SOUTH BOSTON, VA - .Defending South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia took another step forward in defending last season's track championship Saturday night with a sweep of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s.
Saturday night's pair of wins gives Sellers three wins in a row and a total of six wins this season at "America's Hometown Track."
Looking to pick up passing points to aid in his quest for the South Boston Speedway title, Sellers started last in the field, picked his way through traffic, and sped past former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia on lap 53 to take the lead.
Once in front, Sellers had everything his way, and edged Pulliam by 2.738 seconds to take the win. Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia, Nicholas Sanchez of Cornelius, North Carolina and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the opener.
Starting 10th in the nightcap, Sellers again threaded his way to the front of the field. It was on the second of two bids Sellers made for the lead against Pulliam that he succeeded in taking the lead. Just like in the first race, once Sellers took the lead on lap 51 he had everything go his way.
Pulliam finished 1.819-second behind Sellers with Scott taking third place, Thaxton taking fourth place and Jeb Burton of Halifax, Virginia completing the top five finishers.
Burton, who recorded a Top-10 finish in Thursday night's NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway, won the pole for Saturday night's opening Late Model Stock Car Division race driving a car out of the Sellers Racing stable. He finished 13th in the first race after taking the car to pit road following an early-race spin.
There were two lead changes between Pulliam and Sellers in the opening race and two lead changes among three drivers in the nightcap with Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia, Pulliam and Sellers taking a turn at the front of the field.
Eversole, Willis split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill
J.D. Eversole of Richmond, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night's twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.
Eversole's victory was his first win at South Boston Speedway since the 2014 season. Willis' win in the nightcap was his third victory of the season at the .4-mile oval.
In the opening race, Eversole edged Willis for the win by .338-second, with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia, Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.
Dawson finished second to Willis in the nightcap, with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina, finishing third, Eversole taking fourth place and Myers completing the top five finishers.
Pickrel Takes Win In Budweiser Pure Stock Division Race
Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia took the lead from Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia on the 17th lap and sped to victory in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
The win was the fourth victory of the season for Pickrel at South Boston Speedway.
Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia finished in the runner-up spot, with Dawson and Halifax, Virginia residents Bruce Mayo and Jimmy Wade rounding out the top five finishers.
Currin Declared Winner In Budweiser Hornets Division Race
Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia crossed the finish line behind Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division 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 of Nathalie, Virginia, Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia and South Boston, Virginia residents Aaron Cash and Andrea Ruotolo Sarnataro rounded out the top five finishers.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, July 27, with the 7 p.m. running of the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents “National Night Out” NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.
A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the five-race program. The Limited Sportsman Division competitors will battle it out in a 50-lap race. Twin 15-lap races are set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race is on tap for the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors.
Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
There will be $5 admission for all emergency services personnel showing proper ID.
For additional information about the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents “National Night Out” NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website ator telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.
-South Boston Speedway Press Release and Photo