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South Boston Speedway opens with season’s top race

Traditionally, South Boston Speedway has saved its biggest  racing event for the end of the season.

This season though, “America’s Hometown Track” is kicking off the season with the track’s longest and richest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race.

The NASCAR Whelen Late Model 300 presented by Danville Toyota will get the green flag Saturday at 2 p.m. to kick off South Boston Speedway’s 17-event 2012 season schedule.

Saturday’s 300-lap, 120-mile NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race will pay $10,000 to the winner and will give the winner the early lead in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown Series.

The Virginia Late Model Triple Crown also includes a July 28 event at Langley Speedway in Hampton and the October 21 running of the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

The driver who accumulates the most points in the three races will receive a $5,000 bonus, with payouts of $3,000 and $2,000 for the second-place and third-place drivers respectively.

Activity surrounding the NASCAR Whelen Late Model 300 presented by Danville Toyota is scheduled to kick off today with practice from 12:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Qualifying time trials to determine the top 15 starting positions for Saturday’s 300-lap feature race will be held today at 4 p.m.

Grandstands will open Saturday at 11 a.m., with one or more 25-lap qualifying races to fill out the remainder of the starting field scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.

A Fan Appreciation event will be held after the qualifying heat races. The 300-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Check out the offical South Boston Speedway program inside Friday's edition of The Gazette-Virginian!

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