Sellers is not quite so comfortable clearing a spot for the trophy in his cabinet just yet, especially with racing still on the horizon for him this weekend at Dominion Raceway.
“It’s going to be official on Saturday at Dominion,” Sellers told Speed51. “NASCAR hasn’t given me the call yet, so I don’t believe anything until I get the call from NASCAR these days.
Two years ago, when Jacob Goede won the national title, we went to bed thinking Mike Looney had won it. We thought there was no way Mike would get beat. Jacob went out, won two full-field races and clinched it that week, so I’m not counting anything until it hatches. I’m comfortable where we are right now. We’ve got two more races this weekend. I feel very comfortable about it, but until NASCAR calls me this weekend, I’m not going to celebrate too much.
If Sellers does indeed come away with the 2021 Weekly Series championship, it will be his second national title after claiming his first in 2005, 16 years ago. For many years, Sellers had moved up from the local scene pursuing opportunities at higher level of the sport. However, he has been a perennial threat for track and national championships since returning to his Late Model Stock roots a few years ago.
“I’ll be honest with you, I had the opportunity in 2005 when we won the first time to try a lot of different series and different things. I never really sat back and focused on National Championships until 2015 or 2016, when we competed for one again. It’s been nice to come back home and race for something at a local level. With Advance Auto Parts coming in and being the series sponsor, supporting the local short track racing, that’s where the country is getting back to grassroots racing again.”
Admittedly, Sellers didn’t go into the year eyeing a national championship. Instead, he took advantage of a local schedule that allowed him to race frequently at both South Boston Speedway and Dominion Raceway and the puzzle pieces fell into place.
“We just started being steady with our racing. We’d race one weekend at South Boston, one weekend at Dominion, and next thing we know, we’re in championship contention at both tracks and they both had good car counts. We didn’t set it up that way to go national title hunting or anything like that, but by the end of July we were leading the national points, so let’s continue what we’re doing.”
To hear more from Sellers, tune into Speed51’s “The Bullring” presented by HMS Motorsport on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Director of Digital Content – Twitter: @ztevans
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