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Lee Pulliam, Peyton Sellers Split South Boston Speedway Late Model Stock Twinbill

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champions Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia split wins Saturday night in the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program at South Boston Speedway.

Pulliam survived a tough battle with eventual runner-up Thomas Scott and Sellers, who started at the rear of the 16-car field after deciding following qualifying that he would rather race the car he had designated as his back-up car.

The Alton, Virginia resident edged Scott by .707-second in capturing his second win of the season at “America’s Hometown Track,” with Sellers trailing Scott by a couple of car lengths in third place. Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia and Daniel Silvestri of Great Falls, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the opener.

The second race featured another tense battle among the trio, with Sellers driving from his eighth starting position under an inverted start among the top 10 finishers of the first race to take the lead from Thaxton on lap 22 and capture his third win of the season at South Boston Speedway.

Scott, from Efland, North Carolina, held off Pulliam over the last seven laps in a stirring battle for the runner-up spot to finish the night with a pair of runner-up finishes. He trailed Sellers by 1.913 seconds at the finish, with Pulliam less than a car length behind him.

Silvestri finished fourth and Thaxton finished fifth, giving both drivers a pair of top-five finishes for the night.


Moss Scores Win In Limited Sportsman Division Race

Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia scored his third win of the season Saturday night, fending off Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Danny Willis, Jr. of South Boston, Virginia in a six-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s two caution periods to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

Moss, the division points leader, edged Borst by .417-second to take the win, with Willis trailing in third place about a second behind Borst. Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina and

Kenny Daniel of Sutherlin, Virginia completed the top five finishers.

There were two lead changes among Moss and Borst, with Moss leading twice for a total of 31 laps, including the final six circuits.

Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina was treated for a foot injury following a crash on lap 25 in which her car crashed into the inside retaining wall on the front stretch. The car’s fuel cell was ruptured in the crash, sparking a fire that briefly engulfed a portion of the car. Dana was able to escape the flaming car without incident.

Pickrel Takes Win In Budweiser Pure Stock Division Race Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the night’s caution-free 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race. The win was Pickrel’s third of the season in the division.

Division points leader Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the runner-up spot, finishing about a quarter of a lap behind Pickrel. Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Halifax, Virginia residents Bruce Mayo and Randy Hupp rounded out the top five finishers in the race.


Cash Claims Win In Budweiser Hornets Division Race

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia became the third driver this season to score his first career win Saturday night with a flag-to-flag win in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. With the win, Cash became the fourth different winner in the division’s first five races of the season.

Two-time winner Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia took the runner-up spot, with Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia and Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.


Butcher, Sauls Take Wins In Southern Ground Pounders Race

Greg Butcher of Mocksville, North Carolina took the win in the Sportsman Division and Dwight Sauls won the Modified Division in Saturday night’s 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Sportsman Division driver Jerry Rice led the early portion of the race, with Butcher taking the lead on lap 13 when the engine in Rice’s car went up in smoke.


Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 15, with the 7 p.m. running of the Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the six-race program. Twin 25-lap races are on tap for the Limited Sportsman Division, and twin 15-lap races are set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. A 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division teams will round out the night’s action.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Crews Scores First LMSC Win In Bojangles 100 At South Boston Speedway

South Boston, VA – The depth in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway has been getting better with each week of the 2019 season.
It took another step in that direction Saturday night when Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car race win in the Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100.

Crews, the outside pole starter, held off former NASCAR national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Nick Sanchez of Miami, Florida in a 37-lap sprint to the finish following the race’s final caution period to capture his first win. His margin of victory was .748-second.

The Halifax, Virginia resident took the lead at the outset and held a lead of almost a quarter of a lap over Pulliam and Sanchez when a caution flag flew for an incident on lap 63. Pulliam and Sanchez gave Crews a hard run for a handful of laps after the restart, but Crews was able to gradually pull away as Pulliam and Sanchez engaged in a close side-by-side battle for second place, a battle Pulliam won by about two car lengths.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia finished fourth and Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that took just over an hour to complete.

Moss, Willis Split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill

Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races. The wins marked the second victory of the season for both drivers.

