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Josh Berry Finds Redemption in Myrtle Beach Speedway Victory Lane

Josh Berry shakes the monkey off his back and parks it in victory lane after winning the 2017 Myrtle Beach 400 after coming up one position short the year before. (Charlie Alexander/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – This time a year ago Jr. Motorsports driver Josh Berry had a different feeling and set of emotions running through his mind, body, and sole if you will.

For those that don’t remember Berry, along with JRM teammate Christian Eckes, were racing hard side-by-side in the closing laps of the Myrtle Beach 400 where Eckes made contact with Berry as the pair powered off turn four. The contact sent Berry into the wall and ended his shot at the victory. The 2017 edition of the race proved to have the same undertones, however, Berry was on the good end of the deal.

The Late Model Stock portion of the Myrtle Beach 400 dual weekends has never failed to produce some of the best racing of the year, in TheWeeklyRacer.com very humble opinion. This race easily stacks up as a candidate for Race of the Year, if that was something that we handed out at the end of the year – maybe that is something we should look into doing this year.

With just a little bit different format this year, fifty-seven cars took to the speedway earlier in the afternoon for single-car qualifying where NASCAR officials introduced a little bit of a twist for drivers and teams. Each car would get two laps. If the team felt like they left something on the table they could let officials know they would like to spin the roulette wheel so to speak. The team would have 45-seconds to make adjustments to the car and then go back out for one lap and that one lap was your time.

Josh Berry was also the man of the hour during the qualifying session earlier in the afternoon laying down a 20.400-second lap around the just over half-mile oval. Berry was the only driver the lay down a sub .500-second lap. Timothy Peters, Tyler Hughes, Jake Crum – who both would eventually retire early from the feature – and Justin Milliken rounded out the fastest five starters and were among the top sixteen drivers to be locked into the feature. Current track and national champion, Lee Pulliam, was forced to essentially spin the roulette wheel after an issue during qualifying. The one lap he was able to put down was good enough for ninth quick.

Things did not take long to heat up on the racing surface as some of the best in the business went to war per se on the worn out asphalt of Myrtle Beach. Several drivers from Jake Crum, Lee Pulliam, Timothy Peters, David Roberts, and eventually Josh Berry all had their hand in the cookie jar for the lead.

However, after what some would call interesting and others would argue exciting, final one hundred laps, it was the No. 88 of Josh Berry who took the checkered flag, the gigantic trophy, and check for $10,000 back to his race shop. Oh, yea, not to mention Berry won a fishing trip for himself and his crew along with a brand new chainsaw.

“The first half of the race we just to manage it and see what we had,” Berry said in victory lane. “Our goal was run the first half and make the car better for the second half and if hopefully if things fell our way we would be up front. We were a little bit too loose the first half, made some good adjustments at the break and I think I was able to conserve my tires better than the first part of the race. It ended up coming down to me and Timothy [Peters] at the end of the race and I was better than him.”

It was certainly no cakewalk for Berry, ended up beating Peters – who had just flown in from Miami where he raced in the truck series season finale the night before – on a late race restart where he ended up spinning his tires and allowing Berry to jump out to the lead.

“We took off and he was kind of able to clear Chad [McCumbee] but I could tell a couple of runs before that he was starting to get a little loose up off the corner,” Berry said. “I thought it was going to come down to him [Peters], Lee and us but Lee ended up going to the back with his issue so it just came down to Timothy and me. I really felt like we were able to save a little more than him and we were able to get away from him there the last couple of laps.”

With just how tight the field was running from first all the way back to fortieth you would have to think that in the back of your brain that you would be thinking about all the happened one year ago. We ask Berry what was going through his mind in the closing laps as he tried yet again to seal the deal at Myrtle Beach.

“Yea, it’s weird. The second half of the race just has a tendency to thin out. It was a little like last year and it came down to just me and Timothy and it was just like that last year really,” Berry went on to say. “I just ended up on the wrong side of it then. Either way, hats off to all of these guys at Jr. Motorsports. They work their butts off building racecars. It means a lot to get them into victory lane. It has turned into a pretty big day for those guys and tomorrow [Sunday] is going to be a pretty big day for Dale too so it means a lot to be able to bring him a Myrtle Beach 400 win.”

