South Boston April 12 All Star race salutes Victory Junction Gang. SOUTH BOSTON, VA (MARCH 21, 2003)--The 2003 Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Kenny Wallace and Jamie McMurray will all participate in the April 12 NASCAR All...
South Boston April 12 All Star race salutes Victory Junction Gang.
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (MARCH 21, 2003)--The 2003 Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Kenny Wallace and Jamie McMurray will all participate in the April 12 NASCAR All Star 150 saluting the Victory Junction Gang at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. The quartet of NASCAR Winston Cup stars will sign autographs for fans, then stage a 30-lap duel on the legendary four-tenths mile oval. Also highlighting the evening is a 120-lap event for the Sheetz NASCAR Limited Sportsman division, offering $2,500 to win. The East Coast Flatheads will also compete for 20 laps.
A number of fund-raising activities benefiting the Victory Junction Gang will be instituted in conjunction with the NASCAR All Star 150. Kyle and Pattie Petty founded the Victory Junction Gang in honor of their late son Adam Petty. When the Victory Junction Gang camp opens near Greensboro, N.C., in the summer of 2004, it will be a racing-themed medical camp open to children age 7 to 15 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Most of the children that will attend the Victory Junction Gang camp are not able to attend traditional camps. The Victory Junction Gang will provide children with exciting activities and proper medical attention, all at no cost to their families. For more information on the Victory Junction Gang, call toll free 1-877-VJG-CAMP or visit www.victoryjunction.org.
In 2003, Michael Waltrip became a two-time champion of NASCAR's most prestigious race, the Daytona 500. The driver of the No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet has repeatedly proven successful at superspeedways, but will attempt to conquer one of the most legendary short tracks in the nation during the All-Star shootout.
Sterling Marlin led the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points for 25 weeks last season before being sidelined late in the year with a neck injury. Marlin returns to the helm of the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge in 2003, eager to return to last year's success. The two-time Daytona 500 winner will assuredly post a serious threat in the All-Star contest.
When Marlin had to relinquish his seat in 2002, NASCAR Busch Series star Jamie McMurray rocketed from substitute driver to Winston Cup winner in only two starts. The 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate has proven he's not the average rookie aboard his No. 42 Havoline Dodge, something he'll emphasize in the Sheetz Limited Sportsman car he'll pilot for South Boston's All-Star race.
One of McMurray's fellow Missouri natives, Kenny Wallace, rounds out the South Boston All-Star field. Wallace, whose witty personality and infectious laugh is popular among NASCAR circles, began the 2002 season as a substitute for an injured Steve Park, but wound up landing a full-time ride in the No. 23 Stacker 2 Dodge for Bill Davis Racing in 2003. Wallace will aim to get the last laugh in the South Boston NASCAR All-Star competition.
The NASCAR All Star 150 will truly put the Sheetz NASCAR Limited Sportsman division in a starring role. This race alone is the longest and richest race in the division's history. The Limited class had the tightest points battle last season, something that will likely repeat this season. Any number of drivers could win each week in the Sheetz Limited Sportsman division. With the Sheetz NASCAR Limited Sportsman cars in the limelight for this special event, the competition level should dramatically increase.
Since this is an evening event, fans attending the Winston Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway will have the opportunity to make the 60-mile trek east to South Boston for the NASCAR All Star 150 saluting the Victory Junction Gang. Adult general admission tickets are $15, and reserved tickets are $25. Youth age 10 to 15 pay $10, and children nine and under are free.
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.