- Last Updated on 04:59 PM 07/31/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Tight points battles will resume Saturday night when NASCAR racing resumes at South Boston Speedway with the running of the American National Bank presents Charles Anderson Lawn Care Night Late Model 150 racing program.
Saturday night’s 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors represents an opportunity for former NASCAR national champion and South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville to close his 33-point deficit on division points leader Matt Bowling of Ridgeway.
Counting this weekend’s event, there are five races remaining in South Boston Speedway’s points season, and Sellers appears to be the only driver that can make a big run at Bowling for the championship.
Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., who has won seven of his nine starts at South Boston Speedway this season, is in third place in the standings, just five points behind Sellers. However, Pulliam is competing at several different tracks while chasing the NASCAR national championship, and is not expected to make enough of the remaining races at South Boston Speedway to be a serious threat to Bowling.
The competition has been intense at South Boston Speedway this season with seven different drivers having visited Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway during the track’s points season.
And, not only are there good battles at the top of the leader board, there is a competitive battle being waged by Dennis Holdren of Roanoke and South Boston’s Austin Thaxton for the number four and five spots in the points standings.
The Late Model Stock Car Division is not the only division that fans will see a good battle for the championship brew when the green flag falls at 7 p.m. Saturday for the start of the night’s five-race card.
Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C., who has won four of his last six starts at South Boston Speedway and has won the last three races in a row, will renew his battle with defending division champion Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs in Saturday night’s twin 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.
Plenty of action is also expected in Saturday night’s 30-lap Pure Stock Division race as defending division champion Joe Allred III of Scottsburg tries to protect and add to his slim one-point lead over Trey Crews of Halifax in their battle for the division crown.
A race for the regional touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association is also scheduled as part of Saturday night’s action. Local favorite Garland Ricketts took the win the last time the division competed at South Boston Speedway.
Pit registration for the American National Bank presents Charles Anderson Lawn Care Night Late Model 150 racing program will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Practice for all divisions will be held from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5:30 p.m.
Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. with the first race getting the green flag at 7 p.m.