10:59
Until next time here on Speed51.com, good night from South Boston Speedway where Matt Bowling has won the seventh-annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.
10:59
The Speed51.com coverage team today has been Matt Kentfield and Tim Quievryn.
10:58
Speed51.com will be live with more live coverage of the Southern Super Series/Blizzard Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and much, much more Friday.   51 is your source for live coverage if you can’t make it to the track this weekend.
10:57
10:57
The Denny Hamlin Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis. As such, we partner with organizations that focus on cystic fibrosis research, treatment advances, and overall quality of life care. The Foundation will also support children with other chronic diseases. To carry out its mission, the Foundation conducts fundraising events, accepts contributions, grants, and gifts of money and property; and will invest the same and/or distribute to other exempt organizations as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Click here for more information.
10:57
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10:57
RACE RECAP: Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth held the banner for the NASCAR boys, finishing 4th and 5th respectively.
10:57
Remember to check out www.3widelife.com for a broadcast schedule for tonight’s race.
10:50
RACE RECAP: Officials separate Blake Stallings from Jeb Burton (Speed51.com photo)
10:47
RACE RECAP: Brayton Haws winds up on top of Brian Pendelton (Speed51.com photo)
10:46
Unofficial Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Finish

1 83 Matt Bowling 200
2 0 Matt Waltz 200
3 97 Nick Smith 200
4 51 Kyle Busch 200
5 20 Matt Kenseth 200
6 6 Bobby McCarty 200
7 2 Myatt Snider 200
8 11 Denny Hamlin 200
9 73 Bruce Anderson 200
10 61 Ryan Preece 200
11 03 Brenden Queen 200
12 72 Brad Eddy 200
13 7 Dude Gibbs 200
14 22 Ryan Stiltner 200
15 88 Dustin Rumley 200
16 25 Hermie Sadler 199
17 3 Thomas Scott 197
18 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III 197
19 27 Anderson Bowen 196
20 77 David Ragan 196
21 31 Kaz Grala 191
22 34 Greg Edwards 154
23 99 Peyton Sellers 152
24 14 Blake Stallings 115
25 4 Jeb Burton 115
26 24 Stephen Berry 100
27 17 Timothy Peters 79
28 29 Curtis Markham 66
29 16 Dustin Storm 65
30 40 CE Falk III 61
31 13 Lin O’Neill 58
32 12 Austin Thaxton 24
33 10 Kelly Kingery 9
34 15 Dennis Holdren 9
35 00 Brian Pembleton 9
36 41 Brayton Haws 9


10:46
Denny Hamlin comes to congratulate Bowling on the victory (Speed51.com photo)
10:44
Matt Bowling emerges victorious (Speed51.com photo)
10:42
Bowling salutes the South Boston faithful on his victory lap (Speed51.com photo)
10:38
Matt Bowling claims the 2014 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown (Speed51.com photo)
10:28
Bowling doing the local TV hits (Speed51.com photo)
10:27
Fans will be able to tune in to tonight’s race on 3 Wide Life at a later date.   Visitwww.3widelife.com for details.
10:25
Bowling’s car featured Southern National Motorsports Park logos on it,  and since he won, SNMP officials are donating an extra $1,000 to the Denny Hamlin Foundation.
10:25
A very jubilant Matt Bowling gets his reward (Speed51.com photo)
10:24
We will provide a full finishing order as soon as we can get one from event officials.
10:23
Bowling is the second “local” driver to win the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, joining C.E. Falk who won at Southside Speedway in 2010.   Every other edition of this race was won by a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular.
10:22
“I can’t believe it,” said Bowling in victory lane.   “The 0 (Waltz) was really, really fast.   I just rode and rode and saved my stuff and it worked out that we had enough at the end.   I saw he was fading a little bit and I turned the wick up a whole lot.”
10:21
Bowling won the race in a Sellers Racing entry sponsored by Hopkins Lumber.
10:20
Bowling, of Ridgeway, Virginia, was the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car track champion here at SoBo.
10:19
Unoffiicial top 10:

1.   Matt Bowling
2.   Matt Waltz
3.   Nick Smith
4.   Kyle Busch
5.   Matt Kenseth
6.   Bobby McCarty
7.   Myatt Snider
8.   Denny Hamlin
9.    Bruce Anderson
10.   Ryan Preece

10:18
CHECKERED FLAG: Former South Boston Speedway track champion Matt Bowling has scored the victory in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at his home track.
10:17
WHITE FLAG for Matt Bowling
10:17
Lap 198, two laps go go for Bowling, who leads Waltz by two car lengths.   It’s five car lengths back to Smith and Busch.
10:17
Lap 196: New Leader: Matt Bowling with a power move on the inside to take the top spot.
10:17
Lap 195:   Bowling is there.   He drives it deep into turn one and gets to Waltz’s door.
10:16
Lap 193:   Bowling is catching Waltz.   They’re separated by just two car lengths now as the crowd rises to their feat for tonight’s thrilling finish.
10:16
Lap 191: Preece gets by Queen to take 10th.
10:15
Lap 190, 10 to go:   Waltz leads Bowling by five car lengths.
10:15
Lap 187: Grala heeds a black flag ordered to repair some body panels that are flapping in the wind on his No. 31.
10:14
Lap 185/200: Preece is hustling to get back further up to where he was earlier.   He’s putting some heat on Queen for 10th.
10:13
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Lap 182:   Waltz is ahead by four car lengths on Bowling.   Smith is two car lengths behind him in third.   Busch is hot on the heels of Smith.
10:13
GREEN FLAG Lap 178:   Waltz clears Bowling in turn one.   Busch is stuck on the high side with Kenseth on his inside as they battle for fourth.
10:12
The cone is out.   Waltz and Bowling row one.   Smith and Busch row two.   Kenseth and McCarty row three.   Snider and Hamlin row four.   Row five is Anderson and Queen.   Then it’s Grala and Bowen.
10:10
YELLOW FLAG Lap 174:   Brad Eddy goes around in turn one.   He kept the car off the wall and continued on at the tail end of the field.
10:09
Lap 170:   Here comes Busch to the inside of Smith.   He can’t make a pass in turns three and four, but was pressing Smith hard.
10:08
Lap 167:   Busch is starting to use the high groove to look for real estate to pass SMith for third, but that is opening up the door for Kenseth to battle with Busch for fourth.
10:07
GREEN FLAG Lap 165/200: Waltz clears Bowling by turn two.   Now Smith is looking for second under Bowling by turn three.
10:07
Getting ready for the restart.   The field is doubled up behind the pace car.
10:06
As they run under caution (top 10):
1. Waltz
2.   Bowling
3.   Smith
4.   Busch
5.   Kenseth
6.   McCarty
7.   Snider
8.   Anderson
9.   Hamlin
10.   Eddy                      
10:05
Preece again comes to the attention of his crew under this yellow.
10:04
GREEN FLAG Lap 160 and immediate YELLOW FLAG: Debris on the track.
10:03
Doubling up for the restart.   Waltz and Bowling row one.   Row two is Smith and Busch.   Row three is Kenseth and McCarty.   Row four is Snider and Hamlin.
10:03
Kaz Grala also got a piece of the incident and has also pitted for repairs.
10:01
10:01
Brunnhoelzl and Preece both leave pit road at the same time.
10:01
Preece’s crew is addressing some right-front fender damage, perhaps caused by the contact with Sellers that sent Sellers for a spin.
10:00
Under this yellow, Ryan Preece gives up a top-five run to come to pit road.
9:59
Greg Edwards got a piece of the melee in turn four as well and has come to pit road for some body damage repairs.
9:59
Brunnhoelzl’s car still has not re-fired.   It remains on pit road under this caution.
9:59
YELLOW FLAG Lap 153:   Peyton Sellers goes around with some help in turn four.  
9:58
GREEN FLAG Lap 152: Bowling drives it deep into turn three to try to take the lead, to no avail.
9:58
The cone is out for the restart.   Row one is Waltz and Bowling.   Row two is Smith and Sellers.   Row three is Preece and Grala.   Row four is Busch and McCarty.   Row five is Kenseth and Snider.
9:57
Brunnhoelzl’s car did not get re-fired after the break and he is being pushed back to pit road.
9:53
Before we get going again, don’t forget to log on to www.3widelife.com for more on when this race will air on your local cable and satellite provider.
9:52
9:51
Quite a few of the South Boston regulars who fell out of the race have stopped by the Waltz pit under the break to wish him to victory (Speed51.com photo)
9:51
Engines are being fired up and cars are starting to roll towards the restart grid.
9:49
‘Tweaking’ is the word from the Bowling pit (Speed51.com photo)
9:49
Comment From Patrick

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9:48
Less than four minutes remain in the break.
9:47
Queen team cooling their driver off under the break (Speed51.com photo)
9:47
“The car’s running really good,” said third-place Nick Smith.   “I didn’t really expect it to be that good.   We’re not going to push it here.   We’ll just see how it all turns out.”
9:46
Throwing the kitchen sink at the Kyle Busch machine (Speed51.com photo)
9:46
9:44
MRN’s Alex Hayden, one of tonight’s PA announcers, is calling out the winner of the 50/50 ticket giveaway.   Tonight’s winner will receive in excess of $2,500, while another $2,500-plus will be donated to the Denny Hamlin Foundation.
9:43
Matt Bowling on his second-place run thus far:

“The car is about perfect, I don’t know how you run with the 0 car.   We’ll just keep riding it out here.   I’m not really running 100-percent.   We’ll fine-tune on this stop and see what we have.”

