No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Pontiac Driver: Tony Roper South Boston (Va.) Preview Race: Textilease/Medique 300 Track: .4-mile South Boston Speedway Time: June 12, 5:30 p.m. EDT Purse: $527,828 Television: TNN - Live ...
No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Pontiac Driver: Tony Roper South Boston (Va.) Preview
Race: Textilease/Medique 300 Track: .4-mile South Boston Speedway Time: June 12, 5:30 p.m. EDT Purse: $527,828 Television: TNN - Live Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) Degree of Banking in Corners: 12 degrees Degree of Banking on Straights: 7 degrees Length of Straights: 360 feet Qualifying: One Round (Positions 1-26): June 12, 2:30 p.m.
The Textilease/Medique 300 at South Boston Speedway will be race number 16 in the 32-race NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division this season. The small size of the race track and pit areas will make the event unique as compared to other events thus far this season.
* The normal 43-car starting field will be shrunk to a line-up of 33 cars for Saturday's race. The first 26 positions will be based on time-trials with spots 27 through 33 going to provisional starters.
* Qualifying will be contested a mere 3 hours before the start of the race, which means NASCAR will impound the qualified cars allowing only minor adjustments prior to the start of the race.
* The 300 laps at South Boston will be punctuated by two "competition caution" periods at the completion of laps 100 and 200. The yellow-flag period will last for five laps that will not be counted towards the advertised 300 laps. Teams will be allowed to pit during these periods and will restart the event, after the five laps, in the position they were in when the yellow-flag was displayed. * * *
Tony Roper and the IWX Motor Freight team tested last week at South Boston Speedway.
"Our test was pretty good," said Roper. "We were pretty good when compared to Matt Kenseth, who was testing on the same day we were there. We know their program is pretty strong and think that our efforts will be strong also.
"This is going to be a wild race," continued Roper. "It's a very small race track and there will be a lot of bumping and banging. I love short track racing and I'm looking forward to the race. It's going to be a wild one to watch, I can tell you that."