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Racing Returns To SBS This Weekend
By Joe chAndler SpoRTS EdiToR

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ast year four first-time champions emerged when South Boston Speedway completed its points season. Will that be the case this season, or will there be some repeat title winners? Those questions will take a little more than six months to answer, but the road to the 2010 season championship begins Saturday when South Boston Speedway kicks off its season with the 2 p.m. running of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Twin 75s racing program. Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division will headline Saturday’s action with races for the track’s Limited Sportsman Division, Pure Stock Division and Southern Vintage Modified Division also on tap. Saturday’s race is the first of 19 events that have been scheduled for the .4-mile oval this season. A total of 22 points races have been slated for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors this season. Included on the 2010 South Boston Speedway schedule are six special events, five for touring series. The first of South Boston Speedway’s touring series events comes up Saturday afternoon April 3 when the stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour join those of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for a unique racing doubleheader that will feature a 150-lap race for each of the two touring series. This event will mark the second straight year that NASCAR’s powerful open-wheel Modifieds have come to South Boston Speedway for an early-season race. For those fans who are not familiar with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, this is the series that last season was known as the NASCAR Camping World East Series. It features a handful of veteran racers as well as a handful of young developing drivers racing with teams backed by some of the noted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. “We are pleased to have both of these NASCAR touring series returning for the 2010 season,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice. “The racing in both series was outstanding when they were here last season. As many fans know, the Modifieds are the most powerful cars in NASCAR racing, and South Boston Speedway has a rich history with NASCAR Modified racing. With the

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the field of nAscAr whelen All-American series late Model stock cars heads to the start/finish line to take the green flag for the 2009 season finale at south Boston speedway.
K&N Pro Series, fans will see veteran drivers competing against some of the country’s most talented young drivers who are looking to climb the ladder in NASCAR racing.” The USARacing Pro Cup Series, the series that many fans remember as the former Hooters Pro Cup Series, will make two stops at South Boston Speedway this season. A 250-lap race on Saturday night, June 12, will mark the series’ first stop here. The series will crown its national champion here on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6, in a 300-lap season finale. “The racing in the USARacing Pro Cup Series is intense and exciting,” Rice said. “South Boston Speedway has hosted this series for several years and the events here have been popular among competitors and fans alike.” The PASS Super Late Model Series will return to South Boston Speedway for a 150-lap event on Saturday night, August 28, joining the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division and the competitors of the regional touring Rolling Thunder Modified Series. South Boston Speedway also will host its two annual major events for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division again this season. The first of those events will be the track’s annual pre-Fourth of July racing extravaganza, the NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 on Friday night, July 2. A 200-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race will headline that program, a program that also will include a 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race and a 50-lap race for the Pure Stock Division. A dazzling Fourth of July fireworks display will follow the racing action. On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 16, South Boston Speedway will hold its big lateseason event, the NASCAR Whelen Late Model 300, a 300-lap race featuring the region’s top NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams. “These two events are favorites for fans and competitors alike,” Rice remarked. “There is no better racing and no better competition than that in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. Fans will see the best of the best drivers in those events and should mark these two events on their racing calendar.” South Boston Speedway is holding the line on its ticket prices and is not increasing its ticket prices this season. General admission tickets for South Boston Speedway’s regular fare of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events will be priced at $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 7-12 when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. For the special events, adult tickets will be priced at $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Youths ages 7-12 will be admitted for $10 when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. “We understand the dynamics of the economy that we’re facing right now,” Rice said. “To help our fans, we are not increasing our ticket prices. Fans will be able to attend our events this season for the same price as last year. “We appreciate the support our fans have given us through the years,” added Rice. “We look forward to seeing them return this season and are looking forward to another great season of racing here at South Boston Speedway.”

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Anderson Returns As Driver, Crew Chief
By Joe chAndler SpoRTS EdiToR

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ruce Anderson has experienced what it is like to win races and championships as a driver. Last year, he also found out what it feels

like to win a championship as a crew chief. This season, Anderson, who last year won his first career NASCAR Whelen AllAmerican Series Late Model Stock Car Division race in his rookie season in the division at South Boston Speedway, will again drive a limited schedule of races for his own team. He also will again serve as crew chief for defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division champion Brian Pembelton of Amelia. “We’re hoping to run about 10 Late Model Stock Car races at South Boston Speedway,” Anderson said. “We have some other good things going on with some people that own cars. We may run five or six races at Orange County Speedway in addition to the 10 races at South Boston Speedway.” Anderson said that while he would like to be able to run the full slate of races at South Boston Speedway, limited sponsorship prevents him from doing that. “First, we’re thankful for the opportunity to get to run what we do,” Anderson said. “We would love to be there every week competing for the championship at the Late Model level. I think we have the equip-

ment and tools capable of doing that. We’re financially not stable enough to do that with the sponsorship help we have.” Anderson has Annin Flag Company, Cherokee Tobacco Company and Centerville Cellular returning as sponsors this season. As a result of the economy, he is missing several sponsors that have been with him in the past, putting him a position where he may not be able to afford to run as many races this season as he did last year. “The great group of sponsors we have had in the past were unable to come back to us this year,” Anderson pointed out. “Annin Flag Company and Bill Kellehar are going to stay with me. This is their sixth or seventh year with us and we’re very thankful and appreciative of that. I also very much appreciate Cherokee Tobacco Company and Centerville Cellular coming on board with us. Having them with us as well helps a great deal. If we can secure some additional sponsorship along the way we would like to run more races.” Anderson will drive his familiar No. 9 Chevrolet in some of the races at South Boston Speedway. He also will drive a No. 03 Chevrolet owned by Jesse Spencer Jr. and his son, George Spencer, in selected races. George Spencer competed at South Boston Speedway in the Limited Sportsman Division division last season with the Halifax County Motorsports Academy team. Spencer is using this year to focus on his college education and gain some experience behind pit wall. “We will run George’s car as a Late Model,” Anderson said. “He built a brand new car over the winter, and we will put our motors in that car. That’s how we plan to run at South Boston this year. We could be there in a black 03, or we could be there in a black number 9. One way or another, we will be there a total of 10 times. We will run my sponsors on his car that we are able to secure.” Anderson said he appreciates the opportunity to work with the Spencers.

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“It’s a good opportunity,” he remarked. “George has been helping me for the last several years and I have helped George a lot on his racing. I’m really thankful for the opportunity he and Jesse have given me to drive that car. It’s good equipment.” Anderson said he also appreciates having the opportunity to work with Pembelton and gain experience on the other side of the pit wall. “Last year we did Brian Pembelton’s deal and were able to win the Limited Sportsman Division championship,” Anderson noted. “We’re doing Brian’s deal again this year, and he’s coming back trying to win the championship again. Greg Davis was every bit as much a part of Brian’s deal as I was. We all worked at it together. “Brian’s deal is a good deal for us,” continued Anderson. “We’re thankful that he wants us to do it. Hopefully we can come out and give him another good year. If we can end up with some wins, a top-three finish or another championship would be awesome.” Anderson, who has won two South Boston Speedway NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division championships as a driver, said helping give Pembelton his first career win at South Boston Speedway and winning the Limited Sportsman Division championship last year as Pembelton’s crew chief had a totally different feeling than he had as a driver. “I get more nervous with Brian on the track,” explained Anderson. “I get nervous when I race, too, but it’s two completely different feelings. When I get out there and race, and the race starts, my nerves go away. With him racing, I stayed nervous the whole race, not because I doubted him, but because I wanted him to do well. You put a lot of time and effort into this stuff. When you do that, it causes you to be nervous wanting to see it do the best it can.” Whether it is as a driver or crew chief, Anderson says he appreciates the opportunities he has to be involved in racing. “I’m a racer at heart,” Anderson said with a grin. “I’d love to be behind the wheel. At the end of the day, if I’m associated with racing and get the opportunity to be over there at the track and work on the cars and do different things it’s satisfying. I’d rather be behind the wheel, but as long as I’m a part of racing and get to be around racecars I’m happy.”