9:42
This will be a 10-minute break before we get going for the final 50-lap sprint to the finish.
9:42
9:42
Unofficial top-20 under this competition caution:

1.   Waltz
2.   Bowling
3.   Smith
4.   Sellers
5.    Preece
6.   Brunnhoelzl
7.   Grala
8.   Busch
9.   Kenseth
10.   McCarty
11.   Snider
12.   Edwards
13.   Anderson
14.   Hamlin
15.   Eddy
16.    Ragan
17.   Queen
18.   Stiltner
19.   Scott
20.   Sadler                                          

9:39
YELLOW FLAG Lap 150: This is the competition caution. T eams can come to pit road and restart in the order they are currently running.   They can change up to two tires and perform any normal pit stop repairs or changes under this yellow period.
9:38
Lap 148:   Ragan and Eddy battle for the 15th spot deeper in the field.
9:38
9:38
Lap 145: There’s nothing but clear track in front of Waltz and behind him as he continues to lead.
9:37
Lap 144: Anderson Bowen brings his car on and off pit road.
9:37
Lap 143:   NASCAR champions Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth run eighth and ninth, respectively.
9:36
Lap 140, 10 to the break: Waltz leads Bowling by eight car lengths.
9:35
9:35
It’s a solid effort so far for the Modified champions in the field as 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece running  fifth and George Brunnhoelzl, III,  a four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, right behind in sixth.
9:35
Lap 132: Things have settled down up front a bit as Sellers has settled in fourth with Preece now back to fifth.
9:33
Lap 130: In just his third-career Late Model start of any kind, Ryan Preece is still trying to look for the third spot.
9:33
GREN FLAG: Waltz gets another good restart and shakes Bowling.   Preece takes a hard run into turn one to battle Smith for third.
9:33
Stalling’s car (Speed51.com photo)
9:32
Doubling up for the restart.   Waltz and Bowling will be row one.   Row two will be Smith and Sellers.   Row three Preece and Grala.   Row four Brunnhoelzl and Busch.
9:32
“He just overdrove the corner and got into me,” said Stallings simply about the incident.
9:31
“I got underneath the 14 (Stallings),” said Burton of the incident.   “He was all over the place.   I got all the way to his door and he came down on me and we wrecked.”
9:31
Burton’s car towed back (Speed51.com photo)
9:30
Stallings refused to get into the same ambulance as Burton for their customary ride to the infield after an incident.   Instead, Stallings rode to the infield on the fire truck.
9:29
9:29
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9:29
As they run under yellow:
1.   Waltz
2.   Bowling
3.   Sellers
4.   Smith
5.   Preece
6.   Grala
7.   Busch
8.   Brunnhoelzl
9.   McCarty
10.   Kenseth
11.   Bowen
12.   Edwards
13.   Anderson
14.   Snider
15. Queen
16.   Eddy
17.    Stiltner
18.   Ragan
19.   Sadler
20.   Scott                                              
9:26
…and there he goes. Stallings leaned into Jeb Burton’s driver’s side window and threw a few left-hand jabs into the cockpit.
9:26
There’s some eager gesturing between Stallings and Burton as their cars sit in turn one.   Stallings climbs from his car, but hasn’t gone over to Burton’s yet.
9:25
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9:25
Blake Stallings and Jeb Burton bring out the yellow (Speed51.com photo)
9:24
YELLOW FLAG Lap 116:   Stallings and Burton get together in turn one and slap the outside wall.   Both drivers are trying to pull their cars away from the scene.
9:24
Lap 115: Busch is struggling.   He has dropped to eighth as Brunnhoelzl gets by.
9:23
Lap 110:
1.   Waltz
2.   Bowling
3.   Sellers
4.   Busch
5.   Smith
6.    Preece
7.   Grala
8.   Brunnhoelzl
9.   McCarty
10.   KEnseth
11.   Bowen
12.   Edwards
13.   Anderson
14.   Snider
15. Queen
16.   Stallings
17.   Eddy
18.   Burton
19.   Hamlin
20.   Stiltner                                              
9:21
Lap 105:   Ryan Preece is starting to flex some muscle as he looks to the inside of Nick Smith for the fifth spot.
9:21
GREEN FLAG Lap 101:   Waltz holds the lead with Bowling in second.   Sellers is working the high side to try to put Busch back another spot.
9:20
Waltz and Bowling will be the first row on the restart.   Busch and Sellers row two.   Preece and Smith row three.   Grala and Edwards row four.
9:20
Just before the yellow flag flew, Matt Bowling had edged out Kyle Busch to move into second.   It appeared that Busch was losing the handling on his No. 51, but the did not pit under this caution.
9:19
Hamlin is now on pit road and the crew is looking under the rear end.
9:18
The David Ragan crew looks at the right front tire they pulled off the car (Speed51.com photo)
9:17
9:17
Hamlin did not make any contact with either wall on the front stretch, got his car righted and took his place at the end of the field.
9:16
Timothy Peters said the car didn’t feel right after his incident so they parked the 17 for the day (Speed51.com photo)
9:16
YELLOW FLAG Lap 95:   Denny Hamlin goes around right at the start-finish line.
9:16
Yes they do and many teams have utilized the professional at-track service of Racing Electronics this weekend.
9:16
Comment From Guest

Do teams have radio communications with their drivers in late models?

9:15
Lap 93: Ragan to pit road.   The crew goes to work on the right-front.
9:15
There appears to be a flat right-front tire on Ragan’s ride.
9:15
Lap 90:   Ragan slows and loses several spots in turns three and four.   There are sparks from under his No. 77, indicating a possible flat tire.
9:14
Lap 88:   Matt Kenseth is starting to turn the wick up a little.   He’s now up to 11th.
9:14
Lap 85: Waltz has stretched his lead out to about eight car lengths.   It’s three between Busch in second and Bowling in third.
9:13
9:13
Not tonight, 3 Wide Life will have a future broadcast and we at Speed51.com are proud to be the exclusive live coverage provider of tonight’s race.
9:13
Comment From Guest

is the race televised on FS1 or FS2?

9:12
Lap 81: Timothy Peters, after his dust-up with Burton moments ago, has brought his car to the attention of his crew under green conditions.
9:12
CE Falk has withdrawn from the race due to his flat tire.
9:12
We’re now more than halfway to the lap 150 competition caution.   As a reminder, teams can change two tires and perform any service as they would on a normal pit stop during the break.
9:11
Lap 76:   Busch gives up the fight and settles into second.   Bowling, Sellers and now Smith run in tow.   Ragan was the restart loser, falling from fifth to sixth.
9:10
GREEN FLAG Lap 74:   Busch hangs on the outside of Waltz for a full lap.
9:10
New running order:
1.   Waltz
2.   Busch
3.   Bowling
4.   Sellers
5.   Ragan
6.   Smith
7.   Preece
8.   Grala
9.   Edwards
10.   McCarty
11.   Brunnhoelzl
12.   Hamlin
13.   Bowen
14.   Kenseth
15.   Anderson
16.   Stallings
17.   Gibbs
18.   Snider
19.   Queen
20.   Eddy
9:09
Curtis Markham called it quits right before that caution flew (Speed51.com photo)
9:08
Peters has come to pit road for some bodywork repairs.
9:07
9:07
YELLOW FLAG Lap 68: Jeb Burton and Timothy Peters get together as they raced inside the top-10.   They were negotiating a slower, lap-down car and they came together and spun.
9:06
Lap 65:

1.   Waltz
2.   Busch
3.   Bowling
4.   Sellers
5.   Ragan
6.   Peters
7.   BUrton
8.   Smith
9.   Preece
10.   Grala
11.   Edwards
13.   McCarty
14.   Brunnhoelzl
15.   Hamlin
16.   Bowen
17.   Kenseth                                              

9:05
Visual confirmation indicates it is a flat right-rear for Falk.
9:04
Lap 60: Falk has a problem.   He’s significantly off the pace.   There are sparks coming from a potentially flat right-rear tire.
9:04
Lap 59: CE Falk got big-time sideways off turn four and lost a few spots to Preece and Grala.
9:03
Lap 56: Preece, Smith, Grala and others had their hands full with the lapped car of Lin O’Neill as they ran in the top 10, but all drivers made it past the lapper.
9:02
Timothy Peters is ithe first driver to try to make some passes on the outside lane.   He’s running a line noticably higher in the corners than his competition.
9:01
Lap 50: Waltz leads Busch by almost a full straight away.   It’s the same gap back to Bowling, Sellers, Peters, Ragan, Falk, Burton and now Preece.
9:01
Reminder, tonight’s race is being filmed for future broadcast by 3 Wide Life.   Visitwww.3widelife.com for broadcast information as soon as it is available.
9:00
9:00
Lap 43: Ragan is having a tough go on the inside groove as eh runs in sixth.   CE Falk and Jeb Burton are both trying the outside lane to get around the No. 77 of Ragan.
8:59
Lap 40: Waltz is lengthening his lead to about eigh car lengths on Busch.   It’s about six back to Bowling, Sellers, Peters, Ragan, Falk and Burton who run nose-to-tail.
8:57
Lap 35: Busch gets to the inside of Bowling and steals the second position.
8:57
GREEN FLAG Lap 33: Waltz clears Bowling.   Busch settles in third, but Ragan and Peters want to try to take fourth away from Sellers.
8:56
Waltz chooses the inside, while Bowling takes the outside.   Row two will be Busch and Sellers.   Row three Ragan and Peters.  
8:56
Austin Thaxton pitting after drawing the last caution (Speed51.com photo)
8:55
A quick yellow and we’re already at doubled-up for the restart.   Dustin Rumley will receive the free pass.
8:55
The caution will close Bowling, Busch, Sellers, Ragan, Peters, Falk, Edwards and Burton up to Waltz, who had been stretching out a lead before the yellow.
8:53
It appears to be a flat right-front tire for Thaxton.   He drove the car onto pit road, where his team is addressing the damage caused.
8:52
YELLOW FLAG Lap 24: Austin Thaxton broke something under his car and his car slid straight up into the outside wall in turn two.
8:51
8:51
The Haws and Holdren cars after their wild ride (Speed51.com photo)
8:51
Lap 21: Waltz leads Bowling by about five car lengths.   Busch is two car lengths behind Bowling in third.
8:51
Lap 19: Matt Kenseth fans, your driver currently runs in 21st.
8:50
Lap 17: Sellers has made a charge since the restart and now runs fourth.
8:49
Pembelton’s destroyed racecar (Speed51.com photo)
8:49
GREEN FLAG Lap 15: Waltz can’t shake Bowling off turn two, but does in turn three to hold the lead.
8:49
11th on back  are: Denny Hamlin, Nick Smith, Ryan Preece, Bobby McCarty, Anderson, Grala, Brunnhoelzl, Queen
8:47
Dustin Rumley and Stephen Berry have made pit stops now that we’re back under yellow.
8:45
Kelly Kingery’s crushed car (Speed51.com photo)
8:44
YELLOW FLAG isi back out
8:44
Dennis Holdren’s was the last car to be pulled away from the crash scene.
8:43
8:43
The 2014 Southern Super Series will be decided at the 30th Annual All-American 400 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Last year, Daniel Hemric beat out Bubba Pollard for the championship while Chase Elliott hoisted the guitar in victory lane. Who will get the famous guitar and who will be the 2014 SSS champion? Make your plans now to be a part of this memorable event. Click here for more information.
8:43
As they sit under red, here are the top 10:

