- Last Updated on 08:13 AM 06/26/13
- BY Joe Chandler
“This is South Boston’s biggest race of the year and it would be really cool to win it.”
Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, who is also a former South Boston Speedway champion, spoke those words this week regarding the Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents Sellers Construction 200 racing program at America’s Hometown Track on Wednesday, July 3.
Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents Sellers Construction 200 will feature three big money races, the biggest names in the region in short track racing and a fireworks extravaganza at the close of the night. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
The featured attraction of the night will be a 200-lap shootout for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.
Sellers, who has scored back-to-back runner-up finishes in his last two appearances at South Boston Speedway, is itching to score his first victory of the campaign.
“I feel like we’re hitting our stride right now,” Sellers said. “The last couple of times we’ve been up there, we’ve been getting closer every time. We’ve finished second both times.
“This is a brand new car that we built over the winter in our shop and it has taken some time to get things ironed out, but we are getting closer all the time,” Sellers added. “It sure would be nice to win that 200-lapper.”
In addition to Sellers, other former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champions scheduled to be in the field on July 3 include defending champion Lee Pulliam and multi-time champion Philip Morris.
Timothy Peters, a former NASCAR Whelen All American regional champion and current NASCAR Craftsman Series driver, is also scheduled to battle for the victory on July 3.
Also scheduled as part of the night of racing will be a 100-lap race for the drivers in the Limited Sportsman Division, and a 50-lap shootout for the competitors in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.
The night of racing will be preceded by a Fan Appreciation Session trackside at 5:30 p.m.
At the close of the evening, the annual South Boston Speedway Fireworks Extravaganza will be held and will once again light up the skies over the four-tenths mile asphalt oval with the best fireworks display in the area.
The 200-lap race for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division will also serve as the first event in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown.
Once again this year, South Boston Speedway has teamed with Langley Speedway and Martinsville Speedway to offer the unique racing tripleheader.
The Virginia Late Model Triple Crown consists of the July 3 event at South Boston Speedway, the July 27 Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the Virginia is for Lovers 300 on Oct. 6 at Martinsville Speedway.
In addition to the big-money purses at each of the three events, the driver with the highest point total among the three racers will win the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown title and an additional $5,000. The runner-up in the three-race point battle will receive $3,000, and the third-place driver will collect $1,500.
Advance tickets for Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents Sellers Construction 200 are currently on sale and priced at $15 for adults. Tickets on the day of the race will be priced at $20.
Pit registration will begin at 11 a.m. on July 3. Practice for all divisions will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 3:30 p.m.