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Brad Allen will return as competition director at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

The track announced his return on Tuesday following a seven-month trial run that began on July 11. The former Late Model Stock and Modified racer was popular with teams and fans, a reputation he garnered in leadership positions at Ace Speedway, USAC and the CARS Tour.

“Brad came in halfway through the season, took control and did a great job for us,” said Cathy Rice, South Boston Speedway general manager in a press release. “He’s a good fit for us. The competitors respect him, and he respects the competitors. We believe he will build on the foundation he started last year and keep things running smoothly for us.”

Allen was always a natural fit for the Speedway.

“To me, 2018 offers an opportunity to continue the processes and expectations we tried to implement midseason last year, which wasn’t the ideal situation for all involved,” Allen said. “I thank everyone everywhere at South Boston for making me feel welcome and understanding those challenges last season.

“I’ve always considered South Boston the premier destination for weekly racers in the area. After experiencing first-hand last year the dedication of ownership, management and staff, not to mention the loyalty and passion of drivers, teams and fans there, this season has all the ingredients to produce one of the best programs in racing anywhere.

“We have a premium race facility, a premium schedule, premium race teams and premium fans, and, in my opinion the best staff with which to present a premium show every time the gates open.”

Racing returns to South Boston Speedway on March 24 with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100s featuring twin 100-lap races for Late Models, a 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stocks and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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