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Sellers, Pierce split late model doubleheader at SBS Saturday / May 14, 2018

The NASCAR late model scene at South Boston Speedway remains very competitive, with the reigning champion getting his first win here in the first 75-lap twin. Then, a new first-time winner backed by another very strong team took the checkered in the second race here.

Peyton Sellers dominated in race one. Brandon Pierce took the second checkered flag.

Pierce had a strong car for the second race, while national championship hopeful Philip Morris had to go to an untested backup machine for the second feature. Morris knew he was not competitive for the win in the second race.

Pierce, however, cannot be overlooked as the season heats up. He had smart racing strategy and was able to drive away at the end to a solid win.

“These guys (Nelson Motorsports) bust their (butts) every single day. There are no hours. They’re there until the work gets done,” said Pierce.

Morris had overheating issues in the first race and dropped out of contention. His backup car showed the lack of testing in the second race, although he was able to hold on to second place.

Morris finished second and was grateful, given a tight condition and the lack of testing.

Thomas Scott took third and came from the back to try to run down the leaders.

SELLERS DOMINANT IN RACE ONE: Sellers had a strong performance, dominating the field after his chief rival, Morris, fell out due to overheating problems.

Sellers celebrated his first win of the season at SBS.

Sellers is the defending track champion. He had complete control in the second half of the late model twin.

The complexion of the race changed early.

By lap 38, Morris dove into the pits, for service with an overheating problem. The veteran ran into a tough break, with water spewing from the 01 machine.

By lap 40, the competition caution flew, and Sellers held off Brandon Pearce to win the restart.

With 25 laps left, Sellers had a serious winning pace. At the end, Sellers celebrated back in victory lane for the 75-lapper.

Sellers knew Morris had dropped water on the track. He was seeking to avoid that, while he slid around on the track.

“How bout this orange and white 26? This thing is really good this year. We’re making good adjustments to it this year,” said Sellers.

Pierce was second and Scott third in the first late model event.

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