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Pulliam Looking To Build On Solid Rookie Season
By Joe chAndler SpoRTS EdiToR n two short years, Lee Pulliam went from being a rookie in the NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway to becoming the division champion. This year marks Pulliam’s second season in the NASCAR Whelen AllAmerican Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway. The question is can Pulliam rise to the top of the Late Model Stock Car Division as he did in the Limited Sportsman Division ranks. “When we started racing in the Limited Sportsman division, I had zero experience, and we won a couple of races that year,” Pulliam said. “The next year, we won the track championship. It would be like a fairy-tale book, but if we could do that again, it would be truly great. That’s what we’re shooting for.” Pulliam had a solid season in his rookie season in the Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway. He finished 10th in the division points standings and won the division’s Rookie of the Year award and the division’s Most Popular Driver Award. He won his first career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race, logged four top-five finishes and earned 11 top-10 finishes in his 22 starts at South Boston Speedway. “I hope we can build on it,” Pulliam said of his good 2009 season. “We’d like to win four or five races this year. I think we can do that. I think we’re ready for it.” Pulliam ended his 2009 season at South Boston Speedway by finishing seventh in the track’s season-ending 250-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race. His success in that race while competing against the region’s top Late Model Stock Car Division drivers led Pulliam and his team to ramp up their effort for the 2010 season.

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“We had a good run there and decided we needed to try to step up our program a little bit more to get to where we need to be,” Pulliam explained. The first step was a change in engine builders. Pulliam’s car will be powered this season by Kowalsky engines. Another big plus is that Pulliam has all of his sponsors from the 2009 season returning for the 2010 season. In another big step, Pulliam and his team will have veteran Crew Chief H.C. Sellers on board this season. “We’ve been keeping it quiet, but it’s time to go racing,” Pulliam remarked. “We’ve had this thing rolled up our sleeves for awhile. We were hoping to catch some guys off of their feet.” Pulliam said he is excited about what Sellers brings to the table. “H.C. is one of the best crew chiefs ever at South Boston Speedway, and he is one of the best crew chiefs in the business,” Pulliam pointed out. “If anybody can make a Late Model Stock Car roll, he can. I have all of the faith and confidence in the world in him. It will really benefit our team all the way a round. He can tell me what I need to do on the track and off the track. He was vital to me winning the Limited Sportsman championship. He was busy in the Nationwide Series last year, and I think we hurt a little bit without him. To have him back means a lot to me. I think we will be really good.” Pulliam said having Sellers on board takes a lot of burdens off of his shoulders. “We’ll be maintaining the car as we have in the past,” Pulliam explained. “H.C. and I will be talking, and he will come to the shop about once a week, and we’ll go through everything. We will be doing the maintenance on the car, and he will be guiding me at the racetrack and guiding me in making decisions on what we do at the shop.” Winning the South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

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lee pulliam is all smiles as he celebrates his first career nAscAr late Model stock car division victory last season at south Boston speedway.
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Thaxton Looking To Rebound
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ustin Thaxton had a tough rookie season last season in the Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway. The 17-year-old South Boston resident logged 11 top-10 finishes last season, a statistic that would seemingly be a good one for many young drivers. But, on far too many occasions, Thaxton found himself struggling through a tough night due to a mishap or mechanical problem. “It was very tough,” Thaxton said. “My grandmother (Dolly Fallen) told me the other day she spent more money on me last year than she did the last year she was racing the Late Model. As everybody knows, there is a lot of money in a Late Model car.” While Thaxton readily admits his shortcomings of last season, there is a circumstance worth noting – he had no previous experience with a Limited Sportsman car. In fact, Thaxton acquired his driver’s license only a day or

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Austin thaxton, pictured with his limited sportsman division car, is optimistic about his upcoming second season of racing at south Boston speedway.
two prior to his first race. “We tore up a bunch of stuff, but I ran only 25 laps in the car before I ran my first race,” Thaxton explained. “I should have tried to run more laps in practice and testing before my first race. I know we shouldn’t have tried to race with just 25 laps in the car. I didn’t know enough about driving. You couldn’t expect to do but so much better. It was a real learning experience, but I think we will be alright this year.” As a new competitor, Thaxton said he had some anxious moments at times. “I wasn’t really nervous,” he pointed out. “I got a bunch of butterflies because I was trying to impress a bunch of people. As the season went on, I realized it didn’t matter who I impressed

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Puryear Says He’s Racing For Fun
By Joe chAndler SpoRTS EdiToR

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he way Stacy Puryear figures it, he has accomplished a lot of what he has sought to accomplish in racing. In 2008, the South Boston resident won his first career Late Model Stock car Division track championship when he won the title at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. Last year, Puryear finished a close second in the OCS championship battle after having led the points standings all season and being tied for the points lead entering the final race of the season. “The Lord has really blessed me,” Puryear remarked. “That (winning a track championship) was the one thing that had eluded me in my racing career. I had never won a track championship. I’m tied with Jeff Burton for the same amount of (NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division) wins here at South Boston Speedway, run a Busch Grand National Series race, won a USAR Pro Cup race, won a $15,000 Late Model Stock Car race at Concord, N.C., won a $10,000 Late Model Stock Car race at Ace Speedway, and won a few other big races.” There are a few other things remaining on Puryear’s agenda, things he hopes that he can accomplish this season. “Winning a race at Martinsville Speedway still eludes me,” he pointed out, “ and I’d love to get a few more wins here at South Boston Speedway.” Now that Puryear has a Late Model

Stock Car Division track championship in his pocket, he has decided that the time has come to have fun with his racing and forget about chasing points at any track. “I’m just going to try to have some fun this year,” Puryear pointed out. “I’ve come a long ways and been very fortunate. I still love racing and sitting in that racecar as much today as I did when I was 16-years-old. I’m going to try to run South Boston Speedway a little more and hit a few more of the big-money races and just have fun with it.” Puryear said he is going to be flexible with his schedule and try to visit a number of different tracks throughout the season. “We’re going to run some big races in the region,” Puryear said. “Langley Speedway has a $10,000 to win race in July. Caraway has a $5,000 to win race in July. Hickory has a $10,000 to win race in August. We’re going to move around and run races like that. “I’ve never been a one-track racer,” Puryear added. “I’ve always moved around my whole career.” One of the good things about Puryear’s approach to his 2010 season is that he plans to run a handful of races at South Boston Speedway. “I’m going to try to do half of them, and maybe more if we can,” he noted. That is good news for Puryear’s fans as they will have a chance to see him compete here at his home track. “It really makes me feel good coming

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stacy puryear (kneeling, front) is pictured with team members Janice Jackson, crew chief Matt Gosney and chris elliott at south Boston speedway.
back to South Boston Speedway,” Puryear said. “I’ve been away for quite awhile.” Puryear showed last weekend that he is up for the challenge. The South Boston driver was among the five fastest drivers during last Saturday’s open practice day at South Boston Speedway. That, he said, gives him some confidence heading into the new season. “South Boston Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway have the best of the best drivers and cars in Late Model Stock Car Division racing,” Puryear pointed out. “We want to race against some tough competition. We’re going to come back and be glad to be back here and do the best we can.” Puryear knows that he will be facing a tough field of cars and drivers when he races at South Boston Speedway. He says he feels he will be competitive with them. “Do we feel we can come in here and think we can be competitive, yes,” Puryear said. “Do we think we can come in here and win a bunch of races, that will be a tough

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feat.” Puryear said he feels that he may be at a slight disadvantage against some of the top drivers here simply because he has competed here only sporadically the past couple of seasons. “Guys like C.E. Falk, Philip Morris, Justin Johnson, Deac McCaskill, Nick Smith that have run at South Boston Speedway week-in and week-out have a little bit of an advantage,” Puryear admitted. “But, I helped Lee Pulliam and Danny Willis Jr. some with their cars last year, so I kind of know where we need to be. It’s just that until you can get in your racecar and get on the racetrack with your setup, it’s a little different deal.”

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“I think the last race last year showed myself and the whole team that we can be pretty good this year,” said Thaxton. “We ran the race and didn’t tear anything up. We didn’t get the finish we wanted because we had a tire go down, but we ran 89 laps without touching another car. That has really motivated us this winter to keep going and try to do well this year. “I feel that we can have at least one top-five finish this season,” he added.

