Sellers takes two at South Boston Speedway

Published 9:36 pm Friday, August 27, 2021

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Peyton Sellers swept the pair of 75-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that headlined the Saturday, Aug. 21, event at South Boston Speedway, virtually locking up his sixth career South Boston Speedway championship in the process.

The Ringgold resident started third in the opening 75-lap race and muscled his way past leader Landon Pembelton of Amelia on the 27th circuit to take the lead. Once in front, Sellers stayed in command the rest of the way, edging runner-up Mike Looney of Catawba by 1.185 seconds.

Pole winner Carter Langley of Zebulon, North Carolina finished third with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Trey Crews of Halifax rounding out the top five finishers in the 22-car field.

Despite having to start the second race at midfield in 11th position as a result of having won two races in a row, Sellers was able to get to the front of the field just as quickly as he did in the first race.

Borst took the runner-up spot in the nightcap with Crews finishing third. Pembelton finished fourth and former Halifax County resident Chris Throckmorton of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the 20-car starting field.

Myers Wins 50-Lap Limited

Jason Myers of Hurt had not won a Limited Sportsman Division race until he swept a twin-race event at South Boston Speedway August 7. Saturday night, he made it three wins in a row.

Myers took the win the hard way, electing to start at the rear of the 13-car field in an attempt to collect extra points toward the track’s Limited Sportsman Division title and driving to the front to score his third career victory.

Myers said the three wins in a row is a family milestone, and one he hopes to break.

“My dad (former South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division champion Billy Myers of Hurt) told me before I came to the track the most races he has won consecutively is three in a row,” Myers said. “I at least have tied him, now I want to try to beat him.”

Scott Phillips of Halifax broke a lengthy win drought Saturday, starting on the pole and scoring a flag-to-flag win in the first of a pair of 15-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division races.

Phillips finished 0.394 seconds ahead of Justin Dawson of Nathalie. Division points leader Nathan Crews of Long Island finished third with Johnny Layne of Halifax and Bruce Mayo of Halifax rounding out the top five finishers.

Crews started third in the second race, grabbed the lead on the opening lap and scored a flag-to-flag win. The win was Crews’ 10th win in 12 starts at South Boston Speedway this season.

Mayo took the runner-up spot 2.729 seconds behind Crews in the caution-free race. Layne finished third, Dawson finished fourth and Phillips completed the top five finishers.

Dawson scoreS 7th win of the season

Dawson started at the rear of the field, sped past pole starter Jason DeCarlo of Chase City to take the lead with two laps to go and held on to win the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was the seventh victory for Dawson in his nine starts at South Boston Speedway this season.

South Boston Speedway will wrap up its regular-season schedule of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series points events on Saturday, Sept. 4, with Danville Toyota Championship Night.

The track’s four division champions will be crowned during the event.

A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will headline the night’s five-race program. Also slated are a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.

In addition to races for the track’s four regular racing divisions, the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club will make its second visit of the season to “America’s Hometown Track.” The Modified and Sportsman cars of the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club will be featured in a 25-lap race.

Registration and pit gates will open at 2 p.m. Practice will begin at 3:45 p.m.