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SBS goes under the lights for NASCAR Modified event

South Boston Speedway will host its first night race of the season Saturday night, hosting a 150-lap race for the competitors and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Cars.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 racing program will start at 7 p.m.

Saturday night’s event at South Boston Speedway will mark the first time this season that the track will host a major touring series event. The night will be made more special in that the newest class of honorees for the Virginia Motorsports Hall of Fame will be inducted during a pre-race ceremony.

Another exciting addition to Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 racing program is the famous XL-1 (Experimental Lincoln Number One), which is owned by former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Ray Evernham. 

The car, which is one of the most famous in NASCAR Modified history, has some history in Halifax County. It will be placed on display at South Boston Speedway Saturday for fans to see. 

Action has been hot and heavy on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour this season. Burt Myers is coming off a victory on March 23 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. and James Myers won on March 16 in the season-opener at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 racing program will mark the 100th event in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

There has been a lot of parity in the series when it has made stops at South Boston Speedway. Heading into Saturday night’s 150-lap race, there has been no repeat race winner or repeat pole winner at South Boston Speedway.

Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem, N.C. won last year’s race and L.W. Miller set a new series track record of over 99 mph in winning the pole, Neither are entered in Saturday night’s race.

Saturday night’s 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race will take on a little different format from those of previous seasons. This year, the drivers and teams will receive a 10-minute break at or near the 75-lap halfway mark during which they can make adjustments on their cars.

Defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. will be leading the field of competitors into Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races.

Pulliam has won three of the first four Late Model Stock Car Division events at South Boston Speedway this season, but has faced plenty of competition from a number of top drivers including former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champions Philip Morris and Peyton Sellers and C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach.

With his three victories, Pulliam leads the chase for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division championship at the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval.

Rookie Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C. is second in the standings, but is only two points ahead of Morris. Falk, a one-time winner, is fourth, seven points behind Morris and seven points ahead of a fifth-place tie between Dennis Holdren of Roanoke and Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs.

Grandstand gates will open Saturday at 4 p.m. Qualifying time trials for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division will begin at 4:15 p.m. and will be followed by time trials for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competitors.

Prior to the start of green-flag racing action at 7 p.m., a trackside Fan Appreciation Session will be held at 6 p.m.

Registration for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Practice will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

Advance tickets for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 racing program are on sale and priced at $10 each for adults. Advance ticket sales will continue through 5 p.m. on Friday. Adult general admission tickets will be priced at $15 on race day. Children, ages six and under, will be admitted free with a paid adult.