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9.10.15

No Rest For South Boston Championship Contenders Bowling, Pulliam

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (Sept. 10, 2015) –The schedule says this week is an “off week” at South Boston Speedway, with the next race, the season finale, scheduled for September 19. But somebody forgot to get that message to the track’s two title contenders, Matt Bowling and Lee Pulliam.

The duo, both gunning for their second South Boston Late Model championship, are racing somewhere else while South Boston is idle this weekend. But what’s on the line at the venerable southern Virginia track next week won’t be far from their minds.

“It’s a huge deal,” Bowling said of the chance for another South Boston title. His first came in 2012. “It would be my second track championship there by the age of 21. A lot of great racers have come through there. To add your name to that list is a big deal.”

There will be 300 laps of racing action at South Boston on September 19, including twin 75-lappers for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division and a 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race.

Pulliam is embroiled in an intense pursuit for a third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. He has a slim 10-point lead with two weeks remaining in the season. And that makes next Saturday night’s twin 75-lap races even more important for Pulliam.

“We’re putting our full focus on trying to get wins. For the national points we have to focus on wins and that’s what we have to do at South Boston, too,” said Pulliam, who won the South Boston track championship in 2013.

Pulliam says his team will be spending extra time to make sure his Chevy is race-ready for the final night of the 2015 season at South Boston, but admits it’s going to be difficult to surpass Bowling.

“Really, the only way we could win is Bowling having bad luck and I would never wish bad luck on anyone. I’ve been there before and know what that’s like,” said Pulliam, who has won nine times at South Boston this season.

And Bowling and his team are making sure they do everything possible to prevent bad luck from having an easy chance of hitting.

“We’re definitely doing maintenance to the South Boston car,” said Bowling, who has four South Boston wins this season. “We’ll bolt-check everything extra good. Before last week we went through the rear end really good even though it probably didn’t need it. We’ll replace stuff that may need replacing, spend a little extra time going through things. We want to make sure something small doesn’t take us out of this.”

Practice is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on September 19, with grandstand gates opening at 3:30 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 4 p.m.
A driver autograph session will be held trackside at 6 p.m. and the first of the night’s three races will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are on sale for $10 each, with advance tickets being available until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be priced at $15. Youth ages 7-12 will be admitted for $5 each with a paying adult. Kids six years of age and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

For additional information about the 2015 season schedule or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

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

 
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