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Speedway twinbill slated for Saturday

With the overwhelmingly successful non-points Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown all-star charity race in the books, the area’s NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams will get back to business Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

Racing action returns to the .4-mile oval Saturday night with the Charles Anderson Lawn Care Presents Italian Delight Family Restaurant NASCAR Late Model Twin 75’s racing program.

Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams highlight Saturday’s action, which starts at 7 p.m.

The level of the competition has been very high in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division thus far, with four different drivers having visited Victory Lane in the season’s first five points races.

Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion and South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville is the only driver with two victories thus far. He enters Saturday night’s twinbill with a slim two-point lead over 2012 South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, who has three pole wins to his credit.

Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C. sits in third place in the division points chase with Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. and Austin Thaxton of South Boston rounding out the top five in the points standings. Thaxton and Oakley each have one win entering Saturday night’s twinbill.

Saturday night’s six-race card will include races for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, the Modified Division and the competitors of the regional touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association.

Trey Crews of Halifax is the points leader in the Limited Sportsman Division entering Saturday night’s action. He holds a narrow one-point lead over Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak in the standings.

Greg Autry of South Boston will be looking to make it three wins in a row in Saturday night’s Pure Stock Division event and Jimmy Humblet of Shiloh, N.C. will be looking for his second win in a row in the Modified Division race.

This weekend’s event will be the first of the season at South Boston Speedway for the competitors of the regional touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association. 

Saturday’s schedule has pit gates opening and registration starting at 2 p.m. Practice will run from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will begin at 5:30 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.