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Sellers Captures Fifth Career South Boston Speedway Title

South Boston, VA – Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia captured his fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division title in Saturday night’s GCR Presents LS Tractor USA Late Model Twin 75s.

Sellers’ fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR track title ties him with the late legendary NASCAR Modified and Late Model Sportsman star Ray Hendrick of Richmond, Virginia for the second-most NASCAR feature-division track championships at South Boston Speedway. Only David Blankenship of Moseley, Virginia, with seven South Boston Speedway NASCAR track championships, stands above Sellers and Hendrick.

This season’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division title is the third South Boston Speedway track title in a row for Sellers, who finished second to Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia in the opening 75-lap race and unofficially finished 10th in the second of Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races.

Pulliam’s win over Sellers in the opening 75-lap race came by less than a second. The win was Pulliam’s fifth victory in a row at the .4-mile oval.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia, Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.

Drew Dollar of Atlanta, Georgia was the unofficial winner of the second race, a dramatic race that saw Sellers and Pulliam battle side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper for the lead for the final 30 laps. As the two drivers sped into the third turn on the final lap, Sellers’ car made contact with the rear of Pulliam’s car, and Pulliam spun between turns three and four.

Sellers sped to the finish line ahead of the rest of the field, but was penalized by track officials for causing the incident and was awarded 10th place, the last position behind the rest of the cars that finished on the lead lap.

Dollar, who was running third at the time, was declared the unofficial winner, with Thaxton finishing second, Scott taking third place, Blake Stallings of Danville, Virginia being awarded fourth place and Nick Smith rounding out the top five finishers in the unofficial finishing order.

Willis Wins Fourth Career Limited Sportsman Division Crown

Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia won his fourth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division championship Saturday night with a 10th-place finish in the night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

Willis and Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina waged a hard-fought battle for the win after the race’s final caution flag flew with 13 laps to go, with Willis getting beside Borst on the inside several times without being able to make the pass.

A last-ditch effort by Willis on the last lap to earn the win came up short as Willis spun as the pair sped off of the fourth turn heading to the checkered flag.

Borst sped across the finish line to grab his sixth win of the season and tie Willis for the most wins in the division. Landon Pembleton of Amelia, Virginia finished third with Mark Cook finishing fourth and Mitchell Wright rounding out the top five finishers

Crews Captures First SBS Pure Stock Division Title

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia won his first career South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock Division championship Saturday night in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

Crews won the 30-lap race to earn his ninth victory of the season, edging Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia by .778-second.

Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia, Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Jesse Keesee completed the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Title; Claims Second Division Title

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia won his second South Boston Speedway Budweiser Hornets Division championship in Saturday night’s 15-lap season finale for the division. This season’s championship makes Currin the first driver to win multiple championships in the division.

Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia edged Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia by a foot in a near photo finish to win the 15-lap race and earn his second victory of the season.

Tyler Stanley of South Boston, Virginia, Currin, and Donald Clay of Clover, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

South Boston Speedway will close out its 2019 season in a big way with the 3 p.m. running of the AutosbyNelson,com 250 for the CARS Tour Series on Saturday afternoon, November 2.

The championships in both the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour will be decided in the event that will feature a 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race and a 125-lap Super Late Model race, with both races going for 125 green-flag laps.

Qualifying for that event will feature a knock-out qualifying format.

Advance tickets for the AutosbyNelson,com 250 are priced at $10 each through Friday, Nov. 1. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be priced at $15 each. Youth ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the AutosbyNelson,com 250 CARS Tour series racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

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

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 “Who to Watch”

Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. It’s that time! Time for some big time Late Model Stock Car Racing. Round one of the 2019 Virginia Triple Crown series kicks off this evening at South Boston Speedway for their annual Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. Thirty plus cars have converged on the .400-mile Speedway all bunting for the big pay day.

As always The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the start of practice to the checkered flag. You can follow all the action here at this link ->> https://www.24live.co/live/2289885268277396739. Coverage will begin approx. 1:00 PM EDT.

Need to know who to keep your eye on tonight. We got you covered there too! Here are our top five picks for tonight’s race. What about you? Who do you have coming home the winner?

1:30 PM: Practice

4:30 PM: Euro Qualifying

5:30 PM: On track Fan Appreciation

7:00 PM: GREEN FLAG

  • Hornets: 20
  • Pure Stock: 40
  • Late Model: 200
  • Limited Sportsman: 75

To Follow: Fireworks

Josh’s Pick 5

Phillip Morris – It’s Phillip Morris, how could you not pick him as a favorite? Yeah he’s had an up and down season, but when you put Morris and a big race at SoBo together, you’re going to get the best Morris there is. After finishing second to Sellers last year in this race, Phillip looks to get that one extra position to put him in victory lane this year.

Lee Pulliam – He’s put all his dedication into South Boston this season by running a full season there. He’s fourth in points at the track and has two wins, he’s coming off a last place finish in the most recent Late Model race. He’ll be looking to turn his luck around with a strong finish.

