Peyton Sellers Earns Fourth Win and $5,000 in Dominion Raceway’s The Big One

Peyton Sellers leads the field Saturday night in route to his 4th victory in 7 starts at Dominion Raceway on October 14th, 2017. (Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

Thornburg, VA – It was a familiar name in a familiar place this past Saturday night at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia. Peyton Sellers took home the cash and trophy as the Speedway put a cap on their 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car series. With $5,000 going to the race winner and NASCAR national points wrapped up we saw quite a few drivers from all over the region come out to play.

Sellers, who actually qualified on the pole and was forced to start from the fifth position after the invert, was up battling for the lead in under ten laps. With three wins under his belt in just six starts the Danville, Virginia driver was able to take the lead from points leader and eventual track champion, Doug Barnes, by lap thirteen and focus on setting his own pace at the front of the field.

“Barnes put enough pressure on me to be able to make me run a good straight race,” Sellers said in victory lane. “I was having to run a good conservative pace. I knew I could fire off anytime I wanted to and be okay but I didn’t know what these tires were going to do. Sometimes you would feel a little tight and then you start thinking in the back of your mind if the tires are gone.”

The 150-lap feature only saw three caution periods for Eddie Johnson, Dustin Storm, and Chandler Sherman looping their machines. Eddie Johnson, the 2017 Southside Speedway track champion, did not have luck on his side as he was involved in the evening’s first caution – granted race control felt he had some help from the No. 8 of Hughes. His misfortune continued a handful of laps later when Dustin Storm went around off of Johnson’s nose to bring out the second yellow.

Sellers made quick work of the twenty-one-car field on every restart to secure his position at the front of the field and dictate the pace.

“Honestly the car was pretty well balanced,” Sellers said when asked about getting out front and saving tires. “We were on the free side all night and I knew it was going to be a good thing as far as saving tires. If we had a lot of positive wheel into it then it was going to scrub the tire and it was not. It was pretty neutral getting in and neutral from center off.“

Coming fresh off a third-place finish in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway – the first official race under the new permanent LED lights – and a track championship at South Boston Speedway here Sellers spent most of the year running on Hoosiers the former Xfinity driver seemed to be very impressed with the McCreary American Racer tires and wishes more tracks ran them to make traveling a little bit easier.

“I like the Hoosiers,” Sellers told The Weekly Racer. “But you know I like the McCreary’s evenly right now. They are really good tires. I wish more tracks would run them because it’s pretty costly to come up here and race because we have to add a muffler and buy a different tire that is not good anywhere else. That’s a big investment for us to come up here and do that. We had a good set of tires left over from the $10,000 to win race that kind of persuaded us to come back up here.”

The second place finish from Doug Barnes Jr. was enough for him to clinch the 2017 track championship over Tyler Hughes. Brenden Queen, Colin Garrett, and Tyler Hughes would round out the top five finishers.

 

The Big One UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Peyton Sellers; 150
  2. #88 Doug Barnes Jr.; 150
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 150
  4. #24 Colin Garrett; 150
  5. #8 Tyler Hughes; 150
  6. #21 Mike Darne; 150
  7. #7 Michael Hardin; 150
  8. #24d Mason Diaz; 150
  9. #13 Kelly Kingry; 150
  10. #16 Dustin Storm; 150
  11. #82 Cameron Burke; 149
  12. #25 Robert Bruce; 149
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 147
  14. #07 Richard Storm; 143
  15. #82g Mike Ganoe; 132
  16. #12 Nick Smith; 124
  17. #18 Chandler Sherman; 114
  18. #51 Mike Weddell; 94
  19. #57 Eddie Johnson; 74
  20. #45 Tyler Daniels; 35
  21. #32 Rusty Poland; 32

One comment

  • All of us at Dominion Raceway want to thank The Weekly Racer for great coverage this year. We also want to take a second and congratulate The Barnes team for a hard fought Championship. This year was extra special as we shed the struggles of starting and operating a new facility in Thornburg. We are so grateful for the teams that participated and stood by us as we developed our program. This year will set things up for a great 2018. We also want to thank HC Sellers for his recognition of the McCreary tire from American Racer. That recognition is extra special as we worked hand in hand with the Pros at American Racer to come up with an exceptional product that meets and exceeds the track needs we have at Dominion. Many don’t know that that tire product has engineering in it that is totally unique to that style tire that has never been incorporated into a tire product before now. The hard work from all including the teams that supported its early development is now paying big dividends these days and offering an exceptional on track experience. We wish all of the fans, race teams and of course The Weekly Racer a successful offseason and our gratitude for making 2017 the best year yet at Dominion Raceway!!!!

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