Moss took the lead from Willis with three laps to go as they battled on the restart following the last of the race’s three caution periods and held off Willis to win by .415-second. Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia and Brent Younger of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Willis started on the outside of the front row in the second race, took the lead from Myers on the second lap and drove to a .685-second win over Moss, who got around Myers to take second place on the next-to-last lap of the race.

Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina, and Dawson rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

Crews, Pickrel Pick Up Wins In Pure Stock Division Twins

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 15-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division races.

Crews fended off Pickrel in a close battle in the first of the pair of 15-lap races, edging Pickrel by a slim margin of .338-second. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia finished third, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia and Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia.

Crews and Pickrel exchanged the lead three times in the opening race, with Crews taking the lead for good with eight laps to go to capture his third win of the season.

Pickrel started on the front row and led the entire way in the second race that was marred by a multi-car incident on the opening lap. Justin Dawson’s car was destroyed and Hupp’s car was totaled when it overturned on the front stretch. Neither driver was injured.

A good jump on the start allowed Pickrel to pull away from the field, and with no challenges, he sped to a three-second win over runner-up Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia. Mayo finished third with Kenny Mills Jr. of Alton, Virginia, and Crews running out the top five finishers.

Dawson Takes Hornets Division Win

Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career win Saturday night in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. With the victory, Dawson became the third different winner in the four races run in the division thus far this season.

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia finished second with Micah Pacifico of Providence, North Carolina, Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia and Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 1 with the 7 p.m. Running of the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

The six-race program will be headlined by twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors. Also on tap are a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m. Practice goes from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children ages 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.
For additional information about the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at www.southboston speedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Winner of Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 At South Boston Will Take Home $10,000

Peyton Sellers celebrates his victory in the 2018 Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – The winner of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway on June 29 will go home with a much bigger check than in past years.

The track and the event sponsors, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson and Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort announced today that the winner’s share of the purse for the 200-lap Late Model Stock race had been increased to $10,000. In the past, the winner pocketed $6,500.

Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, committed to being the event’s presenting sponsor for the sole purpose of increasing the winner’s portion of the purse to $10,000.

“We are so very grateful that the folks with Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort made such a commitment to Late Model racing and South Boston Speedway,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “They have helped us take an already great event to the next level.”

Fans will soon be able to register to win a weekend getaway at the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort and Harley-Davidson merchandise at both the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort (www.grandatlanticresort.com/) and the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson (www.thunderroadhd.com/) websites.

The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 is the first leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. The second race in the triple crown will be the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway on July 20 with the championship decided in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

It was announced earlier this week that the top-three finishing positions in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown would split a $10,000 bonus with $7,000 going to the winner, $2,000 to second and $1,000 to third. For the past few years, the winner of the triple crown had been awarded the entire $10,000.

Danville’s Peyton Sellers is the defending champion of both the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 and the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. There were 35 cars entered in last year’s event.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model event, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race on June 29.

And there will be more than racing. Following the final checkered flag of the night, there will be the largest fireworks display in the area.

Tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

NASCAR K&N Practice Day Produces Solid Speeds, Close Field For Saturday’s Twin 100s

Justin Carroll was one of more than a dozen drivers to test at South Boston Speedway Friday.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Thirteen drivers took advantage of Friday’s open test for Saturday’s whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway and most all of them had one thing in common: lots of speed.

Thirteen drivers participated in Friday’s optional practice and 10 of them were bunched within three-tenths of a second of each other.

A field of 18 cars is expected for Saturday’s race, which is unique to NASCAR touring series events. There will be two 100-lap points-paying races.

After the first 100-lapper teams will have the opportunity to work on their cars for the second race while South Boston Speedway’s Pure Stock and Hornets divisions are racing. If a car is not drivable after the first race, teams may go to a backup car for the second race.

The starting lineup for the second race will be determined by a driver’s fastest lap in the first race.

Drivers taking advantage of Friday’s open practice included Sam Mayer, winner of the season’s second race and the points leader, Colin Garrett, Chase Cabre, Tanner Gray, Mason Diaz, Justin Carroll, Nick Sanchez, who will be making his first series start Saturday, Drew Dollar and Spencer Davis.

