- Last Updated on 02:28 PM 07/02/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Big races, big money and big fireworks. It’s all at the heart of Tuesday night’s FindItHere.com NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program, South Boston Speedway’s annual pre-Fourth of July racing extravaganza.
The FindItHere.com 200, a 200-lap chase around the .4-mile South Boston Speedway oval, pays $5,000 to the winner and is the longest and richest race remaining on the South Boston Speedway schedule for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams.
South Boston Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division and Budweiser Pure Stock Division competitors will also be competing in their longest and richest races of the season, with a 100-lap Limited Sportsman race and a 50-lap Pure Stock race rounding out the night’s racing action.
While there will likely be some fireworks on the track during the night’s three races, the real fireworks will light up the night sky immediately following the last of the night’s three races.
South Boston Speedway’s annual pre-Fourth of July fireworks display is one of the region’s top Fourth of July fireworks displays. Fans will see the night sky light up with a colorful array of fireworks to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
The FindItHere.com 200 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race is one of the top races in the region, and a number of the region’s top NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division teams and drivers are expected to converge on South Boston Speedway to try their hand at snaring the $5,000 first prize that awaits the winner.
At least four drivers that are in the top ten in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points standings entering the June 29 weekend action are expected to compete in Tuesday night’s FindItHere.com 200. That group includes North Carolina state leader Deac McCaskill (4th), Virginia state leader C.E. Falk III (5th), South Boston Speedway points leader Matt Bowling of Ridgeway (8th) and four-time South Boston Speedway winner Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. (9th).
The FindItHere.com 200 has been one of the top events on South Boston Speedway’s schedule for the past six seasons. McCaskill is the only driver to have won the event twice, with victories in 2008 and 2010. Pulliam, who has won four of his six starts at South Boston Speedway this season, is the defending race champion.
The action in the Limited Sportsman Division is expected to be intense as well as defending South Boston Speedway division champion Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs and new division points leader Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C. renew their battle for the division championship. McCarty is the defending race champion.
Trey Crews of Halifax, the new points leader in the Pure Stock Division, will be facing a tough challenge as he attempts to retain his position at the top of the standings against a tough field of area drivers. Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, the defending division champion and the winner of five of his six starts at South Boston Speedway this season, is the defending race champion.
Area racing fans have an opportunity to get their tickets early for Tuesday night’s pre-Fourth of July racing extravaganza. Advance adult general admission tickets are priced at $15 each and may be purchased at the speedway office through 5 p.m. Monday.
Adult general admission tickets on race day are priced at $20 each. Youth ages 7-12 will be admitted for $10 when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
(Schedule Tentative – Subject To Change)
• 11 a.m.: Registration, pit gates, tire building ppens
• 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Practice (Two sessions for each division)
• 3:15 p.m.: Driver and crew chief meeting
• 3:30 p.m.: Grandstand gates open
• 4 p.m.: Qualifying time trials
• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Fan appreciation trackside
• 6:40 p.m.: Pre-race ceremonies
• 7 p.m.: First race starts
200 RACE WINNERS
• 2011: Lee Pulliam
• 2010: Deac McCaskill
• 2009: Nick Smith
• 2008: Deac McCaskill
• 2007: Adam Barker
• 2006: Drew Herring