The Late Model Stock Cars division joined the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Saturday night at the famed South Boston Speedway (VA). Peyton Sellers scored the win in the first twin race and Brandon Pierce captured his first ever LMSC win in the second.
Peyton Sellers started on the pole for the first twin, but had the strong competition of Philip Morris to his outside. Morris claimed the lead on lap five and set a blistering pace until he started overheating just at the halfway point. Sellers inherited the lead and went on to hold off Brandon Pierce for the win.
“I was really hoping to race Philip at the end there,” said Sellers. “We had a really good car and kept the pace with him pretty good. Lapped traffic kept getting both of us, so I was able to keep him within striking distance. We’re really good this year and everybody is working hard on it. It was a big night for Hunt-Sellers Racing with the win and Colin Garrett finishing third in the K&N race, so we are happy and proud of our team.”
An inversion of the top-10 put Philip Morris on the pole for the second twin race. The runner-up and winner of the first twin, Pierce and Sellers were relegated to the ninth and tenth spot. Morris opted to start from the rear in order to collect passing points, which meant Danny Willis, Jr., would set the pace coming to green.
On lap four, a multi-car incident took Sellers out of contention to sweep the twins. Therefore, it was the Morris/Pierce show from there on out. Pierce took the lead on lap five, but Morris was coming through the field quick and was running Pierce down for the lead in a couple laps.
Morris made his move on Pierce for the lead on lap 20, but Pierce never let him out of his sight and the battle for the win intensified. Pierce showed his nose to the inside of Morris a couple of times, but wasn’t quite able to get the run he needed to complete the pass yet.
With 15 laps to go, Pierce made his move and cleared Morris for the lead and went on to capture his first career late model stock car victory.
“I think if you told me to script my first win, you couldn’t have scripted it any better than that,” Pierce said. “Morris is the best of all time and he’s had everybody covered over here for at least a year. But I knew I was quicker when he got by me. When I gave him a little bump, I knew it was time to go and once I got by him that I’d be able to pull away from him. I’ve ran at South Boston the most so it means everything to pick up my first win here. I can’t thank my team for giving me such an awesome car and my family and sponsors for supporting us.”
-By Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @MadisonMabry23
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