Ward Burton Victory Celebration Set For April 13 at South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (MARCH 12, 2002) -- Ward Burton, the first Virginian to ever win the prestigious Daytona 500, will be officially honored by Halifax County, Va., the town of South Boston, Va., and the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, April 13 at his hometown track, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. Burton's victory will be celebrated in pre-race ceremonies preceding the Textilease 300 presented by "Little Trees". The evening also features twin 50s for the NASCAR Textilease Late Model Stock Cars and 300 laps for the ASA series. The weekend of April 13 and 14 is a great one for race fans in Southside Virginia, with Martinsville Speedway, only 60 miles west of South Boston, hosting the Virginia 500 on April 14.
Burton will be trying to grab a top qualifying spot at Martinsville for his Bill Davis #22 Caterpillar Dodge, during time trials on Friday, April 12.
Many Virginia and motorsports dignitaries are expected to celebrate with Burton at the Speedway, as well as family, friends and fans. Race fans in attendance wearing a Ward Burton hat or shirt, or with a Ward Burton poster, will be given the chance to win two Weekend VIP Suite passes for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, July 26 through 28.
"This event is not the end of the celebration, but only the beginning," commented Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice. A large banner is being produced to commemorate Burton's Daytona victory, as well as congratulating South Boston graduates Elliott Sadler and Geoffrey Bodine on their top-three Daytona 500 sweep. The banner will also feature names of individuals and businesses that have joined the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation Club 22.
Throughout the Winston Cup season, race fans and businesses can join Club 22 for a $22 donation to the Foundation. Members will receive a Foundation decal and quarterly newsletters along with recognition on the Speedway's banner. Information will be available to join the Club 22 at the April 13 event at the Speedway. Memberships in Club 22 can also be secured by sending a check for $22 payable to the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, to P.O. Box 519, Halifax, VA, 24558. "We cannot think of a better way to honor Ward than by supporting his Wildlife Foundation," Rice stated.
The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation was created by Burton in 1996 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Halifax County, Va., and to help young people understand their stewardship responsibilities for the natural environment More information on the Foundation can be found at www.thewardburtonwildlifefoundation.org, or by calling (540) 946-8447.
Gates for the Textilease 300 presented by "Little Trees" and the Ward Burton Celebration, open at 11 a.m., followed by practice and qualifying for the ASA and NASCAR Late Models. The first of two 50-lap NASCAR Late Model events begins at 6:30p.m., followed by the Ward Burton Celebration at 7:00pm, and the Textilease 300 going green at 8 p.m.
Twenty five events are schedule for the Speedway's 45 season, including twelve for NASCAR Weekly Racing Series events, presented by Dodge and four Enduros. Special events include the April 13 Textilease ASA 300, the July 3rd ARCA / RE/MAX 200 with Ken Schrader, the August 3 Goody's Dash, the August 17 Hooters 250, John Boy and Billy's NASCAR Craftsman Truck 250 on September 21, the October 19 USAC Mini Indy Midgets 200 with Tony Stewart, and November 9 NASCAR Late Model Bailey's Hometown Challenge 300.