- Last Updated on 08:10 AM 10/15/12
- BY Tim Chandler/South Boston Speedway
The champion of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown will be crowned Sunday afternoon at the close of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
This year, South Boston Speedway, Langley Speedway and Martinsville Speedway joined forces to offer area race fans a unique tripleheader — the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown.
The Virginia Late Model Triple Crown consists of the season-opening South Boston 300 at South Boston Speedway on March 10; the Langley Heat 200 on July 28 in Hampton, Va. and the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 on Oct. 21 at Martinsville Speedway.
All three races feature big-money payouts, but the implementation of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown added an even bigger bonus for three drivers and a ton of hype and excitement for the region’s short track racing fans.
The South Boston 300 and the Langley Heat 200 each featured $10,000 payouts for the first-place finishers at those events and the winner of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 will claim a $25,000 payday.
The winner of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown will receive an additional $5,000. The runner-up in the competition will claim $3,000 and the third-place finisher will receive $1,500.
Heading into the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway, C.E. Falk leads the way in the chase for the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown with 83 points. Falk finished first in the opening event of the series at South Boston Speedway and posted a runner-up finish at Langley.
South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division champion Matt Bowling is second in the standings with 79 points after placing fourth at America’s Hometown Track and winning the event at Langley Speedway.
Nick Smith is third in the standings with 64 points, keyed by a runner-up finish at South Boston Speedway, while Eddie Johnson, who was third at South Boston Speedway, is fourth with 40 points. Peyton Sellers and Wesley Falk are tied for fifth in the standings with 36 points. The Virginia Late Model Triple Crown was established to reward the top finishers in the three “big-money” races at South Boston, Langley and Martinsville. Points are awarded to competitors based on their finish in the “feature” race at each site.