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McCarty, Morris split Twin late model 60s at SBS’s anniversary

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Bobby McCarty (22) and Philip Morris ()1) battle for position in the first of two 60-lap feature races at South Boston Speedway Saturday night. (Randy Holmes photo) / August 28, 2017
South Boston Speedway celebrated its 60th Anniversary with Saturday night’s Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60’s racing program, complete with birthday cake, balloons for the kids and a colorful fireworks display to end the evening.

While the evening was a celebration of South Boston Speedway’s history, Bobby McCarty and Philip Morris were at the center of the celebration at the conclusion of the night’s pair of 60-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races.

McCarty won the first of the night’s twin 60-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car division races, fending off a torrid challenge from Morris to score his fourth win of the season.

In what was one of the most exciting Late Model Stock Car Division races of the season, McCarty edged Morris by .206-second to earn the win. Timothy Peters finished third with track points leader Peyton Sellers and Josh Oakley rounding out the top five finishers.

With the top 10 finishers of the first race inverted for the start of the nightcap, Morris and McCarty started ninth and tenth respectively. Morris quickly sliced his way through the field to take the lead from Blake Stallings on the 15th lap. Once in front, Morris never relinquished the lead.

A caution flag with four laps to go set up a four-lap dash to the finish and a battle between Morris and Sellers for the win. Morris cleared Sellers with two laps to go and crossed the finish line .908-second ahead of Sellers to secure his sixth win of the season at South Boston Speedway and his 63rd career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division win at the .4-mile oval.

Oakley finished third, Brandon Pierce and Peters rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

STRONG EFFORT: Sellers entered the night at SBS with an impressive 434-367 points lead in the late model division over McCarty, with Austin Thaxton a distant third.

With only the Sept. 16 race remaining on SBS’s calendar, Sellers is almost certainly going win the title.

No official confirmation was given that Sellers sealed the deal Saturday night, but he raced smart, avoiding major trouble.

Sellers finished fourth in the first late model, with McCarty holding off Morris in an intense late model race. Peters was third, holding off his fellow former national champion in the first race. Sellers was fourth in the first 60-lapper, and took second in the final race of the night.

“The season’s been up and down a lot,” said Sellers. “I felt like I drove two good races tonight, two better races than I have in a while now. This car, we’re making gains with it. We had some brake trouble issues…We worked hard on it, couldn’t get it figured out. Man, I wanted to win on the 60th anniversary of South Boston Speedway. This place has a lot of history and I’m glad to be a little piece of it,” said Sellers.

TWO WINNERS: Morris celebrated emphatically with a very strong run in race two.

Because of the inversion, Morris had to adopt a sprint race style to seal the win in the second late model.

“Thank God for the high line here at South Boston,” said Morris.

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