Saturday’s Late Model Twin races are a high-stakes battle for the South Boston Speedway title that impacts the national title chase

The stakes are high. The drama will be greater.
One last night of racing remains in South Boston Speedway’s 2022 points season. The twin races are on the calendar. A three-way battle for the NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division championship looms at South Boston Speedway between Layne Riggs, Peyton Sellers and Jacob Borst. A close battle for the NASCAR national championship between Riggs and Sellers that drew closer this past weekend adds to the pressure.

Saturday night, September 3, will be one of the most impressive nights of the season, as South Boston Speedway will host the Halifax County Farm Bureau Championship Night event.

Riggs, from Bahama, North Carolina, is the current national points leader for South Boston Speedway and NASCAR. Sellers, a resident of Danville, Virginia, is the defending national champion for South Boston Speedway and NASCAR. He is 20 points behind Riggs in the track points standings entering the twin 65-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races that will headline the seven-race Halifax County Farm Bureau Championship Night event. .

Borst of Elon, North Carolina, last season’s runner-up at South Boston Speedway, ranks third in the track’s points standings, two points behind Sellers and 22 points behind Riggs.

In the NASCAR national points hunt, Riggs’ lead over Sellers had shrunk to 16 points before last weekend’s action. That margin is likely to drop to the single digits as Sellers won the twin races at Dominion Raceway last weekend while Riggs finished eighth and second.

While there’s a real sense of urgency between Riggs, Sellers and Borst, none of them admit they face a lot of pressure heading into the twin 65-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races on Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

Riggs says he doesn’t pay attention to points.

“That’s something I don’t pay attention to as a driver,” he said. “I just pay attention to my car, my strategy and keep my focus and my head on myself. We’re going to keep doing what we’ve always been doing. I keep my head down, I’m smart behind the wheel and I’m just trying to get better and get a win wherever we go.”

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Sellers, who has six NASCAR track championships at South Boston Speedway in his career, says the road to a record seventh title at South Boston Speedway is tough, and he’s not changing his approach for the July 3 doubleheader. September. .

“We can’t change what we’re doing,” Sellers said. “We’re just going to try to win races, try to get our car as good as we can, and the pieces are going to have to fall into place. He (Riggs) will have to be unlucky.”

Borst said he will give his best in Saturday night’s double bill. While it’s possible for him to win the championship, he may have a better shot at second place in the points, where he finished last season.

“I would love to win the championship, but Layne has a pretty good lead and it’s going to be very difficult to catch up,” Borst said. “We are going to go out there and try to do our best. If luck is on our side, great, if not, it’s just part of racing. We are going to go out as if nobody had points and try to get the victories. We will take it like we do every weekend and just care about ourselves and run our race.”

A seven-race card will fill the Halifax County Farm Bureau Championship Night event on September 3. In addition to the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division twin 65-lap races, there will be Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division 30-lap twin races, a Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division 25-lap race, a HEAT Hornets Division 20-lap race for the Virginia State Police and a 20-lap race for the Mills Family Practice Champ Karts.

The track championships will be based on the result of the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division doubleheader, as well as the result of the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division and Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division races.

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Kyle Barnes of Draper, Virginia has a 30-point lead over Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia in the hunt for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division title, and Myers still has a shot at the title with the division’s twin races.

Four drivers are in the hunt for the Southside Elimination Pure Actions Division title. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia has an eight-point lead over Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia entering the race. Jimmy Wade of Halifax, Virginia, who is having the best season of his career in the division, is just 23 points off the lead, and BJ Reaves of South Boston, Virginia is just 26 points off first place.

In the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division, Jason DeCarlo of Chase City, Virginia holds a seven-point lead over former division champion Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia. Dillon Davis of Nathalie, Virginia, the winner on August 20, is in third place, just 13 points off the lead.

The Halifax County Farm Bureau Championship Night race day schedule on September 3 has practice starting at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand doors open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying begins at 6 p.m. . 19:00

Adult general admission advance tickets are priced at $10 each and can be purchased online at the South Boston Speedway website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday night, September 2. Advance tickets may also be purchased by calling the Speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll-free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.

Tickets at the door the night of the race will be $15 each. Seniors 65 and older, military, healthcare workers and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $10 each at the gate on race night.

Fans and competitors can find the latest updates and news on the track’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, and through the track’s social media channels. Information may also be obtained by calling Speedway at 434-572-4947 or toll-free at 1-877-440-1540 during normal business hours.

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