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New generation of Burton to compete in PASS Super Late Model race Saturday at South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Harrison Burton, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and South Boston native Jeff Burton, is scheduled to compete at America’s Hometown Track this weekend.

The Super Late Models of the Pro All Star Series (PASS) will invade the historic fourth-tenths mile asphalt oval Saturday night for the running of the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program. The night of racing will also feature twin 25-lap battles for the competitors in the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap clash for the drivers in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 25-lap shootout for the touring Legends Series.

Harrison Burton, 13, is among the competitors scheduled to be in the field for the PASS Super Late Model event. Burton began racing quarter midgets at the age of five and, eventually competed on a national circuit. At age 11, he moved into a Limited Late Model Stock Car before advancing to the Pro Late Model and Super Late Model ranks.

Last August, at the age of 12, Harrison Burton scored a victory in the PASS Super Late Model Series at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway. He also claimed two wins in seven attempts in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pro Late Model Division at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

“He’s made some history,” Jeff Burton said about his son in a recent interview. “He’s really young, but he’s got a lot of (seat) time. His wins (at New Smyrna) came against some of the best in the business. I’m really happy where he is.

“He’s a little more aggressive than I was, but he thinks about it” Jeff Burton added. “Instead of just using his right foot, he’s using his brain.”

Two-time winner Trey Crews sits atop the standings in the South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division point standings. Crews owns a 20-point edge over Tommy Peregoy and a 22-point cushion over third place Daryn Cockram. Defending division champion Danny Willis Jr. is fourth and is just three points behind Cockram. Willis has visited Victory Lane once this season.

Greg Autry has claimed three wins this season in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. He owns a 15-point lead in the chase for the championship over second-place Bruce Mayo, who is only two points ahead of third-place Johnny Layne.

Registration and pit gates will open on Saturday at noon. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying time trials will crank up at 4:45 p.m. A Fan Appreciation session will be held prior to racing action from 6 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

Advance tickets for the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program are on sale and priced at $10 each. Advance tickets can be purchased through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

Adult general admission tickets will be priced at $15 on race day. Children, ages six and under, will be admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information visit the track’s website or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540. Information can also be found by following South Boston Speedway on Facebook or Twitter.

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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Sprint Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Thursday with Tech Talk. Mike works as track announcer for Millbridge Speedway and East Lincoln Speedway, local bullrings based outside of Charlotte, and pops up everywhere from Athlon Sports to SIRIUS XM Radio.