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Kaz Grala Dominates for 1st Career PASS South Win At South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, VA (June 6) – Kaz Grala took the lead from Jared Fryar for the final time with 32 laps to go and pulled away to score his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.  Grala joins Kyle Busch, Alex Haase, and Christopher Bell as drivers who have been able to take Kyle Busch-owned Toyotas to victory lane in PASS competition.

“Man, that was a blast, first PASS race ever and it definitely got hectic on those restarts,” said Grala afterwards in victory lane.  “On the short run we were pretty snug on corner entry and free on exit, but it only took a couple of laps before it came back in.  As soon as the car came back in we were able to hunt him [Fryar] back down and get under him.  To sit on the pole and win my first PASS race is just awesome, I would have never imagined that.”

Grala paced qualifying with a lap of 93.288 miles per hour around the 4/10 mile speedway and would slot in second for the start following the top 10 qualifiers redraw alongside Fryar.

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Timothy Peters Takes Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

South Boston Speedway 4-23-2015

Take a full field of Late Model Stocks and some Cup and Truck drivers then throw in Bill Elliot as Grand Marshall it was a must see event.
After a series of European Style Qualifying and Heat Races the field was set putting Timothy Peters on Peyton Sellers on the front row for 200 Laps.

At the drop of the Green Peters takes off with Sellers in tow. Peters would control the top spot but back in the pack the racing was door to door. Denny Hamlin pits on Lap 63 with electrical issues and is forced to retire from the event. Lee Pulliam goes to the lead on Lap 115. After 2 restarts Peters takes the lead back from Pulliam After a 10 minute break at Lap 150 for adjustments and fresh rubber the cars took back to the track for the final 50 Laps. Matt Bowling last years winner charged to the 2nd spot behind Peters. Peters would fall to fourth on a restart at Lap 190. A late race caution would set up a Green White Checkered finish on Lap 201 but a caution sets up another Green White Checkered finish. Pulliam and Peters roar off in to turn one. The top four are nose to tail at the White Flag. Coming in to Turn Four Josh Berry gets in the rear of Pulliam’s car turning him in to the rear of Berry’s car and piling up the field. Timothy Peters goes on the take the Checkers. William Byron and Mark Wertz squeeze the melee to come home second third followed by Tommy Lemons, Jr. and Tyler Ankrum. Josh Berry was moved to the last car on the lead Lap for rough driving.

Pit Notes: On the card May 9th is Twin 75-lap races for the Late Model Stock Car’s. The Limited Sportsman and Modifieds will race for 50 Laps. The Pure Stock’s will battle for 30 Laps, The Hornets take to the track for 30 Laps.

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NBC Sports Adds Evernham, Sheheen for Whelen Modified Coverage

Legendary Crew Chief Teams with Veteran Motorsports Broadcaster for All 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. — April 15, 2015 — NBC Sports today welcomed three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948. Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41st running of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night). The complete NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour telecast schedule on NBCSN is listed below.

“We’re are thrilled to continue our 2015 NASCAR Touring Series with the knowledge and experience of Ray Evernham and Ralph Sheheen behind the microphone,” said Behnke. “This is a win for all race fans and the enthusiastic followers of the Whelen Modified Tours.”

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Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model 150

S. BOSTON, VA (April 11, 2015) — Lee Pulliam led Qualifying by taking the Pole over Matt Bowling. Pulliam would have to start ninth by sweeping the Twins at the last event. Bowling takes the lead over Brenden Queen and Quinn Hoff. Bowling would lead the first 50 Laps but Pulliam Charges to the lead. Pulliam would lead until a Lap 143 restart when Bowling goes back to the lead. A Lap 152 restart sets up a Green White Checkered finish. Bowling and William Byron take the green Bowling pulls away for the win over William Byron, Juan Garcia, and Lee Pulliam in fifth.

In the Limited Sportsman Joey Throckmorton led wire to wire to take his first win of the season. Mack Little, lll was second and Trey Crews was third.

The Pure Stocks lined up for 30 Laps. Nathan Crews would start second and lead every Lap to finish first. Greg Autry was second and Stuart Crews was third.

