Jason Myers (17) fends off a challenge from Cory Dunn (75) as they speed down the frontstretch in the closing laps of the 75-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race. (Joe Chandler/South Boston Speedway Photo)

South Boston Limited Late Model Opener Is All Myers

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Jason Myers captured some opening night magic in South Boston Speedway’s first Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race of the season.

Myers won the 75-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race that highlighted Saturday night’s Danville Toyota Weekly Series Opening Night event, taking home a total of $2,000 that included the $1,500 prize posted for the winner of the season’s longest and richest race for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway and a $500 award from Sellers Racing for winning the pole for the event.

“This is super special,” Myers said with a huge smile. “This is the biggest race I’ve ever won and it’s the biggest Limited Sportsman race they’ve ever had here, so for us to get the pole and somehow come out with a win is awesome.”

It was something of an improbable win for South Boston Speedway’s defending Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division champion. Myers was in third place behind race leader Nathan Crews and second-place driver Eric Winslow when the pair made contact while battling for the lead and spun in the second turn with three laps to go.

That gave Myers the lead for the second time in the race and elevated Drew Dawson to second place and Cory Dunn to third place for the ensuing restart. Before the field could make a complete circuit, the right front suspension broke on Dawson’s car and he came to a stop against the fourth turn wall to being out the race’s fourth and final caution period.

Myers got a good start on the final restart and edged Dunn by 0.927 seconds at the finish to close out the win.

“Once the 22 (Winslow) got around me and 75 (Crews) was leading I kind of held my own there in third,” Myers explained. “I was hoping for a caution. My car would fire off good early. I knew that it could get interesting up there and I just needed to be in the right position to capitalize.”

Dunn was pleased with his runner-up finish after having been in fifth place with a dozen laps to go in the race.

“We’re very pleased,” Dunn remarked. “We were in a good position at the end of the night. Some things happened in front of us and fortunately we were able to capitalize a little bit.”

Justin Dawson finished third behind Myers and Dunn. Stacy Puryear and Jason Pittman rounded out the top-five finishers.

Other Results

Blake Stallings and Jacob Borst scored their first wins of the season Saturday night, splitting the double 75-lap races for the Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division that were part of Saturday night’s Danville Toyota Weekly Series Opening Night event at South Boston.

Defending South Boston Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division champion Johnny Layne got his season off to a flying start with a flag-to-flag win in Saturday night’s 25-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division race.

Cameron Goble won Saturday night’s Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division race which ended after 17 laps due to time limits. Goble has now won the first two races of the season in the division.