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As Memorial Day tribute, raceway to honor veterans

South Boston Speedway will honor military personnel Saturday as the track kicks off the Memorial Day weekend with the Bojangles NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 racing program.

South Boston Speedway is offering free admission Saturday night to active and retired military personnel with proper ID.

Saturday night’s Bojangles NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 racing program will get the green flag at 7 p.m. with five races set on the night’s schedule.

The feature attraction Saturday night will be a 150-lap race for the drivers and teams of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. Also scheduled as part of Saturday night’s action is a race for the Limited Sportsman Division, twin races for the drivers in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, and a race for the touring Legendary Ford Flathead Racing Association.

Defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. is the driver everyone competing in the Late Model Stock Car Division is trying to chase down. 

Pulliam enters Saturday night’s 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series race at South Boston Speedway with a comfortable 87-point lead over second-place driver, division rookie Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C.

He has won four of his last five starts at South Boston Speedway, and has won seven of the 10 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races run at South Boston Speedway thus far this season. Pulliam’s five pole wins is also tops in the division.

“I’m happy and excited to be winning races at South Boston Speedway,” Pulliam said.

“I’ve sat in the stands and watched so many great drivers compete here. It’s just cool to be here at South Boston Speedway and be able to compete with these guys.”

McCarty, who sits in second place in the points standings, has a 36-point edge over third-place driver Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md. Former multi-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville sits in fourth place in the standings after having missed the track’s twin-race event on May 11. Morris sits eight points behind Storm and is 18 points ahead of fifth-place driver, Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs.

Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, who has won three of his five starts, enters Saturday night’s Limited Sportsman Division race standing 42 points ahead of second-place driver Garrett Bunch of Front Royal.

New York resident Michael Maresca is in third place in the standings,12 points behind Bunch. Maresca is only two points ahead of fourth-place driver Blake Stallings of Danville, and only five points ahead of fifth-place driver Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak.

Saturday night’s twin-race event for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division will be a big one in terms of the division championship chase.

Halifax resident Randy Hupp currently leads the division by 12 points over Austin Milam of Ringgold. However, with the high level of competition in the division as noted by the fact that there have been four different winners in the season’s first races, the fortunes of a number of drivers could change Saturday night.

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 will get the green flag at 7 p.m.