South Boston May 1st preview

Peters hopes to notch 1st win of 2004 Saturday night at South Boston SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Five races. Three runner-up finishes. One third-place showing, a seventh-place run and the second-place position in the current NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late...

Peters hopes to notch 1st win of 2004 Saturday night at South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Five races. Three runner-up finishes. One third-place showing, a seventh-place run and the second-place position in the current NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car Division standings, just eight points out of the lead.

Not bad, huh?

For most drivers, maybe not. But, for Timothy Peters of Providence, N.C., the statistics aren't quite what he'd hoped for at this point in the season.

"We're doing pretty good, but we're ready to get a win," Peters said Thursday morning before hitting the four-tenths mile asphalt oval in South Boston for a test session. "We're working hard and we're going to get there eventually.

"We're going to give it 100 percent today during this practice," Peters added. "We'll shake the car down a little bit and maybe it will work better Saturday night."

Peters, you see, is used to winning. Over the previous two seasons, he won 18 total races and was the runner-up in the NASCAR Southeastern Coastal Region points chase each year, while claiming a pair of track titles in Rougemont, N.C. at Orange County Speedway.

Peters knew the competition at South Boston Speedway would be tougher this year, but he still longs to return to Victory Lane.

"Everybody wants to win," Peters said. "That's what you come to the race track for on Saturday night."

Peters and all of the NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will be back in action on Saturday, May 1, at South Boston Speedway as part of GCR Night. The NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car drivers will highlight the five-event program. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

The Late Model Stock Car ranks will be running under the sponsorship of Pepsi for the first time on Saturday night, a welcome addition to the South Boston Speedway family.

"It's always good to see a company like Pepsi step up and support racing," General Manager Cathy Rice said. "We all know how important sponsorship is in this sport and Pepsi showing their interest is very important to us as well as the competitors."

Denny Hamlin of Midlothian, Va., a three-time winner at South Boston Speedway thus far this season, is the current points leader in the NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car ranks. Hamlin owns an eight-point edge over Peters. Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. is third in the division's points battle, 10 points ahead of fourth-place Scott Worley of Long Island, Va. and 14 ahead of fifth-place Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va.

Other events scheduled Saturday as part of GCR Night at South Boston Speedway include 50-lap races for the Barkhouser Limited Sportsman Division and the touring Rolling Thunder Modifieds and 30-lap events for the Pure Stock Division and Grand Stock Division competitors.

Pit gates will open on Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m., while grandstand gates will be opened at 5 p.m. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5 p.m.

Adult admission for Saturday's race will be $8 up to 6:30 p.m. 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 track's website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or contact the speedway office at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters