Peyton Sellers Wins Caution Filled Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston

Peyton Sellers celebrates in victory lane at South Boston Speedway June 29, 2019. (Andy Newsom/Loose In, Tight Off)

South Boston, VA– Philip Morris was the big man on campus earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying when he was just a couple thousands of a second away from breaking the fourteen-second lap bracket and earned the right to bring the thirty-one car field to the green. Mike Looney, Josh Berry, Ryan Repko, and Trey Crews made up the remaining fastest five starters.

The 200-lap lap Virginia Triple Crown opener would be run in two segments essentially. The first would be 101-laps in distance. Teams would then have fifteen minutes to come down pit road for adjustments and full. A number of cars would then be inverted and sent out for the remaining 99 laps.

It was no surprise that Philip Morris was strong from the drop of the green flag. Leading all but the last ten or so laps when Josh Berry got by him on a restart and he started to slip back through the field. He would ultimately land in the fifth position by the time the halfway caution was displayed. We couldn’t confirm if he had a mechanical issue or if he was playing the invert game. Either way, it came back to bite him when he ended up in the turn four walls and ultimately on the rollback.

Tyler Hughes would inherit the lead following the ten-car invert. With the help of the inside line, clean track, and a plethora of yellow flags, Hughes looked to have what it took to pick up his first Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 victory. However, a right front tire issue would take away those hopes in a hurry. The lead would change hands multiple times between multiple drivers until Layne Riggs and Collin Garrett make contact and literally part the sea for Sellers to take the lead.

Peyton turned into the Peyton of old with 20-laps to go and was able to hold off a hard-charging Lee Pulliam to pick up yet another South Boston Speedway win, extend both his track and national points lead, as well as get a huge leg up on the Virginia Triple Crown standings going into the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway in a few short weeks.

“We had just enough car there at the end,” a tired Peyton Sellers said in victory lane. “Lee Pulliam had the best car there the last twenty or thirty laps. He didn’t go on that restart good and we got a good little lead on him but he came back strong, I knew he would This Clarence’s Steak House/Danville Toyota racecar was strong when it needed to be.”

In a race that saw more than ten cautions and two large pileups on the front stretch, Sellers admitted at some point it came down to maintaining the nose on the car.

“Man, this was a race of attrition,” Sellers added. “We hung around eighth place all night. Never could get track position till the last restart. Here we are with fifteen to go and we were sitting second and it was time to go.”

Sellers admitted that he didn’t have the fastest car but he was certainly at the right place at the right time and capitalized.

“He [Pulliam] ran me clean there at the end,” Sellers spoke about that last restart. “He could have driven through there and took us out but he didn’t, that’s what racing is all about. We had a good clean battle last week for the win and he won that one so the respect comes back on me and I appreciate that.  These races are hard to come by.”

With the win, tonight Sellers sits on top of the Triple Crown Standings. As a previous winner of the mini-series, Sellers was asked how he feels about it early this year.

“We have to go to Langley with an open mind,” Sellers went on to say about his previous Virginia Triple Crown wins. “I told them earlier today you can’t play today’s game with yesterdays home run. We will put our nose down and try to get a win over there.”

 

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. Peyton Sellers
  2. Lee Pulliam
  3. Trey Crews
  4. Mike Looney
  5. Corey Heim
  6. Brandon Pierce
  7. Timothy Peters
  8. Tyler Hughes
  9. Thomas Scott
  10. Mike Jones
  11. Terry Carroll
  12. Ty Gibbs
  13. Brenden Queen
  14. Layne Riggs
  15. Colin Garrett
  16. Ryan Millington
  17. Josh Berry
  18. Mark Wertz
  19. Mark Keesee
  20. Quincy Adkins
  21. Justin S Carroll
  22. Tim Phipps
  23. Phillip Morris
  24. Terry Dease
  25. Justin T Carroll
  26. Ryan Wilson
  27. Daniel Shelton
  28. Bobby McCarty
  29. Jordan Pickerel
  30. Ryan Repko
  31. Austin Thaxton

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