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SBS to crown racing champs Saturday

South Boston Speedway will honor its 2012 NASCAR Whelen All American Series division champions Saturday at the annual Champions Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

Matthew Bowling of Ridgeway, a one-time winner in 2012, claimed the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division championship by 18 points over former South Boston Speedway and NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, who collected three triumphs in 2012.

In addition to scoring one victory on the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval in 2012, Bowling also finished second in two events. Bowling also motored to six third-place finishes during his championship campaign and finished no worse than eighth place in his 19 starts in 2012 at America’s Hometown Track. 

Bowling is the youngest competitor to win the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Stock Car Division championship at South Boston Speedway.

Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C., a seven-time winner in 2012, secured the Limited Sportsman Division championship. McCarty owned a 21-point advantage over six-time winner Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs in the final point standings for the season.

Trey Crews of Halifax, who tallied four wins in 2012, secured the title in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. Crews finished the season with a 39-point lead over Joe Allred, III of Scottsburg, who posted seven victories during the campaign.

South Boston Speedway officials announced this week that the annual Open Practice and Media Day will be held on Saturday, March 2.

The March 2 practice session will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is open to all divisions.

Fans are invited to attend the March 2 practice session. Grandstands will be open and no admission will be charged.

The 2013 season at South Boston Speedway will get cranked up on Saturday, March 9 with the running of the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100’s racing program.

The season-opening event, which will have an afternoon start, will also feature action for the Limited Sportsman Division and the Pure Stock Division.