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Kaz Grala Added to Driver Lineup for KBM Late Model Program

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 9, 2015) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that the team has added 16-year-old Kaz Grala to the driver lineup for its Late Model program. Grala will compete in multiple events behind the wheel of a KBM Late Model in 2015, including driving the No. 51 Camry for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on April 23.

“I am unbelievably excited to have been given the opportunity to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Grala said. “This organization is the epitome of success and it’s an honor to be invited into the KBM family. As a young driver to be able to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry, both drivers and engineers, will be hugely beneficial.

“I am especially anxious to get behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Camry for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway — my favorite Late Model short track,” he continued. “I have competed in the event the past two years, running well both times, but ending up with ‘wrong place, wrong time’ luck. South Boston has always been one of my most successful tracks, but I have not been able to score a victory there yet. Hopefully, we can get redemption this year and bring home the trophy for Kyle Busch and his organization.”

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Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Returns to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway for Second Year

April 23rd celebrity Late Model race to benefit Denny Hamlin Foundation

Advance tickets on sale starting February 11 at South Boston ticket office and ticket hotline 1-877-440-1540

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – The Denny Hamlin Foundation announced today that April 23, 2015 marks the eighth edition of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown and the second consecutive year the celebrity Late Model charity race will be held at South Boston Speedway . The Showdown, which features top NASCAR drivers competing against the best regional Late Model drivers, again serves as a weekday prelude to the weekend NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway. Proceeds from the Showdown go to support the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which has donated $150,000 in grants to help fund the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Therapeutics Development Center at VCU.

“Keeping the race at South Boston for 2015 was a no-brainer for me,” said Hamlin, who regularly raced at South Boston before he made the jump to NASCAR. “Not only did it bring back a little bit of NASCAR to the South Boston community, it also brought one of the most competitive fields we have seen at this event so far. The fans nearly sold out South Boston last year, and with the interest that we have already seen this year, I believe we will sell-out South Boston, and provide fans with another thrilling event.”

The driver line-up will be announced closer to the event, but Hamlin expects last year’s winner Matt Bowling, a Whelen All-American Series driver, to be first in line. Previous race winners include Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Tony Stewart, and C.E. Falk. Falk’s thrilling victory in 2010 at Southside Speedway, along with Bowling’s late race pass at South Boston last year, make Falk and Bowling the only non-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to win the event.

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Congratulations

Congratulations to some drivers on their weddings this weekend:
Joey Logano of Middletown, CT and Brittany Baca
Former Monadnock champion Beth Adams and Chris Mctaggart
Lee Pulliam and LeAnne Thornburg

PASS Finalizes 2015 South Super Late Model & Pro Late Model Dates

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 24) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2015 schedules have been finalized for both the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions.  With 15 dates confirmed, including a final event to be added in October, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues in 4 states over the course of the 2015 season.

“Due to some circumstances out of our control, we had to move a couple of dates around and wanted to get our schedule finalized as quickly as possible so our teams can start planning for next year,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe this is one of the strongest schedules we have ever put together and are excited about the possibilities 2015 presents for the South’s top Super and Pro Late Models.”

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will now compete at both Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina twice each in 2015. Anderson Motor Speedway will host both PASS divisions on Saturday, March 21, featuring a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models.  This is in addition to the previously announced Electric City 125 that will be held at Anderson on Friday night, June 19.

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Pulliam Nets Virginia State, Motor Mile Titles

2-Time National Champion Finishes A Close Second This Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For most NASCAR drivers, a 2014 résumé with 25 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins, a track crown at Motor Mile Speedway and Virginia state title would be something to be ecstatic about, but then again, most drivers aren’t Lee Pulliam.

Pulliam, who was the two-time defending NWAAS champion, finished in the top three in the final national standings for the fourth consecutive year. This time, however, Pulliam came up 12 points shy of what could have been a record-setting third straight national title.

“We had a phenomenal year getting 25 wins at four different tracks,” Pulliam said. “We came up just a little short of the national title, but I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”
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Sellers Celebrates Track Title

Second NASCAR Championship At South Boston

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Peyton Sellers knows a thing or two about winning races and championships. His performance during the 2014 season proved that once again for the long-time and very successful short track racer.

Sellers, a native of Danville, Virginia, and 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, picked up another trophy for his display case in September after winning the track championship at nearby South Boston Speedway.

