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Sellers sweeps late model races at SBS

SoVaNow.com / July 15, 2019

Peyton Sellers had one of his best performances ever as he made a clean sweep of the twin 75-lap Late Model Sportsman class at South Boston Speedway Saturday night.

In both races he had to outrun one of the best competitors in the history of South Boston Speedway, Lee Pulliam.

After qualifying fourth, Sellers chose to start at the rear of the field in hopes of earning all of the important passing points possible.

Pole sitter Jeb Burton, started along side Lee Pulliam on the front row.

These two put on quite a show in the early laps of the race. They traded places for the lead numerous times while Sellers was working his way to the front.

Sellers finally got to second behind Pulliam with Burton shown in third. As this three-way battle began to unfold, Burton was developing some handling problems and started to fall back.

Burton finally spun out between turns one and two on lap-30. He parked for the rest of the first race.

On the restart after the Burton caution, Sellers hounded Pulliam for over 20 laps for the lead. The Sellers car was either on his bumper or pulled along Pulliam waiting for his chance.

Sellers got under Pulliam on the backstretch and sped past the former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion on lap 53 to take the lead.

“I was doing all I could do to hold Peyton off, It was a lot of rubber on the track and I got too free, finally he moved me and got by me,” said Pulliam. “He was faster and really hooked up”

With the lead, Sellers pulled away to lead the last 22 laps and win the opener by 2.738 seconds over Pulliam.

“We needed clean air and Lee was doing his job keeping me back there,” Sellers said. “I had to move him a little bit, but It was good clean racing though. Man what a good car tonight. H.C. really did a good job.”

Austin Thaxton, Nicholas Sanchez, and Thomas Scott rounded out the top five finishers in the opener.

Mike Jones, Chris Deiny, Jordan Pickral, Raymond Pittman, and Bruce Mayo completed the top ten finishers.

The nightcap proved to be quite an obstacle to get under way. With usual inverting part of the field from the finishers from the first race, the desire of some front runners to start at the rear of the field, along with the placement of some cars that had parked early in that first race, there was confusion.

Everyone seemed to have a different take as how to line up the staring field. Finally track officials produced a line up that seemed to please most and the second race was set to get under way.

In the nightcap Sellers started 10th and Burton started second. Early laps had Pulliam moving to the front and Sellers picking his way through a series of cautions to be posted second on lap-16.

Lap-25 had Pulliam, Sellers, and Jones battling for the lead. Jones took a spin in turn-two on the 36th lap and the Pulliam-Sellers battle was on once more.

Much like the first race Pulliam and Sellers battled for the lead with close racing with Sellers trying to go under Pulliam.

Sellers got his chance on the 51st lap and went under Pulliam on the front stretch for the lead and had smooth sailing once again to victory lane.

“We worked really hard between races to improve stuff, but we just did not get it good enough,” said Pulliam. “We will just have to go back to the drawing board and try to be better the next time we come here.”

Saturday night’s pair of wins gives Sellers three wins in a row and six wins this season at South Boston Speedway.

“Anytime you can come to South Boston Speedway and beat Lee Pulliam twice, you have just got feel proud and thankful,” said Seller from victory lane. “I know Lee will be back next time with a car that is tougher than ever.”

Pulliam trailed 1.819 second behind Sellers with Scott taking third place, Thaxton taking fourth place and Burton completing the top five finishers.

Nicholas Sanchez, Deiny, Pitman, Jones, and Nathan Crews finished six-10th in the second race.

Sellers came into Saturday’s racing leading the nation in points.

Eversole, Willis split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill

J.D. Eversole and Danny Willis split wins in Saturday night’s twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman races.

Eversole’s victory was his first win at South Boston Speedway since the 2014 season.

“I think my power steering went out in the race, that was what the smoke was all about,” said Eversole. “It quit during the victory lap, I don’t know if we get it fixed for the second race.”

Willis’ win in the nightcap was his third victory of the season at the 0.4-mile track.

“We had a fast race car, we just got a little to free there at the start,” said Willis. “It is a tight points race and we will just see what happens.”

In the opening race, Eversole edged Willis for the win by 0.338 second, with Drew Dawson, Jason Myers, and Daniel Moss rounding out the top five finishers.

Dawson finished second to Willis in the nightcap, with Jacob Borst finishing third, Eversole taking fourth place, and Myers completing the top five finishers.

Pickrel Takes Win in Pure Stock Race

Jordan Pickrel took the lead from Justin Dawson of on the 17th lap and sped to victory in the 30-lap Pure Stock race.

The win was the fourth victory of the season for Pickrel at South Boston Speedway.

“Week after week we were getting beat by the three-car and last race we got tore up a little bit., but we got some repairs done and thank God we had some success here tonight,” said Pickrel.

Randy Hupp finished in the runner-up spot, with Dawson, Bruce Mayo, and Jimmy Wade rounding out the top five finishers.

Currin Declared Winner in Hornets Division Race

Kevin Currin crossed the finish line behind Jared Dawson in the 15-lap Hornets race, but was declared the winner after Dawson’s car failed to pass a post-race technical inspection.

The victory was the second of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.

Steven Layne, Josh Dawson, Aaron Cash, and Andrea Ruotolo Sarnataro rounded out the top five finishers.







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