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Sellers wins So Bo Speedway title, Morris closing in on national crown

South Boston News
Sellers / September 10, 2018
It was a wild and wet night at the South Boston Speedway Saturday night. Despite heavy rains and a late start, track officials dried the track, ran six exciting races and crowned five track champions in three hours.

Peyton Sellers and Phillip Morris put on their usual strong racing efforts and split the twin-75 lap Late Model races.

Pole sitter Morris ran a perfect flag-to-flag race, winning over point leader Sellers by 2.446 seconds in the first race.

Sellers chose to start at the rear of the field once more this season to earn those all-important passing points.

While Morris enjoyed a comfortable lead, Sellers carefully picked his way through the field for the first 48 laps, up to second place behind Morris.

Morris would survive two more restarts to keep Sellers behind him.

While Morris and Sellers showed their strengths, several cars including Raymond Pittman, Danny Willis, Jason Barnes, Mike Jones, and Mike Looney suffered damages from spins or getting collected.

Thomas Scott, Justin Carroll, and Colin Garrett rounded out the top-five.

Many observers were guessing that Sellers had locked up the track championship unofficially after this race. At the same time, it was strongly suspected that Morris had earned enough for another national championship.

Austin Thaxton, Natham Crews, Terry Carroll, Mark Keesee, and Quicy Adkins completed the top-ten finishers.

“I hope is the end of the quest for the national championship, but I never want to count it done until NASCAR makes it official,” said Morris after the race. “I just want to thank the Lord for his help giving us great weather and such a great race car. I am looking forward to the second race and also to national championship.

“It was a big deal in preparation for this race tonight, knowing what was at stake with the national title. I was able to just ride at first until Peyton got second place, and then I felt every vibration and bump. I felt the right wheel and I felt the left wheel. It was great to get to end and have the car hold together.”

The win was Morris’ tenth of the season at South Boston Speedway.

The second race had an inverted field from the first race that started Sellers eighth and Morris tenth. Mark Keesee and Terry Carroll started from the front row.

Lap one had a caution with a pile up in turn three and lap two had a caution with a car into the wall on turn four. With the attrition and experienced driving, Sellers and Morris had picked their way to the front of the field by the sixth lap.

Morris chased Sellers for 69 laps to the finish line. He stayed at Sellers’ bumper most of those laps and they never appeared to touch.

Morris pulled under Sellers a few times but never could manage the pass. Sellers seemed to have a faster groove on the outside as he came out of the turns and could pull back in front of Morris each time.

Sellers crossed the finish line 0.426 seconds ahead of Morris to earn his third South Boston Speedway win of the season.

Sellers was crowned the 2018 South Boston Speedway Track Champion shortly afterward. This was the fourth championship for Sellers at the South Boston oval.

“This is sweet for me to be able to cap off a fourth championship here with these guys,” said Sellers in victory lane. “It is a big deal for all of us. My dad had heart surgery this year and he is back spotting for us, it had just been an unbelievable year.

“This was a good night, they put it on us, but we fought them off. Phillip raced me clean and I appreciate that. This just gives us a lot of momentum going into Martinsville. Thanks to all these fans that stuck it out tonight trough all this rain. Thanks to the speedway for all they do.

“Yes this championship is more special, because when you beat Phillip Morris after going up against him all year it is special. We beat the best here this year.”

Thaxton, Scott, and Keesee completed the top-five finishers.

Terry Carroll, Crews, Charles Barnes, Pittman, and Adkins rounded out the top-ten race leaders.

Crews Wins Limited Sportsman Division Championship

Trey Crews won his second South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman championship and his third career South Boston Speedway track title with a win in Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman race.

“Eight wins this year was great, it speaks a lot for the program,” said Crews. This championship is still as humbling as it was the first time. All my pit guys and sponsors did their part. My dad is a big part5 of my racing. I couldn’t do it without him.”

Crews took the lead from Jessica Dana with 15 laps to go and edged her by 0.835-second to notch his eighth win of the season. These two drivers won all Limited race at South Boston this year but one.

Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton, Daniel Moss, and Brandon Jones rounded out the top five finishers.

Shelton Wins SBS Pure Stock Division Championship

Daniel Shelton had never raced a stock car prior to the start of this season, but you would never have known it based on his performance.

“Just finish this race and win this championship and have my boys here with me is just he greatest thing,” said a tearful Shelton. “They are my biggest fans. I had no spotter. I was just trying to be safe and keep up with everybody.”

With a sixth-place finish, Shelton won the South Boston Speedway Pure Stock championship. He entered Saturday night’s 30-lap race holding a 22-point lead over two-time and defending division champion Johnny Layne. Layne finished fourth, two positions ahead of Shelton, but the difference was not enough as Shelton emerged with the title.

Jordan Pickrel took the lead from Jarrett Milam with nine laps to go and won the race to earn his second win of the season. His victory made him the fifth different winner in the track’s last five races of the season.

Greg Autry finished second, 0.763-second behind Pickrel. Stuart Crews Layne and Bruce Mayo rounded out the top five finishers.

Jarrell Wins Hornets Division Championship

Cameron Jarrell became the second first-year stock car racer to win a division championship at South Boston Speedway this season on Saturday night, using a second-place finish to lock up the Hornets Division championship.

Jarrell entered the race with seven victories this season including the last five in a row and held a near insurmountable 62-point lead over Kevin Currin in the chase for the division championship.

Jarrell said, “We didn’t have the car tonight. I tried to get up there with him, but couldn’t. We had a good season though.”

Billy Goble scored a flag-to-flag win in his first time in competing in the division at South Boston Speedway with Jarrell finishing second. Tony Housman Currin and Steven Layne rounded out the top five finishers.

Holdren Wins Mod-4 Division Title

Dennis Holdren wrapped up the Mod-4 championship Saturday night in good fashion by winning the 20-lap Mod-4 race.

The win was Holdren’s fourth victory in the six races run in the division this season at South Boston Speedway.

“We ran Late Model here a couple of years and have always loved coming here,” said Holdren. My father put the third motor in the car and I couldn’t do it without him.”

Holdren edged Cory Dunn by 1.341-second with Drew Holdren, Josh Phillips and Jesse Yopp rounding out the top five finishers.

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