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Morris breezes to victory at South Boston Speedway

SoVaNow.com / May 28, 2018


Philip Morris breezed to Victory lane in a 100-lap NASCAR Whelen late model race at South Boston Speedway Saturday night, just before a much more powerful energy source surrounded the track.

To their credit, SBS officials changed the race schedule and got the main deal of the night done, moments before a potent thunderstorm took over.

Morris is hunting the fifth national title of his career in the late model ranks, and held almost a 100-point lead in the standings before his latest trip to Victory lane.

The rest of the race program was washed out moments later.

Morris took command on the final restart with 17 laps left and drove away with the win. It was his third of the season at SBS. He has three wins in the track’s first five races.

Morris said, “That (win) was big for us. We started off a little free and the car came to me.”

Morris added he’s enjoying a terrific start to the national title hunt.

“Just feels like a kid on Christmas Sunday morning, just having a great time out there. Just feels good to be in the points lead and be in control of this thing, for once,” said Morris.

Morris had a 1.505-second win over defending track champion Peyton Sellers. Thomas Scott took third, with Colin Garrett fourth. Bruce Anderson was fifth.

Sellers said afterwards, “pretty disappointing. We’ve got a really fast race car here and we keep bouncing around between too loose and too tight. Keep doing it to ourselves. Everybody’s working really hard. Good night for us overall,” said Sellers.

Morris and Sellers dueled early, with Stacy Puryear running third. Garrett was fourth, with Thomas Scott fifth in the early laps.

At lap 32, backstretch spin action included Danny Willis Jr. and Jason Barnes. The yellow flew, tightening the field.

Willis returned for a track bar adjustment during the yellow delay, and then swung back for more attention to the car for a third time, before the yellow flew again. Intermittent rain forced a stoppage of for the red flag on lap 39.

Moments later, the field whipped back to life on the restart. Morris pulled away from Sellers on lap 43 and had a solid advantage most of the way.

Morris held off Sellers and the rest of the field. Morris led at halfway, as the veteran clawed to a decent lead.

By lap 75, Morris was working lapped traffic, with a more than half straight away lead over Sellers.

Max McLaughlin spun in turn two, bringing out the yellow at lap 78.

SBS had one more restart. Morris bolted to the point from the outside lane and held the hammer down, just before a brilliant lightning show showered the short track.

Morris had the hammer down and SBS did get its feature event in the books, just a lightning storm moved nearby. The fans scrambled for cover and the night was done.

PURE STOCK OPENER - Johnny Layne sprinted to the lead on the start, with Harrison Walker second. Those two held a significant margin over the rest of the field in this 15-lap race. Layne had no issues holding onto the win.

Scott Phillips ran third, battling with adjustment issues.

Kenny Mills blew up in a plume of smoke at lap 11, as the race stayed green.

Layne won by 1:22.466 seconds, averaging 76.903 mph.

Bruce Mayo was fourth, with Randy Hupp fifth.

Layne started on the pole and led all the way.

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