“I hope we can get more, but I feel we have at least one coming.” Adding to Thaxton’s optimism is the fact that his car is in the best shape it has ever been in. “Two months ago, the car was nothing but a bare chassis,” Thaxton said. “I pulled everything off of it. There wasn’t a bolt left on it. My crew and myself sanded the chassis down, and my sponsor, Clark Daniel at Riverview Signs, helped me paint it. We’ve pretty much redone everything on the car. I feel like we’ll be pretty good with the car situation this year.”

The results of Thaxton’s work showed up in an early pre-season test. “I know the car is going to drive better,” he noted. “We tested the car a couple of weeks ago for the first time. We weren’t really pushing it, but we were putting pretty consistent laps down with 300-lap tires on. I feel like if we get some newer tires, we will be somebody to look out for this season, at least in the sixth to seventhplace area.” Thaxton is optimistic about his fortunes for the 2010 season, but he is keeping his goals modest.

“My goal for this year is to finish well and go across the scales after the race a few times,” Thaxton said. “I want us to have some decent finishes. I also want to learn what I can from other people, make friends with other drivers and teams and find some additional sponsorship help. “Some people have talent, and others have to learn it,” added Thaxton. “I think I’m one of those drivers that has to learn it. I think I have another two years before we’re going to be capable of winning. But, I feel once we start, it will all be downhill from there.”

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By Joe chAndler SpoRTS EdiToR ike Jones was expecting a lot last year when he embarked on his rookie season in the NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway. The Radford University student had no reason to not expect good things to happen. In 2008, Jones scored nine top-five finishes in his 14 starts in the track’s Pure Stock Division, finished fourth in the division points standings and won Rookie of the Year honors. While he understood that the Limited Sportsman Division would be tougher and that he would be competing against drivers with many years of racing experience under their belts, Jones still expected good results. Unfortunately, his first season in the Limited Sportsman Division did not come close to resembling his rookie season in the Pure Stock Division ranks the year before. He logged two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes in his 14 starts. Two fourth-place finishes were his best finishes of the season. “It was a lot tougher than we were anticipating,” Jones said. “We thought we knew a lot about the car going in but found out we didn’t know as much as we needed to know. The biggest problem last year was really being inconsistent. The first race we finished fourth, and the next week we blew a tire and finished 14th or whatever.”

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Mike Jones (front right), crew chief Jeremy ratliff (front left), car owner dean Jones (far right on back row) and the members of the racing team are pictured during a recent testing session at south Boston speedway.

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w hoMetown: South Boston w dIVIsIon: Limited Sportsman w type cAr: Toyota Camry w sponsors: Crown distributors, Buster’s performance Center, Love Shop Heating & Air, Community pharmacy, Mi Caretta, Love Shop Mini Storage, Hyco Lake properties. Com, U.S. Marine Corp, dean Jones Construction, MikeJonesRacing. com w teAM MeMBers: Crew Chief Jeremy Ratliff, Jerry Little, Jerrell Conway Sr., Jerrell Conway, Jr., Jim Brenner, Earl Morris, dean Jones There was also that thing called racing luck biting Jones at inopportune times. “We seemed to get into a lot of bad deals that weren’t always our fault,” he pointed out. “We would have mechanical problems, somebody spinning right in front of us and things like that happen to us.” There was also the experience factor. “It’s definitely a big learning curve,” Jones pointed out. “The Pure Stock Division is one of the most competitive divisions at South Boston Speedway, and I learned a lot. But, things happen on the track so much faster in Limited Sportsman. “Also,” continued Jones, “you have guys like Danny Willis Jr. Tommy Peregoy and Brian Pembelton competing in the division, guys that have

been racing in the division a long time. Those guys are very tough to beat.” That was last year. This season, Jones is much better prepared and is anxious to start the new season. During the offseason, Jones had his car’s chassis rebuilt and all of the equipment on the car freshened up. “It’s basically brand new,” Jones said of his car. “The people at Jay Hedgecock’s place fixed it and put it back together better than it was. We thought we were going to have to get a new car, but we found it was more economical for us to have him fix and improve the car we had. It’s as good as brand new.” The improvements did not stop there. “We have put a new Toyota Camry body on it and put a new motor in it,” Jones said. “I felt a new motor was a good investment.” Jones and his team also now have an experienced crew chief. Jeremy Ratliff, who served as Jeb Burton’s crew chief last season, has joined the team. “Jeremy is really sharp,” Jones noted. “He’s been around racing for a good while. It gives me a ton of confidence. It’s nice to have someone like Jeremy to fall back on so that I don’t have to make all of the decisions myself. Last year, it was basically me trying to

teach everybody else what little I knew. “At the beginning last year we thought we knew what we were doing,” added Jones. “This year we know a hundred times more than what we knew at this time last year.” With a basically new car under him and an experienced crew chief beside him, Jones is optimistic about the prospects for a successful 2010 season. “I’m really excited about this year,” Jones remarked. “I know my dad is as well. He’s put a lot of time and effort into it with me being away at school at Radford. He’s had to take more of a hands-on approach, and I know he’s really excited. “The main thing we want is to just be competitive,” continued Jones. “I’d like to get into the top five in points. The big thing, though, is I want to try to be sure to be there at the end of the race. If I have a sixth-place car, I don’t want to take any unnecessary chances in trying to make it a fifthplace car. The biggest thing is to run the whole 50 laps.” “I believe there will be a lot more cars in the division this year,” he added. “I honestly think the competition is going to be tougher than last year. I’ll be happy just finishing every race, being competitive, and running in the top five if I can.”

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Snow To Chase Limited Sportsman Title
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he last time former Halifax County resident Justin Snow raced a full-season schedule at South Boston Speedway was in 2005. He took full advantage of that opportunity and won the South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division championship. Snow has plans to run the full schedule of Limited Sportsman Division races at South Boston Speedway again this season. That could be tough news for the competitors in the division. “The plan we’re starting off with is to run for the championship,” Snow said. “We’re kind of a low-budget team, so we’re going to run as long as money allows. Hopefully we will have good fortune, and we can run for the championship.” Snow started last season with the same idea. Unfortunately, his plans derailed quickly when his car was totaled in a crash during the first race of the season. “That pretty much wiped out our entire season’s worth of finances,” Snow explained. “We ended up running the full schedule minus about three races. We almost made the entire season, but not quite.” Despite not running the entire schedule, Snow made an impact in the Limited Sportsman Division, winning four races and finishing sixth in the final division points standings. That gives Snow confidence that he and his team can compete with the division’s top drivers and teams and make a run at the championship. “I think we’re championship capable,” Snow remarked. “We still finished sixth in the points last year, even missing three races, and I wrecked in two races that I did run. “We had some mechanical problems with the car last year,” continued Snow. “We found some problems with the brakes and really didn’t get it fixed until the last race of the year. I had what was probably my best run of the year in the big race at the end of the year. Even though I finished third, I led more than half of the race, and I was happy with the handling of the car throughout the race. Everything (with

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Former halifax county resident Justin snow is ready to kick off his 2010 season in the nAscAr limited sportsman division at south Boston speedway.
the car) is going to be exactly the same as it was when we came here for the 100-lapper at the end of last year.” Knowing that he has the ability to make a run for the Limited Sportsman Division title has put a little extra spring in Snow’s step. “Whenever you have it in your mind that you’re not going to be able to run every race, as a driver, you kind of get down on yourself because you’re wondering when you’re going to be able to come back,” explained Snow. “As it goes right now, I’ve got a lot of confidence and a lot of spring in my step because I believe I’m going to be able to run the whole schedule and give those boys a run for their money.” Snow noted that in order to be successful in competing for a points championship a driver has to consider some important ingredients. “You’ve got to be conservative,” Snow said, “but also be aggressive at the same time. You’ve got to be smart. When you run for points, sometimes you have to be a little conservative. If you’re running second or third in a race, you really have to think about it and not do anything stupid to try to win. If you have a dominant car and can lead every lap and win the race, you go ahead and do it. “That’s different than if you’re running a limited schedule of races and are not racing for points,” added Snow. “If you’re running a limited schedule, your mindset is pretty much win, win, win and whatever happens just happens.” Snow says he already has mapped out his approach to the season. “The first two or three races, if we go out and have good qualifying runs and start in the top two or three, I’m definitely going to try to win,” he said. “After about four or five races, if