 

Myrtle Beach 400 Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Results

Pos. Car Name Laps
1 #88 Josh Berry 225
2 #12P Timothy Peters 225
3 #16M Chad McCumbee 225
4 #03 Brenden Queen 225
5 #41 Sam Mayer 225
6 #27 Tommy Lemons Jr. 225
7 #2S Myatt Snider 225
8 #02 Justin Milliken 225
9 #00 Shane Lee 225
10 #18G Ty Gibbs 225
11 #15 Ryan Millington 225
12 #97 Greg Edwards 225
13 #12G Trey Gibson 225
14 #7 Justin Crider 225
15 #26 Peyton Sellers 225
16 #44 Justin Johnson 225
17 #18R David Roberts 225
18 #25 Kevin Leicht 225
19 #61 Justin Hicks 225
20 #30 Brian Vause 225
21 #60B RA Brown II 225
22 #1 Michael Faulk 225
23 #36 Neil Meredith 225
24 #70 Stuart Ricks 225
25 #16H Colby Howard 224
26 #23 Dexter Canipe Jr. 224
27 #11W Lucas Williams 224
28 #24B Blaise Brinkley 224
29 #88P Charles Powell III 223
30 #51C Matt Cox 215
31 #46 Thad Moffit 212
32 #51 Blair Addis 203
33 #5G Cole Glasson 202
34 #2P Brandon Pierce 202
35 #01 Jake Crum 201
36 #5P Lee Pulliam 201
37 #17B Bryant Barnhill 200
38 #98 Stefan Parsons 183
39 #8A Anthony Alfredo 130
40 #99 Layne Riggs 125
41 #63 Chris Throckmorton 68
42 #8H Tyler Hughes 59
43 #83 Jeremy McDowell 14

Veteran Josh Berry Wins First CARS LMSC Tour Championship

Josh Berry accepts CARS Tour trophy at South Boston. (Photo: CARS Tour)

Mooresville, NC – The season-ending AutosByNelson.com 250 at South Boston brought an end to one of the closest points battles in CARS LMSC Tour history. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry found himself in the middle of the points battle, as he trailed leader Layne Riggs by only four points in the standings while keeping a small five-point advantage over his JR Motorsports teammate Anthony Alfredo in third.

Berry needed a flawless weekend during the series’ first visit to South Boston in order to overtake Riggs and earn his first CARS LMSC Tour championship. However, the weekend proved to be a struggle for the CARS Tour veteran, as he nearly lost control of his car during the second round of qualifying, which relegated him to an eighth-place starting spot. Although Berry had a comfortable advantage over Alfredo, who was starting 20th, Berry would have to find the speed to chase down Riggs, who was starting on the outside of the front row.

Riggs proved to have one of the strongest cars in the field early on, as he quickly overtook polesitter Philip Morris for the lead on the first lap of the race. Despite losing the lead a few laps later, Riggs was able to constantly challenge Morris and race winner Deac McCaskill during the opening laps of the race, while Berry struggled to work his way up to the front, and found himself in seventh place when the first caution came out.

Berry got the break that he needed on the following restart when Riggs’ transmission broke going into the first turn, which forced the 15-year-old rookie to retire from the race, effectively knocking him out of the championship. Berry, who never cracked the Top 5 during the entire race, only had to contend with Alfredo for the championship and was able to secure the championship from his teammate by only a few points.

“It’s awesome to win a championship for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kelley Earnhardt,” Berry said. “They’ve been really good to me, and they’ve always been big supporters. I think this is my third or fourth championship for them, but a touring championship is obviously a big deal. There are a lot of different racetracks, and a lot of work went into this, so I’m really excited to win this championship and check it off the list, and I’m going to enjoy it and get ready for next year.”

Berry’s championship in the CARS LMSC Tour adds another chapter to his brief, but illustrious career in Late Models. Berry got his start in Late Model racing in 2011 at South Boston Speedway, where he made 19 starts and earned one victory, which placed him fourth overall in the track’s final 2011 standings. Since 2012, Berry has been a regular at both Motor Mile Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway, where he has won over two dozen races between the two tracks and has one track championship at both facilities.

Berry’s success on short tracks eventually convinced Dale Earnhardt Jr. to start fielding a part-time Xfinity car for him, with Berry finishing 12th in his series debut at Iowa in 2014. Berry has made five more starts in the series since his debut with JR Motorsports and Obaika Racing, earning a career-best finish of seventh in the 2015 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway. Berry has expressed interest in running more Xfinity races, but a lack of sponsorship and a commitment to Late Models has prevented him from being more active in the series.

In 2015, Berry began to make select appearances in both divisions of the recently formed CARS Tour, but quickly found his place in the CARS LMSC Tour, where he won three out of the four races he started. Berry carried the momentum he established from 2015 into 2016, where he won five more races and finished in the Top 5 in all of his starts. However, Berry ultimately forfeited his shot at the CARS LMSC Tour championship when he missed the 2016 Summertime Showdown at Orange County due to a commitment with the Xfinity Series, but Berry still managed to finish third in the standings to Deac McCaskill.