1.   Matt Waltz
2.   Matt Bowling
3.   Kyle  Busch
4.   David Ragan
5.   Greg Edwards
6.   Peyton Sellers
7.   Jeb Burton
8.   Timothy Peters
9.   CE Falk
10.   Dustin Storm

8:41
Thomas Scott torn up in the incident (Speed51.com photo)
8:40
Still under red conditions as there are still a couple cars remaining against the turn one wall that need to be discarded before we can go back to racing.
8:39
All drivers involved in the crash in turn one  climbed  out of their cars.   They’re taking mandatory rides in the ambulance just for a biref check-up.
8:37
Brian Pembleton is also out of his car after this incident.
8:36
“It’s just one of those racing deals,” said  Brayton Haws about the incident in turn one.   “We were rolling the outside and just didn’t have anywhere to go.”
8:34
Melee in turn one (Speed51.com photo)
8:33
8:33
The Dirty Dozen returns to Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday May 10 with the Mom’s the Bomb 370 featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models and more. This will be the third Dirty Dozen event of the season that will feature some of the top names in the LMSC ranks today. Click here for more information.
8:33
The field is now under RED FLAG conditions for cleanup.   Officials have stated that all drivers are okay.
8:33
Haws’ car is on two weels, the left sides, as the rest of the car is leaning up against Kingery’s car against the turn one wall.
8:32
Austin Thaxton was involved, as was Thomas Scott, Dustin Rumley, Brayton Haws, Kelly Kingery and a few others that are hard to determine.
8:31
YELLOW FLAG Lap 10: In turn one on the restart, a seven-car pileup took out several cars in turn one.  
8:31
GREEN FLAG Lap 9: Waltz andn Bowling side by side into turn one.
8:30
One lap to green.
8:30
The cone is out.   Bowling takes the outside and will restart second.   Row two will be Busch and Ragan.   Row three Edwards and Sellers.   Row five Burton and Peters.
8:29
Start of the Showdown (Speed51.com photo)
8:29
Berry pitted and his crew addressed some left-front damage.  
8:28
Waltz leads Bowling, Busch, Ragan, Edwards, Sellers, Burton, Peters, Falk and Smith in the top 10.
8:27
8:27
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make their second straight appearance to 5 Flags Speedway on Friday, June 13th. Last year, Ben Kennedy won the inaugural event at the home of the Snowball Derby over Gray Gaulding. Click here for more information.
8:27
Yellow flag laps do count in this event.   Restarts will be double file with the utilization of the “cone” restarts.   On the one-to-go lap, drivers will choose whether they want to start on the inside or outside lane by choosing their lane at the cone placed at the start-finish line.
8:26
YELLOW FLAG Lap 1: Stephen Berry goes around in turn four.   The field scatters behind him, but all get through unscathed.
8:25
GREEN FLAG: Waltz takes an early lead with Bowling in tow.
8:25
As a reminder, tonight’s race is 200 laps with a break at lap 150.  Teams can change two tires and perform any service that can be performed on a normal pit stop.
8:24
Starting Lineup

1 0 Matt Waltz
2 83 Matt Bowling
3 51 Kyle Busch
4 77 David Ragan
5 34 Greg Edwards
6 99 Peyton Sellers
7 4 Jeb Burton
8 17 Timothy Peters
9 16 Dustin Storm
10 40 CE Falk III
11 11 Denny Hamlin
12 97 Nick Smith
13 61 Ryan Preece
14 6 Bobby McCarty
15 73 Bruce Anderson
16 31 Kaz Grala
17 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III
18 03 Brenden Queen
19 14 Blake Stallings
20 7 Dude Gibbs
21 12 Austin Thaxton
22 27 Anderson Bowen
23 10 Kelly Kingery
24 20 Matt Kenseth
25 15 Dennis Holdren
26 00 Brian Pembleton
27 24 Stephen Barry
28 22 Ryan Stiltner
29 41 Brayton Haws
30 2 Myatt Snider
31 25 Hermie Sadler
32 29 Curtis Markham
33 72 Brad Eddy
34 88 Dustin Rumley
35 13 Lin O’Neill
36 3 Thomas Scott
8:24
Comment From Guest

Go GB3!!!We love you!

8:24
Garrett Campbell practiced and qualified his car today.
8:24
Comment From Guest

How is grala racing he didn’t show up until 20 minutes. Ago.”

8:23
Comment From BER Racing

Shout out to Brad Eddy from your crew at home! Bring it home to Canada buddy! Go get em!

8:23
No, Speed51.com is the only live coverage provider of tonight’s event.   Thank you all for joining us.
8:23
Comment From Blake

On the radio anywhere? Got a link

8:22
Comment From Guest

Pulling for ragan !

8:22
That is correct.
8:22
Comment From me

Is Grala the only K&N driver competing tonight?

8:22
Comment From Guest

Go Matt Waltz bring it on home!!

8:22
Pace laps are underway.
8:21
Comment From Raines mccall

Let’s go hawkmccallmotorsports and brayton haws from crew members watching at home,”’

8:20
Comment From [email protected]

Good luck to all the competitors tonight thanks Denny so much for making this race possible and for such a worthy cause!

8:20
It is being taped for a later broadcast by 3 Wide Life.   Visit www.3widelife.com for broadcast time/date updates.
8:20
Comment From Guest

is this on tv?

8:20
No trip to South Boston is complete without a bologna burger and Jesse Jones Hot Dog (Speed51.com photo)
8:19
Comment From bobby k

Go Ryan Preece from your grandfathers friends here in FL!!

8:19
Engines are fired.   It’s time to go racing.
8:14
Kyle Busch (Speed51.com photo)
8:13
Drivers are ready.   Michael Waltrip is doing a brief “Grid Walk” that will air on NASCAR on FOX’s pre-race coverage this weekend from Richmond.
8:12
8:11
The Denny Hamlin Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis. As such, we partner with organizations that focus on cystic fibrosis research, treatment advances, and overall quality of life care. The Foundation will also support children with other chronic diseases. To carry out its mission, the Foundation conducts fundraising events, accepts contributions, grants, and gifts of money and property; and will invest the same and/or distribute to other exempt organizations as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Click here for more information.
8:10
After practicing in Richmond, Kaz Grala made it here in the nick of time (Speed51.com photo)
8:09
Drivers are now strapping into their racecars for 200 laps around South Boston Speedway.  
8:08
Matt Kenseth during driver intros (Speed51.com photo)
8:05
8:01
Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
Starting Lineup

1 0 Matt Waltz
2 83 Matt Bowling
3 51 Kyle Busch
4 77 David Ragan
5 34 Greg Edwards
6 99 Peyton Sellers
7 4 Jeb Burton
8 17 Timothy Peters
9 16 Dustin Storm
10 40 CE Falk III
11 11 Denny Hamlin
12 97 Nick Smith
13 61 Ryan Preece
14 6 Bobby McCarty
15 73 Bruce Anderson
16 31 Kaz Grala
17 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III
18 03 Brenden Queen
19 14 Blake Stallings
20 7 Dude Gibbs
21 12 Austin Thaxton
22 27 Anderson Bowen
23 10 Kelly Kingery
24 20 Matt Kenseth
25 15 Dennis Holdren
26 00 Brian Pembleton
27 24 Stephen Barry
28 22 Ryan Stiltner
29 41 Brayton Haws
30 2 Myatt Snider
31 25 Hermie Sadler
32 29 Curtis Markham
33 72 Brad Eddy
34 88 Dustin Rumley
35 13 Lin O’Neill
36 3 Thomas Scott
7:59
7:59
“Just by seeing the turnout we have here tonight, I can assure you we’ll be back next year,” Denny Hamlin told the crowd during pre-race ceremonies, which was met with a raucous tunder of cheers from the packed house here at SoBo.
7:55
Toyota Racing has donated $20,000 to the Denny Hamlin Foundation tonight (Speed51.com photo)
7:55
Opening ceremonies are now underway.   Toyota has just made a presentation for a $20,000 donation for the Denny Hamlin Foundation to Hamlin.
7:54
Ready to roll (Speed51.com photo)
7:53
Matt Waltz receives the pole award (Speed51.com photo)
7:46
David Ragan’s having a good day, but he hasn’t had a quiet moment. He just signed autographs for the fans at the flagstand and now he’s making a quick stop at the Racing Electronics hauler and downing a banana for some pre race energy.
7:44
7:44
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7:43
Tonight, four cars feature signage for Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina.   If one of those four cars win, SNMP officials will donate an additional $1,000 to the Denny Hamlin Foundation.   Those drivers are:#99 Peyton Sellers
#83 Matt Bowling
#28 George Brunnhoelzl III
#61 Ryan Preece
7:39
Michael Waltrip is here to pump this crowd up (Speed51.com photo)
7:33
The top-thirty is locked in. We will post that in a second. We are still trying to track down how positions 31-36 will be distributed.
7:29
If you’re still planning to come out to the track tonight, you better hurry up. The parking lot is jam-packed. (Speed51.com photo)
7:24
Busch takes the checkers in the third heat. (Speed51.com photo)
7:24
7:24
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7:24
Heat #3 Finish

