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Morris again shows why he is best in the business / August 27, 2018

SBS celebrated its 61st anniversary in style, with another demonstration of why Philip Morris is one of the best in the business at this level, the NASCAR Whelen All-American series.

Morris sailed to the late model win, and he already owned a 662-596 points lead in the all-important national points chase. Morris is all but a lock to win his fifth national title, and the win Saturday night put him on a path to Charlotte later this year to pick up the trophy hardwear.

Morris already won the second leg of the Virginia Triple Crown, last Sunday’s Hampton Heat, and as of Aug. 19, Morris has 21 wins in 31 starts and 25 top fives.

Morris started at the rear because of a tire issue after qualifying and still whipped through the field at SBS. He also showcased his ability to win restarts.

Morris had considerable adversity moving forward. He had a tough tire deal and then got into an early skirmish.

“We had to work hard for the win. That was probably as hard as I’ve had to work for one,” said Morris.

“Had a lot of handling issues, and had to come from the rear,” said Morris, who battled hard for his latest checkered flag.

Morris also gained ground on Peyton Sellers and also used his spotter to guide him through wreck troubles in the late model race.

Second place runner Thomas Scott battled to second.

“I just can’t believe I made it all the way up to second. I hate Peyton (Sellers) had some problems. Hats off to my guys. We worked on this car, it wasn’t perfect today. We had to dial it in. It was good when it counted,” said Scott.

“I was able to make the moves I needed to make to get up there through the field,” said Scott.

Scott had another solid finish in second.

Third place runner Mike Jones feels he got some luck en route to a third place finish. He was due a good finish after some of the adversity he’s been through this season.

Here’s the award for top duel of the night, between Jessica Dana and Ross ‘Boo Boo’ Dalton.

Dalton certainly felt the boos of the crowd after some extra-intense short track racing in both limited sportsman races involving the drivers.

The passions boiled over after the second limited twins.

“I thought it was just hard racing,” said Dana after extra contact in the second limited. “You guys think it was?”

The crowd cheered.

Dalton was having none of that.

He asked for quiet from the crowd.

“All right let me talk …I’m going to talk anyway. The first race, I’m under her, she turns left, knocks the front bumper off the race car.

“The second race, she’s (Dana) clearly faster than me. All she had to do was drive past the front straightaway here and pass me. Yet, I’m all the way over here to the wall, and she (makes contact) going into one. I don’t blame you. A pretty little blond hair girl in a pink race car, that gets all of you’ll excited. I’m not ok with a dirty little driver, though,” said Dalton.

Dalton is counting down to the season finale in two weeks. While Trey Crews appears to be headed to the division title, the looming Dana-Dalton grunge match ought to sell a few extra tickets.

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