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Morris sweeps late model doubleheader

SoVaNow.com / April 30, 2018
Philip Morris is off to a terrific start to the season, and has a fifth NASCAR national title in his sights.

Morris swept both ends of a NASCAR late model doubleheader Saturday night on a nearly perfect night for short track action at South Boston Speedway.

The second 100-lapper featured some sizzling late model challenge action between Morris and another former national champion, Peyton Sellers, along with a controversial decision not to throw the caution in overtime.

Morris now has 66 career victories at SBS.

By virtue of a draw, the top 10 finishers from the first race were inverted for the start of the second race. Sellers needed 22 laps to speed from his eighth starting spot into the lead, with Morris, who started 10th, working his way up to fourth place by that point. Morris worked his way up to second place on lap 27, and the chase was on from that point. McCarty worked his way into third place with 30 laps to go and made it a three-car battle for the win. Three cautions over the final 22 laps forced the race to go extra laps and set the stage for a dramatic ending that saw Morris edge Sellers by .250-second in a two-lap green-flag dash to the finish with McCarty finishing third about two car lengths behind the two leaders.

Austin Thaxton finished fourth and Thomas Scott of Mebane, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers. There were three lead changes in the nightcap. A total of 23 cars started both races.

Morris led all 100 laps in winning the first race, finishing .740-second ahead of runner-up Bobby McCarty. Defending South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers occupied second place for much of the race before McCarty slipped past him in the closing laps to relegate him to a third-place finish. Josh Oakley finished fourth and Brandon Pierce rounded out the top five finishers in the opening race.

Morris said he had good, clean horsepower and his team did a good job getting his chassis prepared for the first race. The car recently hit the wall in Sunday action, but the Morris car was back in fill charge mode for the opener.

McCarty had hard racing getting past Sellers, and said he might have had an opportunity for reeling in Morris. But he waited too late in the strategic decisions.

LIMITEDS SPLIT: Trey Crews and Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton split wins in Saturday night’s pair of 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races. Crews edged Daniel Moss by 2.904 seconds in winning the first race, with Dalton finishing third. Karl Budzevski finished fourth and Jason Myers rounded out the top five finishers in the 15-car field.

By virtue of a draw, the top three finishers of the first race were inverted for the start of the second race. Crews worked his way past Moss to grab second place with 10 laps remaining in the race but ran out of time in his attempt to catch Dalton, and had to settle for a second-place finish. Moss finished third, Budzevski finished fourth and Myers rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

PURE STOCKS: Johnny Layne began his defense of last season’s Pure Stock Division title in good fashion Saturday night by winning the division’s 30-lap season-opening race. Layne jumped into the lead on the opening lap and led the entire race, fending off Jordan Pickrel to take the win by a margin of .570-second. Scott Phillips finished third with Harrison Walker finishing fourth and Bruce Mayo completing the top five finishers.

HORNETS DIVISION OPENER: Cameron Jarrell earned his first career South Boston Speedway win Saturday night, topping the field to win the 15-lap Hornets Division race. Defending South Boston Speedway division champion Tyler Crute finished second with Kevin Currin, Tony Housman and Kenny Daniel rounding out the top five finishers. The race was a competitive one with a pair of lead changes. Jarrell took the lead from Currin on the sixth lap and led the rest of the race.

MOD 4S DEBUT: Dennis Holdren started on the pole and led every lap en route to winning the 30-lap race that marked the debut of the Mod 4 Division at South Boston Speedway. Holden held off Cory Dunn and Josh Phillips in a four-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s five caution periods. Tanner Young of Henry, Virginia and Jessie Yopp rounded out the top five finishers.





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