1 51 Kyle Busch
2 99 Peyton Sellers
3 16 Dustin Storm
4 97 Nick Smith
5 73 Bruce Anderson
6 3 Thomas Scott
7 12 Austin Thaxton
8 20 Matt Kenseth
9 24 Stephen Berry
10 2 Myatt Snider
11 3 Thomas Scott
12 18 Quin Houff
13 29 Curtis Markham
7:21
CHECKERED FLAG: Kyle Busch flashes unde the stripe ahead of Sellers and Storm.
7:20
WHITE FLAG: Kyle Busch, looking to go 4-for-7 in the all-time history of the Showdown, is about to assure himself of the third starting spot for the feature.
7:20
Lap 17: Busch with a solid gap as he looks to lock down this head. Scott is three carlengths back of the transfer spot of Snider. But that gap is smaller than it was a minute ago.
7:20
Lap 14: Markham has pulled off. So now Snider is your transfer car ahead of Scott and Houff.
7:19
Lap 12:Snider is not letting Berry get too far away with that transfer spot as he rides a carlength back.
7:18
Lap 9: Busch leads Sellers by four carlengths still. Storm, Smith, and Anderson the rest of your top five and putting a good gap back to the pack.
7:17
Lap 8: Berry has moved by Snider for the final transfer spot.
7:17
Busch (51) and Sellers (99). (Speed51.com photo)
7:17
Lap 7: Nice and single file. Kenseth having a hard time getting anything going thus far today as he is in 8th.
7:16
Lap 5: Snider resides in the transfer spot as we run.
7:16
Lap 3: Sellers aggressively racing Busch as he wants the lead back. But Busch got a good bite down the backstretch and is now four carlengths ahead.
7:16
Lap 2: Smith and Storm side by side for third, give it to Storm.
7:15
GREEN FLAG: Sellers got a little loose in turn two and Kyle Busch uses the outside line to take the lead.
7:15
Comment From Kel Kel

Thanks for the coverage!! I’m cheering for my KBM team and of course Preece/Herm

7:15
Going green next time by.
7:15
In this race you have a NASCAR Whelen All-American national champ (Sellers), the greatest driver in NASCAR Nationwide Series history (Busch), a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ (Matt Kenseth) going against SoBo stalwarts like Anderson, Thaxton, and Markham.
7:13
Heat #3 Lineup

1 99 Peyton Sellers
2 51 Kyle Busch
3 97 Nick Smith
4 16 Dustin Storm
5 12 Austin Thaxton
6 73 Bruce Anderson
7 20 Matt Kenseth
8 03 Brenden Queen
9 24 Stephen Berry
10 18 Quin Houff
11 2 Myatt Snider
12 3 Thomas Scott
13 29 Curtis Markham
7:13
Matt Bowling said his car was a little free in that heat, which bodes well for when the sun comes down.
7:13
7:13
The Third Annual ARCA Fest at the Milwaukee Mile moves to the weekend of June 6-8 this year. See the best in the ARCA Midwest Tour, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Mid-American Series, Vintage, and Midwest Trucks compete on the historic mile oval. Tickets go on sale on March 15.Click here for more information.
7:12
Again, the top-ten have automatically transferred. O’Neill, Sadler, and Ryan are on the outside looking in. Eddy and Rumley are the two drivers from Heat #1 that also in the same boat.
7:11
Heat #2 Finish

1 83 Matt Bowling
2 34 Greg Edwards
3 17 Timothy Peters
4 11 Denny Hamlin
5 6 Bobby McCarty
6 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III
7 7 Dude Gibbs
8 10 Kelly Kingery
9 00 Brian Pembelton
10 41 Brayton Haws
11 13 Lin O’Neill
12 25 Hermie Sadler
13 23 Payton Ryan
14 57 Eddie Johnson
7:10
CHECKERED FLAG: Bowling wins heat #2 over Greg Edwards.
7:09
WHITE FLAG: Matt Bowling will start outside pole come feature time if he can hang on.
7:09
Tight heat race action. (Speed51.com photo)
7:09
Lap 18: Two to go as Bowling has four carlengths in hand on Edwards and Peters.
7:09
Lap 16: Lin O’Neill is out of the race as they run, five carlengths back.
7:08
Lap 15: Haws slides up the track as he battles Pembleton for 9th. Both are currently in the transfer spot.
7:08
Lap 14: Hamlin slams the door on McCarty.
7:08
Lap 13: Edwards now second, Peters third, and McCarty under Hamlin for fourth.
7:07
Lap 11: No holds barred in this head. Edwards, Hamlin, Peters and McCarty bouncing off each other in second through fifth.
7:07
HALFWAY: Hamlin now has to worry about Edwards under him for second. Slight contact in turn three.
7:07
GREEN FLAG: Ryan did make it back out for the start. We are still side by side after a lap for Bowling and Hamlin for the lead.
7:06
Ever the nice guy, David Ragan is helping the Payton Ryan crew patch up their race car (Speed51.com photo)
7:05
Running Order:

1 Bowling
2 Hamlin
3 Edwards
4 McCarty
5 Peters
6 Brunnhoelzl
7 Pembelton
8 Gibbs
9 Kingery
10 O’Neill
11 Sadler
12 Haws
13 Ryan
14 Johnson (out)

7:04
Extensive damage to Johnson’s car. (Speed51.com photo)
7:02
Eddie Johnson’s day ends on the south side (Speed51.com photo)
7:00
Ryan comes down pit road with the right side sheet metal torn like a can opener. Johnson’s front clip is worse for the wear as it is completely in pieces.
7:00
YELLOW FLAG: Haws spun after contact from behind in turn one. A few cars backed up, and Eddie Johnson got the worst of it after spinning to avoid and clipping the right side door of Payton Ryan.
6:59
Bowling (83) holds off Hamlin (11). (Speed51.com photo)
6:59
Lap 6: Brunnhoelzl just used the fenders for the first time in a while, pushing Haws out of the groove.
6:59
Lap 5: Bowling pulling away over Hamlin, Edwards, McCarthy, Peters, Haws, and Brunnhoelzl.
6:58
Lap 4: At the transfer spot, it’s Pembleton racing Ryan.
6:58
Lap 3: Peters cleared Haws, who almost got hooked by Brunnhoelzl as Haws slid up the track.
6:58
Lap 2: Jukeing around a lot around fifth, where Haws and Peters are now side-by-side.
6:58
GREEN FLAG: Bowling clears Hamlin, who tucks in line in second.
6:57
Another solid lineup here on the track. Eddie Johnson is a former track champ at Southside and Edwards a champ at Langley. Brunnhoelzl has four NASCAR Whelen Southern Mod titles and Timothy Peters has picked up multiple wins in the NASCAR Trucks. And hey, Denny Hamlin has a few NASCAR victories too.
6:55
Heat #2 Lineup

1 83 Matt Bowling
2 11 Denny Hamlin
3 41 Brayton Haws
4 34 Greg Edwards
5 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III
6 6 Bobby McCarty
7 10 Kelly Kingery
8 17 Timothy Peters
9 23 Payton Ryan
10 57 Eddie Johnson
11 7 Dude Gibbs
12 00 Brian Pembelton
13 13 Lin O’Neill
14 25 Hermie Sadler
6:55
6:55
We are firing them up for heat number two.
6:54
The top-ten automatically qualify, the other drivers may be able to sneak in if the other provisionals are not used.
6:54
Results – Heat #1

1 0 Matt Waltz
2 77 David Ragan
3 4 Jeb Burton
4 40 C.E. Falk, III
5 61 Ryan Preece
6 12 Garrett Campbell
7 14 Blake Stallings
8 27 Anderson Bowen
9 15 Dennis Holdren
10 22 Keith Stiltner
11 72 Brad Eddy
12 88 Dustin Rumley
13 66 Steve Wallace
14 19 Chad Finchum
6:53
CHECKERED: Ragan made a run at it, but it’s Waltz hanging on for the victory in heat race #1.
6:52
Ragan (77) and Burton battle for second. (Speed51.com photo)
6:52
WHITE FLAG: If he can hang on Matt Waltz will start the 7th annual Denny Hamlin Showdown from the pole.
6:52
Lap 18: Two to go. Waltz with two carlengths in hand on Ragan.
6:52
Lap 16: Waltz leads Preece, Burton, Falk, Preece, Campbell, Stallings, Bowen, Holdren, and Stiltner. Eddy still working Stiltner hard.
6:51
Lap 15: Eddy diving under Stiltner trying to take 10th.
6:51
Lap 14: Stiltner still holds the transfer spot ahead of Eddy and Rumley.
6:51
Lap 13: Ragan is clear by Burton to second.
6:50
Lap 12: Falk has suddenly come alive, give him fourth by Preece.
6:50
GREEN FLAG: Waltz gets away again, leaving Ragan to work Burton for second.
6:50
Wallace will not return for the start.
6:49
6:49
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6:49
This will be a quick yellow, one to go signal will be given to the field and the cone is out.
6:49
YELLOW FLAG: Steve Wallace has a mechanical issue and stops on the track.
6:48
Falk (40) and Wallace (66). (Speed51.com photo)
6:48
Lap 8: Stiltner is now in the transfer spot at 10th. Wallace uses the high line to bypass Campbell for fifth. It is Waltz, Burton, and Ragan up in the top-three.
6:47
Lap 7: Wallace has worked around Falk and now tries to set up the same move on Campbell.
6:47
Lap 6: Holdren and Stiltner racing at the transfer spot.
6:47
Lap 4: Campbell uses the high line to take fifth from Falk. Now Wallace tries to do the same to Falk.
6:46
Lap 2: Burton is settled into second. The first battle is for fifth between Campbell and Falk.
6:46
Ragan (77) and Preece (61). (Speed51.com photo)
6:46
GREEN FLAG: Much better start for Burton this time but Waltz will still get away.
6:45
Finchum’s day is done after just one lap of racing (Speed51.com photo)
6:44
Finchum accepted responsibility for the incident, saying his car was so tight in the corner that he simply shoved up into Stiltner.
6:43
Running Order: Lap 1 of 20:

