Stewart edges out Biffle to win SRX event – Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch

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By Joe Chandler

South Boston Motor Speedway

Tony Stewart knows what it’s like to win a race at South Boston Speedway.

The former NASCAR champion won a USAC National Midget Series race at South Boston Speedway in 2002, edging out Bobby East for the win.

Stewart dominated a field of legendary racing stars on Saturday night in the 100-lap race that headlined the SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) event at South Boston Speedway in front of a packed house of fans and a national TV audience. .

Stewart successfully fended off a challenge from fellow NASCAR star Greg Biffle, finishing 0.440 seconds ahead of Biffle to earn his third career SRX Series victory. NASCAR stars Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman finished third and fourth, respectively, with four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, the series opener, rounding out the top five.

“USAC’s midget series was tough when I was here,” Stewart said.

“It was an honor to win this race. You look at the group of drivers we race with (in SRX), it’s the best of the best in the various forms of motorsport. Anytime you can beat these guys, there’s a lot of pride.

Stewart said he knew Biffle was behind him and was trying to bid for the lead and the win.

“Greg is smart,” Stewart noted.

“He knows how to run those long races. He knows how to take care of his tyres. In the end, when it mattered most, he arrived.

Biffle said he did everything he could to try and get to Stewart’s rear bumper.

“I wanted to try to make it exciting,” Biffle remarked.

“I just couldn’t make it. Tony just took better care of his business. He just had a little better tire than me. I was doing everything I could, overdriving the corner.

Labonte described his night as an “OK” night.

“I was probably a bit better in the playoff races,” Labonte said.

“We made an adjustment and we were too tight in the center (from the corner). It wouldn’t turn the center of the corner at all. Other than that it was pretty good. »

Tony Kanaan, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, two-time NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Champion and six-time NASCAR South Boston Speedway Track Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Michael Waltrip and Paul Tracy completed the order of finishing.

“It wasn’t the night we wanted,” Sellers said.

“They (the SRX staff) prepared a very nice car for me. I think the stabilizer bar was unhooked at the end of the race. In the heat race, I kind of saved my tires. I said, ‘you know what, I think we have something to run with.’ But, in the feature film race, it just wasn’t there. Something was wrong. It was a great experience.”

Tracy, Castroneves and Waltrip took the top three spots in the first heat race, with Sellers finishing seventh. Castroneves, Andretti and Newman took the top three spots in the second run. Sellers finished 10th in this elimination race.

BARNES TAKES VICTORY

Kyle Barnes started on pole, took the lead on the opening lap and took a flag-to-flag victory in Saturday night’s Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division 50-lap race.

The victory was Barnes’ fifth win in eight starts and his sixth top-five finish of the season at the 0.4-mile oval.

Hurt’s Jason Myers was second, 3.364 seconds behind Barnes, while Montross’ Chris Donnelly was third. Donnelly was the last driver to finish on the lead lap.

Adam Murray and Brian Obiedzenski of Franklinton, North Carolina rounded out the top five.

NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY

South Boston Speedway will host its NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division flagship event, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort on Saturday night, July 2.

A 200-lap race paid $10,000 to win is the first race in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown series.

The four-race program also includes 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.

The South Boston Speedway will honor America by closing the night with one of the most dazzling fireworks displays in the 4th of July region.

Advances are available for $15 each plus a $1.50 processing fee. Advance tickets can be purchased online at the South Boston Speedway website or by calling the speedway office. Tickets at the door on race day will cost $20 each.

Tryouts start at 1:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 4:30 p.m. An autograph session is scheduled for 5:15 p.m., with the first race of the night getting the green flag at 7 p.m.

The latest updates and news can be found on the speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com. Information can also be obtained by calling the highway at (434) 572-4947.

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