“We had a great year at SoBo this past season and I am so happy we were able to get this championship at a track so close to my hometown,” Sellers said. “It really means a lot to be able to win and celebrate in front of so many family and friends.”
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2015 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule Released for 10th Anniversary Season

Hickory Motor Speedway to host season-ending Mason Dixon Meltdown for the first time, in addition to the traditional running of the Easter Bunny 150 in the Spring
Series will host first racing event of any kind since 2012 at Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend
Myrtle Beach Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway return to PASS South Super Late Model schedule in 2015 

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 5) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today the release of the 2015 schedule for the PASS South Super Late Models. The 10th Anniversary season for the South’s top short track series will be highlighted by the return of stock car racing to the triangular shaped, half-mile Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend and by the move of the Mason Dixon Meltdown to the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time in series history. With 15 dates confirmed and an additional date to possibly be added in September, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues over the course of the 2015 season.

“We are very pleased to be able to release our 2015 PASS South Super Late Model schedule at such an early date and hope that will help our fans and competitors as they prepare for next season,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’re very excited and honored that the PASS South Super Late Models will be bringing new life to Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend. Additionally, Hickory Motor Speedway has been at the heart of the series since it started in 2006 and we look forward to capping off our 10th Anniversary season there in November. All in all, we’ve got a great group of tracks returning to the schedule next year and are excited for the possibilities.”

For the fifth time in the last seven years, the 2015 PASS South Super Late Model season will kick off on Saturday, March 7th with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway. The series will then travel north on Interstate 95 for the first of three PASS South Super Late Model events to be hosted by Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC on Saturday, March 21. The series will return to Southern National again on Saturday, July 18, while the Fall race at the 4/10 mile speedway will move up to Saturday, September 27.

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Ebersole Races to Second Career Victory

Holds Off Late Charge By Seuss For South Boston Checkered Flag

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – There must be something about the state of Virginia that brings out the best in Kyle Ebersole.

The Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, driver decided to change up his pit strategy and pitted early on Lap 53 and was able to hold off a late charge by Andy Seuss to win the South Boston 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at South Boston Speedway. It was the second career victory for Ebersole. His first came last season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.

Seuss made several attempts in his quest for a season sweep at South Boston, but was ultimately forced to settle for second. He was followed across the line by George Brunnhoelzl III, Burt Myers and J.R. Bertuccio.

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QUALIFYING: Twice as Nice for Bohn

Wins Second Consecutive Award At South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Danny Bohn likes to qualify at South Boston.

For the second consecutive race at the .4-mile track, Bohn won the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified qualifying on Saturday for the South Boston 150.

The 25-year-old out of Freehold, N.J., edged George Brunnhoelzl III, who was fastest overall in practice by .014 seconds, to win his fourth career pole and third this season with a fast lap time of 14.899 seconds (96.651 mph).

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PRACTICE: Brunnhoelzl Fast at South Boston

Veteran Looking For Second Win At Historic Track

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – George Brunnhoelzl III must like South Boston Speedway.

The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion has consistently been in the top two or three in practice every time the tour has visited the .4-mile track in southeastern Virginia and Saturday afternoon was no different.

After rain showers delayed the start of practice by almost two hours, Brunnhoelzl led the way during the 45-minute session for the South Boston 150 with a fast time of 14.948 seconds (96.334 mph).

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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: SoBo

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to South Boston Speedway for the second time this season with Saturday’s South Boston 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss is the only repeat winner in NWSMT competition at South Boston Speedway after winning the first race held there this season in April.
• George Brunnhoelzl III is the only other previous race winner at South Boston currently entered in this weekend’s race.
• Burt Myers enters this race on a hot streak, having won the previous two tour races (Langley, Caraway) and can become just the fourth driver in tour history to win at least three races in a row. Brunnhoelzl holds the record with four in a row in 2012.

At South Boston Speedway:
History
• South Boston Speedway opened in 1957. The facility is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway.
• South Boston features weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday nights during the racing season, headlined by the late model division.
• The track held 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races between 1960-71, 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series events from 1982-2000, three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates from 2001-03 and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contests from 2007-11.
• South Boston held the 2001 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, an event won by Jerry Marquis. It marked the only event to-date for the northeastern-based tour at South Boston.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at South Boston was contested on April 4, 2009 and was won by Andy Seuss.

