winner in 2009, leads the way in the battle for the Limited Sportsman Division crown. He owns a comfortable 69-point cushion over second-place Jeb Burton.
The battle for second place in the division, however, is much closer as Burton leads third-place Tommy Peregoy by only six points and fourth-place Danny Willis, Jr. by only eight points.
In the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, Chris Crosby is the current point leader, however, he has stiff competition from both Jack Milam and Mickey Cassidy. Milam is second in the standings, only five points behind Crosby and only one point ahead of third-place Cassidy.
Pit gates will open Saturday at 12 p.m. 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.
For more information, visit the track's Web site at www.southbostonspeedway.com or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.