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he Halifax County Motorsports Academy has been growing by leaps and bounds since its inception five years ago. This season the program is expanding on the competition side by adding a second team, a junior varsity team if you will, to compete in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway.

the drivers, instructors and team members of the two halifax county Motorsports Academy racing
money spent on this program. If it wasn’t for Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance none of what we do in the Motorsports Academy would be possible. We also are very appreciative of the support of our other local sponsors. It takes everybody working together to make this happen for our students.” Newcomb explained the ability to field two race teams has provided an opportunity for the motorsports academy to take an approach that is used with other high school sports programs. “We split this program similar to the other sports programs at the high school from the standpoint that the Pure Stock is an entrylevel competition class at the speedway,” Newcomb explained. “We’re looking at that as a kind of junior varsity race team. The Limited Sportsman car that we’ve been competing with is being looked at as the varsity-type sports team.” The Pure Stock team, Newcomb said, allows the program to get more students involved at a younger age. “NASCAR implemented a rule change over the winter that will allow 14 and 15-year-olds to obtain a NASCAR learner’s permit,” pointed out Newcomb. “We’re going to have some younger kids there in that entry-level position. In turn, their experience will move them right into the varsity team. This way we will be able to have our experience level upgraded year after year.” The Pure Stock team, said instructor Buddy Wilborn, is an important component of the Halifax County Motorsports Academy. “I think it’s a very, very good component for Trey, the school system and the Motorsports Academy,” Wilborn remarked. “You’ve got to start somewhere, and this is a good starting point. It’s a golden opportunity. The intent and focus is to get these kids prepared for the next step, let them see what racing is all about and see how you go about getting started. These cars are something that you can work with. The Pure Stock class is a beginner’s class, and the kids can gain a lot of experience in doing this.” Wilborn said the Pure Stock team will have approximately 10 students at South Boston Speedway on race nights. “We felt that would be a good number of kids to work with,” Wilborn pointed out. “With some of the afternoon and after-school activities, we involve 10 to 15 kids. It depends upon what their interests are.”

Joey Throckmorton of Scottsburg, a former Halifax County High School student, will join forces with the Motorsports Academy students and instructor Doug Newcomb to compete in the NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway. The Toyota Camry that Throckmorton will drive is co-owned by Throckmorton and James Eubanks. Trey Crews, a 15-year-old student at Halifax County High School, will compete in the Pure Stock Division. Crews, his team of students and instructors Buddy Wilborn, Danny Wilborn and Brian Seate, will comprise the Motorsports Academy’s second team, a team that will be the equivalent of a junior varsity team in other sports programs.

Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance is the primary sponsor for the two cars. Throckmorton also has sponsorship from automobile dealership J.D. Byrider, Cody Store and J.E. Ligon Plumbing & Electrical Co. Crews has sponsorship from Charles Anderson Lawn Care Service, Yards By Mo and Crow’s Hog Killing Service.to help supplement his team’s effort. “We very much appreciate Farm Bureau Insurance’s continuing support of the Halifax County Motorsports Academy, its programs and the support it gives to the Halifax County Public Schools,” said Doug Newcomb, the instructor in charge of Throckmorton’s motorsports academy team. “There are zero dollars of school system

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“It will take a lot off of me and a lot off of those guys to have the students helping us. I will know that things are done right and know that when I get to the racetrack I can concentrate on racing and not whether or not we had done this or that during the week. At the racetrack we can concentrate on trying to get the best finish we can.” As far as goals for the season are concerned, Throckmorton is not going out on a limb with any major predictions. “The number one thing is that we want to have fun and teach the kids,” Throckmorton said. “If we can go to South Boston Speedway and finish well and not tear up our equipment and hopefully win a few races, that would be a good goal to set. Points is a hard thing to set a goal on at the beginning of the year because there are so many factors that come into play. I feel like if we run well, the points will take care of themselves.” late start. The Halifax County High School student won two class championships at Amelia raceway in 2007. He raced a limited schedule of races at Ace Speedway near Reidsville, N.C. last year, competing primarily in money races. Wins came then as well. “I’m real excited about this opportunity,” Crews remarked. “I wanted to move up to something bigger. I learned a lot racing go-karts. Racing go-karts basically taught me how to race. You learn a lot racing go-karts, things like how to set up your passes and how to communicate with other racers.” Crews is a student in the Halifax County Motorsports Academy and wants to use the knowledge and experience that he gains through the program to help him move forward in his future endeavors. “I like racing, and I like working on things, building things, taking them apart and putting them back together,” Crews explained when asked about his motivation to become involved in the Halifax County Motorsports Academy. “It’s a challenge that I enjoy. I like working with tools, and I’m pretty good with them. I’m trying to take everything in, trying to put everything together and learn new things. It’s a lot to take in, but I think I can handle it.” Crews said he is approaching the 2010 season as a learning year. “My main things is to not wreck and tear everything up,” Crews remarked when asked about his goals for the season. “The big thing is that myself and the others on the team learn as much as we can. I’d like to be able to run all of the laps, finish all of the races and get somewhere near the top 10 in points. “I like to win,” Crews added with a smile. “Racing is more fun when you win. I’d like to win them all, but I know I can’t do that. If we could get a win or two, that would be super. I think this season is going to be a lot of fun.”

crews optimistic About the season
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g teams are pictured with the cars in the infield at south Boston speedway.
Crews, Wilborn noted, was involved with the motorsports program at Halifax County Middle School and is continuing his participation in the motorsports program at Halifax County High School. “Trey came through my class at Halifax County Middle School last year,” Wilborn explained. “He showed a lot of interest in wanting to learn. This opportunity presented itself to him, and he’s taking advantage of it.” the students,” Throckmorton said. “Getting to work with the students and having more backing will benefit me. I feel that myself and the students and instructors can do a lot of good things together. “I definitely don’t know everything, but what I do know I can pass along to the students,” Throckmorton continued. “If there is something that they are interested in beyond high school, I will be glad to help them. As much as I can help them, they’re helping me just as much. This is a good opportunity for everybody.” Throckmorton said because of his work situation he is unable to devote much time to the car during the week. Having the help of the students and the instructors of the motorsports academy will help ease the burden of the week-to-week preparation and maintenance of the car. “This will really benefit me to have them do a lot of the maintenance work that needs to be done week-to-week to get to the racetrack instead of me having to rely solely on the two or three guys that help me,” Throckmorton pointed out. w hoMetown: Nathalie w dIVIsIon: pure Stock division w type cAr: Nissan 240 SX w sponsors: Virginia Farm Bureau insurance, Yards By Mo, Crow’s Hog Killing w teAM MeMBers: instructors Buddy Wilborn, danny Wilborn and Brian Seate, Jay Womack, Michael Barclay, Grant Cole, James palmer, Kayla Cole, Ciera Korel and Crystal Hancock.

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Throckmorton brings a good measure of experience to the team as a driver. He won Rookie of the Year honors at South Boston Speedway in 2008. Last season, Throckmorton made a run for the Limited Sportsman Division championship at Orange County Speedway, falling just short of winning the title. The Scottsburg resident also showed well at South Boston Speedway with a strong secondplace finish in the 100-lap Limited Sportsman race that capped the season. “It gives us confidence that we are able to run with those guys,” Throckmorton said of his late-season race at South Boston Speedway. “Of course, there will be new people coming into the division this season, and things will change a little bit. But, we have a good starting point. That doesn’t mean that we won’t have to work just as hard or even harder.” Throckmorton is excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Halifax County Motorsports Academy. “It’s kind of new to me, and I will be new to

At 15-years-old, Trey Crews will be one of the youngest, if not the youngest driver competing in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway this season. The car that Crews will drive this season is a Nissan that he and his family purchased from Keith Langston, a driver who has competed in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway and Orange County Speedway in past seasons. “The car was race-ready when we bought it,” Crews said, “but we went through it and redid everything on it. We put new bars in the car and painted it. We’ve done a lot to make it look good. I think we have a real good car.” Crews moves into stock car racing after having had a successful stint in go-kart racing. He began racing go-karts in the middle of the 2006 season at Caswell County (N.C.) Speedway and finished second in points despite his