Bobby McCarty – Bobby has ran the CARS tour series for a few years now and he won the championship last season. Anywhere McCarty goes, he’s a top three runner. This will be McCartys first appearance at South Boston since last years 200 lap race where he finished fifth.

Peyton Sellers – Sellers will be looking to defend his title as last years winner this year. He’s the points leader at the track, he’s had strong runs at multiple tracks and wins at multiple tracks this season. Being first in national points also gives him a boost to run his best with a big car count expected for more points towards a national championship.

Josh Berry – Berry has been strong in every single CARS tour race this season. Late race luck just hasn’t been on his side, but the other drivers know who’s been the top performer. After breaking through and picking up the win at Dominion last weekend, Berry looks to continue his dominant performances going into this weekend.

Dark Horse:

Thomas Scott – Scott runs well in any big race he goes to. He’s third in points at South Boston, five out of nine races this season he’s finished in the top five with two runner up finishes. He had a chance to win the inaugural Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway earlier this year, until a late race wreck ended his night. He finished 17th last year, he’s looking to improve that stat a lot this year.

Justin’s Pick 5

Peyton Sellers – You would be crazy to count Peyton Sellers out of any race he shows up to. It would be even more wild to count him out at his home track of South Boston. Sellers is your current points leader at the speedway as well as NWAAS points. Sellers also posted times in the low 15’s yesterday during practice. Keep your eyes in that white and orange two-six come race time.

Philip Morris – I would have to second Josh’s statement from above. It’s Philip Morris, how can you not pick this man as a favorite. He has won at just about every track he’s been to. You could also argue that Morris is not hitting on all cylinders this year like he was last year. Either way, Morris will certainly be a front runner and a contender at the end of the feature.

Mike Looney – The saying strike when the iron is hot comes to mind with this pick. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner knows how to deal with pressure in these big races and has certainly been hitting on something out at his home track in the mountains of Virginia. Last week he picks up a win in his first visit to Langley Speedway. Look for Looney to ride that momentum into tonight feature.

Timothy Peters – So he hasn’t been in a Late Model Stock much this year but it’s Timothy Peters. Not to mention when you have the backing of Berry Nelson you know your going to have some of the best equipment out there. If Peters can keep the nose clean he will most certainly be a car to watch in the closing laps.

Brenden Queen – You might say this is more suited for a dark horse or sleeper pick but let me take a second to tell you why we don’t think so. Queen has always done well in these long distances races. He has also been more determined than ever this year to perform. He has also teamed up with car owner Andre Grier which, despite some obvious growing pains and learning the car, has proven to be a good partnership. Queen will need to focus on keeping tires under his machine and make the right moves at the right time. If he can do that there is a chance we may see him in victory lane.

Dark Horse

Mark Wertz – Yup, I said it! Don’t sleep on the Chesapeake native. Wertz stepped back from full time competition this year to assist in the development of Connor Hall. One thing this has allowed him to do is pick and choose the races he wants to run. What’s the benefit in that? Focused attention. Wertz has plenty of experience at South Boston to be a real threat. With him stepping away from full time driving it’s just enough for other drivers to “count him out” which makes him dangerous.

Sellers Scores Second South Boston Speedway Win in Easter Bunny Late Model 100

South Boston, Va – Defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division Champion Peyton Sellers sped past teenage rookie Daniel Silvestri with 53 laps to go and went on to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.

Saturday night’s win in the caution-free race was the second of the season for the former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion from Danville, Virginia.

Silvestri, driving a car co-owned by NASCAR racer Jeb Burton of Halifax, Virginia and H. C. Sellers of Danville, Virginia, trailed by 2.498 seconds at the finish. The race was Silvestri’s second outing in a Late Model Stock Car. He had competed in twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway on March 30.

Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia finished third, holding off former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia in a battle for third place over the closing laps.

The race featured two lead changes among Sellers and Silvestri, with Sellers leading twice for a total of 86 laps and Silvestri leading once for 14 laps.

Sellers averaged 91.168 mph in winning the race that took 26 minutes and 19 seconds to complete.

Borst, Moss Split Wins In Limited Sportsman Twinbill

Two new winners emerged in the pair of 25-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division races Saturday night at South Boston Speedway, with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia splitting wins in the twinbill.

In the first 25-lap race, Borst took the lead from Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina on the 10th lap and held off a fast-closing Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia to secure the win. Borst’s margin of victory over Willis was .287-second.

Dana finished third with rookie Landon Pembelton and Moss rounding out the top five finishers.

The second race featured an inverted start among the top four finishers of the first race, but Moss started from the pole after a crash that occurred before the first lap was completed took out Pembelton and heavily damaged Willis’s car.

Moss led the entire race, edging Dana by .216-second to claim the win. Borst finished third with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Cole Bruce of Fredericksburg, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Crews Wins Pure Stock Division Race

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the lead from Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia on the second lap and took the win in the night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

The win was the second for Crews in as many starts at South Boston Speedway this season.

