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SBS recognizes track champions

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South Boston Speedway recognized its champions Friday night during its annual Champions Dinner. From left, three champion drivers celebrate. From left, SBS general manager Cathy Rice, Pure Stock champion Nathan Crews, overall track champion and late model stalwart Peyton Sellers and Hornets champion Kevin Currin. Limited Sportsman champion Danny Willis Jr. was unable to attend. Team member Clint Hazelwood, not pictured, accepted the . (Photo by / January 13, 2020

NASCAR short track stalwart Peyton Sellers celebrated his fifth late model track championship at South Boston Speedway Friday night.

Sellers, speaking at the annual SBS Champions dinner celebration, accepted the honor, thanking his family, his team and sponsors for the title run at SBS.

Sellers was voted the overall most popular driver at SBS.

Danny Willis Jr. was unable to attend the dinner, due to a family obligation. Willis won the limited sportsman title at SBS last season.

Nathan Crews accepted the Pure stock championship. Kevin Currin won the Hornets title.

Sellers has all-time SBS track title leader David Blankenship in his sights. Blankenship owns seven SBS titles.

Sellers said, “I feel like we’ve got age on our side. I feel like we’ve got fast cars. Number five is something that’s hard to do,” Sellers said.

“You’ve got to beat the guys that are there on any given year.”

Sellers said the chemistry between himself and H.C. Sellers is critical to the success of this family-based operation.

“He’s smart enough to know what I need in the car. He’s smart enough to know not to get us out in left field. That’s where consistency pays off. We were able to complete every lap (of every race) at South Boston ... that’s how you win championships.”

Sellers’ family is also a key part of this show, and patriarch Bert Sellers was on hand after his own health recovery to enjoy this moment.

Sellers was a late contender for the national crown, but came up short.

As for 2020, Sellers and the team plan to continue along on the same path, including running the full season at SBS and filling in during the off weeks with other racing efforts as needed.

“Everything we’ve been doing seems to be working. We’re going to stick with the program.”

Sellers also wants to continue his hunt for a second national title in the NASCAR Whelen All American series.

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