As a young child Peyton Sellers sat in the grandstands at South Boston Speedway and watched David Blankenship dominate the Late Model scene at his home track. Blankenship won seven track titles during his career, a feat which some felt would never be challenged.
Fast forward to 2018 and Sellers remembered those days on a night when he won the Late Model Stock Car season finale and captured his fourth track championship at SoBo.
“We set out to win the track championship and we did that here tonight,” Sellers told Speed51.com following Saturday night's race. “It’s cool to win four titles here. You know, David Blankenship was one of my heroes growing up and I don’t know if I’ll ever get to seven like him, but this is my home track and we’ll keep racing here and see how it goes.”
Sellers of Danville, Virginia won four races this year to Philip Morris’ 10 wins, but Sellers started in the back each week to take advantage of the bonus points. Ultimately, that allowed him to score more points then Morris. Ironically, that’s also how the finish played out in the final race.
“We have been starting at the back of the field to gain points for passing cars,” Sellers explained. “We don’t get a chance to run up front in the clean air. We got that in the second race tonight and that was the advantage.”
Sellers went toe-to-toe with Morris over the final 50 laps and held him off in a race that clinched Sellers the track title and all but locked up the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship for Morris.
“He raced me clean,” Sellers added. “He’s a national champion for a reason. We put on a good show tonight and it’s good to win the race and the championship.”
Sellers and Morris will square off again later this month at Martinsville Speedway in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. The two drivers are currently tied atop the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown standings that pay an additional $10,000 to the champion.
-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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