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South Boston Speedway to open season this month
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South Boston Speedway to open season this month

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South Boston Speedway has canceled its points races for the season, but hasn't ruled out racing in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic lingers on.

The long wait is coming to an end.

South Boston Speedway officials announced Wednesday that the track will open its 2020 season on Saturday, June 27, with its biggest show of the year, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort Late Model Twin 100s.

The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort Late Model Twin 100s, South Boston Speedway’s annual pre-Fourth of July holiday race, will feature the region’s top Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams in twin 100-lap races.

The event will be the first event in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, a series of three races that include South Boston Speedway, Langley Raceway, and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model race at Martinsville Speedway.

The start of the 2020 season was delayed by more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, and a 20-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division are also included in the season-opening five-race program. The night will conclude with a colorful Fourth of July fireworks show.

“We are very excited to open our season and to be able to do it with our biggest event of the season,” South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice said in a release from the track. “We have greatly missed seeing and being with our fans, competitors and sponsors, and we look forward to the opportunity to see everyone at our opening race. This will truly be a big night.”

South Boston Speedway officials said COVID-19 safety plans will be in place for the event, and face coverings will be required for everyone entering the speedway facility. Also, the menu of food and drink items at concession stands will be limited to help increase the speed of service. The Speedway asks that fans plan accordingly.

Advance tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort Late Model Twin 100s are priced at $15 each will be available until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

“We encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance,” Rice said.

South Boston Speedway’s main ticket office at the front gate of the speedway will be open June 22-June 26 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the South Boston Speedway office at (434)572-4947 or toll free at 1(877)440-1540.

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