Hailie Deegan, who has a win in the K&N Pro Series West, will arrive at the track Saturday morning along with teammate Derek Kraus, who won the East Series opener this year.

There are two practice sessions scheduled for Saturday along with practices for the Pure Stock and Hornets.

Garrett and Williamsburg’s Carroll, who finished fourth in the opening race a year ago, have by far the most experience of any drivers in the field. Garrett was the track’s Limited Sportsman champion in 2017 and Carroll has run many Late Model races here.

Garrett, who finished third in the first 100-lapper in 2018, is off to a hot start in 2019. He led more than 60 laps in the season-opener and had a solid top-10 finish in his last outing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with qualifying scheduled for 5 p.m. An autograph session for drivers from all divisions will be held on the track at 6 p.m. with the first K&N 100-lapper taking the green flag at 7 p.m.

There will be a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Tickets are $15 with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paid adult.

Lee Pulliam and Philip Morris Split Twin Bill in 2019 South Boston Season Opener

Lee Pulliam power through turn four during practice for the Danville Toyota Twin 100. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer)

South Boston, VA– It was time to knock the dust off the racing boots and clean those helmet visors because it was time to get back to good ole American asphalt short track racing this weekend at one of NASCAR’s most historic short tracks – South Boston Speedway.

As been tradition, South Boston Speedway kicked off the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a pair of one hundred lap twins. Seventeen cars from all over Virginia and North Carolina made the trip all hunting for the first wins of the season. It was no surprise to see names like Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam, and Peyton Sellers on the entry list. It was also no surprise to see those names at the top of the leader board. Peyton Sellers being the fastest in first practice while Pulliam paced second.

It was Peyton Sellers who earned not only the honors of leading the field to the green flag for the first race but also broke the track record with his 14.676 (98.119 MPH) lap. Lee Pulliam, Philip Morris, Mike Looney, and Mike Jones were the fastest five cars during euro style qualifying. Race number two would be set per the NASCAR rule book for when twin races are run – no less than an eight-car invert.

As usual race number one was tame. Drivers settled in line early and gave more room than usual. Peyton Sellers got to the gas quick, assumed the lead early, and set the cruise control. The defending track champion looked poised to take the first win of the year and set a precedent that he was here to defend his title. As the laps counted down the field got strung out which prompted NASCAR to throw the yellow flag, bunch up the field, and allow the drivers to take the cone. As the control car, Sellers took the outside which proved to be a sound strategy throughout the race; Pulliam and Morris elected to stay low.

When officials threw the green flag it didn’t take long for things to heat up. Sellers had to go on the defense as Pulliam wanted to take the lead and Philip Morris was there to capitalize should things go south. He looked like he was going to be able to use the high line to do just that but would eventually succumb to Pulliam’s perseverance losing the lead on lap 45.

The second caution of the race came just shortly after when Jason Barnes looped it out of turn two. Unfortunately, Justin Carroll locked up his brakes to try and avoid and ended up sliding right into the tires and water barriers at the entrance to the back pits. NASCAR decided to stop the field on the front stretch to take care of the tires. Pulliam took control once the race went back green and that was all she wrote. Morris made more than an honest attempt to take second from Sellers but was not able to and would have to settle with a third-place finish. Mike Looney and Austin Thaxton would round out the top five.

Pulliam was very happy climbing out of the car in victory lane for the first time in years.

“Well, this is the first new car I have had in nine years, I have been driving an old car,” Pulliam said in victory lane. “Got to thank Mr. Kiker for giving us the opportunity to build this thing, I have been dying to get in a new one for a while. Man, it feels good to have what these guys have and be back in victory lane. This is a special day for me.”

Pulliam was also asked about the quality of drivers and what was more difficult getting around or staying in front of [Philip] Morris and [Peyton] Sellers.

