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After winter blast, drivers scramble to prepare for opener

Wintry weather forced South Boston Speedway officials to cancel Saturday’s scheduled open practice/media day event, leaving the area’s drivers and racing teams in a scramble to prepare for this weekend’s season-opening event.

The Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100 racing program, which will get the green flag at 2 p.m. Saturday, will open the 2014 season at South Boston Speedway.

Saturday afternoon’s Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100 racing program will feature twin 100-lap races for the drivers and teams of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division.

Races for the Limited Sportsman Division and the Pure Stock Division are also set as part of Saturday’s season-opening event.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 9 a.m. and practice for all divisions will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. A mandatory meeting for drivers will be held at 11:45 p.m. and qualifying time trials will roll off at 12:30 p.m. 

Grandstand gates will open for the first event of the campaign at noon and the first race will get the green flag at 2 p.m.

Admission will be $10 for adults, with children ages six and under admitted free with a paid adult. Season tickets, priced at $150, remain on sale and can be purchased at the speedway office. 

Saturday’s event is the first of back-to-back events at South Boston Speedway. The track’s second event of the season is set for Saturday afternoon, March 22. That event will mark the debut of the track’s new entry-level Hornets Division and will be the first event of the season for the Modified Division at the track.