Special to the Register & Bee
SOUTH BOSTON — Peyton Sellers, of Danville, captured his fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All- American Series Late Model Stock Car Division title Saturday night.
Sellers’ fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR track title ties him with the late legendary NASCAR Modified and Late Model Sportsman star Ray Hendrick, of Richmond, for the second-most NASCAR feature-division track championships at South Boston Speedway. Only David Blankenship, of Moseley, with seven South Boston Speedway NASCAR track championships, stands above Sellers and Hendrick.
This season’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car division title is the third South Boston Speedway track title in a row for Sellers, who finished second to Lee Pulliam, of Alton, in the opening 75-lap race and unofficially finished 10th in the second of Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races.
Pulliam’s win over Sellers in the opening 75-lap race came by less than a second. The win was Pulliam’s fifth victory in a row at the .4-mile oval.
Austin Thaxton, of South Boston; Trey Crews, of Halifax; and Thomas Scott, of Efland, North Carolina, rounded out the top-five finishers in the first race.
Drew Dollar, of Atlanta, was the unofficial winner of the second race, a dramatic race that saw Sellers and Pulliam battle side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper for the lead for the final 30 laps. As the two drivers sped into the third turn on the final lap, Sellers’ car made contact with the rear of Pulliam’s car, and Pulliam spun between turns three and four.
Sellers sped to the finish line ahead of the rest of the field, but was penalized by track officials for causing the incident and was awarded 10th place, the last position behind the rest of the cars that finished on the lead lap.
Dollar, who was running third at the time, was declared the unofficial winner, with Thaxton finishing second, Scott taking third place, Blake Stallings, of Danville, being awarded fourth place and Nick Smith rounding out the top-five finishers in the unofficial finishing order.
Danny Willis Jr., of South Boston, won his fourth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division championship Saturday night with a 10th-place finish in the night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman division race.
Willis and Jacob Borst, of Elon, North Carolina, waged a hard-fought battle for the win after the race’s final caution flag flew with 13 laps to go, with Willis getting beside Borst on the inside several times without being able to make the pass.
A last-ditch effort by Willis on the last lap to earn the win came up short as Willis spun as the pair sped off of the fourth turn heading to the checkered flag.
Borst sped across the finish line to grab his sixth win of the season and tie Willis for the most wins in the division. Landon Pembleton, of Amelia, finished third with Mark Cook finishing fourth and Mitchell Wright rounding out the top-five finishers
Nathan Crews, of Long Island, won his first career South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock Division championship Saturday night in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
Crews won the 30-lap race to earn his ninth victory of the season, edging Scott Phillips, of Halifax, by .778-second.
Randy Hupp, of Halifax; Justin Dawson, of Nathalie; and Jesse Keesee completed the top-five finishers.
Kevin Currin, of Chase City, won his second South Boston Speedway Budweiser Hornets Division championship in Saturday night’s 15-lap season finale for the division. This season’s championship makes Currin the first driver to win multiple championships in the division.
Jared Dawson, of Nathalie, edged Josh Dawson, of Halifax, by a foot in a near photo finish to win the 15-lap race and earn his second victory of the season.
Tyler Stanley, of South Boston, Currin and Donald Clay, of Clover, rounded out the top-five finishers.
South Boston Speedway will close out its 2019 season in a big way with the 3 p.m. running of the AutosbyNelson.com 250 for the CARS Tour Series on Nov. 2.
The championships in both the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour will be decided in the event that will feature a 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race and a 125-lap Super Late Model race, with both races going for 125 green-flag laps.
Qualifying for that event will feature a knock-out qualifying format.
Advance tickets for the AutosbyNelson.com 250 are priced at $10 each through Nov. 1. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be priced at $15 each. Youth ages 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Learn more online at www.southbostonspeed way.com.