1 Waltz
2 Burton
3 Ragan
4 Preece
5 Falk
6 Campbell
7 Wallace
8 Stallings
9 Bowen
10 Holdren
11 Eddy
12 Stiltner
13 Rumley (pitting with door damage)
14 Finchum (off on the hook)

6:40
Stiltner pulled away with minor right side damage.
6:40
YELLOW FLAG: Ryan Stiltner goes around on the frontstretch and collects Chad Finchum. Finchum’s nose is all messed up and his day is probably done.
6:39
Lap 1: Ragan under Burton for second.
6:39
GREEN FLAG: Great start for Waltz as Burton really struggled to grab a gear and go.
6:38
6:38
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6:38
Lights off on the pace car, one to go.
6:38
The South Boston pace car with the first heat in tow. (Speed51.com photo)
6:37
This heat alone would make a solid feature at any short track. You have a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner in Burton, a Snowball Derby winner in Wallace, a NASCAR Whelen All-American state champion in Finchum, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner in Ragan, and a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion in Preece.
6:36
Heat #1 Starting Lineup

1 0 Matt Waltz
2 4 Jeb Burton
3 77 David Ragan
4 61 Ryan Preece
5 40 C.E. Falk, III
6 31 Garrett Campbell
7 66 Steve Wallace
8 14 Blake Stallings
9 27 Anderson Bowen
10 22 Ryan Stiltner
11 19 Chad Finchum
12 88 Dustin Rumley
13 15 Dennis Holdren
14 72 Brad Eddy
6:36
Cars roar to life. Reminder that top-ten automatically transfer to the feature.
6:35
Heat #1 pole sitter Matt Waltz is hoping to convert his fast qualifying time into at least a top-ten finish in the feature tonight. His previous two DHSTS starts have been rough, finishing 27th and 35th. The 35th place finish came in a first-lap wreck at Richmond.
6:33
SoBo is now SRO: Standing Room Only. The stands are packed, and we are about to roll off heat #1.
6:33
David Ragan. (Speed51.com photo)
6:32
Matt Waltz was quickest in qualifying and will start P1 in his heat. (Speed51.com photo)
6:32
6:32
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6:32
Heat #3 Lineup

1 99 Peyton Sellers
2 51 Kyle Busch
3 97 Nick Smith
4 16 Dustin Storm
5 12 Austin Thaxton
6 73 Bruce Anderson
7 20 Matt Kenseth
8 03 Brenden Queen
9 24 Stephen Berry
10 18 Quin Houff
11 2 Myatt Snider
12 3 Thomas Scott
13 29 Curtis Markham
6:31
Ryan Preece is strapped in and ready for his heat race (Speed51.com photo)
6:28
Ryan Preece is excited to be competing here at South Boston Speedway tonight, but his trip here was a little more eventful than he would like. He picked up a speeding ticket just outside of town, so you may have to subtract $200 from whatever he wins here tonight.
6:25
Heat #2 Lineup

1 83 Matt Bowling
2 11 Denny Hamlin
3 41 Brayton Haws
4 34 Greg Edwards
5 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III
6 6 Bobby McCarty
7 10 Kelly Kingery
8 17 Timothy Peters
9 23 Payton Ryan
10 57 Eddie Johnson
11 7 Dude Gibbs
12 00 Brian Pembelton
13 13 Lin O’Neill
14 25 Hermie Sadler
6:25
Short track veteran Jay Fogleman (left) gives some pointers to Chad Finchum. (Speed51.com photo)
6:24
Garrett Campbell pushes his car to the heat race grid. (Speed51.com photo)
6:23
6:23
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6:21
Heat #1 Starting Lineup

1 0 Matt Waltz
2 4 Jeb Burton
3 77 David Ragan
4 61 Ryan Preece
5 40 C.E. Falk, III
6 31 Garrett Campbell
7 66 Steve Wallace
8 14 Blake Stallings
9 27 Anderson Bowen
10 22 Ryan Stiltner
11 19 Chad Finchum
12 88 Dustin Rumley
13 15 Dennis Holdren
14 72 Brad Eddy
6:15
Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Qualifying Results

1 0 Matt Waltz 15.921
2 83 Matt Bowling 15.931
3 99 Peyton Sellers 15.941
4 4 Jeb Burton 15.948
5 11 Denny Hamlin 15.982
6 51 Kyle Busch 15.985
7 77 David Ragan 15.989
8 41 Brayton Haws 15.992
9 97 Nick Smith 15.999
10 61 Ryan Preece 16.026
11 34 Greg Edwards 16.031
12 16 Dustin Storm 16.032
13 40 CE Falk III 16.034
14 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III 16.040
15 12 Austin Thaxton 16.055
16 31 Garrett Campbell 16.056
17 6 Bobby McCarty 16.057
18 73 Bruce Anderson 16.064
19 66 Stephen Wallace 16.072
20 10 Kelly Kingery 16.086
21 20 Matt Kenseth 16.091
22 14 Blake Stallings 16.101
23 17 Timothy Peters 16.114
24 03 Brenden Queen 16.114
25 27 Anderson Bowen 16.117
26 23 Payton Ryan 16.117
27 24 Stephen Berry 16.126
28 22 Ryan Stiltner 16.136
29 57 Eddie Johnson 16.140
30 18 Quinn Houff 16.145
31 19 Chad Finchum 16.154
32 7 Dude Gibbs 16.172
33 2 Myatt Snider 16.214
34 88 Dustin Rumley 16.232
35 00 Brian Pembleton 16.265
36 3 Thomas Scott 16.263
37 15 Dennis Holdren 16.291
38 13 Lin O’Neill 16.361
39 29 Curtis Markham 16.378
40 25 Hermie Sadler 16.420
41 72 Brad Eddy 16.421
6:11
Drivers stop by the NASCAR hauler to see where they will line up in the heats (Speed51.com photo)
6:09
The top ten finishers from each heat will automatically transfer. Positions 31-36 will be for provisionals if needed, and if not needed the remainder will be determined by the heat race finishes.
6:09
6:08
Tonight’s race is being filmed by 3 Wide Life for a future broadcast.   Stay tuned towww.3widelife.com for broadcast details.
6:06
Hermie Sadler and David Ragan are two other NASCAR stars racing tonight (Speed51.com photo)
6:05
Tonight’s feature will be 200 laps. Caution laps will count the entire distance.
6:05
Tonight’s qualifying heats will be twenty green flag laps or fifteen minutes, whichever comes first.
6:03
At the lap 150 break, teams will also be allowed to change two tires.
6:03
Tonight’s race will have cone-style restarts. Lead lap cars will pick what line to start in, no matter how many are in that line. If the top five pick the inside line and the sixth place driver chooses outside, then they will start outside pole on the restart.
6:01
Southside Speedway legend Eddie Johnson is here for the first South Boston Hamlin Showdown (Speed51.com photo)
6:00
There will be a break tonight at lap 150. Teams may add up to 5 gallons of fuel at the break.
5:59
Steve Wallace and Timothy Peters among the drivers listening to the start of the drivers’ meeting (Speed51.com photo)
5:53
Top-Ten in Qualifying

 

1 0 Matt Waltz
2 83 Matt Bowling
3 99 Peyton Sellers
4 4 Jeb Burton
5 11 Denny Hamlin
6 51 Kyle Busch
7 77 David Ragan
8 41 Brayton Haws
9 97 Nick Smith
10 61 Ryan Preece
5:52
Waltz: “I think I surprised myself as much as it did anyone else. This particular car hasn’t hit the racetrack in two years”. Waltz won Langley’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event Saturday night in his other late model.
5:52
That concludes qualifying as Matt Waltz’s 15.921 held up for the provisional pole.
5:51
Denny Hamlin was the fastest in that group – P5. Ryan Preece was also strong, 10th.
5:50
Group #8

24 Stephen Berry
31 Garrett Campbell (for Grala)
20 Matt Kenseth
11 Denny Hamlin
61 Ryan Preece
18 Quin Houff
5:48
Nick Smith (8th) was the fastest driver in Group #8.
5:47
Group #7

27 Anderson Bowen
97 Nick Smith
28 George Brunnhoelzl, III
29 Curtis Markham
72 Brad Eddy
5:47
5:47
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5:47
Matt Waltz just went to P1 overall following that group with a 15.921. Bowling is knocked back to second.  
5:46
Group #6

0 Matt Waltz
19 Chad Finchum
16 Dustin Storm
03 Brenden Queen
12 Austin Thaxton
5:45
Kyle Busch was 4th overall fastest, best of that group. Pretty solid considering not only that he hasn’t competed here today, but that Kyle hasn’t raced here since 2006.
5:43
Group #5

17 Timothy Peters
51 Kyle Busch
15 Dennis Holdren
73 Bruce Anderson
25 Hermie Sadler
5:43
Peyton Sellers moved up to second overall in that group. Bowling leads Sellers, Burton, and Ragan.
5:42
Group #4

88 Dustin Rumley
66 Steve Wallace
77 David Ragan
99 Peyton Sellers
14 Blake Stallings
5:40
Jeb Burton went to P2 overall from that group. Bowling, Burton, and Haws remain your top-three.
5:40
Group #3

7 Dude Gibbs
57 Eddie Johnson
10 Kelly Kingery
2 Myatt Snider
4 Jeb Burton
00 Brian Pembleton
5:39
Brayton Haws was the fastest in that group, but is still second overall behind Bowling.
5:38
Group #2

23 Payton Ryan
22 Ryan Stiltner
34 Greg Edwards
41 Brayton Haws
7 Dude Gibbs
5:37
5:37
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5:37
Matt Bowling was the fastest of that group (16.079).
5:34
Group #1

3 Thomas Scott
13 Lin O’Neill
40 C.E. Falk
83 Matt Bowling
6 Bobby McCarty
5:33
The first few cars are about to roll out to start qualifying.
5:32
Matt Kenseth didn’t show a ton of speed in practice, but he said the car was really solid in long race runs.
5:31
Erik Jones shows Kyle Busch the best way to get around South Boston (Speed51.com photo)
5:28
“I got eight cylinders and I’m going to use all eight” says an enthusiastic Kelly Kingery. One fan in the stands clapped happily and Kingery said “Hey, look, my one fan made it”. Sounds pretty laid-back.
5:27
Myatt Snider’s team making minor adjustments prior to the qualifying session (Speed51.com photo)
5:24
Erik Jones says Kyle Busch just arrived, so Busch has made it in time for their qualifying effort.
5:23
5:23
Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval returns to Friday nights in 2014. Three of their nights will include their Super Late Model Triple Crown Series. Round one will take place on Friday, May 30. Round two on Friday, July 11 and round three on Friday, August 8. Click here for more information.
5:23
Comment From Cassandra

Not sure if there is a way to get a message to Brad Eddy – but this is his sister, cheering him on from the other side of the continent in Edmonton, Alberta!

