Newman, Myers Eye King of the Modifieds Race as Opportunity to Earn First South Boston Win

By Joe Chandler
Director, Public Relations
South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, VA……Former NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Newman and last year’s SMART Modified Tour champion Burt Myers see the 125-lap Pace-O-Matic King of the Modifieds race that headlines Saturday’s season-opening URW Community Federal Credit Union Race Day event at South Boston Speedway as an opportunity to earn their first win at the legendary speedway.

“Every race is a new opportunity, and this is a big race coming up here at South Boston Speedway,” said Newman who has 18 NASCAR Cup Series wins and last year was named as one of NASCAR’s Top 75 Drivers.

“This is a great opportunity, and I thank the SMART series and Pace-O-Matic for putting this race on.”
Myers sees the Pace-O-Matic King of the Modifieds race as a crown jewel event and one of the country’s biggest and richest races for asphalt Modifieds.

“Just think of the title, not just the title, but also the purse,” Myers said with a big smile. “I think this is a really cool event, not just for the southern Modifieds, but for Modified racing in general and to have it at a venue such as South Boston Speedway helps make it great. South Boston is just a track that feels like it was built for Modified racing. I’ve said for years that South Boston Speedway is one of our tracks that not only do we enjoy going to, we appreciate the measures they take to make sure that it is a premier venue.”

Myers, who has 11 career wins on the SMART Modified Tour and has the most career race starts on the circuit, feels the Pace-O-Matic King of the Modifieds race “will be special for everybody in short track racing in general.”

“It’s going to be one that you’re not going to want to miss, that’s for sure. This is going to be one that is remembered for a long time.”

Newman, who is competing for the SMART Modified Tour powered by Pace-O -Matic championship in the No. 2 Randy Renfrow-owned Coulter Motorsports entry, is looking forward to racing at South Boston Speedway.

“South Boston is a fun racetrack,” said Newman, who won the 2023 SRX Series championship.
“This is my first opportunity to race a Modified here. I’ve got one race underneath my belt here, the SRX race here a couple of years ago.”

Myers is looking forward to returning to South Boston Speedway for Saturday’s 125-lap Pace-O-Matic King of the Modifieds race.

“I usually run really well at South Boston, especially since the track was paved a few years ago,” Myers noted. “I’m excited.”

Myers says the key to winning the race is being fast.

“You’d better be fast,” he pointed out. “We’re going to be racing against some of the best Modified drivers and some of the best equipment in the country.”

Newman had another thought.

“The key is being at the right place at the right time,” Newman pointed out. “It’s like every other race until something happens, and then you have to adjust. We’ll treat it like it’s any other race, and hopefully we will be in the right spot at the end.”

A new crown jewel in Modified racing, the 125-lap Pace-O-Matic King of the Modifieds race will bring together the competitors of the SMART Modified Tour powered by Pace-O-Matic and the top Modified drivers from the north.

The Saturday afternoon, March 23 URW Community Federal Credit Union Race Day event at South Boston Speedway will feature three races. In addition to the 125-lap Pace-O-Matic King of the Modifieds race, South Boston Speedway’s Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will begin their chase for the 2024 track championship with a 100-lap race and the track’s Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division drivers and teams will kick off their season with a 20-lap race.

Advance tickets are priced at $17 each. Tickets may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, or by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.

Tickets at the gate on race day will be $20 each. Seniors ages 65 and older, military, healthcare workers, and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $17 each at the gate on race day.

The URW Community Federal Credit Union Race Day event schedule has practice running from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Qualifying begins at 11:45 a.m., a SMART Modified Tour driver autograph session is set for 1:15 p.m., a last chance qualifying race for the modifieds is set for 2:10 p.m. and the first race of the day is set to get the green flag at 3 p.m.

The latest news and updates from South Boston Speedway can be found on the speedway’s website and social media channels. Information may also be obtained by phoning the speedway during regular business hours.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of


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