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Morris sweeps late model doubleheader at SBS Saturday

SoVaNow.com / June 11, 2018


Phillip Morris swept both ends of a Late Model Sportsman doubleheader at South Boston Speedway Saturday night. The veteran driver and National champion was just too strong for the tough 21- car field.

Though he qualified third behind Peyton Sellers and Mike Jones, it took him only twelve laps to push to the front.

Pole sitter Sellers chose to start the race on the outside giving Jones the inside lane. Then a series of three cautions created by wrecks and spins toward the rear of the field took out a bunch of cars, leaving Sellers, Morris, and Jones the top three cars to restart on lap eight.

Sellers’ lead was short lived as Morris got under him coming out of turn three on the 12th lap to become the race leader.

Morris was challenged by Sellers for a while, and then he would pad his lead until the next caution. Morris would survive four more cautions.

“I could feel for every one of those drivers in the crashes. Its rough on all the drivers one way or another,” said Morris. “The guys in the wrecks suffer and if you have a lead like I did, you don’t want to give that up for a caution. I kept getting cautions.”

The last caution came on lap 65 when Thomas Scott spun on the backstretch. Morris lead the field to the finish line without incident the last ten laps to win the first 75-lap event.

Sellers was second 1.275 seconds behind, while Danny Willis had had a strong run to finish third. Jason Barnes and Austin Thaxton rounded out the top five finishers.

“We are real happy with second,” Sellers said. “I am down a few guys tonight because we have cars racing everywhere.”

Tim Phipps, Jason Pittman, Mike Jones, Raymond Pittman, and Dusty Ellington finished out the top 10.

On the restart after the sixth caution on lap 33, there were only 12 cars running due to the wrecks and spins. Pit crews had to hustle to get some cars race ready for the second 75-lap race.

The first 10 finishers from the first race were inverted for the second race, putting Dusty Ellington on the pole. Sellers started ninth with Morris starting tenth.

On the first lap of the second race, Willis and others were involved in a wreck on the backstretch that brought out an extended yellow-red caution. The restart had Sellers in sixth and Morris a couple of spots back.

Then Morris got caught up in a multi-car incident on the fifth lap and had to restart eighth.

Both Sellers and Morris quickly advanced to the front with Morris choosing to let Sellers cut a path through the field with him following.

Morris battled briefly with Sellers before challenging Barnes for the lead. Morris swept past Barnes on the 24th lap to take the lead.

Sellers followed Morris, but Morris sped away from his challengers and crossed the finish line 4.447 seconds ahead of Sellers to win the race and complete the sweep.

“I had to have a lot of patience tonight because I had such a good race car and I didn’t want to mess things up,” said Morris. “It is such an honor to be able to drive a car like this and I get work with a crew that is the best in Late Model.”

“It is the reason Phillip is leading the national point right now, they have got their stuff figured out. We are over here scratching our heads trying to figure how to get out of second. We made some changes yesterday and didn’t really like it so we ended up backtracking. Coming home with a pole and two seconds is not a bad night,” Sellers said.

“We are looking at the little stuff, the stuff that can add up each lap you turn. We will get there.”

Barnes finished third, Thaxton finished fourth and Scott rounded out the top five finishers.

Jones, Phipps, Pittman, Charles Barnes, and Eric Winslow rounded out the top 10.

Saturday night’s sweep gives Morris five victories in seven starts at SBS. The wins increased his point lead over Sellers.

Crews Edges Dalton in Limited Race

Trey Crews wrestled the lead away from Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton with 11 laps to go and pulled away to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman race.

There was some contact on those last laps that both drivers contributed to good hard racing.

Crews crossed the finish line 1.244-second ahead of Dalton to earn his second win in three starts this season at South Boston Speedway.

“That is the way you are supposed to be racing. Just hard bumping and rubbing and nobody wrecking,” said Crews. “We both moved up and found the faster lane and stayed with it and didn’t worry about the tires.”

“That high line was fun. We will go home and make a few adjustments and come back next week and see if we can put our car in victory lane,” Dalton said.

Jason Myers finished third, Billy Myers finished fourth and Chris Elliott rounded out the top five finishers.

Crews started on the pole and led the first 19 laps before Dalton squeezed past him to take the top spot on lap 20. Dalton was able to fend off Crews until Crews made a late bid and grabbed the lead for good with 11 laps left in the race.

Pickrel Wins Pure Stock Race

Jordan Pickrel earned his first win of the season Saturday night, edging Randy Hupp in the night’s 30-lap race for the Pure Stock division.

Pickrel crossed the finish line 0.382-second ahead of Hupp in earning the victory.

Pickrel led the entire race, but not without having to fend off several challenges from Hupp, who, like Pickrel, was looking for his first win of the season.

Daniel Shelton, defending division champion Johnny Layne, and Bruce Mayo completed the top five.

Jarrell Wins Second Straight in Hornets Division

Cameron Jarrell took the lead from Kenny Daniel on the sixth lap and led the rest of the way to win the 15-lap race for the competitors in the Hornets division.

Defending division champion Tyler Crute finished second with Daniel finishing third. Kevin Currin, and Joey Clay completed the top five.

Holdren Wins in Mod-4 Division

Dennis Holdren made it two wins in a row Saturday night, edging Jesse “Doodle” Lang by 0.428-second to win the night’s 30-lap race for the Mod-4 division.

Holdren started at the rear of the field, passed Lang for the lead with seven laps to go, and pulled away to take the win over Lang.

Cory Dunn, Jesse Yopp and Josh Phillips rounded out the top five.





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