5:22
Branden Queen on why his nickname is “Butterbean”: “When I was a baby, I was fat and chubby and had blonde hair. Grandpa called me that after the wrestler. I’m not any of those anymore, but it stuck”
5:18
“The car was good after a while,” said Steve Wallace of his practice.   “We changed quite a bit on our car because it didn’t run as well as we wanted it to.   We changed just about everythning but the engine.   I don’t think we’ll run a real fast lap, but the car will run really well on the top side in the race.”
5:18
Orange County Speedway’s Dustin Rumley says today has been a struggle. Not only is South Boston a track he doesn’t see a lot but the team is working with a brand new racecar and they are still working some kinks out of it.
5:16
Timothy Peters is excited to get back to South Boston. He says he’s also excited to get to qualify today as the previous two NASCAR truck qualifying sessions this year have been rained out (Speed51.com photo)
5:15
“It feels real good to be  home at South Boston,” said  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Timothy Peters, a  native of nearby Danville, Virginia.   “It’s cool that this race is at here at South Boston Speedway.   Hipefully we can make the best of it.”

How much does this race mean to the NASCAR stars?

“It could be a tricycle race and we’d still try to figure out how to cheat it up,” added Peters.        

5:08
5:08
Marshfield Motor Speedway is located right in the middle of Wisconsin. The half-mile oval features a weekly Saturday night program including their popular Yellow River Racing Series. The first event will start on May 24.Click here for more information.
5:05
Approaching the qualifying session. We have been told that cars will go out in groups of five, given five laps, and their fastest laps will set the order for the qualifying heats.
5:01
Final/Overall Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Practice Results

1 51 Erik Jones 15.915
2 97 Nick Smith 15.938
3 99 Peyton Sellers 15.946
4 83 Matt Bowling 15.960
5 4 Jeb Burton 15.966
6 77 David Ragan 16.003
7 41 Brayton Haws 16.010
8 40 CE Falk, III 16.036
9 34 Greg Edwards 16.041
10 12 Austin Thaxton 16.044
11 73 Bruce Anderson 16.047
12 61 Ryan Preece 16.054
13 0 Matt Waltz 16.061
14 11 Denny Hamlin 16.073
15 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III 16.073
16 31 Garrett Campbell 16.083
17 18 Quinn Houff 16.096
18 17 Timothy Peters 16.102
19 16 Dustin Storm 16.103
20 66 Stephen Wallace 16.111
21 14 Blake Stallings 16.136
22 27 Anderson Bowen 16.137
23 2 Myatt Snider 16.145
24 10 Kelly Kingery 16.149
25 20 Matt Kenseth 16.165
26 6 Bobby McCarty 16.167
27 03 Brenden Queen 16.173
28 23 Payton Ryan 16.181
29 24 Stephen Berry 16.184
30 88 Dustin Rumley 16.221
31 3 Thomas Scott 16.226
32 25 Hermie Sadler 16.232
33 57 Eddie Johnson 16.237
34 00 Brian Pembleton 16.239
35 22 Ryan Stiltner 16.262
36 72 Brad Eddy 16.265
37 7 Dude Gibbs 16.274
38 19 Chad Finchum 16.279
39 15 Dennis Holdren 16.301
40 29 Curtis Markham 16.471
41 13 Lin O’Neill 16.477
5:01
C.E. Falk and crew pushing their machine to the grid (Speed51.com photo)
4:52
4:52
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4:52
Always good to have a packed pit area for a late model race, especially when it’s for a great charity like the Denny Hamlin Foundation (Speed51.com photo)
4:47
Quin Houff helping get his car impound ready (Speed51.com photo)
4:45
Teams are being reminded in the inspection line that this is an impound race. They can only make air pressure adjustments prior to the start of both the qualifying heats and the feature.
4:44
Brad Eddy may be from the Great White North but has lots of southern hospitality helping him from the Hedgecock Racing group (Speed51.com photo)
4:40
Matt Kenseth’s team made some major adjustments before pushing their car into line (Speed51.com photo)
4:37
Teams have reported to the tech line for pre-race inspection.
4:26
We can tell you in the interim that Austin Thaxton ran the most laps in today’s three hour practice: 115 laps.
4:25
We are efforting final practice results from event officials as we speak.   As soon as we have them, we’ll post them.
4:25
Comment From Guest

Will you be posting final practice results?

4:07
4:07
Today’s Trackside Now of the Denny Hamlin Showdown at South Boston Speedway is presented by JEGS and #TheNew51. JEGS.com is the leading high-performance auto parts store. For more than 52 years, car and racing enthusiasts have looked to JEGS Mail Order and JEGS.com to fulfill all of their high performance needs. Now the family-owned industry leader is offering their customers another first — free shipping and handling on all orders. Visit www.JEGS.com to place your order to take advantage of the free shipping and handling offer today! Click here to visit JEGS.com
4:07
Remainer of the Schedule

5:30pm – Qualifying (15 minute open session)
5:45pm – Mandatory Driver/Spotter Meeting
6:30pm – Qualifying Races
7:45pm – Driver Introductions
8:00pm – Green Flag – 200 Laps

4:06
Denny Hamlin was 14th in practice today (Speed51.com photo)
4:03
4:02
Chad Finchum paces Jeb Burton late in that practice session (Speed51.com photo)
4:01
Practice is now over, Erik Jones was the fastest man in South Boston today.
3:58
Two minutes remain in practice.
3:55
Dustin Rumley bypasses Dude Gibbs in the waning moments of practice (Speed51.com photo)
3:51
Comment From Guest

Quick nick is on it

3:49
After this practice session is over, teams will have 30 minutes to make final adjustments and get in the tech line.
3:48
Comment From Jesse

Go BE72!

3:48
Comment From Racing Electronics

Good luck to all of our customer’s today at the Denny Hamlin Showdown – If you are there – stop in and say hello to our Team Services Rep. Greg – busy taking care of of the teams and track for today’s event.

3:48
Really seeing the drivers late in the afternoon climb the banking, a third or even fourth groove, out in turn three, trying to see if there’s anything up top that may help them scoot around this four-tenths of a mile oval any better.
3:48
3:48
Anderson Speedway will host the Redbud 300 with a new date in 2014. This year’s Super Late Model ARCA/CRA Super Series event will take place on Saturday, June 14 at the famed quarter-mile high-banked oval in Anderson, Indiana. Last year, Johnny Van Doorn picked up a big win in a star-studded field. Click here for more information.
3:47
George Brunnhoelzl, III, Dennis Holdren, Peyton Sellers, Anderson Bowen, Bruce Anderson, and Myatt Snider are currently on track.
3:45
2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Keith Rocco toldSpeed51.com Monday that he regretfully will not be able to compete.   Rocco said that he and his team will be working all week long to prepare their SK Modified for the season-opening Spring Sizzler event at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) this weekend and will not be able to make the trip to SoBo.
3:45
Comment From Guest

no Keith Rocco?

3:45
Erik Jones, practicing for Kyle Busch who has NASCAR Nationwide Series duties in Richmond, has made his boss proud by putting the #51 JEGS machine on top of the chart thus far. (Speed51.comphoto)
3:42
Just fifteen minutes now remain in practice. Brenden Queen, Denny Hamlin, Matt Waltz, Chad Finchum, Dude Gibbs, and matt Kenseth are the drivers currently on track.
3:38
3:38
The World Crown 300 is one of the prestigious Super Late Model events on the Southern Super Series schedule. Last year, Preston Peltier added his name to a winner’s list of who’s won in stock car racing. Past winners include Dick Trickle, Gary Balough, Darrell Waltrip, Rich Bickle, Ronnie Sanders, Chase Elliott and more. Make your plans now to be a part of the 31st Annual event on Saturday, August 9th. Click here for more information.
3:37
Curtis Markham, a late model standout in the early 1990s, now makes one race a year – the Showdown – outside of his regular job spotting for Joe Gibbs Racing (Speed51.com photo)
3:35
Practice Times as of 3:00 PM EST

1 97 Nick Smith 15.938
2 99 Peyton Sellers 15.946
3 83 Matt Bowling 15.960
4 77 David Ragan 16.003
5 41 Brayton Haws 16.010
6 40 C.E. Falk, III 16.036
7 34 Greg Edwards 16.041
8 12 Austin Thaxton 16.044
9 0 Matt Waltz 16.061
10 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III 16.073
11 31 Kaz Grala 16.083
12 11 Denny Hamlin 16.089
13 51 Kyle Busch 16.089
14 4 Jeb Burton 16.092
15 17 Timothy Peters 16.102
16 14 Blake Stallings 16.136
17 27 Anderson Bowen 16.137
18 10 Kelly Kingery 16.149
19 16 Dustin Storm 16.158
20 6 Bobby McCarty 16.167
21 73 Bruce Anderson 16.173
22 24 Stephen Berry 16.184
23 66 Stephen Wallace 16.196
24 20 Matt Kenseth 16.208
25 2 Myatt Snider 16.212
26 03 Brenden Queen 16.212
27 25 Hermie Sadler 16.232
28 18 Quin Houff 16.236
29 57 Eddie Johnson 16.237
30 00 Brian Pembelton 16.240
31 61 Ryan Preece 16.243
32 23 Payton Ryan 16.309
33 72 Brad Eddy 16.324
34 3 Thomas Scott 16.331
35 19 Chad Finchum 16.339
36 7 Dude Gibbs 16.347
37 22 Ryan Stiltner 16.349
38 88 Dustin Rumley 16.390
39 15 Dennis Holdren 16.415
40 29 Curtis Markham 16.471
41 13 Lin O’Neill 16.477
3:32
Back under green with Brad Eddy, Eddie Johnson, Greg Edwards, Erik Jones, and Ryan Stiltner on track.
3:29
Erik Jones, for Kyle Busch, has gone to the top of the chart in the last half-hour. We just received full times as of 3:00 PM, so we will be posting those in a second.
3:26
We are back under red conditions for a gate check prior to the final half hour of practice.
3:25
3:24
Burton is in a Peyton Sellers car along with Sellers himself and George Brunnhoelzl, III
3:24
Comment From Guest

is Jeb Burton in his own stuff or driving for someone else?

