- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
One of the season’s top events at South Boston Speedway looms ahead this weekend as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to the .4-mile oval for the running of the South Boston 150.
The stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will compete in a 150-lap race, and will share the spotlight with the drivers and teams of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division, who will be featured in twin 75-lap races.
Racing action Saturday begins at 7 p.m.
Defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion George Brunnhoelzl III of West Babylon, N.Y. heads into Saturday’s South Boston 150 tied with Brian Loftin of Lexington, N.C. for the series points lead. Loftin, who won the series championship in 2008, has good momentum, however, coming to South Boston Speedway fresh off a win in the series’ most recent race at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.
A driver that Brunnhoelzl and Loftin will have to keep an eye on Saturday at South Boston Speedway is Tim Brown of Cana. Brown, who finished fourth here in last season’s race here, broke the track qualifying record at Caraway Speedway last week and has the best average finish among the drivers that have competed in all three NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at South Boston Speedway.
Other top NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour drivers that will be competing in the South Boston 150 Saturday night include L.W. Miller of Dushore, Pa., Daniel Hemric of Kannapolis, N.C., and the well-known Myers brothers — Burt and Jason, of Walnut Cove, N.C.
Last year’s race at South Boston Speedway was an exciting one, with six lead changes among four drivers. The South Boston 150 is the first of two races for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour scheduled in Virginia this season.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division action, Darrell Gilchrist of Raleigh, N.C., who won his first career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race in last Saturday night’s event at South Boston Speedway, will return to attempt to add to his win total in the night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races.
Last Saturday night’s 150-lap race was one of the more competitive races at the track, with eight lead changes among four drivers. With short 75-lap races on tap this weekend, drivers will be battling hard to get to the front of the field early and stay there.
Practice will begin at Saturday at 1:35 p.m. and will end at 3:25 p.m., with alternating sessions for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modifieds and the NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars.
Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m., with qualifying time trials set to start at 4:15 p.m. A driver autograph session will be held at 6 p.m., with the first race getting the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance adult tickets are available for $10 through Friday at 5 p.m.
The rain date for the event is Sunday.