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Pair of newcomers steal the show at SBS Saturday

SoVaNow.com / August 13, 2018


A couple of newcomers to South Boston Speedway stole the show Saturday night in the Twin-75’s late model races.

Corey Heim came to town with the P.A.S.S. Super Late Model Series and chose to run in the Late Model Twin-75 races while he was in town. He won both.

Ryan Repko had two strong second place finishes behind Heim.

Peyton Sellers and Phillip Morris, who both have dominated the Late Model field all season, qualified on the pole with Heim and Repko on the second row.

Sellers chose to continue the game he has used to overtake Morris in the points race. He started at the rear of the field to earn the extra passing points, leaving Morris to go off first in the first race.

By lap 10 Sellers was in the top-10. Lap 51 had him in fourth.

Also on lap 51 Heim slipped under Morris for the lead.

Heim and Morris battled until Mike Dame crashed into the 3-4 turn to bring out a caution a caution on lap 67. On the restart, Morris spun in turns 3-4 to bring out the third and final caution of the race. Morris was sent to the rear of the field for causing the caution.

Heim held on for the win.

“It has been a long time coming, I just never expected my first win to come in one of these things”, said Heim. “It was a great car and we had great restarts.”

Repko, who ran second or third the whole race, finished second behind Heim.

“We had a couple of short runs there at the end and just never could get in front of him,” Repko said.

Sellers had challenged Repko for the last few laps but decided to play it safe and not attempt a pass on Repko and settle for third place.

“Those were a couple of good cars up there in front of us. I backed off there at the end. I didn’t see any need to chance a wreck there at the end,” Sellers said.

Tyler Hughes and Thomas Scott rounded out the top-five.

Bruce Anderson, Mike Looney, Mike Jones, Austin Thaxton, and Sam Mayer completed the top ten.

Phillip Morris finished 16th.

Speedway officials said the results of the races are unofficial pending a post-race technical inspection by NASCAR officials. Official final results are expected to be posted this week.

The sixteen-year-old Corey Heim was competing in a late model race for the first time.

Heim started tenth in the second race after the top-ten of the field was inverted from the first race. Repko started ninth. Sellers once more chose to start in the rear.

“I know that I am playing with fire starting at the rear of the field, but that is what we are going to do,” Sellers said.

A series cautions and restarts in the early laps helped bring Heim to the front. On lap 8, he got under Thaxton for the lead. He was strong enough to pull away for a comfortable lead and go on win 4.048 seconds ahead of second place Repko.

“I did not expect this great of a turnout for this car,” said Heim.

“This race car was super, it was just perfect off the corners.”

“The car was just great. There is not much I could have done different,” Repko said.

Morris, Sellers, and Anderson rounded out the top-ten finishers.

“I just wanted bring it home in one pierce. We had what I thought was a flat, wrong tire with wrong stagger,” Morris said.

Looney, Thaxton, Mayer, Scott and Hughes completed the top ten.

Pollard Wins PASS 150 Super Late Model Race

This week, Bubba Pollard confirmed he would make the trip to Oxford, Maine for the 45th Annual Oxford 250.

Pollard, one of the best-known Super Late Model drivers in the South, added his name to the list of South Boston Speedway Super Late Model race winners Saturday night surviving a wild PASS 150 race punctuated by 11 caution periods.

Saturday at South Boston Speedway, he spun and won the 150-lap feature to lock his spot in the Oxford field.

With the race being part of the PASS “Roads To Oxford and Richmond” program, Pollard opted to accept a guaranteed starting spot in the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine later this season.

He looked to be out of luck when he spun with eight laps to go while battling eventual runner-up Lucas Jones for the lead. But Pollard picked his way through traffic and got back to third place by the time a caution flag flew with four laps to go.

The late caution period set up another intense battle between Pollard and Jones, with Pollard wrestling the lead away from Jones with three laps to go. Pollard managed to hang on from there, crossing the finish line .434-second ahead of Jones.

Jeff Batten finished third with Heim and Roy Hayes III rounding out the top five.

“I didn’t know if I had enough laps, but I knew I had the race car,” Pollard said, “I knew there were going to be more cautions. We had a good enough race car to do it, and things played our way.

“They didn’t race you with no respect tonight, that’s for sure.

“Run you into the outside fence; don’t give you a lane to race in. I don’t mind racing hard but give me a lane to race in and let’s race. The right front’s all bent up, but I had to get up on the wheel and get it done, make it happen.”

Jarrell Wins Hornets Race

Cameron Jarrell scored his sixth win in seventh starts Saturday night, taking the lead from Kenny Mills Jr with two laps to go and edging Mills for the win in the 15-lap hornets race.

Kevin Currin, Donald Clay and Andrea Ruotolo Rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead swap hands seven times between four drivers.

Hendrick Wins Southern Ground Pounders Race

Brandon Hendrick topped the field in the 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Hendrick took the top prize in the Modified division and Ken Faucette, who finished third overall behind Hendrick and Dwight Sauls, won the sportsman division



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