Series brings history, variety to South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (June 12, 2003)-- The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series will bring a rich history when it visits Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway June 14 for the Goody's Dash 150. The Goody's Dash 150 marks the halfway point of the 2003 Goody's Dash...

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (June 12, 2003)-- The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series will bring a rich history when it visits Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway June 14 for the Goody's Dash 150. The Goody's Dash 150 marks the halfway point of the 2003 Goody's Dash Series season. South Boston's own Coors Light Late Models will also compete for 150 laps on June 14.

The Goody's Dash Series began in 1975 as a division of four-cylinder cars known as the "Baby Grands." The series has since grown to full maturity as a popular touring series, although this is the last year it will be NASCAR sanctioned. The cars are now powered by 268 cubic inch V-6 engines, and are enjoying their 11th year of support from Goody's Headache Powders.

A number of racing's top stars launched their careers in the Goody's Dash Series, including two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip. Shawna Robinson became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring Series event aboard a Goody's Dash Series car.

Along with a rich history, the Goody's Dash Series boasts a wide array of drivers. Currently leading the series points is three-time champion Robert Huffman, who is also seeking his 41st career Dash Series win at South Boston. Huffman already has two wins to his credit this season.

Racing's family-oriented reputation is exhibited through the brothers Hobgood from Winnsboro, S.C. Jake Hobgood is the defending NASCAR Goody's Dash Series champion, but it is his brother Justin that trails Huffman by 58 points in his quest for a title. Justin is also the defending winner of the South Boston Goody's Dash 150.

Crownsville, Md., native Kelly "Girl" Sutton will attempt to follow Shawna Robinson's example and capture a Dash Series win. Most drivers entered for the Goody's Dash 150 hail from the Mid-Atlantic or Southeast, but at least two drivers have spread the Dash Series popularity to other parts of the country and world. Robert Bruce, driver of the Rexel/ Siemens Pontiac, hails from Oklahoma City, Okla., while Carambola Beach Resort Pontiac driver Christopher Russell calls Fredericksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands home.

Probably the most remarkable story is that of Ray Paprota. Paprota competed in his first Goody's Dash Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2002. He is currently attempting to capture series rookie of the year honors in his Pioneer MotorSports entry. Paprota was paralyzed in a 1984 automobile accident, and has modified his car so that he is able to drive it. He was the first wheelchair-bound individual to compete in a NASCAR-sanctioned event. He refuses to let his paralysis become a handicap when it comes to pursuing a racing career.

Grandstand gates for the Goody's Dash 150 and Coors Light Late Model 150 open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying begins at 5 p.m., and the green flag will fly at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adult general admission, or $25 for reserved seating. Youth age 10 to 15 pay $10, and children nine and under are free. Fans will receive the opportunity to meet their favorite Goody's Dash Series and Coors Light Late Model drivers at 6:30 p.m., during an on-track Fan Appreciation autograph session.

In 2003, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway celebrates 46 years of racing excitement. To learn more about Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway or to order tickets, call the Speedway toll-free at 1-877-440-1540, or log on to www.southbostonspeedway.com. Tickets are also available via www.tickets.com.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Shawna Robinson , Robert Huffman