South Boston's Nov. 9 Bailey's 300 separates best from rest. SOUTH BOSTON, VA (NOV. 6, 2002)- To say 2002 Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway track champion Frank Deiny Jr., has not been on a roll since the close of the regular season would be an...
South Boston's Nov. 9 Bailey's 300 separates best from rest.
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (NOV. 6, 2002)- To say 2002 Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway track champion Frank Deiny Jr., has not been on a roll since the close of the regular season would be an obvious understatement.
California native Deiny, who currently resides in Mechanicsville, Va., enters the Nov. 9 Bailey's 300 Hometown Challenge at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway hot off a victory in the Oct. 27 Bailey's 200 at Orange County Speedway. Since late September, he has garnered a victory in the Taco Bell 300 at the Martinsville Speedway, a second place at Lonesome Pine International Raceway and a fourth at the Southampton Motor Speedway.
Although Deiny's fall has been golden, don't expect the other 70 entrants for the Bailey's 300 to make the champion's job easy. One of Deiny's obstacles could be Petersburg, Va.'s Brandon Butler. Deiny stood in the way of Butler's quest for his second consecutive South Boston track title. Butler enters the weekend as the defending Bailey's 300 champion, and he'd like nothing better but to keep Deiny from taking that title from him.
Then there's Timothy Peters (Providence, N.C.). Peters collected a second-place points finish at South Boston in 2001, then went on to win the 2002 Orange County Speedway championship. After unofficially posting some of the fastest speeds in an Oct. 31 open practice session for the Bailey's 300, Peters showed he hasn't forgotten how to drive the South Boston track. And that's something he definitely wants to prove to everyone Nov. 9.
The Bailey's 300 Hometown Challenge is expected to be a race that will showcase some of the best Late Model drivers in the region. The race also offers a national showcase in the form of the Speed Channel. The network will nationally televise the Bailey's 300 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 and 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25.
Adding to the day's anticipated drama is the Bailey's Bonanza. The race already pays $15,000 to win, but the Bailey's Bonanza could double that purse. An additional $15,000 will go to the driver that can qualify in the top five, start at the rear of the field and win the race. Entry blanks will be available at the track for fans to register to win their share of the Bailey's Bonanza. If a driver wins the Bailey's Bonanza, one lucky fan could walk away with $10,000. Even if the driver does not win the Bailey's Bonanza, that fan could still win a pair of 2003 Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway season passes.
Tickets are still available to see Deiny, Butler, Peters and many more battle for the Bailey's 300 crown. Adult tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Reserved seats are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Youth age 10 to 15 are $10, and children nine and under are free. A limited number of backstretch tickets will be available raceday only for $15.
Grandstand gates for the Bailey's 300 Hometown Challenge open at 9 a.m. Qualifying begins at 10 a.m. The Mike's Hard Lemonade, 3M and Just Born heat races start at noon, and the Bailey's 300 takes green at 3 p.m.
To purchase tickets, fans can call Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway toll-free at 1-877-440-1540 or by logging on to www.tickets.com. More information on the Bailey's 300 Hometown Challenge can be accessed at www.southbostonspeedway.com.