3:18
Peyton Sellers, the 2006 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, is the only car currently on the track.
3:17
Yes, Jones is shaking down the #51 for Busch while Busch is also practicing in Richmond.
3:17
Comment From DS

Is Eric Jones in the 51 for Kyle

3:16
One notable absence today is two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Lee Pulliam. He is actually busy practing his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car at Richmond in preparation for tomorrow night’s Blue Ox 100. Speed51 will join with NASCAR Home Tracks to power Race Central Live coverage tomorrow as our crew here will follow most of these drivers 100 miles down the road to Richmond.
3:15
3:15
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stocks will be in action at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 26th for a 100-lap feature event. The Limiteds, Street Stocks and Renegades will also be in action. Click here for more information.
3:13
Track was quiet for a second but now Hermie Sadler, Denny Hamlin, and Chad Finchum are heading out.
3:11
Bowling, now in his fourth year of Late Model action at South Boston, has won the 2012 track championship. His biggest career win thus far was actually at Langley Speedway, taking their biggest event of the year – the Hampton Heat – back in July 2012.
3:11
Comment From Butzz Lets Go

any background info on Matt Bowling? Looks fast but dont know the name

3:09
3:09
Track is pretty busy right now as the urgency is starting to pick up. Stallings, Burton, Pembelton, Bowen, and O’Neill are some of the drivers on track.
3:07
3:07
Today’s Trackside Now of the Denny Hamlin Showdown at South Boston Speedway is presented by JEGS and #TheNew51. JEGS.com is the leading high-performance auto parts store. For more than 52 years, car and racing enthusiasts have looked to JEGS Mail Order and JEGS.com to fulfill all of their high performance needs. Now the family-owned industry leader is offering their customers another first — free shipping and handling on all orders. Visit www.JEGS.com to place your order to take advantage of the free shipping and handling offer today! Click here to visit JEGS.com
3:07
Final hour of practice is now underway.
3:03
Austin Thaxton’s team had a new rear end system delivered during the break.
3:03
We are under red to clear the gates.  
3:02
If you are just joining us, we are two hours down in a three hour practice. At 5:30 PM, there will be a quick 15-minute session for drivers to time in. At 6:30, qualifying heats, set by that 15-minute session, will roll off to determine the 36-car field for the 200-lap Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, which will roll off around 8 PM
3:00
On track right now are Denny Hamlin, Brian Pembelton, and Dennis Holdren.
2:59
Bobby McCarty has been strong thus far today (Speed51.com photo)
2:58
2:58
Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI will open up their 2014 season on Saturday, April 26th with the third annual Icebreaker. The Outlaw Late Models will highlight the full racing program. Adult admission is only $5 for ages 8 and up. Kids 7 and under are free.Click here for more information.
2:51
2:51
The first Southern Super Series Gulf Coast weekend will take place on Friday, April 25 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and Saturday, April 26 at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama. Here is a great opportunity to see the stars of the Southern Super Series compete at two competitive tracks within a 24-hour period, and only an hour away from each other. Click here for more information.
2:50
Early Practice Speeds (as of 1:30 PM EST)

1 99 Peyton Sellers 15.946
2 83 Matt Bowling 15.960
3 77 David Ragan 16.003
4 40 C.E. Falk, III 16.036
5 12 Austin Thaxton 16.044
6 11 Denny Hamlin 16.089
7 4 Jeb Burton 16.092
8 51 Kyle Busch 16.095
9 31 Kaz Grala 16.099
10 17 Timothy Peters 16.114
11 14 Blake Stallings 16.136
12 0 Matt Waltz 16.146
13 16 Dustin Storm 16.158
14 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III 16.158
15 6 Bobby McCarty 16.167
16 73 Bruce Anderson 16.173
17 34 Greg Edwards 16.182
18 24 Stephen Berry 16.184
19 66 Stephen Wallace 16.196
20 2 Myatt Snider 16.212
21 03 Brenden Queen 16.212
22 20 Matt Kenseth 16.218
23 97 Nick Smith 16.237
24 00 Brian Pembelton 16.240
25 61 Ryan Preece 16.243
26 41 Brayton Haws 16.250
27 18 Quin Houff 16.270
28 57 Eddie Johnson 16.279
29 10 Kelly Kingery 16.321
30 72 Brad Eddy 16.324
31 27 Anderson Bowen 16.326
32 23 Payton Ryan 16.328
33 3 Thomas Scott 16.331
34 19 Chad Finchum 16.339
35 22 Ryan Stiltner 16.349
36 25 Hermie Sadler 16.377
37 7 Dude Gibbs 16.386
38 88 Dustin Rumley 16.390
39 15 Dennis Holdren 16.415
40 29 Curtis Markham 16.531
41 13 Lin O’Neill 16.623
2:49
We should note this is Bowen’s first LMSC start since he was involved in a scary incident back at Martinsville Speedway in October. He received some severe bruises in an accident where another competitor landed on top of his machine.
2:48
Currently on track are Stephen Wallace, Bobb McCarty, Anderson Bowen, and Dude Gibbs.
2:45
Thirty-six cars will start tonight. The field will be set by the three qualifying heats though there are also some “protected starters” (essentially provisionals) available to some drivers.
2:44
Comment From guest

How many cars will transfer from qualifying

2:44
Stephen Berry pulling onto the racing surface as Timothy Peters scoots around him (Speed51.comphoto)
2:41
2:41
Pro Late Models will make their first appearance of the 2014 season at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA with a 100-lap feature event. The Outlaw Late Models and Trucks will also be in action. Click here for more information.
2:41
Even though NASCAR is not resetting the timing and scoring between the gate clearing, we have been given some times from the first hour of practice. We will put them in just a few minutes.
2:37
Dennis Holdren negotiates turn three (Speed51.com photo)
2:35
Green flag is unfurled and we are back to practice here in South Boston.
2:31
2:31
We are halfway through this three-hour session. Falk, Edwards, Thaxton, Waltz, and GB3 are 6th through 10th in this practice session.
2:31
The red flag comes out so we can clear the gates again. Nick Smith remains atop the charts over Sellers, Bowling, Ragan, and Haws.
2:28
Yes, this is a grassroots effort for Peters though his Truck Series crew is also helping out, including crew chief Marcus Richmond.
2:28
Comment From SL

is Timothy Peters in his own equipment?

2:27
Now on track are: Anderson Bowen, Stephen Berry, and Greg Edwards. Timothy Peters also coming off the pit lane now.
2:27
In addition to helping out the Denny Hamlin Foundation’s efforts to raise money for cystic fibrosis, Hermie Sadler is racing for another cause tonight near and dear to his heart – autism awarenss. His daughter, Halie, was diagnosed with autism ba
2:21
Preece is driving a car out of the Tommy Lemons stable.
2:21
Comment From Flyin Brian

Thanks for the fantastic coverage. Any word on who Ryan Preece is driving for?

2:21
2:21
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will make their second trip to Lebanon, Missouri’s I-44 Speedway on Saturday, May 17th for the Master of the Pro’s 144. This is quickly coming one of the premiere Pro Late Model events in the heartland as the best of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will compete in a 144-lap event that will pay $8,000 to win along with the winner receiving the prestigious green jacket. Click here for more information.
2:20
Currently on track are: Peyton Sellers, Jeb Burton; and Brad Eddy.
2:16
Brenden Queen (Speed51.com photo)
2:15
Comment From gerry

good luck to brad eddy from the boys back in nova scotia

2:14
Haws is aligned with the Hawk-McCall group, a stout LMSC team based in North Carolina headed by legendary car builder Lee McCall.
2:14
Comment From Guest

is Brayton Haws a development driver?