Berry would have several new challenges to face for the 2017 season, such as an increased schedule, new tracks and competitors, and dealing with the loss of his long-time sponsor Speedco. However, Berry was able to overcome the adversity and knocked off four more victories in the 2017 CARS LMSC Tour season to secure his first championship in the series, including a season sweep at Concord Speedway. Berry believes that he and his team met all of their goals for the 2017 season, and is proud of the hard work they put into his car despite some of the struggles they faced.

“In 2016, it seemed like things came a lot easier for us,” Berry said. “You just have to learn not to take things like that for granted. We had a lot of ups and downs this year, but at the end, I’m excited to be the champion, and hopefully, we can contend for the championship next year.”

There are many unknowns for Josh Berry going into 2018, but he does plan to return to the CARS LMSC Tour next year with the hope of becoming the first repeat champion in the series’ brief history. Berry has also expressed interest in competing in other divisions next year but added he is still trying to work out many details.

“Right now I’m not exactly sure what I have lined up for next year beyond the CARS Tour,” Berry said. “I can definitely say that I have a few things in the works, but I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.”

The 2018 CARS Tour season will introduce a variety of changes to the schedule and competition for Berry and his competitors, including inaugural visits to Wake County Speedway, Ace Speedway, Kingsport Speedway and Carteret County Speedway. The CARS Tour will also not return to Concord Speedway for the 2018 season, which was a track that Berry was undefeated at during his career in the series. However, Berry is looking forward to the changes and tribulations that the 2018 season will bring him, and remains confident that he will once again be one of the drivers competing for a championship when the season concludes at South Boston next year.

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

Mason Diaz and Colt James Split Fast Five Pro Late Model Features; James Clinches Track Championship

Colt James celebrates his ninth win on the season as well as the 2017 Fast Five Pro Late Model track championship. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Mason Diaz, who will make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway next weekend, snapped Colt James’ win streak in the Pro Late Model division at Southern National Motorsports Park.

James entered the weekend as the division points leader riding an eight-race win streak and a $1,000 bounty on his head. Johnathan Findley, the 2015 Late Model Stock Car track champion, set quick time earlier in the afternoon with 15.239 (94.494 MPH) second lap. Bradley McCaskill, entering the race hunting that bounty would roll off second followed by Colt James, Casey Roderick, and Mason Diaz.

Findley was certainly the car to beat early in the race creating over a full second lead over the rest of the field when the green flag was displayed. Findley would set a blistering pace until lap 42 when he fell off the pace quickly and came to a dead stop on the front stretch. The caution would be displayed for the second, and what would be final time of the first 75-lap feature. Findley would get the car fired back up and drive towards the end of pit road where he would stall and need assistance off the speedway.

It would take two attempts to get the race going again as the tower did not like something on the restart. However, once the field was rolling Diaz was able to jump ahead of James to take the race lead. Colt James would struggle just a bit on the top groove and ultimately surrender second place to Casey Roderick. Diaz would lead the rest of the way to the checkered flag snapping Colt James eight-race win streak, earning his first career win in a Pro Late Model, and collected the $1,000 bounty that had been growing throughout the race season.

A four-car invert was instituted for the final 75-lap feature for the Fast Five Pro Late Models handing the front row over to the top two contenders for the championship; Will Bristle and Colt James. It was all Colt James when the green flag was displayed, and with a little help from a not so good start from Bristle, took sole possession of the race lead and never looked back. Roderick looked to give the eight-time winner a run for his money, however, until something let go under the hood of Roderick’s car ending his night on lap eighteen.

James would flex his muscle on the ensuing restart following the red flag conditions leaving Mason Diaz to battle Jody Measamer for second. At one point, during the final handful of laps, you could have thrown a blanket over the top three cars that was how close they were running. Measamer was able to take the second position from Diaz on the final restart of the race and was able to keep Diaz behind him to capture the second place finish. James’ ninth win in ten tries was, of course, enough to clinch the 2017 track championship.

“We’re like the little team that could,” James said in victory lane Sunday evening. “You’ll never beat me in heart. I always got more heart. We’re just like everybody in the stands, we’re blue collar. We go to work from 7-5 Monday through Friday, come out here and race our butts off and try to show that there’s still room for the little guy out here. We just try to win races.”