Pickrel finished second .589-second behind Crews with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia and Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Race

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia took the lead from Aaron Cash of South Boston, Va. with four laps to go and held on to win the night’s 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was the first of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.

Cash finished second with Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Josh Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

The stars and cars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, May 4 when “America’s Hometown Track” hosts the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program.

The unique event, one o f the bigger events of the season at South Boston Speedway, will feature the competitors of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in twin 100-lap races. South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Pure Stock Division racers will compete in a 30-lap race and the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors will compete in a 15-lap race.

Practice will run from 1:30 p.m. until 3:40 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5 p.m. A driver autograph session will be held trackside at 6 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets priced at $10 will be available for purchase until Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. Adult general admission tickets will be $15 on race day. Youth ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Peyton Sellers Wins First Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 at Langley Speedway

Peyton Sellers celebrates in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane after winning the Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200

Hampton, VA – When the Denny Hamlin Foundation pulled the plug on the Short Track Showdown this year, Langley Speedway owner Bill Mullis stepped up to the plate and scheduled a 200-lap, $7,500 to win, Thursday night feature to kick off the big NASCAR weekend as the Xfinity and Cup series comes to town. Sixteen NASCAR Late Model Stock cars converged on the historic .400-mile speedway in hopes of being the inaugural winner.

Philip Morris, who has had a rough start to the 2019 season and his hunt for what would be his recording breaking sixth national title, was the fastest man earlier in qualifying. Morris, with a time of 15.645 (92.042 MPH), was able to squeak by Langley Speedway veteran C.E. Falk by just four-hundredths of a second to earn the right to lead the field to the green. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry rolled off third followed Danny Edwards and Greg Edwards. The 200-lap feature would be run in three segments with controlled cautions at lap 80 and 160.

When the green flag was displayed all sixteen drivers took things easy, fell in line, and started to get into a rhythm. As predicted, Philip Morris took command of the lead and set a blistering pace. Creating more than a two-second gap over Greg Edwards, CE Falk, and Berry. That was until we neared the lap 80 caution when Greg Edwards started to real the leader back in but to no avail. As the caution was displayed Morris was surprisingly the first car to come down pit road for what appeared to be just adjustments handing the lead over the Greg Edwards.

Edwards held the lead for just under ten laps before Josh Berry was able to get into clean air and he too checked out on the field. Falk would take just a handful of laps to work his way into the second position and track down the JRM car. As we came closer and closer to the next controlled caution the lap cars got more and more bothersome for the leaders. To the point that Berry was attempting to get around Eddie Johnson on the bottom groove when Falk made contact with the rear bumper of Berry sending him around in two. The caution would ultimately become the break; it would also send Falk to the rear, which was the start of a wild night for the 02, and hand the lead over the Sellers.

Once out in clear air and in somewhat control of the restart, Peyton Sellers was on fire. Not literally, of course, but the car looked to be on rails! Behind him, another South Boston driver that honestly we picked as a dark horse to win this one after his performance in the 2018 Hampton Heat but his night would be short lived after hard contact with the turn three wall.

Sellers would have to hold off the field two more times after cautions came from contact between Philip Morris and, as we mentioned above, Thomas Scott going into turn three while working lap 161. Morris ended up getting into the back of Scott sending him up the track and into the outside wall. Scott was able to get the fired and drive back to his stall but unable to finish the race. The second restart Sellers had to deal with came in similar fashion a little more than ten laps later when C.E. Falk and Philip Morris got together going into three. Falk no doubt got an amazing run on Morris out of two and down the backstretch going into three where the made contact. Morris was sent up the track and hard into the outside wall. Making it the second time this season his car needed to be carried to pit road with two wreckers.

Sellers had to fight a little harder on the final restart of the evening but cleared the field out of turn four leaving track veterans Greg Edwards and Mark Wertz to battle it out. Berry, who was probably the biggest winner in those two late race cautions, was able to battle his way back up front and around Edwards and Wertz to take the runner up position.

“First off, to God be the glory,” Sellers exclaimed as he exited the car. “Man, it’s amazing, these races are so hard to win, we beat the best in the business tonight. Josh Berry has got his game on right now; those JR Motorsports guys are tough. Phillip came on strong early but had a tough time getting back up there. Man, this is unbelievable, we loaded up the dually yesterday afternoon, just the four of us, came out here and taking the money back to Danville”.

Sellers also went on to thank track owner Bill Mullis for stepping up to the plate and putting on a show for the short track racers and fans. Langley Speedway will be off this weekend as NASCAR invaded Richmond Raceway but will be back in action April 20thwith Modifieds headlining the program.

 

Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  2. #88 Josh Berry; 200
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 200
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 200
  5. #02 CE Falk; 200
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 200
  8. #90 Terry Carroll; 200
  9. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  10. #57 Eddie Johnson; 198
  11. #71 Rick Gdovic; 197
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 192
  13. #01 Philip Morris; 177
  14. #8 Thomas Scott; 161
  15. #03 Brenden Queen; 160
  16. #88 Thomas Marks; 19
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