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Johnson Wins SBS Season Opener
Mar 13, 2010 - updated Mar 13th, 2010 9:36pm
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Southboston, Va. --
Justin Johnson of Roxboro, N.C. got off to a good start in defending his 2009 South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division crown here Saturday afternoon by winning the season-opening race at South Boston Speedway.
Johnson worked his way past race leader C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach, Va. on lap 63 to take the lead, gaining the top spot one lap before the skies opened up and NASCAR track officials put the race under caution due to rain.
The rain never subsided and Johnson was declared the winner of the 75-lap race, the first race of what had originally been scheduled as a twin 75-lap event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division.
Falk finished second with two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va., Nick Smith of Hampton, Va. and Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md. rounding out the top five finishers.
Tommy Lemons of Troy, N.C., Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C., Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va., David Latour of Advance, N.C. and Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. rounded out the top ten finishers.
Johnson averaged 41.614 mph in the race that was slowed by five caution flags.
Twenty-six cars started the race.
Snow Wins Limited Sportsman Opener
Justin Snow of Danville, Va. started on the pole and led all the way in winning the 50-lap season-opening Limited Sportsman Division race.
Snow edged runner-up Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Va. by .705 second in a 24-lap green-flag dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s two caution flags.
Jeb Burton of Halifax, Va. finished third with last year’s division champion, Brian Pembelton of Amelia, Va. and Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. rounding out the top five finishers.
Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va., Mike Jones of South Boston, Va., Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Va., Darryl Carver of Prospect Hill, N.C. and Timothy Watkins of Angier, N.C. rounded out the top ten finishers.
Snow averaged 54.249 mph in winning the race.
Rain Washes Out Two Races
While the first of the day’s two scheduled Late Model Stock Car Division races and the Limited Sportsman division race were run, two other divisions were not as lucky.
Rain washed out the day’s scheduled Pure Stock Division race and the race for the Southern Vintage Modified Division.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway next Saturday afternoon, March 20, with the 2 p.m. running of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 150 racing program.
Next Saturday’s four-race program will be highlighted by a 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars. A race for the Limited Sportsman Division and twin races for the Pure Stock Division are also scheduled.
Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 12 noon. Qualifying time trials start at 12:45 p.m. The first race will start at 2 p.m.
Rain checks from last Saturday’s partially rained out event will be honored at this race only. Fans must have their ticket stub from last week’s race.
Adult admission is $10, with youths ages 7-12 being admitted for $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
For additional information about the March 20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 150 racing program or any events at the speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.
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