2-time national champ Philip Morris expected to challenge Johnson Saturday at SoBo
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — The star-studded field of competitors expected for Saturday's racing action at South Boston Speedway is expected to be even more impressive this weekend.
Philip Morris, a two-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion, has announced his intentions to be present at South Boston Speedway Saturday night for the running of the CenturyLink Twin 75s NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing program.
The first of five races will get cranked up Saturday night at 7 p.m. The featured events of the evening will be two 75-lap races for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.
Justin Johnson, a multi-time victor this season at South Boston Speedway, is the "man to beat" Saturday night in the CenturyLink Twin 75-lap races. He currently owns a 101-point advantage in the chase for the championship in 2010; however, the defending Late Model Stock Car Division champion will have his hands full Saturday night with the likes of Morris and many others gunning for Victory Lane.
Johnson is currently fifth in the chase for the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All American Series national championship and he is in first place in the battle for top honors in the state of Virginia. Morris is third in the Virginia standings and 10th the in the national title chase.
Nick Smith is second in the Late Model Stock Car point standings, but is only two points in front of third-place Stacy Puryear. Deac McCaskill is also in the thick of the title race. He is fourth in the standings and only trails Puryear by three points.
"The racing action has been great here all season and we are expecting a wonderful night of racing Saturday night," South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice said. "The addition of Philip Morris to the field of cars will simply make the action that much more exciting."
Also scheduled for action on the four-tenths mile asphalt oval Saturday night will be the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Southern Vintage Modifieds.
Both the Limited Sportsman Division and the Budweiser Pure Stock Division have tight point races ongoing. Tommy Peregoy leads the Limited Sportsman Division standings by only seven points over Justin Snow and Jarrett Milam enters Saturday's event for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division with a slim one-point advantage over Joe Allred.
Pit registration will begin at noon on Saturday. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5:15 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m.
In observance of Father's Day, South Boston Speedway is making the CenturyLink Twin 75 race a "Dad's Night Out" event with $5 admission for all dads.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youths ages 7-12. Kids ages six and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
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