Brandon Pierce won his first career race in the Late Model Stock Car division at South Boston Speedway in May 2018.
Now, with two career Late Model wins under his belt, Pierce is hoping for the biggest win of his career in Saturday night’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort at South Boston Speedway.
“I only have two wins, but I hope to add one this weekend,” commented Pierce.
“This race is one of four or five flagship late model stock car racing events. To win this race would be huge for many reasons. I will have lots of friends, family, and one of my sponsors, as well as Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort here. It is also the debut of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown series.
“A win would also be important just because I came here as a little boy watching Lee Pulliam, Philip Morris, Matt Bowling and guys like that before I got a chance to run them,” Pierce continued. “Thunder Road Harley-Davidson sponsored this race long before I started racing here. It would be special to win their race.
Pierce has a solid record in the 200-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway. His best result in this event is fourth and he has only one result outside of the top six.
The Oak Ridge, North Carolina resident is very optimistic ahead of Saturday night’s event. Its team leader, former NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, won the event six years in a row from 2011 to 2016.
“I’m just happy to be here at South Boston Speedway and to be able to be a part of this race again,” said Pulliam.
“It’s a special race for us. It would mean a lot to me as a team manager to win this race. I’ve won this Thunder Road trophy a couple of times and it would be really cool to win it and be able to take it down the street to Thunder Road and give it to Brandon’s dad.
The former national champion said he, Pierce and the team have been working hard all season and are looking forward to Saturday night’s race.
“We really put a lot of effort into running well,” Pulliam noted.
“We have worked very hard all year. Brandon has been doing a good job putting on some strong races here lately. We were able to improve the cars a bit every week because of this. We are really looking forward to it. “
Pierce says it will take a lot of patience and discipline to pull off Saturday night’s night at Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort.
“You have to take care of your gear and be there at the end of it,” said Pierce.
“Obviously you have to be in front, but it’s 200 laps so you don’t necessarily have to do some super daring moves at the start. You just have to keep your eyes open and position yourself well throughout the race.
“Our goal is to qualify somewhere in the top six or top eight,” Pierce continued.
“Pole would be fantastic, but I want to be somewhere in the top six or eight and sort of hang around from there, get to the halfway point and start slowly knocking them out from there. We’re going to try to get ourselves out of there. position and save enough car to try to do a really hard charge in the last 50 or so laps.
Saturday night’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 Race presented by the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort is the late-model Stock Cars division race of South Boston Speedway’s richest and prestigious NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. the season. This is the opening race of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown series and is worth $ 10,000 to win. The R&S Race Cars of $ 1,000 Halfway Leader Award and the Sunoco / Sparks Oil Company Pole of $ 500 are also up for grabs for competing teams.
In addition to the Late Model Stock Car division’s 200-lap race, Saturday night’s action will include 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.
Saturday night’s event will close South Boston Speedway’s Celebrate America campaign. There will be pre-race patriotic ceremonies and fans will be treated to a colorful July 4th fireworks display after the final race of the night is over.
Fans will be treated to a pre-race autograph session on the track at 5.15pm, giving them the opportunity to meet the drivers and get a glimpse of the cars that will be in action during the event.
The grandstand doors will open at 4:00 p.m. and qualifying will begin at 4:30 p.m. The pre-race ceremonies will begin at 6:35 p.m. and the first race of the evening will receive the green flag at 7 p.m.
General adult advance admission tickets for Saturday’s event are priced at $ 15 each and can be purchased online at South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday. evening.
General admission tickets for adults at the gate on race day are priced at $ 20 each. Children 12 and under will be admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult. People 65 years of age and older, military, first responders, healthcare workers and students with proper identification will be admitted for $ 15 on race day.
Chandler is the director of public relations at South Boston Speedway.