Jacob Borst says it is going to take good luck if he is to win the 2022 South Boston Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division title.
Borst is in second place in the track point standings, trailing NASCAR national points leader Layne Riggs by 19 points entering the twin 65-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that headline the Saturday Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents South Boston Speedway’s 65th Anniversary Celebration event.
While the focus is on the championship, the second-year NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division competitor also has to be concerned that defending track champion and defending national champion Peyton Sellers is right on his heels, just two points behind him, also with a shot to win the title.
Borst has opportunities ahead to make a run at Riggs for the title and put some distance between himself and Sellers. Two nights of racing and a total of four NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races remain in South Boston Speedway’s track points season.
“There are still a fair amount of races left, but it is very hard to catch up because we are all good and we all are normally very close,” Borst pointed out. “When somebody has a pretty good lead on you, it’s hard to catch up. We’re going to have to come up with a lot of luck. Layne has been having really good luck and Sellers is close. When Layne’s had bad luck we’ve had bad luck. We just really haven’t had the luck to take advantage of any of his mistakes or misfortunes. If good luck comes our way, we will win the championship. We’ve just got to go out there and focus on us, do the best we can and have a good points night.”
The focus for Borst entering the last four races of the season is simple.
“Right now, we are focused on getting the car better and winning races,” Borst explained. “Our goal this year is to win three races. Right now, our goal is to go out there and win our third race before the season’s over.”
Thus far Borst is on track to mirror or top the performance he turned in last season in his rookie season when he finished second to Sellers in the track championship chase. In 17 starts a year ago, Borst scored one win, won two poles, had 12 top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and led 118 laps.
This season Borst has two wins and two poles in 13 starts, has eight top-five finishes, 12 top-10 finishes and has led 130 laps. He currently sits second in the point standings, where he was a year ago.
Borst says he and his team are in good shape car-wise to continue to have solid runs the rest of the season and hopefully top more of his marks from the 2021 season.
“We’re having a good year,” Borst said. “I think we will be in a good situation for the rest of the year. We have two good cars including the car we had last year that we had a lot of success with.
“We struggled with our white car a little at the beginning of the season,” Borst continued. “It was a new car to us. We knew we were going to struggle with it and would have to work to fine-tune it. Now, the car is good. Sometimes we don’t touch it. I think we’re running our white car at Martinsville in September so we might not use it here the last race. Either way, we will bring a good car to the track.”
Special guest appearances, displays, vintage racing, a full program of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series racing action and a colorful fireworks display at the end of the night will all be part of the celebration Saturday night as South Boston Speedway celebrates its 65th anniversary with the Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents South Boston Speedway’s 65th Anniversary Celebration event.
The seven-race program will be headlined by twin 65-lap races for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors. Fans will also see a 50-lap race for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, a 25-lap race for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division and a 20-lap race for the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division are also included in the NASCAR racing action.
Fans will get to take a step back in time as a pair of vintage races will be part of the night’s action. Member competitors of the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club will compete in a 25-lap race in their vintage Modified and Late Model Sportsman cars. The members of the East Coast Flathead Ford Racing Association will compete in a 25-lap race that will feature vintage Modified and Sportsman Division
Saturday’s event schedule has practice starting at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets for the Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents South Boston Speedway’s 65th Anniversary Celebration event are priced at $10 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday night. 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 gate on race night will be $15 each. Seniors ages 65 and older, military, health care workers, and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $10 each at the gate on race night.
Speedway officials note that tickets and pit passes from the rained-out August 6 event will be honored at Saturday night’s event. Individuals who purchased tickets for the rained-out Aug. 6 event must bring their original Aug. 6 ticket with them to Saturday night’s event.