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South Boston Speedway recognizes 2018 track champions

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From left, the 2018 division and track champions honored by South Boston Speedway Friday night are: Dennis Holdren, Mod 4, Daniel Shelton, pure stock, Peyton Sellers, late model, Cameron Jarrell, hornets and Trey Crews, limited sportsman. (Mike Smith photo) / January 14, 2019
Peyton Sellers celebrated his fourth NASCAR Whelen All American Series 2018 track championship at South Boston Speedway during the champions banquet Friday.

Five division title winners were recognized.

Reigning NASCAR Whelen All-American series national champion Philip Morris was also at the banquet. Morris won most popular driver honors at SBS this season.

The five track champions are Sellers, limited sportsman champion Trey Crews, pure stock champion Daniel Shelton, hornets title winner Cameron Jarrell and Mod 4 champion Dennis Holdren.

Sellers had a stellar 2017 season, taking home three wins, 15 top fives, 15 top tens in 17 starts. He also had to juggle some taxing personal demands, taking over an expanded role in the family business after his dad, Bert Sellers, had to deal with open heart surgery this summer.

Sellers also thanked his brother, H.C. Sellers, for the continuing partnership that has brought so much success to the operation.

“Having four (SBS) championships is definitely a big feather in my cap, for sure. David Blankenship has got seven. I’m not saying that I’ll ever going to shoot for that, but it’s reasonable thinking right now, at 35 years old.

“I’d like to think I had a few more good years (racing),” said Sellers.

“We’ve had a really good year. We were blessed with finishing a lot of races, and that’s what it takes to win these championships.

“We had a couple of bad races. Me and Philip got together a couple of nights racing for the lead, and different things. That knocked us out of a couple of races. I think if you take the passing points out of it, it was still down to within ten points of each other,” said Sellers.

South Boston puts passing points into the program “to make it a little more challenging for the driver. With all these inverts and things, it makes it hard to get back to the front every night,” Sellers indicated. Sellers said he ‘laser-focused right now’ for the 2019 season.

H.C. Sellers is working to prepare for the late model show at Myrtle Beach, S.C. soon (Feb. 2) and then campaign for another title at SBS.

“I hate to say I’m running for a championship, but, yes that’s going to be our goal. We’re going to be at South Boston for every race and try to make the most of each night and see how it goes,” said Sellers.

Sellers finished fourth in the title hunt last season.

“We raced against Philip Morris every year (for the top national honors). It makes it tougher. It looks like we’ll be going head-to-head this year,” said Sellers.

He’s satisfied with the race career.

He had the opportunity to compete at higher levels in his career, but now he’s still a professional driver working to excel at the short tracks like SBS.

Morris said he plans to some of the same things he worked through in 2018. Morris would love to represent his Christian values and racing valor with another title run.

“The part I want to duplicate, obviously, is the performance. Our schedules look similar. We set out to do the same thing as last year, run the twin races at tracks that have twin races for that weekend,” said Morris.

Morris said he plans to campaign at SBS as much as possible.

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