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South Boston Speedway ‘300’ to kick off 2012 season

MARTINSVILLE — South Boston Speedway’s annual 300-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race will become the track’s season-opening event in 2012. South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice unveiled the March 10 date for the race during the drivers meeting that preceded yesterday’s Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race here at Martinsville Speedway.

The season-opening 300-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway will pay $10,000 to the winner.

Rice said the date change was made after Martinsville Speedway announced it was moving its annual Late Model Stock Car race from its early-October date to Oct. 21 next year. That weekend has been the weekend that South Boston Speedway has traditionally held its showcase Late Model Stock Car race.

“I think the move will be good for us,” Rice said.

“Years ago, we used to have the big race at the start of the season. Clay (Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell) and I got together, and with Martinsville running its big Late Model race on Oct. 21, the weekend we normally have had our big race, for us to move our race to the beginning of the season was a good thing to do.”

Rice feels the move will be good as both competitors and fans will be able to kick off the 2012 season with a major event.

“The competitors will have had all winter to get their cars and equipment repaired and they and the fans will be looking forward to starting the new season,” Rice remarked.

“Plus, right here at the end of the year you have the big races at Martinsville, South Boston and Myrtle Beach (S.C.) that everybody is trying to get to. By moving to the spring, everybody will have had the winter to get ready for the season.

“I feel like we will have a good field of cars, and the fans will be eager to see some good racing,” she added.

Martinsville Speedway will host back-to-back weekends of NASCAR racing next season, with the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race on Oct. 21 and the TUMS Fast Relief 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following on Oct. 28.

South Boston Speedway’s entire 2012 season schedule will be announced in the near future.