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Dana escapes serious injury after fiery crash at SBS / June 03, 2019

South Boston Speedway has now had two attention-grabbing incidents in its past two races.

On Saturday, Jessica Dana sustained an ankle injury after a fiery crash halfway through the limited sportsman race.

Dana’s car smashed the inside retaining wall near the start-finish line, then got hit by another car and burst into flames. A fuel cell was dislodged.

Dana jumped out of the car, limping to the pit area. She eventually emerged with her ankle wrapped in ice, in good spirits overall.

Dana had been looking for sponsorship. These SBS teams generally do an excellent job bringing damaged race cars back to life, but it’s a safe bet this no. 9 car - credited with a ninth-place finish in the 50-lap limited race won by Daniel Moss - is finished after extreme damage.

Dana was officially credited with 25 laps.

Randy Hupp had an upside down ride in his last pure stock race, and now this.

THE NATIONAL PICTURE: Philip Morris did not race at SBS Saturday night, but he’s still in contention in the national title hunt for late models.

Peyton Sellers led the national title chase through last week, with a 268-246 edge over Morris and Nicholas Sanchez. It’s way too early to make any definitive assessments here, but Sellers certainly helped his cause with the race two win in late model action at SBS.

LATE MODELS: Two of the best in the business split the feature late model race at SBS Saturday.

Pulliam held off Thomas Scott by 0.707 in the first late model show, with Sellers third, 1.286 seconds off the pace. Austin Thaxton had a solid run to fourth place, 3.971 seconds off the leader.

Pulliam celebrated and thanked both of his main competitors for racing him clean.

They could have turned him, but the late models guys put on a terrific show.

“We’re missing a little something here. We just ain’t quite got the car exactly like it needs to be,” said Pulliam.

Pulliam raced hard and kept his focus, and also praised the team behind him.

Sellers returned to Victory lane in the second late model, 1.913 seconds off the pace in the second twin.

Scott had another runner-up effort, 1.913 seconds behind Sellers. Pulliam was third, 1.986 off the pace. Thaxton was fifth in the second late model twin.

Sellers said afterwards, “We weren’t good enough that first race.”

Sellers said his car was better in the second race.

Sellers said track position meant a lot and explained that this was a big night for the team.

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