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Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Proceeds Complete $150,000 Grant Commitment to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Seventh-annual celebrity Late Model race took place on April 24 at South Boston Speedway to benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation2015 date set for April 23 at South Boston

RICHMOND, VA (September 5, 2014) – With proceeds from the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown race held last April, Mary Lou Hamlin of the Denny Hamlin Foundation presented a $50,000 check today to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The donation represents the third and final installment of the $150,000 grant commitment made in 2012 to help fund the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at CHoR and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Therapeutics Development Center at VCU.

A sell-out crowd and great racing action once again made the seventh annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown a huge success this year. The celebrity-laden Late Model charity race, held April 24 at historic South Boston (Va.) Speedway for the first time, featured the Virginia-bred Hamlin and other stars of NASCAR against many of the area’s top Late Model racers.

“The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown was a big hit again,” said Hamlin, who last raced at South Boston in 2003. “The crew and fans at South Boston really responded and gave us former SoBo regulars a great welcome back. With such great fan and sponsor support of the event, the Denny Hamlin Foundation is able to advance the great work coming from the Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab, and help move vital Cystic Fibrosis therapies forward to help all individuals with CF.”

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Berry to Make Nationwide Debut at Iowa

Josh Berry of Hendersonville, TN will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway Saturday night. He will drive the #5 Tackle Grab Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Berry tested a Nationwide car on July 14 at Motor Mile.

The #5 team has a 6.8 average finish in 13 starts, including three wins, nine top fives and 10 top 10s. Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick have scored wins at Richmond, Kentucky and Daytona. Rookie Austin Theriault has made two of his three scheduled starts, with a best finish of fifteenth at Iowa in May.

A Late Model driver for JR Motorsports since 2010, Berry’s became eligible for Nationwide competition after  two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. Berry drove the Speedco #45 at Greenville Pickens and Richmond for Darin Odle Motorsports.

“I’ve been very fortunate the past few years to have them supporting my career and wanting me to move up.”

“For our first showing, I felt like it went pretty well,” Berry said of his March 22 debut. “We were pretty quick, qualified fifth, and had a solid run going until getting caught up in some trouble at the end.”

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Snider Building Solid Foundation

NBC Broadcaster’s Son Adds To Family Tradition

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Myatt Snider is building a solid foundation in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The second-year driver completed 2013 with his first career win and began 2014 performing like a veteran in an all-star race.

Snider, 19, of Charlotte, N.C., is part of a longtime racing family. His cousin is noted race car chassis builder Jay Hedgecock and his dad is veteran television sports broadcaster Marty Snider, now of NBC and NBC Sports Network.

“It’s really all about learning,” the driver said. “I had a lot to learn last year just making the transition from legends cars to 200-lap late model races.”

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Bowling Shines in Special Events

Sellers Team Member Chasing Wins

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model driver Matt Bowling excels in special events.

Last month he won the 200-lap Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. In 2012 he won the prestigious Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., and took the late model track championship at South Boston. In 2013 he had top-10 finishes in the late model portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway and the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Bowling drives for Sellers Racing of Danville, Va. The company fields cars for four full time drivers. Teammates include Peyton Sellers, the 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, Michael Maresca and 2009-10 South Boston champ Justin Johnson. Sellers’ brother, H.C., is crew chief.

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Bowling Strikes Late at South Boston

Wins Hamlin Foundation Short Track Showdown With Late Pass

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Matt Bowling came away victorious during Thursday’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway.

Bowling had to fight off Matt Waltz, who led the first 195 laps of the race, for the win. Nick Smith finished third.

The seventh edition of the annual charity race, which supports the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, was a success for Hamlin and his charity.. In front of a packed house at the 2/5th-mile track, Hamlin joined NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth, David Ragan and defending Showdown champion Kyle Busch, Camping World Truck Series drivers Timothy Peters and Jeb Burton and a collection of local Late Model drivers to race toward a cure for the disease.

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Twice As Nice for Seuss at SoBo

Dominates To Claim 17th Southern Modified Tour Victory

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – It was a nice afternoon for a drive for Andy Seuss.

