- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach and former county resident Justin Snow of Danville were at the top of the speed charts at the end of the day Saturday as South Boston Speedway held its annual pre-season open practice day.
Falk, with a best lap of 15.626 seconds and 92.154 mph, turned in the day’s best time among the 15 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division teams that were on hand to prepare for this Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Twin 75’s racing program which starts at 2 p.m.
His run came in the Late Model Stock Car Division’s first session of the day.
“I was really happy,” Falk said about the run he turned in with his Ford.
“We came off of the truck really strong. We could have loaded up and gone home after the first run, but we had some things to try and science out. We’ll probably come back the day before the race just to make sure we have everything in tune.”
The sunny day, which featured temperatures hovering in the mid-50’s, was a day many competitors deemed as a great day to get onto the track and shake down their cars.
“The weather turned out great,” Falk pointed out.
“It wasn’t cold. The sun was out and the track was really hot. Today was a good day.”
South Boston’s Stacy Puryear, who is planning to run approximately eight races this season at South Boston Speedway, was in the mix of the fastest cars all day and turned in the day’s second-best lap with a time of 16.656 seconds and 91.978 mph.
“It really makes me feel good to come back to South Boston Speedway and run well,” Puryear said.
“I’ve been away for quite awhile. To come back and be fast says a lot. Hopefully, we’ll be fast next week when it counts.”
Doug Godsey of Richmond, a winner here last season at South Boston Speedway, logged the third fastest time of the day among the Late Model Stock Car Division contingent with a best lap of 15.702 seconds and 91.708 mph.
Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C., one of four drivers that were battling for South Boston Speedway title heading into the last race of the season last season, logged the day’s fourth-best lap with a lap of 15.793 seconds and 91.180 mph.
“I think in race trim we’re pretty good,” McCaskill remarked.
“We unloaded on some pretty good tires, and I was expecting to run some pretty good times and we did. As the tires wore down, the speeds stayed pretty quick. I was happy with that. Our sticker run didn’t go too well. I spun around off of turn two, so we’ve got to work on that a little bit.”
Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. rounded out the top five on the speed charts. His best lap of the day was 15.795 seconds and 91.168 mph.
More than 30 cars including competitors in the Late Model Stock Car Division, Limited Sportsman Division, Pure Stock Division, Southern Vintage Modified Division and the Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association were on hand for the track’s annual open practice day.
In the Limited Sportsman Division, Snow posted the day’s best time with a lap of 15.837 seconds and 90.926 mph. Taylor Doggett of Hampton had the day’s second-best mark with a lap of 15.992 seconds and 90.045 mph.
Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs logged the division’s third-best time with a lap of 16.054 seconds and 89.697 mph. Last year’s Limited Sportsman Division champion, Brian Pembelton of Amelia, was fourth-fastest with a best lap of 16.074 seconds and 89.586 mph. Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak rounded out the top five on the day’s speed charts with a lap of 16.192 seconds and 88.933 mph.
Next Saturday’s season-opening NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Twin 75’s racing program has a special afternoon starting time of 2 p.m. The event will include five races, headlined by twin-75-lap races for the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division.