 

FAST 5 Pro Late Model Race 1;

  1. #24 Mason Diaz; 75
  2. #18 Casey Roderick; 75
  3. #15 Colt James; 75
  4. #91 Will Bristle; 75
  5. #83 Matt Sever; 75
  6. #6 Cody Quarrick; 74
  7. #18 Bradley McCaskill; 50
  8. #4 Johnathan Findley; 42
  9. #98 Jody Measamer; 33
  10. #14 Greg Burgess; 10

 

FAST 5 Pro Late Model Race 2; 

  1. #15 Colt James; 75
  2. #98 Jody Measamer; 75
  3. #24 Mason Diaz; 75
  4. #83 Matt Sever; 75
  5. #91 Will Bristle; 73
  6. #14 Greg Burgess; 51
  7. #6 Cody Quarrick; 33
  8. #18r Casey Roderick; 18
  9. #18 Bradley McCaskill; 1
  10. #4 Johnathan Findley; DNS

Rusty Daniels Back to Victory in Over A Year in the 2017 Southern National Spooktacular

Rusty Daniels celebrates in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports park after over a year absence. Dominates the 2017 4th Annual Spooktacular October 22, 2017. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – It had been since Memorial Day weekend of 2016 that Rusty Daniels was in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports Park. Leading a race-high 83-laps Daniels dominated the Limited Late Model portion of the 4th Annual Spooktacular presented by NCDOT Click-it-or-ticket.

Daniels, from Alliance, North Carolina, started the 100-lap feature from the pole position posting the fastest time – 16.310 seconds – earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying. 2017 Shenandoah track champ Mini Tyrell rolled off the grid in the second position followed by Jonathan Cash, Paul Williamson, and John Jones. Daniels threw caution to the wind once the green flag was displayed and immediately pulled away from the rest of the field. Daniels would go on to lead all fifty laps of the first half of the race.

Daniels was regulated to the fourth spot for the second half the feature after Southern National officials let one lucky race fan pick the invert. JD Eversole would inherit the race lead and do a fine job holding onto it for several laps. Mini Tyrell, who had been running in the second position the entire first half of the race, was able to get under and around Eversole to take the race lead. It took Daniels just seventeen laps to get back up to the front of the field passing Tyrell for the lead. Daniels was not in the clear, however, as he had to hold off several late race restarts to hang onto the win.

“It’s very special,” Daniels said in victory lane about the win. “We brought a different car that we have never run here and we tested two weeks ago, this was the first time I have been on the track with it. It’s an eleven-year-old car but it drives like its brand new. We work hard on this stuff. I can’t thank all of my family and everybody enough that helps me with this.”

An emotional win for Daniels for sure as longtime friend Andy Smith and spotter was back on the radio as his eyes in the sky after two years.

“It’s nothing like connecting with someone on the radio,” Daniels went on to say. “We have raced a lot of years together. He had a couple surgeries and just couldn’t get back to the track but we broke him in right and won the race the first night he’s been back. I just can’t thank them enough for all they have done in my life for racing.”

Daniels went on to tell The Weekly Racer that he wasn’t too concerned with the invert itself but the people that were around him after the invert, citing that he had not raced around them that much and was hard to judge how much you can actually trust them. He also went on to say the crew made no adjustments during the five-minute break.

Jessica Jones, running a Lee Pulliam Performance prepared ride, capitalized on the final caution by avoiding the big wreck that happened in turn two as well as got a great restart with just five laps to go. Dana would take advantage of Tyrell’s slip out of turn four to finish in the second position. John Jones, father of Clay Jones, Minny Tyrell, and Jonathan Cash – who actually caught a piece of the wreck there at the end of the race – rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Limited Late Model Spooktacular UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #16 Rusty Daniels; 100
  2. #9 Jessica Dana; 100
  3. #15 John Jones; 100
  4. #81 Mini Tyrell; 100
  5. #40 Jonathan Cash; 100
  6. #1y Darren Cockram; 100
  7. #61 Jonathan Kornegay; 99
  8. #1 Tony Grady; 95
  9. #29 Paul Williamson; 95
  10. #98 JD Eversole; 95
  11. #61 Michael Obrien; 95
  12. #19 Cameron Bowen; 35
  13. #20 Wesley Hawkins; 25

Colin Garrett and Nick Leitz Pick Up Their First Late Model Wins at Dominion Raceway

Colin Garrett celebrates a win in the Sportsman class at South Boston Speedway earlier in 2017. (Photo: Trisha Westfall)

Thornburg, VA – For the second year in a row Dominion Raceway and Entertainment held two special events for Late Model racers. Opening the entry blank to those who have yet to pick up a win at Dominion Raceway in 2017 and a second feature open to drivers who have yet to earn a Late Model Stock win in their career. Colin Garrett, 17 yo from South Boston, Virginia, earned the pole for the 75-lap 2017 first time winners race posting a time of 15.527-seconds. Nick Leitz, 21 from Chesapeake clocked a time just .007 seconds slower to earn the second starting position in the fourteen car field.