2:11
Matt Kenseth, who we didn’t see on the track much at all that first session, comes out for a five-lap run before pulling his machine back in.
2:10
2:10
Nick Smith was the fastest driver in town in the first hour’s session (Speed51.com photo)
2:07
Today’s Trackside Now of the Denny Hamlin Showdown at South Boston Speedway is presented by JEGS and #TheNew51. JEGS.com is the leading high-performance auto parts store. For more than 52 years, car and racing enthusiasts have looked to JEGS Mail Order and JEGS.com to fulfill all of their high performance needs. Now the family-owned industry leader is offering their customers another first — free shipping and handling on all orders. Visit www.JEGS.com to place your order to take advantage of the free shipping and handling offer today! Click here to visit JEGS.com
2:07
2:06
After a quick yellow to clear the gates, we are back underway with another practice session.
2:00
Jeb Burton used lots of emphatic body language to describe how his racecar is handling (Speed51.com photo)
2:00
2:00
Current top-10:
1.    Nick Smith 15.938
2.   Peyton Sellers
3.   Matt Bowling
4.   David Ragan
5.   Brayton Haws
6.   CE Falk
7.   Greg Edwards
8.   Austin Thaxton
9.   George Brunnhoelzl, III
10.   Garrett Campbell (in Kaz Grala’s car)                    
1:58
There are scheduled to be three heat races tonight.   The lap speeds during the final hour of practice will determine starting positions for the heat races.   The starting field for today’s race will be capped at  36 cars.
1:57
Comment From buschfan

gonna be there later but wondering how many heat races they are gonna have tonite

1:55
Late Model standout Tommy Lemons is not racing tonight but his race team has built a number of the race cars here and Lemons is studying how each one of his cars is faring (Speed51.com photo)
1:53
NOW ON TRACK: Erik Jones (in Kyle Busch’s car), Stephen Berry, Austin Thaxton, Ryan Stiltner, Quin Houf, Blake Stallings, Payton Ryan
1:51
David Ragan at speed (Speed51.com photo)
1:47
Driver Roster – Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

0 Matt Waltz
00 Brian Pembleton
2 Myatt Snider
02 Greg Fernandez
03 Brenden Queen
3 Thomas Scott
4 Jeb Burton
6 Bobby McCarty
7 Dude Gibbs
10 Kelly Kingery
11 Denny Hamlin
12 Austin Thaxton
13 Lin O’Neill
14 Blake Stallings
15 Dennis Holdren
16 Dustin Storm
17 Timothy Peters
18 Quin Houff
19 Chad Finchum
20 Matt Kenseth
22 Ryan Stiltner
23 Payton Ryan
24 Stephen Berry
25 Hermie Sadler
27 Anderson Bowen
28 George Brunnhoelzl, III
29 Churtis Markham
31 Kaz Grala
34 Greg Edwards
40 C.E. Falk III
41 Brayton Haws
51 Kyle Busch
57 Eddie Johnson
61 Ryan Preece
66 Stephen Wallace
72 Brad Eddy
73 Bruce Anderson
77 David Ragan
83 Matt Bowling
88 Dustin Rumley
97 Nick Smith
99 Peyton Sellers
1:45
George Brunnhoelzl, Jr (right) giving his son GB3 some pointers (Speed51.com photo)
1:43
Comment From michael wood

good luck to matt kenseth in the lee pulliam car tonight GO 20

1:43
Nick Smith just shot to the top of the speed chart with a lap time of 15.938. Peyton Sellers is bumped back to second, followed by Bowling and Ragan.
1:42
NOW ON TRACK: Curtis Markham, Chad Finchum, Ryan Preece
1:41
Bruce Anderson and team making notes and discussing changes after first practice (Speed51.com photo)
1:37
1:37
The Flip Merwin Memorial is the first of three memorial events on the 2014 State Park Speedway schedule. The Wimmer family owned track, located west of Wausau, WI, will remember a close friend, pit crew member, and celebrated snowmobile racer with this annual event. Click here for more information.
1:36
There is no radio broadcast tonight. 3 Wide Life is taping the action for future broadcast and we’ll have our Trackside Now coverage throughout the day and evening.
1:36
Comment From Guest

will there be a Speed51 radio broadcast of this event tonight?

1:36
GREEN FLAG is back out for the resumption of practice.
1:35
While Kyle Busch is busy over at Richmond International Raceway today, two-time Snowball Derby winner Erik Jones is shaking the car down again today. Busch will be here later on today.
1:34
Kyle Busch’s team makes some major changes to the left front suspension. The team came here three weeks ago with KBM driver Erik Jones to compete in a pair of 75-lap late model features to shake down the car and make notes (Speed51.com photo)
1:32
Current top five:
1. Peyton Sellers
2. Matt Bowling
3. David Ragan
4. CE Falk
5. Austin Thaxton
1:31
RED FLAG is out for a break to clear traffic from the crossover gates. As soon as some of the pedestrian traffic clears the speedway, we’ll be back underway with more practice.
1:29
1:29
After a quick cleanup, we’re back underway with practice. George Brunnhoelzl, III, Myatt Snider, Brenden Queen, Matt Bowling, Steven Wallace, CE Falk, Chad Finchum, Kyle Busch and Jeb Burton are making laps currently.
1:26
Ryan Preece blasting through turn two (Speed51.com photo)
1:26
YELLOW FLAG Is on the track to check for debris on the back stretch.
1:26
Peyton Sellers currently tops the speed chart according to officials.
1:24
1:24
ON TRACK: Stephen Berry, Thomas Scott, Austin Thaxton, Matt Bowling, Dennis Holdren, CE Falk, Ryan Preece, Quin Houf
1:21
Garrett Campbell is shaking down the Kaz Grala machine while Grala practices his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East machine at Richmond today (Speed51.com photo)
1:15
Greg Edwards’ team checks the tire pressures after practice run #1. He has already picked up wins this season at Langley Speedway, 150 miles to the east of South Boston (Speed51.com photo)
1:14
ON TRACK: Kelly Kingery, David Ragan, Steven Wallace, Matt Waltz, Garrett Campbell in Kaz Grala’s car, C.E. Falk
1:13
These are NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, using the same NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rules as the LMSCs that race here at South Boston weekly.
1:13
Comment From Guest

Are these LMs or SLMs? What basic rules package do they run under?

1:12
David Ragan, who was quickest in final practice yesterday, now hits the track for his first laps of the day.
1:11
1:11
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back in action after a long break on July 4th at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC. Andy Seuss, JR Bertuccio, George Brunnhoelzl III and more will be looking for the big Independence Day win. Click here for more information.
1:08
Four time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl, III makes a rare fendered late model appearance today (Speed51.com photo)
1:07
2012 South Boston Speedway NASCAR Late Model Champion Matt Bowling has just made his first practice run of the day.
1:05
There is no live timing and scoring available for practice. We’ll provide time sheets as soon as they are distributed by race officials.
1:02
Brayton Haws, Austin Thaxton, Kelly Kingery, Eddie Johnson are among the first cars to see the green flag in practice
1:00
1:00
The Dirty Dozen returns to Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday May 10 with the Mom’s the Bomb 370 featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models and more. This will be the third Dirty Dozen event of the season that will feature some of the top names in the LMSC ranks today. Click here for more information.
1:00
Brayton Haws and Austin Thaxton, two South Boston regulars, will be the first one to practice (Speed51.com photo)
1:00
Brayton Haws is first in line for today’s practice session.
12:59
MRN’s Alex Hayden and Steve Post are on the PA broadcast of today’s race here at the track and they are keeping the fans up-to-date on some of the names and cars that SoBo regulars may not be familiar with.
12:58
The man behind the charity, Denny Hamlin, will soon strap aboard this 11 machine (Speed51.com photo)
12:57
Engines are getting fired up for the start of practice.
12:56
Fans, today’s race is being filmed by the folks at 3 Wide Life for a future broadcast on cable and satellite channels soon. Stay tuned to http://www.3widelife.com for broadcast information.
12:56
12:56
The 2014 Southern Super Series will be decided at the 30th Annual All-American 400 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Last year, Daniel Hemric beat out Bubba Pollard for the championship while Chase Elliott hoisted the guitar in victory lane. Who will get the famous guitar and who will be the 2014 SSS champion? Make your plans now to be a part of this memorable event. Click here for more information.
12:52
Yesterday, there was an open test for the Hamlin Showdown cars.   Here are the final practice session results:

1 77 David Ragan 15.841
2 99 Peyton Sellers 15.850
3 34 Greg Edwards 15.866
4 12 Austin Thaxton 15.881
5 6 Bobby McCarty 15.903
6 51 Kyle Busch 15.904
7 4 Jeb Burton 15.923
8 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III 15.928
9 97 Nick Smith 15.939
10 73 Bruce Anderson 15.950
11 40 C.E. Falk III 15.967
12 14 Blake Stallings 15.979
13 17 Timothy Peters 15.988
14 27 Anderson Bowen 15.989
15 83 Matt Bowling 15.998
16 0 Matt Waltz 16.001
17 66 Stephen Wallace 16.005
18 18 Quin Houff 16.010
19 10 Kelly Kingery 16.024
20 16 Dustin Storm 16.038
21 20 Matt Kenseth 16.038
22 31 Kaz Grala 16.055
23 03 Brenden Queen 16.066
24 41 Brayton Haws 16.102
25 61 Ryan Preece 16.108
26 11 Denny Hamlin 16.131
27 25 Hermie Sadler 16.141
28 22 Ryan Stiltner 16.142
29 19 Chad Finchum 16.160
30 23 Payton Ryan 16.165
31 15 Dennis Holdren 16.172
32 24 Stephen Berry 16.172
33 00 Brian Pembleton 16.179
34 2 Myatt Snider 16.196
35 7 Dude Gibbs 16.234
36 72 Brad Eddy 16.310
37 02 Greg Fernandez 16.440
38 29 Churtis Markham 16.496
39 13 Lin O’Neill 16.525
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Today’s Event Schedule

8:00am – Garage & Registration Opens
10:00am – Grandstand Gates Open
1:00-4:00pm – Practice
5:30pm – Final Practice / Qualifying
5:45pm – Mandatory Driver/Spotter Meeting
6:30pm – Qualifying Races
7:45pm (approx.) – Driver Introductions
8:00pm (approx.) – Green Flag – 200 Laps

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The Denny Hamlin Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis. As such, we partner with organizations that focus on cystic fibrosis research, treatment advances, and overall quality of life care. The Foundation will also support children with other chronic diseases. To carry out its mission, the Foundation conducts fundraising events, accepts contributions, grants, and gifts of money and property; and will invest the same and/or distribute to other exempt organizations as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Click here for more information.
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Late Model teams get their cars prepared for the start of practice, which is in about 25 minutes.   (Speed51.com photo)
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Good afternoon and welcome to South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia, where today Speed51.com is live with exclusive Trackside Now coverage of the seventh-annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation.

NASCAR stars such as Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Hermie Sadler and more will rub fenders in NASCAR Late Model Stock  Cars at SoBo  against some of  the top short track racers from across the country.  

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Trackside Now: Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown – South Boston Speedway (VA) – 4/24/14