NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes -- South Boston South Boston Speedway Hosts First Southern Tour Race After weather issues have limited the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified to just one race so far on the 2009 schedule the ...
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes -- South Boston
South Boston Speedway Hosts First Southern Tour Race
After weather issues have limited the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified to just one race so far on the 2009 schedule the competitors are ready to visit another new track this weekend.
South Boston Speedway, one of the best-known short tracks in the state of Virginia, will host its first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event, but it is not the first time the track has hosted the NASCAR Modified cars.
The track known as "SoBo" hosted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2001 and one of the drivers who competed in the race is ready to get back on the track.
L.W. Miller, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, finished 17th in the race and should be a contender to win this Saturday night in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150.
"We have worked very hard to get our car ready for this weekend," said Miller. "We suffered some damage on the final lap of the race at Concord (Speedway) and having the weather issues last weekend actually helped our team. We will be ready for this Saturday night."
Miller added racing at South Boston Speedway will be a lot of fun for himself and his fellow Modified drivers.
"South Boston Speedway will be a good race," said Miller. "I have driven on the track and think we will put on a great show for the fans. The weather is supposed to be good and I want all the fans to come out and see a great show."
Ted Christopher won the season-opening NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour two weeks ago at Concord but this weekend the Southerners take over at SoBo. Two other regulars in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will also challenge Miller for the win.
George Brunnhoelzl III overcame mechanical issues in practice and finished an impressive third at Concord after starting in the rear of the field. Burt Myers won the Coors Light Pole Award and remained in the top five throughout most of the race to finish fourth.
The Track ... A semi-banked .400-mile oval, South Boston Speedway is one of the most well-known short tracks in the southeast. The track was built in the 1950s. The track's first NASCAR-sanctioned event was a 60-lap Modified race April 16, 1960 with Johnny Roberts of Baltimore, Md., winning the race.
Diversity ... NASCAR racing legend and resident of nearby Danville, Va., Wendell Scott, was the first African-American driver to compete at South Boston and also raced Modifieds at the track on occasion.
History ... Several drivers that are now stars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series who have competed at South Boston Speedway include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Casey Atwood, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green and Terry Labonte. The track is also well-known as the home track of current NASCAR drivers and native Virginians Jeff Burton, Elliott Sadler and Denny Hamlin. NASCAR veteran and Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton also cut his teeth at South Boston Speedway.
Ward Happy With His 2009 Start
Brandon Ward (No. 93 Old Town Jewelry and Pawn Chevrolet) is planning on running a full schedule in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and if his finish at Concord Speedway is any indication, the Winston-Salem, N.C., driver is in for a solid season.
Ward overcame mechanical issues last time out at Concord to finish sixth and win Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors and he hopes to get into the top five this weekend.
"We had problems with our power steering all day at Concord," said Ward. "We thought we had it fixed but we had more problems during the race and were still able to come home with a good finish. We finished sixth but we were the third full-time southern car so it was a good night points-wise for us."
Ward has made a handful of starts in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour prior to this year and plans on competing in all 16 races and is ready to get back on the track.
"We are very excited to be running this year in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour," said Ward. "The Tour is known to have great competitors, sponsors and great fans. I look forward to coming up to South Boston to help put on a great show for all the race fans that support South Boston and NASCAR racing."
Ward has competed previously at South Boston when he drove in the former NASCAR Goody's Dash Series and will be driving a modified for the first time at the track.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150 will take the green flag at 8 p.m. with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models also competing in twin events. For more information please contact South Boston Speedway at 434-572-4947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Race: NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150
The Place: South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Va.
The Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
The Time: 8 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .400-mile paved
Race Purse: $24,806
2008 Winner: Inaugural Event
2008 Pole: Inaugural Event
Schedule: Saturday, April 4: Practice 2-2:30 p.m. and 3-3:20 p.m. Time Trials: 5 p.m.