The Hampstead, N.H., driver dominated and won Saturday’s South Boston 150 in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action under a blue sky at South Boston Speedway. Seuss became the first repeat winner in six visits to the .4-mile Virginia oval for the tour. He won the Southern Tour’s inaugural visit to the track in 2009. The victory was the 17th of Suess’ career and the second in three outings this season behind the wheel of his No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet.

Seuss, who started second on the grid, took the lead from pole sitter Danny Bohn, who won his second career Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, in the opening laps and made it look easy from there. 

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QUALIFYING: Bohn Best at South Boston

Edges Seuss For 2nd Career SoMod Pole

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Danny Bohn won the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified qualifying on Saturday for the South Boston 150.

The 25-year-old out of Freehold, N.J., edged Andy Seuss, who won the inaugural tour event at South Boston Speedway in 2009, by a narrow margin of .003 seconds. Bohn made his way around the .4-mile historic Virginia oval in 14.784 seconds for an average speed of 97.403 mph. It’s the second career pole win for the 2012 Southern Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year. His first came in September 2012 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

Seuss just missed his 11th career pole and second of 2014 with a time of 14.787 seconds (97.383 mph) and will start on the outside of Row 1 for the 150-lap feature race. Kyle Ebersole posted the third-quickest lap of the session at 14.895 seconds (96.677 mph) while rookie Joe Ryan Osborne was fourth at 14.903 seconds (96.625 mph). Points leader JR Bertuccio rounded out the top five with a 14.914-second (96.554 mph) lap.

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PRACTICE: Bohn Sets Pace at South Boston

Whelen Southern Modified Tour Makes Sixth Visit To SoBo

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Danny Bohn was on top of the speed chart following the second of two practice sessions for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at South Boston Speedway on Saturday.

Bohn, of Freehold, N.J., turned a lap of 14.835 seconds (97.068 mph) around the .4-mile oval as teams practiced for this afternoon’s South Boston 150.

Defending tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III was second quickest, with a lap of 14.871 seconds at an average speed of 96.833 mph. Rookie Joe Ryan Osborne was third fastest, followed by Kyle Ebersole and J.R. Bertuccio. Rounding out the top 10 were Andy Seuss, Spencer Davis, Jason Myers, A.J. Winstead and Gary Putnam.

Seuss led the first practice session with a quick lap 14.832 seconds (97.087 mph), followed by Bohn, Davis, Ebersole and George Brunnhoelzl III.

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Whelen So. Mod Stat Advance: South Boston

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will continue its 2014 campaign with the South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, April 5. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:
• Each of the previous five NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at South Boston Speedway have seen a different driver reach Victory Lane. George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss have an opportunity to become the first multi-time winners at the track this week.

• Brunnhoelzl, the defending South Boston 150 winner, enters this week with seven straight podium finishes.
• Seuss, the inaugural South Boston race victor, has won four of the last six races dating back to the end of the 2013 season.
• There will be two events at South Boston this season for the first time since the NWSMT began racing there in 2009.

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Whelen So. Mod News & Notes: South Boston

Brunnhoelzl Remains Consistent In Pursuit Of Fifth Crown

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Even though he reached Victory Lane three times in the first half of the 2013 season, it was the consistent top finishes down the stretch that secured George Brunnhoelzl III a fourth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title. In 2014, the native Long Islander has picked up right where he left off.

Entering Saturday’s South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Brunnhoelzl has posted finishes of second and third, respectively, through this season’s first two events at Caraway Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park. The 2014 start is quite similar to the 2013 finish, when he closed out a third straight title with six podium finishes.

Likewise, this season’s start is eerily similar to that of last year. Brunnhoelzl, originally from West Babylon, N.Y., was second in the 2013 opener at Caraway and finished fourth at Southern National. A run of three straight wins then began with the South Boston 150.

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Second Annual NASCAR Race to Green Initiative to Highlight Mass Adoption of Sustainable Practices Across the Sport

NASCAR Galvanizing Fans, Industry And Partners Around Theme Of Protecting, Preserving The Environment

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2014) — Celebrating the sport’s commitment to protecting and preserving the environment, NASCAR today officially kicked off its second annual NASCAR Race to Green™ initiative at Martinsville Speedway. NASCAR is sports’ sustainability leader and this effort is intended to build awareness around the programs the sanctioning body, industry, and a wide range of partners have in place to help reduce the sport’s carbon footprint.

