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PASS South stars featured in South Boston Speedway matinee

Its not too often that fans in and around South Boston get to see the “Bad Boys with the Bad Fast Toys” PASS South Series stars in action during a Saturday afternoon matinee, but they will this Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway. Saturday’s PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program at South Boston Speedway gets the green flag at 2 p.m. Fans will get to enjoy double file restarts, all green flag racing, and 600-plus horsepower under pristine spring weather that much of the south is currently experiencing, all before nightfall.

“I think fans will really enjoy this weekend’s race with the early start and beautiful weather throughout the region right now,” said Pro All Stars Series President Tom Mayberry.

“Everyone will be able to get out to the track early and do some lunchtime tailgating if they want and then watch some of the best super late model drivers in the country at one of the nicest tracks we go to as a series and still be home that night to do something else if they want.”

Race fans won’t be the only ones looking forward to the early start. PASS South competitors such as Tim Pinion, driver of the No. 42 Commonwealth Building Materials Dodge whose home track happens to be the South Boston Speedway, is equally excited about the 150 laps under the blue skies of southern Virginia.

“I think racing during the day will be a great experience for the fans at South Boston because sometimes in March the nights can still be quite cool,” Pinion said.

“Obviously it presents a few different challenges for the teams because we are used to racing at night, but that’s just part of racing.”

While racing during daylight hours in the series second race of the young season may be the topic of discussion for some drivers, others will be hoping to bounce back from disappointing results at the Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

Coulter Motorsports teammates Craig Goess and Gray Gaulding are both looking for redemption at South Boston after getting involved in a lap four crash two weeks ago. Ross Kenseth, son of 2012 Dayton 500 winner Matt Kenseth, is also looking forward to hitting the .4-mile track after finishing outside the top ten at Dillon.

With both South Boston winners from a year ago are not expected to be in attendance, the door is wide open for a new winner. Veteran racers Jay Fogleman and Preston Peltier, neither of which had stellar results a season ago at the track, will be looking to change their personal history a bit.

Brandon Ward, Bradley McCaskill, David Quakenbush, and David Latour, who will be making his super late model debut at the track after having competed in the late model stock car division there in recent years, all have filed entries for this Saturday’s race.

In addition to the 150-lap race for the stars and cars of the PASS South Super Late Model Series, fans will see twin 75-lap races for the area’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors.

The twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car Division races will mark the start of South Boston Speedway’s track points season, and drivers will be looking to get their respective seasons off to a good start this weekend.

Also on tap Saturday at South Boston Speedway is a race for the Legends Cars series.

Practice is set to go from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Grandstand gates will open and ticket sales will start at 11 a.m. Qualifying time trials will start at 11:45 a.m., and a Fan Appreciation event will be held trackside starting at 12:45 p.m. Racing starts at 2 p.m.