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Mike Jones of South Boston (39) battles to fend off a challenge from Lee Pulliam of Alton (5) and Austin Thaxton of South Boston (12) during a recent NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway. The NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars will be featured in twin-75-lap races Saturday night in the six-race Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program at South Boston Speedway.

With all of the special events now in the record books, the final push for division championships begins Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

NASCAR racing resumes Saturday night at South Boston Speedway with the 7 p.m. running of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program, and with it, starts the final push for the track’s four division championships.

Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors and twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division drivers headline Saturday night’s action. A 30-lap race is set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race is on tap for the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors.

With five race dates remaining in South Boston Speedway’s point season, the races become more important for the title chasers with each passing week. Within South Boston Speedway’s five remaining race dates there are eight Late Model Stock Car Division races, seven races in the Limited Sportsman Division, six races in the Pure Stock Division and five races in the Hornets Division remaining including this weekend’s action.

Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia leads Austin Thaxton of South Boston by 58 points heading into Saturday night’s event. Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina sits in third place just nine points behind Thaxton, and Lee Pulliam of Alton sits fourth, just 12 points behind Scott and 21 points behind Thaxton.

Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston is the new leader in the track’s Limited Sportsman Division championship chase, having taken the top spot after Daniel Moss of Danville ran into problems in the June 29 event. Willis holds a 12-point edge over Moss with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina sitting in third place, 50 points behind Willis.

The title chase in the Pure Stock Division has tightened up. Nathan Crews of Long Island was sidelined in a wreck in the June 29 event, and as a result, his lead over Jordan Pickrel of Keeling has shrunk to just six points heading into Saturday night’s action. Bruce Mayo of Halifax sits in third place, 44 points out of the lead.

A new leader is in place in the Hornets Division, with Kevin Currin of Chase City having wrestled the lead from Steven Layne of Nathalie. Currin holds a slim two-point edge over Layne entering Saturday night’s race with Aaron Cash of South Boston sitting in third place, just 17 points behind Layne.

Activity at South Boston Speedway begins Saturday with registration and pit gates opening at 2 p.m. Practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com