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Five races on tap at speedway

The region’s best NASCAR short track racing action will take center stage again at South Boston Speedway Saturday when America’s Hometown Track hosts the CenturyLink NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 racing program. 

Five events will be featured in Saturday’s action at South Boston Speedway, with the first race of the evening getting the green flag at 7 p.m. 

Highlighting the CenturyLink NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 racing program will be a 150-lap battle for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division.

 Defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. will enter the event with a healthy 81-point lead in the chase for the 2013 South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division championship. 

Pulliam has motored to five wins and two runner-up finishes in his seven starts on the historic four-tenths mile asphalt track this season. 

Last year’s South Boston Speedway NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division Champion, Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C., is second in the championship chase, but he only leads former multi-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville by four points. 

C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach, a one-time winner this year, is fourth in the standings. He is seven points behind Morris and only three points ahead of fifth-place Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md. 

Also scheduled as part of Saturday night’s CenturyLink NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 racing program will be twin races for the competitors in the Limited Sportsman Division, along with races for the drivers in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Modified Division. Only three race dates remain for the Modified Division drivers at South Boston Speedway this season. 

Three-time winner Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs continues to rule in the Limited Sportsman Division ranks. Willis has opened a 47-point advantage in his quest for the 2013 division championship. 

Garrett Bunch of Front Royal is second in the Limited Sportsman Division standings. He is six points ahead of third-place Mark Simpson and seven points ahead of fourth-place driver Blake Stallings of Danville. 

Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak rounds out the top five in the Limited Sportsman Division standings. He is just three points behind Stallings. 

Randy Hupp of Halifax has grabbed the lead in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division standings. Hupp is six points ahead of a second-place tie between multi-time winner Joe Allred III of Scottsburg and Stuart Crews of Long Island.

 Tanner Rumburg of Beaverdam has assumed the early lead in the Modified Division standings. Rumburg is eight points ahead of second-place Chris Johnson and nine points ahead of third-place Mike Johnson. 

Pit gates will open Saturday at 1 p.m. and practice for all divisions will be held from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

Grandstand gates will open Saturday at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials to set the starting grids for the night of racing will roll off at 5:30 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.