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Sellers, McCarty take wins in LMS Twin 75s; Jones tops Limited field

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Bobby McCarty (22), Peyton Sellers (26) and Austin Thaxton (12) vie for track position in the opening feature race at South Boston Speedway Saturday. / July 17, 2017
Peyton Sellers and Bobby McCarty battled for a split in the Late Model Twin-75’s races at South Boston Speedway Saturday night.

Sellers won the pole and led the first race for 22 laps until a caution came out. On the restart Sellers and McCarty were side-by-side when the Sellers car drifted up and pushed McCarty into the wall between turns one and two.

“McCarty was nothing but first class about the fact I wrecked him,” said Sellers. “It was completely my fault, I got on the brakes too hard and the back end stepped out and I got into him. This pushed us both to the wall. I appreciate that he raced me clean the rest of the race.”

Austin Thaxton slipped into the lead when Sellers and McCarty hit.

When the caution came out again on lap-30, Sellers was right beside Thaxton on the restart. Sellers got around Thaxton for the lead in the fourth turn.

The Sellers car survived a restart after a caution on lap-65, but was now being challenged by McCarty, who had worked his way back to the front.

McCarty got under Sellers for the lead on the 67th lap but Sellers went back under McCarty on the next lap for what would be the final lead change.

Sellers finished 0.460- seconds ahead of McCarty.

Thaxton, Danny Willis, and Brandon Pierce rounded out the top-five finishers in the race.

Stuart Crews, Raymond Pittmam III, Eric Winslow, Dusty Ellington, and Mark Keessee made up the rest of the top-ten.

A draw after the first race had the top-eight finishers being inverted to start the second race. Sellers was picked to start eighth but chose to start at the rear of the field and attempt to earn bonus passing points.

McCarty started in seventh place due to the inversion. He wasted no time moving to the front as he positioned himself to get pass Eric Winslow to take the lead on the 15th lap.

Meanwhile, Sellers was coming through the field and fought his way up to second place to set things up for another battle with McCarty.

Sellers gradually closed on McCarty as he cut away at his big lead. When he reached McCarty’s bumper, a caution came out about lap-45 and after two attempts at a restart, McCarty got a good jumped and surged ahead.

Sellers did not have anything left for him and had to settle for second place 1.1-seconds behind McCarty.

“The car was good, but not as good as I wanted it to be,” said McCarty. “After the first race, my guys got the car back together for the second race. That high groove was definitely the better place tonight.”

“I could not ask for it to be any better, when you take two cars this good and put them head-to-head, it is whoever gets out front gets the clean air,” Sellers said. “The McCarty crew must have made some good adjustments on their car to come back and run so good in the second race. As soon as I got to him, the car was just too tight, but that is racing.”

Thaxton was third for the second time. Thomas Scott and Crews rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

“The first race we were too free and changed a bunch of stuff only to wind up being too tight in the second race,” offered Thaxton about his race night. “Congratulations to those guys, they have really got their stuff together, we have work to do.”

Willis, Pierce, Winslow, Pittman, and Ellington were the rest of the top-ten finishers.

Jones Takes Limited Sportsman Twin Bill

Mike Jones swept the two limited races Saturday.

The wins were Jones’ first of the season, and winning the pole position in qualifying gave Jones a total sweep for the night.

Jones took the lead at the start of the first 25-lap race and raced to a 2.713-second win over Colin Garrett, Chris Elliott, Barry Beggarly Jr. and Daniel Moss, rounded out the top five finishers.

With an inverted start for the second race among the top four finishers of the first race, Jones started fourth and needed 17 laps to work his way up to second place. A caution period put race leader Elliott and Jones side-by-side on the front row for a restart with six laps to go.

Jones got the edge on the restart and Moss, who restarted third, got past Elliott in the closing laps. At the finish, Jones crossed the finish line 0.806-second ahead of Moss with Elliott finishing third. David Latour Jr. and Garrett rounded out the top five finishers for the second race.

“This car was the best one he had ever driven by far,” Jones said.

Layne Wins Pure Stock Race

Defending South Boston Speedway Pure Stock Division champion Johnny Layne picked up his first win of the season in the pure stock race.

“This win is a big deal for us trying to get back into the points deal,” said Layne.

Layne took the lead from Jared Milam with eight laps to go and raced to a 0.635-second win over Trey Crews. Harrison Walker, Randy Hupp, and Matt Epps rounded out the top five finishers.

There were two lead changes among three drivers.

Point’s leader Harrison Walker won the pole, but chose to start at the rear of the field to earn passing points.

Mills Scores Hornets Win

Defending South Boston Speedway Hornets Division champion Kenny Mills Jr. bolted from his third starting spot into the lead on the first lap and led the entire distance to win Saturday night’s 15-lap Hornets Division race.

The win was Mills’ first of the season.

Kevin Currin finished second, with Michael Farmer, Drew Dawson, and Jared Dawson rounding out the top five finishers.

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