Thaxton Quietly Making A Statement At South Boston Speedway

Thaxton Quietly Making A Statement At South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (April 12, 2019) – Austin Thaxton has enjoyed all the publicity surrounding the three national champions in the Late Model Stock field at South Boston Speedway this season.

It’s helped him stay out of sight as he’s quietly raced to second in the points standings while putting together an average finish of just a tad over fourth.

“I hope so,” Thaxton said with a laugh when asked if he was going unnoticed. “That’s the plan. I really didn’t realize it (until this week). I hadn’t even looked at the points.”

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Those three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series titleholders, five-time champ Philip Morris, four-time champion Lee Pulliam, and Peyton Sellers, winner of one national title, have combined to win all four races this season. Morris has two wins, Pulliam one and Sellers one. Sellers leads the points by 25 over Thaxton.

Thaxton came out of the gate strong this season, posting a fifth and a fourth in the season-opening twin 100-lap races and followed up with a sixth and a second two weeks ago in twin 75-lap events.

It’s a much-needed resurgence for the South Boston driver. After winning five times in 2016, he’s won just one race in each of the past two seasons.

“I’m happy with everything so far,” said Thaxton. “We’re running better than we have in a while. We had been struggling pretty bad the last couple of years. We worked hard over the winter and in the first couple of races it seems to be showing.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve worked any harder than the last two or three years, but we have been making changes that count.  We’re not making changes just to make changes. We’re making them count.”

Thaxton has raced against the trio of champions much of his career. He has great respect for them but isn’t overly awed.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if they were beatable. “They put their driving suits on just like I do. Now don’t get me wrong; all three are really good. You don’t have national championships and not be good. But I think we can out-run them and we are going to out-run them. It’s just a matter of time.”

The biggest obstacle for Thaxton so far this season has been finding speed on restarts.

“We’ve got really good long-run speed, but just not the good short-run speed,” said Thaxton, who gets sponsorship help from Italian Delight Family Restaurant, Fallen Trucking, Mincey’s Graphics and Morgan Lumber Company. “After about 10 or 15 laps we equalize but by then they are a half-a-straight ahead and that’s hard to make up.

“We just haven’t been able to put our finger on what to do to make it better. But we’ve been taking advantage of this break to work on it.”

That break ends April 20 with the NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100, which features a 100-lap Late Model race, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

There will also be an Easter Egg hunt on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. for children 12-and-under.

It will be the first night race of the 2019 season at South Boston Speedway with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the first race taking the green at 7 p.m.

Tickets are just $10 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.

Mike Smith
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NASCAR Hands Down Penalties From Saturday’s Altercations At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR Hands Down Penalties From Saturday’s Altercations At South Boston Speedway
Track Officials Not Happy With Sanctioning Body’s Decision 

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SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (April 4, 2019) – NASCAR has penalized two drivers, Philip Morris and Lee Pulliam, and a crew chief for their involvement in an altercation during last Saturday’s racing event at South Boston Speedway.

Morris received a $1,000 fine and is on probation until December 31. Also, any attempt by crew chief Forrest Reynolds to participate in a NASCAR event as a crew member of Morris’ team will result in further penalties levied to Morris.

NASCAR also levied a $1,500 fine against Pulliam and suspended him until April 17. If the fine is not paid, the NASCAR suspension will continue. Pulliam will be on probation until December 31.

South Boston Speedway officials emphasize this is a NASCAR penalty, not a track penalty and they are disappointed with the ruling.

“We disagree with the penalty handed down to Lee Pulliam,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “We are disappointed with the penalty and there will not be a track penalty for Pulliam or Morris.”

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NASCAR has notified Morris’ crew chief Forrest Reynolds that he is prohibited from participating in a NASCAR-sanctioned event without a current NASCAR license. Because of his conduct during last Saturday’s race and for participating in a NASCAR-sanctioned event without a NASCAR license, he is ineligible to apply for a NASCAR license until 2020.

During a red-flag period in the second of two 75-lap Late Model races, Reynolds ran onto the racing surface between the first and second turns, threw a two-way radio that hit the windshield of Pulliam’s race car and then crawled head-first into the passenger side of Pulliam’s car.

Pulliam started his car and took off, ejecting Reynolds onto the surface of the race track. No one was injured in the incident.

The incident came after Morris and Pulliam had an on-track altercation that resulted in Morris’ car wrecked forcing the red-flag period.

Morris won the first of the twin 75-lap races with Peyton Sellers victorious in the second.

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