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Sellers makes national title statement with win

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The second half of the 200-lap late model race at SBS was marred by a couple of major red flags, including this multi-car pileup. / July 01, 2019

Peyton Sellers continues to make a statement about his worthiness for the big prize, the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title.

Sellers held off Lee Pulliam after a second half crash fest at South Boston Speedway at the end of the main feature. That’s the 200-lapper for the late models. Trey Crews finished third.

Pulliam, who has been off-target a bit, was closing fast at the end, but missed the checkered by a narrow margin.

Sellers won by 0.157 seconds, and had this race somehow gone into overtime, the result may well have been different.

Crews had a strong finish, all things considered, as he rolled home third, 1.750 seconds off the pace.

Mike Looney was fourth, with Corey Heim fifth. Brandon Pierce made his presence felt with a sixth place finish, and former SBS track champion Timothy Peters overcame challenges for seventh. Tyler Hughes, Thomas Scott and Mike Jones rounded out the top ten in the 31-car field.

One of the main storylines from the night was the 23rd place finish for Philip Morris, who will lose some ground in his quest to overtake Sellers in the national hunt.

Sellers held a 402-378 lead over Morris before the race in the most recent accounting of the national numbers. With 31 cars tabulated at the end, this is definitely the kind of effort Sellers will cherish as he turns up the heat for the national crown.

Sellers, the 2005 national titlist, rallied strong for the win.

“We didn’t have the fastest car here tonight. Lee Pulliam probably did. Josh Berry probably did. Philip Morris probably did. I thank Lee Pulliam for racing me clean,” said Sellers.

H.C. Sellers made the right adjustments and stressed he did not lay back in the 100-lap segment, won by Berry.

“We did not have the best car tonight. We kept getting track position, things kept falling our way, and that’s what it takes to win these big races. You’ve got to have a lot of luck,” said Sellers.

“Unbelievable night,” said Sellers, who next aims to win at Langley, the second round of the Triple Crown.

Pulliam, dejected at the end, said, “we had a good car all night.”

He’s aggravated, and promised to be back. Pulliam’s race effort had a good night. Nevertheless, Pulliam said he has struggled all year long.

Nevertheless, Pulliam believes he has finally turned a page here.

Crews had an awesome car and his hard work paid off. He used up a lot of right front making the late charge.

Crews said this effort means the world to him, competing against bigger budget late model teams.

WINSLOW BREAKS THROUGH: Eric Winslow made the most of his opportunity, winning the limited sportsman feature.

Winslow races predominately in North Carolina. He was extremely grateful to notch the win here.

Jacob Borst had a good points night, with a second place effort.

Willis had a fast car, one he could have won with on this impactful night. But contact between Borst and Willis proved costly.

Daniel Moss fell out of the race here.

CROWD SCENE: Speedway officials have to be pleased with the overwhelming support from the region for this show. This was the largest crowd in recent memory.

NASCAR officials in Daytona Beach might want to tap into this return to the basics enthusiasm, although there are positives. Martinsville Speedway is making a wise move next season moving its spring date to a true spring opportunity in May (under the lights, no less, on May 9).

Pocono has two NASCAR Monster Energy Cup dates Saturday and Sunday, for its June 2020 date, a throwback move that’s likely to draw enhanced interest.

SBS showed how to put on a heck of a short track show here Saturday.

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