A key pillar of the initiative is a call-to-action for fans and the industry to donate trees that will be planted across the country as well as in a number of areas recently devastated by natural disasters. NASCAR fans can visit www.NASCAR.com/green to donate trees – $1 per tree for a 2-3 foot sapling – to be planted in those areas with the support of The Arbor Day Foundation. Fans are encouraged to share their own efforts around green innovation by using the hashtag #NASCARGreen. Social media highlights of the industry’s sustainability efforts will be featured on NASCAR.com/Green.

“When we introduced NASCAR Race to Green last year, we were overwhelmed by the level of dedication displayed across our sport to positively impact the environment,” said Dr. Mike Lynch, vice president, NASCAR Green Innovation. “This month-long initiative will recognize the efforts our fans, partners and industry continue to implement to help pass along a cleaner and healthier environment for generations to come.”

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Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Hermie and Elliott Sadler Lead All-Star Cast for Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Race at South Boston Speedway

Seventh-annual celebrity Late Model race on April 24 to benefit Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Advance tickets available at South Boston ticket office and hotline 1-877-440-1540

SOUTH BOSTON, VA (March 12, 2014) – NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are joining host Denny Hamlin as headliners for the celebrity-laden Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown scheduled for South Boston (Va.) Speedway on April 24. The three teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing have a combined 82 NASCAR Sprint Cup series wins among them. Defending champion Busch is the only three-time winner of the Short Track Showdown. Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan also confirmed his participation in the charity event

Like Hamlin, another group of drivers is returning to South Boston Speedway, the track referred to as SoBo that served as a major springboard for their entry into NASCAR. Elliott Sadler, Hermie Sadler, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton and Drew Herring are scheduled to race the 200-lap Short Track Showdown along with many of the top Late Model racers in the region. Elliott Sadler, Peters and Herring each won track championships at South Boston.

“The Short Track Showdown driver lineup is really coming together,” said Hamlin, who hopes to recruit even more of his NASCAR counterparts to race. “Kyle and Matt are uber competitive and, like me, don’t like to lose. However, it may be more challenging beating Elliott, Hermie, Timothy, Jeb and Drew and a heap of Late Model drivers that know how to get around SoBo. It may be the best racing we’ve seen in this series yet.”

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Falk Continues to Contend

Recorded Fourth Langley Title, Top-10 National Finish

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — C.E. Falk III worked through challenges and variables during the 2013 season and still produced NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship results.

Falk, 26, of Virginia Beach, Va., won his fourth NASCAR Late Model Stock Car track championship at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. He also raced part-time at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. He’s been a top-10 finisher in the series’ national standings for five consecutive years and placed eighth in 2013.

Falk had momentum through the first half of last season, winning three times in his first eight starts. He ran his win total to seven before the calendar turned to July. Things changed by month’s end.
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Lee Pulliam’s Dream Comes True

NWA-AS National Champion Earns K&N East Ride

Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC will be moving up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season, driving the #11 Toyota for Hattori Racing Enterprises. As a rookie in NASCAR’s top development series, Pulliam will have veterans working on his team in team manager Bruce Cook and crew chief Randy Goss. The team will also be fielding a second car for David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT. Brett Moffitt drove the car for the past two seasons. He won twice and finished third in points in 2012. Despite a winless season, Moffitt finished second in points last year.

Pulliam won his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship season. He joined the late Larry Phillips and Philip Morris as the only drivers to win the championship more than once. He also captured track titles at Motor Mile and South Boston.

“I got a phone call from Bruce Cook … he said he had an opportunity and wanted to know if I’d be interested in driving a K&N car for Shigeaki Hattori Racing this year,” Pulliam said. “Of course, I was thrilled about it and I knew they had really good equipment and a nice operation down in Mooresville. And we got an appointment together and come down and talked with one another and his expectations and my expectations were on the same page and I met all of the guys at the shop, all of them are really good guys with a lot of experience. It just looked like the perfect situation to get a chance at it. It’s something I’m really extremely thankful for and extremely excited about.”

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