SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Peyton Sellers loves a challenge. He faces a pretty big one Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Not only is he running both ends of the 75-lap Late Model Stock doubleheader, but he’s also competing in the 150-lap PASS Super Late Model race.
“If everything goes to plan, I’m going to run 300 laps Saturday night,” Sellers said Tuesday afternoon. “That’s a lot, but I work hard to stay in shape.”
Sellers, a former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion and South Boston champion, has competed in a vast assortment of race vehicles during his career. But Saturday night will be his PASS Super Late Model debut.
“I’ve always had an interest in driving a super late model, but the opportunity just never popped up,” said Sellers, who will be the only regular South Boston competitor competing in the PASS race.
Jamie Yelton, a long time on-track competitor of Sellers who now fields cars in several divisions as an owner, offered that opportunity.
“Jamie called a couple of weeks ago. We kicked the idea around for a while and then we decided we could put it up front Saturday night.”
There are some obstacles, though. First the obvious: Sellers has never driven a Super Late Model, which has 250 more horsepower than his Late Model Stock and is 400 pounds lighter. Secondly he’s never worked with Yelton and his Fat Head Racing team.
“I’ve known Jamie a long time. We’ve been competitors on and off the track. We’ve always gotten along well but this is the first time we’ve worked together and we’ve got to get the communications worked out,” said Sellers.
Sellers said the team will take advantage of an open test at South Boston on Friday to “basically get me accustomed to the car.”
Sellers hopes the thousands of laps he has turned at South Boston will pay off in the Super Late Model event.
“I’d like to think there is a home-track advantage, that we may be ahead of the competition a little bit because we’re used to it,” said Sellers. “It’s gonna be a game of saving tires. These cars have so much horsepower.”
Sellers said despite his work to get ready for the PASS race, he expects a strong performance in the twin 75-lap Late Model races Saturday night.
“It (the super late model) may detract a little, but it’s such a good opportunity. Does it take my focus away from the Late Model? Maybe some, but hopefully not on the track. It shouldn’t hinder me on the track at all.”
Action kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the 150-lap PASS race, there will be twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors.
Advance adult general admission tickets are priced at $10 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 12. Adult general admission tickets will be $15 each at the gate on race day. Youth ages 7-12 will be admitted for $5. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.
-South Boston Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com