The top five cars would invert after the pill pull from Garrett handing the front row over to Chris Johnson and Owen Smith. Chris Johnson would show the way for the first ten circuits as Garrett worked his way through the pack. Garrett would take the race lead on lap eleven and never look back. Attrition and restarts appeared to be the storyline this weekend from the high banks of Dominion as a handful of caution periods claimed several cars – Chris Johnson was one of them later in the race.

Garrett flexed his muscles on every restart jumping ahead of Nick Leitz to reclaim his spot at the front of the field. The final twenty-seven laps went caution free as half of the field wrecked out and Garrett cruised to the checkered flag picking up his first Dominion Raceway win of the year. Nick Leitz, Logan Jones, Jimmy Duncan, Chandler Sherman rounded out the top five finishers.

In the second and final Late Model feature of the night – this race open to all of those who have yet to earn a Late Model Stock feature win – the starting lineup for the 25-lap feature was set by the way the field finished in the first race. Nick Leitz lead the six-car field to the green flag and to the checkered picking up his first career Late Model Stock win leading all 25-laps.

Nick Leitz celebrates in victory lane at Dominion Raceway on October 21, 2017 winning his first Late Model Stock Car feature. (Photo: Short Track Central)

LMSC 2017 First Time Winners UNNOFICIAL

  1. #24 Colin Garrett; 75
  2. #14 Nick Leitz; 75
  3. #77 Logan Jones; 75
  4. #55d Jimmy Duncan; 75
  5. #18 Chandler Sherman; 70
  6. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 62
  7. #36 Owen Smith; 59
  8. #82g Mike Ganoe; 42
  9. #9 Alex Brock; 42
  10. #24c Chris Johnson; 36
  11. #13 Reid Murphy; 31
  12. #89 Matt Ashworth; 31
  13. #55 Chris Flowers; 27

 

 

LMSC First Time Winners Race UNOFFICIAL

  1. #14 Nick Leitz; 25
  2. #9 Alex Brock; 25
  3. #18 Chandler Sherman; 25
  4. #36 Owen Smith; 25
  5. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 25
  6. #55d Jimmy Duncan; 1

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

Peyton Sellers Earns The Pole in Final Dominion Raceway Late Model Race of 2017

Peyton Sellers tuning on the car Friday afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. (📸 Trisha Westfall/Hunt-Sellers Racing)

Thornburg, VA – Peyton Sellers, of Danville, Virginia, took the pole position earlier in the afternoon at Dominion Raceway as twenty-one cars took time in qualifying. Sellers, who have shown he knows how to work his way around this high-banked, .400-mile oval, winning in three of his six trips to the speedway. Sellers recorded a 15.187 (94.818 mph) second lap. Brenden Queen, Colin Garrett, Eddie Johnson, and Doug Barnes rounded out the fastest five cars.

“I have to tell you they have done a really a good job with this facility no doubt about it,” Sellers said after qualifying. “They have had really good car count every time we have been up here and tonight is no different. First time we have been up here in overcast conditions. We didn’t get a whole lot of practice last night because of the rain and the track had a lot of grip in this mornings practice.”

Coming off of a third-place finish at the largest Late Model Stock Car race in the region and a track championship at his home track, Sellers enters the weekend with two goals in mind. One of them just happens to be taking home the check and the trophy.

“We have been pretty quick in all three practices and qualifying,” Sellers went on to say. “I fell really good about tonight but the conditions are very different than what we have been used to the previous times we have been up here this summer. Kind of anxious to get racing and see what we got. It’s a long race and we have to save our tires a lot and be there at the end.”

The 150-lap Late Model Stock feature will be the final points paying race of the 2017 season. Doug Barnes Jr. enters the evening just three points ahead of Tyler Hughes. With $5,000 on the line this evening, both drivers will need to be on their toes as plenty of good cars stand between them and victory lane.

“A win would mean a lot for sure,” Sellers told The Weekly Racer. “My first goal tonight is to not get in the championship battle at all and affect the outcome of that anyway what so ever. That’s a good battle between Barnes and Hughes. We came for the money. There are a lot of good cars between me and the win but at the end of the day, it’s the money that drew us here. They did a great job promoting this race, they have good car count, I think it’s going to be a heck of a show.”

Green flag is set to fly on the first of six features tonight at 5:00 PM EDT. Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@theweeklyracer) for all of the action.

 

Late Model Stock Car Qualifying: [pre-invert]

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