South Boston season opener preview

South Boston Speedway Opens Season with Spring Fling 200 SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- One of the most anticipated seasons in South Boston Speedway's storied history will open on Saturday, March 13, with the running of the Spring Fling 200. The ...

South Boston Speedway Opens Season with Spring Fling 200

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- One of the most anticipated seasons in South Boston Speedway's storied history will open on Saturday, March 13, with the running of the Spring Fling 200.

The season-opening event will have a special starting time of 2 p.m. The rain date for the initial race of the year will be Sunday, March 14.

The featured attraction of the day will be a 200-lap race for the competitors in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division. Other events planned as part of the Spring Fling 200 are a 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 50-lap event for the Rolling Thunder Modifieds and a 30-lap shootout for the competitors in the Pure Stock division.

Double points will be up for grabs in each of the races.

Speedway officials are expecting a large number of competitors for Saturday's race and throughout the season.

"We're looking for a very big year this year," Cathy Rice, General Manager of South Boston Speedway, said Wednesday. "We had a tough year last year with the rain, but it wasn't just us. Every track had trouble with the weather last year.

"South Boston Speedway is known for its tough competition," Rice added. "This year, we look for the level of competition to be much greater. We will have anywhere from 10-15 former track champions competing this year in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division."

Among the former track champions expected to compete at South Boston Speedway in 2004 are Stacy Puryear, Denny Hamlin, Timothy Peters, Dean Ward, Woody Howard, Brandon Butler, Deac McCaskill, Frank Deiny, Nick Woodward and Wayne Patterson.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 8 a.m. with practice for all divisions running from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Grandstand gates will open at noon and qualifying time trials will get underway at 12:15 p.m.

If the field of Late Model Stock Car Division or Limited Sportsman Division competitors is more than 36, the top 20 positions will be set during qualifying time trials and the remainder of the field will be decided in heat races. Speedway officials will start up to 36 cars in the Late Model and Limited Sportsman features.

Adult admission for the Spring Fling 200 will be $8 up to 30 minutes before the start of the first race and $10 after that point. Youth, ages 10 through 15, will be admitted for $5 and children under the age of 10 will be admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information, visit the speedway's website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters