SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Daniel Moss has never won a NASCAR track championship, but the Danville, Va., resident is looking to change that in Saturday night’s Danville Toyota Championship Night presented by Ad Nerds Media event at South Boston Speedway.
“I’ve been trying to win a NASCAR-sanctioned championship since I started racing,” Moss said. “We won a championship in 2018 at Orange County Speedway in a late model. That was an accomplishment, but a championship here at South Boston Speedway would mean a whole lot more.
“Winning this championship would be a relief,” he added. “We’re throwing everything we’ve got at it.”
Moss leads the limited sportsman standings entering the division’s 50-lap event that will be one of the five races featured Saturday at South Boston.
In the closest division championship points battle heading into South Boston Speedway’s final points event of the season, Moss holds a narrow 13-point edge over second-place Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Va. Moss has a 22-point margin over Jason Myers of Hurt, Va., who has surged into the top-three in the standings on the strength of three straight wins.
Moss says he is not going to stray from doing what he has been doing all season: gunning for wins.
“I go for the win every time,” Moss said. “The points really don’t have anything to do with it. If you go for the win every time you end up in the championship fight. That’s how we got where we are.
“The championship battle is far from over,” he added. “Thirteen points isn’t really a lot. It seems like a little bit, but it’s just enough to breathe. You just go out there, do what you always do, and hopefully get a win.”
Moss feels he has as good a shot at winning Saturday night’s 50-lap race and the division championship compared to his closest competitors.
“We work on the car a lot,” Moss said. “We’ve got a car that contends for the win every race. It’s fast enough to be battling for the lead, maybe not every single time, but it’s right there at it. You’ve just got to keep the car in one piece and finish well.”
Heading into Saturday night’s event Moss has logged four wins and seven top-five finishes in 12 starts. This year has not been as consistent Moss’ 2019 season when he finished second in the limited sportsman division championship chase behind Danny Willis Jr. Moss had five wins and finished in the top-five in all but two of his starts that year.
“I’m either winning or struggling,” Moss said. “It’s one or the other. I should be doing better than what I’m doing. That’s my fault, nobody else’s. If I was having a year like I had in 2019 when Danny and I were battling for the championship I’d probably be a whole race ahead in points right now.
“I won five races that year (2019) and I’ve won only four this year,” he added. “That’s still good, but I know we’re capable of better.”
All four division championships will be determined Saturday.
The five-race card is headlined by a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors. The 50-lap limited sportsman division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division will round out the action for South Boston Speedway’s four racing divisions.
Fans will also see the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club in action Saturday as well. The Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club will be featured in a 25-lap race.
Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m. Practice will begin at 3:45 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.