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Anthony Glass To Debut In Pure Stocks
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he Glass racing team adds another driver to its stable this season, hiking the total number of drivers to four, but don’t expect to see all four of them on the track at the same time. Anthony Glass will join older sister Amber Moore in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway this season, with Billy Goble also expected to compete. Anthony Glass who turns 16-yearsold in July, won one championship in two years of go-kart racing, and he also has prior experience in auto racing, with three starts in Pure Stocks at Orange County last year. He also won a race in the Kid’s U-Car Class at Franklin County Speedway last November “I was tickled to death to win that race, but I think Daddy (Donald Glass) was even more tickled than I was,” he doUG FoRd/GAZETTE-ViRGiNAiN said. rookie auto racer Anthony Glass is hoping his success in go-kart racing translates into success “I raced three races at Orange County in pure stocks this season at south Boston speedway. last year, and finished sixth, eighth, and about ninth or 10th in those races,” day, some days I don’t want to push tell anyone that, and I’ll have fun when added Glass, who got a good feel for how it depending on track conditions and I want to have fun,” she noted. a race car handles around a small track considering what my car’s capable of,” The focus this season is Anthony similar in some ways to South Boston. said Glass. Glass and his race car, at least for now Having helped his father and sister in Amber Moore plans to run the twinaccording to Donald Glass. the pits and having been around racing race Pure Stock events at South Boston, “Time will tell, but we’ll run Anthoa long time, the younger Glass feels he’s with perhaps a few single races mixed ny’s car full time,” he explained. ready to give the Pure Stock Division at in, depending on her schedule. “Amber wants to run a limited South Boston a shot this season. “I’ll race when I want to, but it’s kind schedule because of work and school With those prior experiences, Glass of hard when I have to schedule other constraints. feels he has some momentum comthings around racing,” she said. “Billy Goble will run a few races, and ing into South Boston, even with the “I’ll run all the twin races even if I Stephen Trickey will fill in for a few tougher field in the Pure Stock Division. have to change my schedule, and I want races if we need a backup car, but we’ll “I’ll take a lot of confidence to South to be there for Anthony as well,” said concentrate on Anthony’s car and try Boston, but I know I’ll face a lot of Moore, who is excited to see how her to get him as far up front as we can get tough drivers there,” he explained. brother fares in his rookie season at him before the season ends.” “There’s a whole bunch of work to do South Boston. Glass knows the competition will be other than just saying you’ll win. I’m really excited to see my brother as tough or tougher than ever at South “I haven’t had any seat time at South race because he’s really good. He did Boston this season, and a solid run Boston, but I hope my experience at really well in go-karts, and although I by Anthony would give him reason to Orange County will help, so my goals didn’t see him race last year, I heard he believe he can hold his own anywhere this season are to try my best and do did really well in cars. in Pure Stock racing. the best I can.” There are three twin races on the “There’s more competition at South Glass describes his driving style as schedule right now, according to Moore, Boston than other places we’ve been, sort of in between aggressive and laid and she plans to be at all of those and and if he can finish well over here, we’ll back, and knows the temparment of the maybe some others. have it made,” Donald Glass noted. track, and his race car can change each She is racing just to have fun, but she “We’ll play things by ear and see how race and sometimes during the race wants to see her brother develop as the it goes, and I have another car sitting itself. season wears on. out there that finished second or third “It’s a process of knowing what your “I’m not intent on running for points, last year in Pure Stocks, so that’s anequipment is capable of on a given and Anthony is a lot better than me, I’ll other car that should be a front runner.

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w hoMetown: Halifax w dIVIsIon: pure Stock w cAr type: Nissan 240SX w sponsors: Centerville Cellular, Heritage House, Snak Shop Vending, Three Forks Grocery, Memory Lane Videos w crew: donald Glass, Sara Glass, Stephen Trickey, Trevor Hutchins, Butch Rickman, Alex Glass “We may even put him in that one before the season is over if we feel he’s progressed enough to handle it. “We’ll try to keep the car in one piece, finish races and have him learn as much as he can, and Amber’s time is limited with her work schedule so she may run the twin races and race a back up car for Anthony.

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he Glass racing team adds another driver to its stable this season, hiking the total number of drivers to four, but don’t expect to see all four of them on the track at the same time. Anthony Glass will join older sister Amber Moore in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway this season, with Billy Goble also expected to compete. Anthony Glass who turns 16-yearsold in July, won one championship in two years of go-kart racing, and he also has prior experience in auto racing, with three starts in Pure Stocks at Orange County last year. He also won a race in the Kid’s U-Car Class at Franklin County Speedway last November “I was tickled to death to win that race, but I think Daddy (Donald Glass) was even more tickled than I was,” he doUG FoRd/GAZETTE-ViRGiNAiN said. rookie auto racer Anthony Glass is hoping his success in go-kart racing translates into success “I raced three races at Orange County in pure stocks this season at south Boston speedway. last year, and finished sixth, eighth, and about ninth or 10th in those races,” day, some days I don’t want to push tell anyone that, and I’ll have fun when added Glass, who got a good feel for how it depending on track conditions and I want to have fun,” she noted. a race car handles around a small track considering what my car’s capable of,” The focus this season is Anthony similar in some ways to South Boston. said Glass. Glass and his race car, at least for now Having helped his father and sister in Amber Moore plans to run the twinaccording to Donald Glass. the pits and having been around racing race Pure Stock events at South Boston, “Time will tell, but we’ll run Anthoa long time, the younger Glass feels he’s with perhaps a few single races mixed ny’s car full time,” he explained. ready to give the Pure Stock Division at in, depending on her schedule. “Amber wants to run a limited South Boston a shot this season. “I’ll race when I want to, but it’s kind schedule because of work and school With those prior experiences, Glass of hard when I have to schedule other constraints. feels he has some momentum comthings around racing,” she said. “Billy Goble will run a few races, and ing into South Boston, even with the “I’ll run all the twin races even if I Stephen Trickey will fill in for a few tougher field in the Pure Stock Division. have to change my schedule, and I want races if we need a backup car, but we’ll “I’ll take a lot of confidence to South to be there for Anthony as well,” said concentrate on Anthony’s car and try Boston, but I know I’ll face a lot of Moore, who is excited to see how her to get him as far up front as we can get tough drivers there,” he explained. brother fares in his rookie season at him before the season ends.” “There’s a whole bunch of work to do South Boston. Glass knows the competition will be other than just saying you’ll win. I’m really excited to see my brother as tough or tougher than ever at South “I haven’t had any seat time at South race because he’s really good. He did Boston this season, and a solid run Boston, but I hope my experience at really well in go-karts, and although I by Anthony would give him reason to Orange County will help, so my goals didn’t see him race last year, I heard he believe he can hold his own anywhere this season are to try my best and do did really well in cars. in Pure Stock racing. the best I can.” There are three twin races on the “There’s more competition at South Glass describes his driving style as schedule right now, according to Moore, Boston than other places we’ve been, sort of in between aggressive and laid and she plans to be at all of those and and if he can finish well over here, we’ll back, and knows the temparment of the maybe some others. have it made,” Donald Glass noted. track, and his race car can change each She is racing just to have fun, but she “We’ll play things by ear and see how race and sometimes during the race wants to see her brother develop as the it goes, and I have another car sitting itself. season wears on. out there that finished second or third “It’s a process of knowing what your “I’m not intent on running for points, last year in Pure Stocks, so that’s anequipment is capable of on a given and Anthony is a lot better than me, I’ll other car that should be a front runner.

no. 14 | Anthony Glass

w hoMetown: Halifax w dIVIsIon: pure Stock w cAr type: Nissan 240SX w sponsors: Centerville Cellular, Heritage House, Snak Shop Vending, Three Forks Grocery, Memory Lane Videos w crew: donald Glass, Sara Glass, Stephen Trickey, Trevor Hutchins, Butch Rickman, Alex Glass

no. 11 | Amber Moore

w hoMetown: Halifax w dIVIsIon: pure Stock w cAr type: Nissan 240SX w sponsors: Centerville Cellular, Heritage House, Snak Shop Vending, Three Forks Grocery, Memory Lane Videos w crew: donald Glass, Sara Glass, Stephen Trickey, Trevor Hutchins, Butch Rickman, Alex Glass “We may even put him in that one before the season is over if we feel he’s progressed enough to handle it. “We’ll try to keep the car in one piece, finish races and have him learn as much as he can, and Amber’s time is limited with her work schedule so she may run the twin races and race a back up car for Anthony.

