South Boston Speedway race review

SOUTH BOSTON, VA - Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, with drivers and teams from four touring series converging on the storied .4-mile oval, staged a true racing smorgasbord this past Saturday night. From the powerful stock cars of the ARCA ...

SOUTH BOSTON, VA - Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, with drivers and teams from four touring series converging on the storied .4-mile oval, staged a true racing smorgasbord this past Saturday night.

From the powerful stock cars of the ARCA RE/MAX Series, to the lightning fast open-wheel cars of the USAC National Midget Cars Series, to the Speedway's Sheetz Limited Sportsman division, down to the small cars of the Scale Racing League and Quarter Midgets racing on the new dirt track, there was some form racing to fit every fan's interest.

However, with eight races on the schedule, despite a 5:30 p.m. start for the first event, all of the racing made for a very late night, a night that continued into the early morning hours of Sunday morning.

"We at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway apologize to the residents of the areas within close proximity to the speedway for the very late night and any inconveniences they may have experienced,^0x0ce1id South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice.

"We also want to apologize to our fans and thank the fans that stuck it out with us through the long night for their interest and support. We do our very best to avoid having our racing programs continue so late into the evening. We knew we had a big afternoon and evening ahead of us and we did everything we could to move the program along as rapidly as possible. Unfortunately, with mishaps and caution flags, it took more time to complete the races than we had planned.

When the speedway posted its 2003 season schedule, the USAC National Midgets Cars and the 150-lap Sheetz Limited Sportsman division races were the only series scheduled to have races.

However, due to the many rainouts that the speedway experienced this season, this past Saturday night's date was the only date the speedway had scheduled a racing event that would also fit the schedules of the racing series involved.

"The speedway had event contract obligations with some of the series that we had to honor," Rice explained.

"We also had a situation with television coverage to deal with. We have to work with the officials of the touring series and television networks the best we can to get these events in on a mutually agreeable date.

"It's unfortunate that the racing went so late into the night and we sincerely apologize for any inconveniences that may have arisen."

Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway will conclude its 2003 season with the annual running of the Bailey's 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race on Saturday, November 15. Practice and qualifying time trials will be held on Friday, November 14, with qualifying heat races and the 300-lap feature race set for Saturday afternoon.

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Series ARCA , Stock car , USAC