NASCAR Whelen Celebrates “Dad’s Night Out” Saturday at SoBo
SOUTH BOSTON, VA - South Boston Speedway officials will kick off the Father’s Day Weekend festivities Saturday evening with the running of the Whelen Night NASCAR Late Model 100 program. The event is also being tabbed “Dad’s Night Out” in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday. All Dads will be admitted to see the region’s best NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing action Saturday night for the discounted price of $5. The Whelen Night NASCAR Late Model 100 will feature six events on the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval, highlighted by a 100-lap battle for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division. Former South Boston Speedway champion Matt Bowling has claimed one victory this season at America’s Hometown Track and he has moved to the top of the standings in the chase for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division. Bowling has opened a 17-point lead over two-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national Lee Pulliam in the battle for the 2015 crown. Pulliam, who is also a former South Boston Speedway champion, has motored to four triumphs this season at America’s Hometown Track. The other championship contenders in the top five of the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division include Austin Thaxton in third, Bobby McCarty in fourth and Juan Garcia in the fifth position. In addition to the 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division, other events scheduled Saturday night include 50-lap clashes for the drivers in the Limited Sportsman Division and the Modified Division, twin races for the competitors in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and an event for the drivers in the Budweiser Hornets Division. Danny Willis Jr. is attempting to secure his third consecutive Limited Sportsman Division championship. He will enter Saturday night’s action with a 29-point cushion over Trey Crews. The battle for third place in the division is intense, as Crews only owns a two-point edge over Joey Throckmorton. Mike Rudy is in first place in the Modified Division standings; however, he has a pair of contenders close behind. Matt Slye is in second and is only 12 points out of the lead, while Jimmy Humblet is third and only trails Rudy by 13 points. Greg Autry has surged out to a 25-point advantage over Stuart Crews in the chase for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division championship. D.J. Moser sits in the third-place position in the standings. He is only five points behind Crews. In the Hornets Division, Eric Winslow is in first place. He is 10 points ahead of second-place Kenny Mills and 17 points ahead of third-place Kirstin Simmons. Registration and pit gates will open Saturday at 2 p.m. with practice for all division scheduled from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get cranked up at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $10. Children, ages six and under, will be admitted free with an adult. For more information visit the track's website or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540. Information can also be found by following South Boston Speedway on Facebook or Twitter.