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harles Clardy Jr. will be a rookie in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway this season, but he also will be a rookie in the purest sense of the word. While a great deal of first-time Pure Stock racers have prior driving experience in go-karts, quarter midgets or other forms of racing, Clardy does not, getting his first seat time at the tight four-tenths mile race track only recently. That doesn’t prevent the 24-year-old South Boston resident from expressing confidence about the upcoming season, despite his inexperience. “I’ve been a race fan all my life and have come to pretty much all the races the past three or four years,” said Clardy. “I picked the pure-four class because I’d heard so much about them, the fun they have and the sportsmanship. “It just seems like a good class to start in,” he added. “Just being out there with the guys has encouraged me a little, and I know a few of them, Kenny Mills Jr., Randy Hupp and Jimmy Wade being two of them. “I don’t know until I try it, and I’ve practiced three or four times in the past week or so, and that’s the first time I’d ever been around the track.” Becoming familiar with any track is a bonus, especially the tricky fourtenths mile circuit at South Boston, which is difficult to master under the best of circumstances. “I guess I’ll just try and learn the track. Kenny Mills Jr. went out there with me and showed me a little bit on how to get around, so I think I’ll be alright,” said Clardy. “I’ll be nervous, especially considering it’s my first year, but I plan on

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charles clardy Jr., a rookie in the pure stock division at south Boston speedway this season, looks to be competitive toward the end of the year.
going out and having fun, and I do have a goal of finishing in the top-five in points.” The key to a solid run in the Pure Stock Division is being consistent and staying out of trouble, according to Clardy, who is one driver who likes the inversion method used to determine the starting grid for Pure Stock races. “I know about the inversion, and I like that because it evens things out and makes things a little harder for people with better cars,” he explained. “It gives people with lesser cars a chance to do better.” Clardy has received some advice and suggestions from several Pure Stock drivers, and that demonstrates the camaraderie normally found in the division. Randy, Jimmy and Kenny Mills have given me some general advice on how to run the track and about the cars themselves, said Clardy. “I know a little about the mechanics of the cars, and I’ll try to learn a lot more my first year. “I’m right off the street and into a race car, and I hope the drivers will consider I’m new at this and give that some consideration.” Despite his inexperience, Clardy is looking forward to the 2009 season. “Everybody works together in this

no. 5 | charles clardy Jr.

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“All of our sponsors have stood behind us for the most part, and there’s one we hope can come through later for us, and that’s one reason we haven’t pushed putting another driver in one of the other cars,” Glass pointed out. “If push comes to shove, we can fund a car out of my pocket if we have to. “We have three cars that are race

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Hupp Looking For More Good Results
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alifax driver Randy Hupp is looking for more good results in the Pure Stock Division this season, following a solid 2009 campaign where he won his first race. “That gives me some momentum and something to shoot for this season,” said Hupp. The motivation to race is still there for the congenial Hupp, who quickly added he still races purely for the fun in meeting people and having fun, rather than running for points. “It’s always been fun, and I’ll do it until I stop having fun,” added Hupp, whose goals remain relatively unchanged from a season ago. “My main goals are to be competitive, run toward the front and win a race, so I pretty much accomplished that last year. “I’ll try to stay out of trouble and run toward the front again this year, so nothing much has changed in that regard.” Right now, Hupp will run the same car for the first few races he had last year, but he plans to break out a new race car later on in the season. “It’ll have the same number (12), but it’s a coupe, and I’ve never raced a coupe,” said Hupp in anticipation. All things considered, Hupp had a good amount of success in 2009, with one win, eight top-five and four top10 finishes in 17 starts. He managed to keep his racecar on the track and out away from midpack for the most part, even considering the inversion method of determining the starting grid. “I don’t particularly like the inversion, but I managed to tip-toe around the track for most of the year before winning that last one. “You know you can get up there and run with the guys after that, and it’s just a matter of getting a lucky break and getting a win after that. “We’ll find out.” Now that he’s gotten his first win, the pressure may have eased off somewhat, but Pure Stock racing is

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randy hupp, pictured here in Victory lane after winning the season-ending pure stock division race last september at south Boston speedway, is aiming for another solid season in 2010.

“I’m pretty lucky to have most all my sponsors back from last year, but you know how that is, everything keeps going up. “There’re a lot of new drivers, and it’ll take a few races to find out who

you can race with and who you have to be careful with. “One thing about this class is that everybody helps everybody else and chips in when they need something to get where they need to be.”

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Johnson Setting Sights On Second SBS Title
By Joe chAndler SpoRTS EdiToR

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f you want to know how tough it is to win the South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division championship, all you need to do is ask Justin Johnson. Two years ago, Johnson experienced the bitter disappointment of coming up just a few points shy of the championship in the season’s final race. Last year, Johnson tasted the sweetness of victory, a tough victory he earned by winning the last race of the season to top three other competitors, whom, like Johnson, had a chance to win the title entering the season’s final race. “I don’t know if my nerves can handle another points battle like last year’s was,” Johnson said with a grin. “It was something else. Coming off of the second-place finish in the points the year before, our goal was to win the championship. I knew we had the opportunity to do it. It was a lot harder than I expected it to be, but it always is. I was so heartbroken after finishing second two years ago that it made it that much sweeter winning it the way we won it last year.” For Johnson’s car owner, Frank Deiny Jr. of Ashland, the championship was a sweet victory as well. This time around, Deiny, who had previously won a South Boston Speedway NASCAR track championship as a driver, won his first track championship as a car owner. “To be able to win a championship here at South Boston Speedway was awesome,” Deiny remarked. “I’ve won a championship at South Boston Speedway and to have my driver win one and hopefully get another one this year, was an awesome feeling, especially in one of our own chassis. It’s an awesome feeling to have FDJ Motorsports reach one of its goals to win a championship without me being the driver. I couldn’t be happier.” Deiny said the feeling of pursuing the championship as a driver is different than the feeling of winning a championship as a car owner. “I’m thankful that I got to win it first

as a driver because I knew what he (Johnson) was feeling coming into the end of the season,” Deiny said. “I’ve already been through that. So, to be able to help Justin in that area was good. I had never been through it as a car owner, though. I was just as nervous, but it was a different kind of nervousness. When I’m outside of the car, it’s difficult because I have no control. I can’t do anything.” Johnson, Deiny and the FDJ Motorsports team are returning to South Boston Speedway looking to make it two championships in a row. This time, the team is looking to add more wins than it did last season when it scored two wins and finished in the top-five in 14 of the season’s 21 points races. “Of course, coming off of the championship last year we’ve got our goals set that much higher for this year,” Johnson said. “We want to go out and win 10 races and let it (the championship) fall the way it falls. We weren’t happy with just two victories here last year. “We had a goal last year of wanting to win more races,” added Johnson. “It didn’t work out for us, but we were able to stay consistent and won the championship battle. Two years ago when we finished second in the points, we won five races but struggled with consistency. This year, we’re going to come in and try to win some races, be consistent and see how it falls.” Johnson has a different twist working as the season gets under way, that being that he will be driving a different FDJ Motorsports car than the one he drove last year. This year, Johnson will drive the car that Deiny drove in selected races last seasons. “It has been a little bit of a transition,” John acknowledged. “Even if I had gone from a coil over car to another coil over car there would be some differences, but going from coil over to a big spring car initially threw a curve at us.” The good thing in Johnson’s favor is that he had an opportunity to get into the car late last season after the last race at South Boston Speedway. “We got a jump on it the last couple of races last year, and ran the bigspring car at Orange County Speedway

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Justin Johnson (left) and car owner Frank deiny Jr. pose in Victory lane with the championship sign after Johnson clinched the south Boston speedway championship by winning last season’s final points race.
and Myrtle Beach Speedway,” Johnson noted. “We got lucky enough to win right out of the box.” Johnson said he expects another very competitive and exciting season of racing this season at South Boston Speedway. “I don’t think it will be any less competitive than last year,” Johnson said. “Nick Smith is going to be tough to beat. You have Deac McCaskill and, with the exception of David Quackenbush, the same guys that were in it (the points battle) last year. “It was the four of us battling it out all year last year and three of us are back,” Johnson added. “I’m sure someone else will come in and step up and be right there and we’ll have another big battle going at the end of the year. We’ve just got to be better and concentrate on bringing the best stuff we have every week. If we’re at our best, I always feel like that we’re going to beat everyone else at their best. I think that’s the only way you can look at it.”

