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Lee Pulliam (5) battled Peyton Sellers (26) in NASCAR late model racing action at South Boston Speedway Saturday night. (Randy Holmes photo) / September 09, 2019
South Boston Speedway crowned track champions in four divisions Saturday night.

Peyton Sellers collected his fifth South Boston Speedway Late Model Sportsman championship.

SBS general manager Cathy Rice presented Sellers with the championship trophy.

This is the third straight season that Sellers has won the title.

“We certainly hold you and all in high esteem and thank you. To match Ray Hendrick with five titles certainly means a lot to me,” Sellers said.

Only David Blankenship with seven South Boston Speedway NASCAR track championships, stands above Sellers and Hendrick.

“We have a lot on the line right now and what you saw out there tonight was desperation trying to win a national championship. It was not the sportsman thing to do, but we were just racing hard out there.”

Phillip Morris edged out Sellers in the first of the twin-75 lap Late Model races.

Pole winner Morris started in the middle of the field due to the fact he had won the four previous races. Sellers started in the rear to earn passing points.

By mid-race the two drivers were battling for the lead. Pulliam had to fight Sellers off for the rest to win by less than a second.

“We really struggled at the beginning of the race, the car did not have any side grip at all, I thought we were going to finish about fifth or sixth,” said Pulliam. “Then the sun started going down and I was getting better and better, getting more drift. I just had to get up on the top side and got a couple of lucky breaks.

“The 26 gave me a heck of a run. We had a battle there on that last start. I was able to gain a little distance, but not much.”

Sellers said, “We got way too loose at the end. We were not able to put the gas pedal down. Also I knew I had to save a little on tires as we have another race to go tonight. I want get up there and beat him one time. We can smell it and we are making a little progress.”

Austin Thaxton, Trey Crews, and Thomas Scott rounded out the top five.

“I did not want to race like this, but we are at the end of the season, and it was time to let go,” added Thaxton.

Blake Stallings, Camden Gullie, Nathan Crews, Raymond Pitttman, Drew Dollar completed the top ten.

The second Late Model race had the top ten from the first race inverted with Dollar up front. Pulliam and Sellers quickly moved up from back of top ten.

The last 30 laps once more featured a Pulliam-Sellers side-by-side and sometimes bumper-to-bumper battle for the lead. Finally the hard racing climaxed on that last lap, as the two cars made contact between turns three and four, causing Pulliam to spin.

Sellers raced to the finish line ahead of the rest of the field, but was penalized by track officials for causing the incident and was awarded tenth place, the last position behind the rest of the cars that finished on the lead lap.

Dollar, who was running third at the time, was declared the unofficial winner, with Thaxton finishing second, Scott taking third place, Stallings finished fourth and Nick Smith rounding out the top five in the unofficial finishing order.

“We were at the right place at the right time, it was the best car I have had,” said Dollar. “They told me to stay in there behind the leaders because things were going to get rough with them after a while and sure enough that is what happened.”

Danny Willis clinches the Limited Championship.

“This make the fourth championship for us,” said Willis. “Thank You Cathy Rice and thank you South Boston Speedway. We picked up six wins and came out with the championship.

Willis and Jacob Borst waged a hard-fought battle for the win after the race’s final caution flag flew with 13 laps to go, with Willis getting beside Borst on the inside several times without being able to make the pass.

A last-ditch effort by Willis on the last lap to earn the win came up short as Willis spun as the pair sped off of the fourth turn heading to the checkered flag.

Borst sped across the finish line to grab his sixth win of the season and tie Willis for the most wins in the division. Landon Pembleton finished third with Mark Cook finishing fourth and Mitchell Wright rounding out the top five finishers.

“This car amazing,” said Borst. “We had bad luck this season. We had fast cars, but just could not finish the race. I learned a lot from Willis this season and want to congratulate him on his championship season.”

Nathan Crews won the Pure Stock championship as he clinched the title while picking up a win in the final race of the season.

Crews earned his ninth victory of the season, edging Scott Phillips by 0.778-second.

Randy Hupp, Justin Dawson, and Jesse Keesee completed the top five finishers.

Kevin Currin was named the track champion in the Hornets Division for the second time in his career.

“We won the championship in 2014 and now to come back five years later is just so cool,” said Currin. Thanks to South Boston Speedway for giving us a venue to race at a fair price, one that we can afford and have fun.”

Jared Dawson edged Josh Dawson by a foot in a near photo finish to win the 15-lap race and earn his second victory of the season.

Tyler Stanley, Currin, and Donald Clay, rounded out the top five finishers.

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