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Sellers takes checkered flag at South Boston Speedway Saturday night / April 23, 2019

Peyton Sellers is on his game early in the local NASCAR short track season.

Peters won his third NASCAR late model race in a row, and second of the season at South Boston Speedway.

The defending SBS track champion overtook teenager Daniel Silvestri with 53 laps to go. Sellers is the early points leader in the late model division . The race went caution free.

Silvestri finished 2.498 seconds behind Sellers.

Mike Looney, a former Martinsville late model winner, had a strong third place run. Looney did a solid job driving, holding off two former national champions. Lee Pulliam finished fourth and Philip Morris, the current NASCAR Whelen All American Series late model champion, had a fifth place run.

The race featured two lead changes. Sellers led twice for a total of 86 laps. Silvestri led once for 14 laps

Sellers, who also won recently at Langley Speedway, said, “this car was really good tonight. Billy Banks gave us a stout motor. H.C. (Sellers) worked on the car.

“We’re riding the momentum that’s hard to beat right now. We come here and won the last race, went to Langley last Thursday night, won that race. Back here tonight and winning…It feels good to be a winner in 2019,” said Sellers.

The no. 26 car was on a rail, and track position meant everything here. Sellers said.

Sellers battled past Silvestri, with Looney third, 5.397 seconds off the pace. Pulliam and Morris took fourth and fifth in cool and breezy conditions for the first night race of the season at SBS.

Silvestri said, “this thing was flying. We came out of the gate and we got a little bit of a lead. This car was rotated so good. We were so good, so fast. We’ve been working so hard. It’d pretty cool to be racing with some of the best in the country,” he said.

Looney said, “the race car is really good. My old buddy, Forest Reynolds told me some stuff to try. Billy Banks horsepower really bailed me out.

“We ain’t got the biggest budget. Made every dollar count,” said Looney.

Trey Crews ran sixth, with Colin Garrett seventh. Austin Thaxton was eighth, with Mike Jones ninth. Jason Barnes was 10th in the 15-car field. Sellers averaged 91.168 mph. He won his 29th career late model race at SBS.

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