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Crosby Takes Another Shot At Pure Stock Title
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cottsburg driver Courtney Crosby has experienced a great deal of success the past two seasons in the Pure Stock Division. In 2008, he finished second, eight points behind Joe Allred III, with the championship decided in the final race of the season. Crosby had another good year in 2009, with a win, 12 top-five finishes and two top-10 finishes in 17 starts, along with five poles. He held the points lead late in the season until an accident ruined his chances at a points championship. “I had a pretty decent year,” said Crosby. We had a shot at a championship for the second year in a row and came up a little short.” Crosby finished third in the points chase, but he was leading in the points late in the season before an accident prevented him from closing the deal. “In 2008 we lost the championship by eight points and last year we lost it by 14 points, so we’ve been really, really close,” he explained. “But, I’m glad Chris (Crosby) got it last year if I couldn’t, and I hope to be a contender again this year, but I don’t know how good we can be.

“Hopefully, we can be as good as last year.” Crosby and his race team have worked over the winter to restore a car he ran for the last three races last year. “We won with that car right out of the box, and we also won a couple of poles with it,” said Crosby. “We’re happy with the car, so we’re hoping everything comes together for us the way it’s supposed to and that the car stays the same for us.” That same car placed second with Chuck Watkins behind the wheel at the last Orange County race last year, according to Crosby, so he knows it’s capable of winning. “It’s a pretty good piece, and we just have to tweak it some, but it’s going to be a good car for us.” Crosby has adopted a wait-and-see approach to the 2010 season and will see how things stand after the first few races before determining if a points championship is within the realm of possibility. “We’ll see what happens and how far our money will take us, we have some names on the car but not much money, and we’ve lost about half our sponsors,” he explained. “That’s making it tough, so we’ll run as long as our money lets us run, but I

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pure stock division racer courtney crosby, foreground, is aiming to capture a division points title this season at south Boston speedway after coming close the past couple of years. pictured with crosby are some of his team members including, from left, Ashleigh Foster, whitney Foster, Jennifer dawson and eric snead.
think most of the drivers are fortunate to have the sponsors they have.” Crosby is aware of the large field of cars running in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston and the large number of rookies. “We have an advantage in experience and can stay toward the front and avoid mistakes, and hopefully we can have some good racing,” he pointed out. I hope the rookie drivers can stay patient. I was a rookie driver six years ago, and we all have to start sometime, but I hope they just listen to us and show some patience. Consistent finishes and a little racing luck may finally allow Crosby to take home a Pure Stock Division title. “In 2008 we had one bad race, with a flat tire, and that cost us a shot at the championship and last year we got into an accident late in the season,” Crosby

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Lacks Joins Pure Stock Rookie Ranks
By douG Ford STAFF WRiTER dd another rookie to the roster of drivers in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway this season, as Jim Lacks moves from the pits to the driver’s seat. Although a first-time driver, Lacks does have experience at South Boston, “I’ve driven go-karts recreationally, but nothing on a competitive level in auto racing,” said Lacks, who added he was both excited and a little apprehensive as the season approaches. “Even though I’m a rookie, I’m 43-years-old and will show some common sense and work my way into it. I was in the military for 20 years and played golf and water-skiied, but South Boston is the place to be for auto racing. “I’ve sponsored some people and helped some in the pits before this year, but I decided if I was already spending money on this, I’d enjoy some of the racing myself.” Lacks worked as a crew member with drivers such as Stacy Puryear, Lee Pulliam, Danny Willis Jr. and the Milams, and he has sponsored others such as Steve Collins and the Crosby’s. He has won two track championships, one as part of Lee Pulliam’s crew in the Limited Sportsman Division, and one as sponsor for Chris Crosby in the Pure Stock Division. Lacks decided to get behind the wheel of a racecar simply because it looked like a lot of fun, but he will take a cautious approach, at least early on. “There’s a whole lot more work that goes into them than I knew,” he admitted. “It costs a little more money than I thought. Because the cars are older than most, you can’t go to an auto parts store and buy parts, so you need to find them at junkyards. “People have been racing them for so long that you can’t find a (Nissan) 240 within 200 miles of here, because they’ve all be scarfed up for racecars.” Lacks has been around the Pure Stock Division long enough to notice that while the drivers are competi-

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Jim lacks, a rookie competitor this season in the pure stock division at south Boston speedway, is also a newcomer to auto racing. pictured, from left, are team members Jacob campbell, Michael wilborn, lacks, Jarrett Milam (crew chief) and Mikkie Milam.
tive, they still respect their opponents. “They’ll bend over backwards to help somebody,” said Lacks, whose goals for his rookie campaign are somewhat modest. I don’t want to set my goals too lofty, but I would really like to win Rookie of the Year,” he pointed out. “Usually, there’re only one or two people competing for that, but this year I’ve heard there may be seven or eight rookies out there.” “I think I have a good shot at it,” Lacks added, while noting the experience among his crew as a key to a solid rookie season. “Jarrett Milam is my crew chief, and he’s won more Pure Stock races than anyone the past couple of years, and he’s put together a good car for me. “Basically, I’ll follow him around and run the same lines he does, and I think that should give me Rookie of the Year.” Lacks’ seat time has been severely limited due to bad weather, but he plans to make up the difference before the March 13 season-opener. “I don’t plan on doing anything crazy the first race and will probably just run with the pack,” said Lacks, who is confident that he’ll qualify well enough to stay out of the rear of the pack but cautious enough to run a clean race the first time out. “I have a good car, and I think I can get a top-six qualifying run, and even if I qualify sixth, if the die comes up that number I’ll sit on the pole. There’s a little history behind his car, Lacks explained. “Quain Moore built the car, and Justin Tucker raced it before selling it to Rodney Cook,” he said. According to Lacks, he literally found the car in a barn and rebuilt it from the ground up. Maturity usually comes with age, and Lacks plans on using that to his advantage his rookie year. “I believe I’ll err on the side of caution and I won’t stick my nose where it doesn’t belong, and I’m content to

no. 05 | Jim lacks

w hoMetown: South Boston w dIVIsIon: pure Stock w type cAr: Nissan 240 w sponsors: Heritage House, Riverviewsign.com, Signs & design, Buster’s performance Center, Campbell’s Vinyl Railings, Earle’s Hardwood Flooring, J&S Mufflers w teAM MeMBers: Jarrett Milam (Crew Chief), Mikkie Milam, Michael Wilborn, Michael Farmer, Jacob Campbell, Buddy Campbell (Spotter) w specIAl thAnKs: Carolyn Lacks get more seat time and ride around until I get more comfortable with the car. “I don’t plan on taking anybody out, and I think everyone will show a little respect to everybody else out there. “We have so many rookies this year, and a lot of them have little or no experience with this type of car, but the key for everyone will be to show a little patience.”

