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NASCAR Short Track Spotlight: South Boston Speedway Is The Place To Race
Aug 3, 2006 - updated Aug 3rd, 2006 3:56pm
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Popular Short Track is Home to Top NASCAR Late Model Competitors and Many Former Champions
(Aug. 3, 2006) Something special is happening in South Boston, Virginia.
In the wake of Peyton Sellers’ NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national championship run in 2005, his home track, South Boston Speedway, has expanded its reputation as one of the best places to race. Forty-six different drivers have raced in South Boston’s Late Model class this season and the lineup is a who’s who of NASCAR Late Model racing.
Ø Phillip Faucette Jr., of Mebane, N.C., has been a regular competitor at Ace Speedway, in Altamahaw, N.C., in recent seasons, but decided to try his luck against the stars at South Boston this year. Faucette has plenty of experience to contribute – he won the 2003 Ace Speedway track championship and has logged over 90 starts since 2000.
Ø From 1998-2000, Eddie Johnson, of Midlothian, Va., dominated Southside Speedway, in Richmond, Va., when the track raced under the NASCAR sanction. Johnson scored 31 wins in 59 starts and won two track titles during those three seasons. He ventured to South Boston in 2001, won a race during his first season there and finished fourth in the track point standings. He hasn’t won since, but finished second in track points in 2004, behind Timothy Peters who now drives in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Bobby Hamilton Racing. Johnson has returned to the top of the track point standings and is currently ranked fifth.
Ø Rodney Cook, of Reidsville, N.C., has been one of the area’s most prolific racers in recent years. From 2000-05, Cook raced in 185 NASCAR Late Model events at six different tracks. Cook scored nine wins over the past six seasons, finished 10th in the South Boston track point standings in 2004 and is now racing for a top-five position in the standings.
Ø Owen Miller, of Emporia, Va., is a relative newcomer to South Boston, having made his debut with 21 starts and a third-place showing in the track point standings last season. Miller has yet to reach the winner’s circle, but he’s finished second on four occasions since 2005. Racing against the star-studded field at South Boston will only improve his skills and his chances to win. Miller also has plenty of racing help from his own family – he is a cousin of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Elliott and Hermie Sadler, who have spent time helping Miller’s team.
These accomplished veterans are being challenged at South Boston by some of NASCAR’s top young drivers. Four drivers in the current top 10 in the track point standings are under the age of 21. Eighteen-year-old Cliff Daniels, of Smithfield, Va., is not far behind, in 11th place with three top-five finishes to his credit.
Ø Drew Herring, 19, of Benson, N.C., currently leads the track point standings with seven wins in 12 starts. Jonathan Cash, 25, of Oxford, N.C., is technically tied for the points lead with Herring, but has not won a race this season and is ranked second based on the tie-breaker (most number of wins).
Ø Jon Denning, a 19-year-old native of Springfield, N.J., teamed up with Sellers Racing, the family-run team that brought Peyton Sellers to the national title last season. Peyton’s older brother, H.C., serves as crew chief for Denning and the pairing has produced good results. Denning is currently ranked fourth in the track point standings with two wins.
Ø Adam Barker, 20, of Hurt, Va., is also teamed up with one of the region’s premier racing names. Barker drives for Turn One Racing, a new Late Model team owned by South Boston graduate and NASCAR Busch Series star Stacy Compton. Barker is ranked seventh at South Boston with five top-five finishes in 12 starts.
Ø One position behind Barker, by virtue of another tie-breaker due to their equal point totals, is 20-year-old Nick Smith, of Hampton, Va. Smith migrated to South Boston from his hometown track, Langley Speedway, where he recorded five top-five finishes during his debut season in 2005.
If all of these talented drivers weren’t enough to fill the field, plenty of other top names compete at the track on a limited basis. While these drivers might not compete for the track championship or NASCAR Divisional points, their presence raises the level of competition from the moment they pull through the track gates.
Ø Frank Deiny Jr., of Mechanicsville, Va., has focused his efforts at Old Dominion Speedway, in Manassas, Va., this year, but has made a handful of starts at South Boston. Deiny’s resume includes four track championships, including a South Boston title in 2002. From 2000-2005, Deiny competed in 167 NASCAR Late Model events, scoring 43 wins. In two appearances at South Boston in 2006, he’s finished in the top 10 on both occasions.
Ø Philip Morris, of Ruckersville, Va., has won four track championships since 1997, including the South Boston title in 2003. Morris also won a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series regional championship in 2001 while competing at nearby Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. From 2000-05, Morris has been one of the most accomplished Late Model drivers on the East Coast, with 43 wins in 94 starts during that span.
Ø Jamey Caudill, of Four Oaks, N.C., is another part-time competitor at South Boston, as he races full-time at Southern National Raceway Park, in Kenly, N.C. – where he has won five races this year. Caudill is a two-time track champion at Southern National and a 2002 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series regional champion.
Other part-time competitors who may have a big impact at South Boston include: Barry Beggarly, of Pelham, N.C., who won the 1993 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national championship and eight track championships including the 1998 South Boston crown; Wayne Patterson, of Chesterfield, Va., who won six track titles during his career, including two at South Boston, in 1987 and ’92; and Brandon Butler, of Petersburg, Va., who was the 2001 South Boston track champion and 2001 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series regional champion.
The mixture of experienced champions battling against rising young stars makes South Boston’s Saturday night racing program one of the best in the nation. As it looks ahead to its 50th anniversary season next year, South Boston remains true to its nickname “America’s Hometown Track.”
Location: 1188 James D. Hagood Highway, South Boston, Va.
Layout: 4/10-mile asphalt oval.
Racing Classes: NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, Limited Sportsman, Pure Stocks.
Racing Alumni: Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, Stacy Compton, Elliott Sadler, Denny Hamlin, Timothy Peters.
Management: Owners, Drs. Joe and Rose Mattioli; General Manager, Cathy Rice.
Office Phone: (434) 572-4947.
Web Site: www.southbostonspeedway.com
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