Rookie gets first win at South Boston

Published 10:43 am Sunday, May 16, 2021

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Teen-age rookie Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina teenager made his biggest impression of the season in earning his first career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division win in the 100-lap event on May 1, edging fellow Late Model Stock Car Division rookie Landon Pembelton of Amelia, for the victory at South Boston Speedway.

“It’s amazing to get your first Late Model win, especially here at South Boston Speedway,” Borst said who has a win, a pole, and four top-three finishes in his six starts this season.

“We qualified seventh, and it was the first night race of the season. We knew we had a good piece for the race. We knew we just had to take our time and make our way forward. After a couple of laps, we were up in third place and just waited.”

Waiting proved to be a great strategy. Borst sped into the top spot when the race’s two frontrunners crashed while battling for the lead. Once in front, Borst held on the rest of the way to secure the win.

“It was one of those deals where you don’t really know where to go,” Borst explained.

“I just tried to get stopped as quickly as I could. I was waiting for somebody to hit me in the back. We just luckily got through it.”

Borst admitted that the first win is the hardest win to get under your belt.

“We’ve learned it’s always hardest to get the first win,” Borst said.

“We came into the season knowing all of these guys are so good. We were just looking to get a top-five finish every race. To come out here and get top-three finishes like we have done and win this early is just crazy.”

Borst is looking to return to South Boston Speedway and is hoping to add to his win total when “America’s Hometown Track” hosts First Responders Night at the Races Saturday, May 15 featuring free admission for all police, fire and EMS with ID and a pre-race parade lap featuring area EMS vehicles.

Saturday night’s six-race card will be headlined by twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division. A 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division are included in the night’s action.

Saturday’s race day schedule has registration and pit gates opening at 2 p.m. Practice starts at 4 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and the first race will get the green flag at 7 p.m.