“It was tougher to pass them than stay ahead of them,” Pulliam explained. “We had a really good car right there. Philip [Morris] is always tough, he’s trying to protect the bottom and ride the brake, I had to move him because I knew he was going to be pretty impossible to pass riding that brake pedal. Peyton and I had a good battle there side by side and we were giving all we had. I knew if we could get out front it would be over, had to get that clean air. Feels good for sure. I hadn’t gotten a win at South Boston since 2016, it was my first on this new pavement. Gotta think my fans, my family, my crew I can’t do it without all of these guys.”

Nine cars were inverted for the start of race two handing the front row over to Mike Jones and Mark Wertz. Both drivers ran into issue quick, however. Jones had to come down pit road so his crew could torque all four tires. Because of NASCAR rules, Thomas Scott and the rest of the inside row moved up. Mark Wertz soon ran into issues of his own when something seemed to go south in the power plant. Luckily he was able to make it to pit road without causing any damage – Thomas Scott assumed the lead and tried to put distance between him and the rest of the field.

However, Philip Morris had other ideas for this race and took the lead from Scott by lap fifteen. The first caution of race two came once again at the hands of NASCAR when officials threw a competition yellow at lap thirty-two to bunch the field up once again. Morris did Philip Morris things on the ensuing restart and jumped back out to the lead and never looked back. A great battle for second ensued between Thomas Scott, Peyton Sellers, and Lee Pulliam sometimes even going three wide. That is when things went south for Pulliam who got into the outside wall hard causing enough damage to end his afternoon early.

Morris took care of business once again when the green flag waved for the last time clearing Scott going into one. Took Peyton Sellers two laps to clear Scott himself which was just enough time for Morris to create a gap that was virtually impossible to collapse. That being said the best show of the afternoon in our opinion was the eventual battle for third place between Austin Thaxton and Thomas Scott. Thaxton was able to use the top groove like most others to hold off Scott for three-quarters of the race. However, a slip out of two with a handful of laps left forced him to surrender the position to Scott.

Philip Morris was asked about his dominance last year and what that means looking forward to another NASCAR National Championship this year.

“Last year we didn’t get a win till after April so I feel great about today and this brand new car,” Morris said in victory lane. “The car responded to all the changes after the first break. I don’t even know my car would have been able to keep up with those guys in the first race, they were really fast, hats off to Peyton [Sellers] and those guys for digging hard. “

Knowing he is going to make another run at a National title Morris was asked where he is going to race this year. Pretty simple answer, anywhere the cars are.

“We are going to go where we can,” Morris explained. “South Boston has a few dates, we will be at Langley, Dominion, Motor Mile; anywhere we can get the car count. Thank god we had some cars here today, South Boston has always been good with that.”

South Boston Speedway will be back in action in just two weeks for the NASCAR Whelen Modified 150-lap feature. Tickets can be purchased at the track or online at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com

(Featured photo: Philip Morris celebrates first of many victories to come in 2019. Andy Newsome/Loose in Tight Off)

 

Race 1 Results;

  1. #5 Lee Pulliam; 100
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 100
  3. #01 Philip Morris; 100
  4. #87 Mike Looney; 100
  5. #12 Austin Thaxton; 100
  6. #11 Jeff Oakley; 100
  7. #8 Thomas Scott; 100
  8. #55 Mark Wertz; 100
  9. #39 Mike Jones; 100
  10. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  11. #28 Jason Barnes; 99
  12. #50 Raymond Pittman, III; 98
  13. #22 Eric Winslow; 64
  14. #09 Trey Crews; 49
  15. #90 Terry Carroll; 37
  16. #14 Dusty Ellington; 31
  17. #9 Chris Denny; 24

 

Race 2 Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 100
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 100
  3. #8 Thomas Scott; 100
  4. #12 Austin Thaxton; 100
  5. #28 Jason Barnes; 100
  6. #9 Trey Crews; 100
  7. #11 Jeff Oakley; 100
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  9. #50 Raymond Pittman; 97
  10. #22 Eric Winslow; 57
  11. #5 Lee Pulliam; 38
  12. #55 Mark Wertz; 9
  13. #2 Chris Denny; 1
  14. #87 Mike Looney; DNS
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