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Willis Eyes Limited Sportsman Title
By douG Ford STAFF WRiTER anny Willis Jr. literally had a season to remember last year in the Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway, claiming three poles and four wins in 17 starts, including a win in the season finale that vaulted him to second-place in the points standings. The Cluster Springs driver capped the year by claiming the pole and the win in the big 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race in October. Willis knows 2010 brings a new set of challenges, but he plans to meet them head-on, with a goal of taking home a prize that has eluded him in the past – a Limited Sportsman points championship. “Last year was probably the best season we’ve had in Limited, and we didn’t really get started until halfway through,” Willis recalled. “Our down side is usually how we start off the season, and if we can start this year the way we finished last year, we’ll have a good shot at the title. “We checked the car over the winter and made sure nothing was wrong with it, so we’re starting with the same setup and hope track conditions and the tires are the same as last year.” If that’s the case, Willis and his race team think they can start the way they finished last year and carry the momentum through the season. Willis said he and his race team came upon an ideal setup midway through last season, and it proved to be the key to the strong finish. “We really weren’t that far off with our setup to start, but we had motor problems in the first race. We were close but not close enough, but halfway through the season we hit upon something,” said Willis. “I thank Stacy Puryear and Puryear Race Parts for that, because he helped me with my shock package and helped me fine-tune my setup. “We really didn’t have to change a lot, but both Stacy and A&E Race Cars helped me a lot last year. “We had to clip the car once and do some suspension work to get every-

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danny willis Jr., foreground, is gunning for a limited sportsman division championship this season at south Boston speedway. team members, back row, from left, include david saunders (crew chief), Jeff throckmorton, chris clark and Kim willis. not pictured are team members tom worley, Jason Milam, Gary leksell and Bruce elliott.
thing back to where it was, and if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have gotten back to where we needed to be. Despite last year’s success and the optimism entering the season, it’s always a guessing game at South Boston, Willis noted. “The competition is so tough that anybody on a given night can come away with a win,” he noted. “We just have to find that little bit extra, and if we keep that little bit and add a little more, it should be exciting racing this year. “Hopefully, we’ll be right there with them.” The Limited Sportsman Division featured tight competition last year, and this year promises to be just as tough, according to Willis, with Tommy Peregoy, Justin Snow and Jeb Burton returning, in addition to defending points champion Brian Pembelton. “We have at least two new drivers, and I know they have good cars and good crews behind them, so I think we’ll have a good tight field,” said Willis. “I don’t see anybody walking away with it.” Willis’ goal is to be consistent and win as many races as he can. “Poles are nice, and it’s nice to sit on the pole, but if we can go out there and win as much as we can or have good top-three finishes each week without tearing up our racecar, we have a good shot at making a run at the title,” he continued. “That was our downside last year, we started off slow and wound up getting in a few wrecks, and after we got everything going, it all went smoothly for us.” Limited sponsorship dollars may affect some teams more than others this season, he explained. “You’ll still have those drivers who were aggressive last year be aggressive again this year, despite

no. 23 | danny willis Jr.

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the possibility of limited funds, and the small budget teams may mind their p’s and q’s and try to stay out of trouble. “Especially if you’re running in fourth- or fifth-place with a couple of laps left, there’s no use pushing it to get to second, because the money isn’t that much more. “You’ll still have some guys out there driving aggressively, but the majority of the guys will try and take care of their stuff. “We’ll have a good field of cars, and more often than not it will be anybody’s night to win, whoever has the best setup.”

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Mills Plans On Running Full Pure Stock Season
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enny Mills Jr., ran three races in the Pure Stock Division last year at South Boston Speedway, recording a top-10 finish in one of them. He’s hoping for more this year as he plans to run a full season in Pure Stocks. Mills, now 17-years-old, developed an interest in racing while crewing for a couple of other drivers last season, and the desire to race finally got the best of him, he explained. “I helped other people with their cars and got the urge to drive myself,” said Mills, who started crewing for Bruce Mayo and Randy Hupp last year. Mills hopes to put his knowledge gained from his experience under the hook to good use this season. “I learned a lot about the engine and the setups, and the mechanical work is really what you need to know about the cars,” he pointed out. That can only help as the current season unfolds, he added. “Randy also has helped me out a whole lot, and I got most of my knowledge from him. Normally, it was only myself working on the car and I needed to know all of those things.” Mills had not raced at any level before the three Pure Stock starts last season, but any experience on the tight South Boston Speedway track is invaluable. He learned a lot despite hitting a fellow competitor three-fourths of a lap into his first race. “My second race I did alright, finishing the race in eighth place, and that kind of got me going. “I had a feeling the next race I’d do even better than the third time, but my rear end went out on me about 17 laps into the race.

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Kenny Mills Jr., a driver in the pure stock division at south Boston speedway, plans on racing a full season at the four-tenths mile oval.
“I hit the wall and totaled my car, so I had to start all over.” Mills has since bought a car from fellow competitor Jarrett Milam, and that’s the one he’ll bring to South Boston Speedway. He admitted to modest goals last season, getting seat time and experience foremost among them, and this year plans to step up his program. “I want to maybe get a top-five finish toward the end of the year, but I want to get more seat time first,” said Mills. “I don’t want to set my goals too high, because I don’t want to wreck another car. “It’s a long season, but I enjoy every minute I’m out there, and a top-three would be just awesome.” Mills admits he found out how difficult it can be to get around a tight, short track like South Boston. Some guys may tell you differently, but it’s still pretty hard, and the walls come at you pretty fast out of the corners, sometimes faster than you think. “The first race is nerve-racking, but from then on you feel a little better, so my experience from last year will help. Mills has picked up seven or eight sponsors despite the rough economy, and he is pleased he has the backing to move forward. He also is looking to take the next step toward a competitive season at South Boston. “I just want to get out there and

no. 2 | Kenny Mills Jr.

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VIPER Takes To The Drag Strip
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VIR Offers Fans A Variety
By Joe chAndler SpoRTS EdiToR hen it comes to racing at Alton’s fabled VIRginia International Raceway, variety is the buzzword. Whether it’s auto racing, motorcycle racing or kart racing, there is something for everyone at VIR. VIR opens its 2010 season of spectator events next weekend, March 20-21 with motorcycle racing under the WERA sanction. Several different classes of racing will be featured throughout the weekend, producing a good deal of competitive racing for fans. After that, sports cars will take to the track. On the weekend of April 16-18, VIR will host the Sports Car Club of America’s Oak Tree Double Nationals. Past events have had upwards of 300 or more cars on hand as amateur road racers compete for points that will hopefully lead them to the season-ending SCCA runoffs. VIR’s first major event of the season comes up the weekend of April 23-25 with the Bosch Engineering 250 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race featuring the

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sleek, powerful Daytona Prototype cars. Also featured that weekend is a race for the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series. Double races for the SCCA Pro Racing Jetta TDI Cup Series, the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Series, the Mustang Challenge Series and the Skip Barber National Championship Series are also on tap. Another fan favorite event is VIR’s Stock Car Open Test Day, which is tentatively set for May 26. Fans can come out and watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and NASCAR Nationwide Series teams shake down and test their cars as they prepare for upcoming road races. For fans that enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane, VIR hosts the Heacock Classic SVRA Gold Cup Historic Races on the weekend of June 4-6. Several different classes of competition are featured during the weekend, which features classic racecars of yesterday. Past Gold Cup events have featured some of the cars and drivers that have made history at VIR as well as some of the country’s top vintage cars. VIR’s biggest motorcycle racing event of the season is set for the weekend of Au-

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the sleek and powerful daytona prototype cars of the Grand-Am rolex sports car series thundered into the second turn during last April’s Bosch engineering 250 at VIrginia International raceway.

gust 13-15. That’s when VIR will host the Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Championship event, an event that will feature the country’s top pro motorcycle road racers. Fans of SCCA professional racing will want to mark the weekend of Sept. 10-12 on their calendar as VIR will host the SCCA Pro Racing Sports Car Wars. The weekend schedule includes races for the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series and the SCCA Pro World Challenge GT and Touring Car series. Fans of kart racing will get to see some of the best in kart racing at VIR this season. On the weekend of July 31-August 1, VIR will host the World Karting Association/ Woodbridge Kart Club National Go-Kart Races. Several classes of racing will be featured in what will be one of the region’s biggest

weekends of go-kart racing. VIR will cap its season on Oct. 30 with the return of the SCCA Charge of the Headlight Brigade. A 13-hour enduro race, this event has attracted teams of international drivers to compete against local drivers as well as drivers from across the country. While fans are at VIR to view the racing action, they have a variety of amenities on site they can take advantage of. Fans can visit the Plantation Valley Kart Track and take to the track on go-karts. Other on-site amenities at VIR include the Villas at South Bend, the Pagoda Restaurant in the North Paddock, the Oak Tree Tavern and Connie’s Pub. For additional information, fans can call VIR or go online and visit the VIR Web site.