Special to the Register & Bee
SOUTH BOSTON — Defending South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers, of Danville, took another step forward in defending last season’s track championship Saturday night with a sweep of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s.
Saturday night’s pair of wins gives Sellers three wins in a row and a total of six wins this season at SBS.
Looking to pick up passing points to aid in his quest for the South Boston Speedway title, Sellers started last in the field, picked his way through traffic, and sped past former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam, of Alton, on lap 53 to take the lead.
Once in front, Sellers had everything his way, and edged Pulliam by 2.738 seconds to take the win. Austin Thaxton, of South Boston; Nicholas Sanchez, of Cornelius, North Carolina; and Thomas Scott, of Efland, North Carolina. rounded out the top-five finishers in the opener.
Starting 10th in the nightcap, Sellers again threaded his way to the front of the field. It was on the second of two bids Sellers made for the lead against Pulliam that he succeeded in taking the lead. Just like in the first race, once Sellers took the lead on lap 51 he had everything go his way.
Pulliam finished 1.819 seconds behind Sellers with Scott taking third place. Thaxton took fourth place and Jeb Burton, of Halifax, completed the top five finishers.
Burton, who recorded a top-10 finish in Thursday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway, won the pole for Saturday night’s opening Late Model Stock Car Division race driving a car out of the Sellers Racing stable. He finished 13th in the first race after taking the car to pit road following an early spin.
There were two lead changes between Pulliam and Sellers in the opening race and two lead changes among three drivers in the nightcap with Mike Jones, of South Boston, Virginia, Pulliam and Sellers taking a turn at the front of the field.
J.D. Eversole, of Richmond, and Danny Willis Jr., of South Boston, split wins in the twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.
Eversole’s victory was his first win at South Boston Speedway since the 2014 season. Willis’ win in the nightcap was his third victory of the season at the .4-mile oval.
In the opening race, Eversole edged Willis for the win by .338-second, with Drew Dawson, of Nathalie; Jason Myers, of Hurt; and Daniel Moss, of Danville; rounding out the top five finishers.
Dawson finished second to Willis in the nightcap, with Jacob Borst, of Elon, North Carolina, finishing third. Eversole took fourth place and Myers completed the top-five finishers.
Jordan Pickrel, of Keeling, took the lead from Justin Dawson, of Nathalie, on the 17th lap and sped to victory in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
The win was the fourth victory of the season for Pickrel at South Boston Speedway.
Randy Hupp, of Halifax, finished in the runner-up spot. Dawson and Halifax residents Bruce Mayo and Jimmy Wade rounded out the top-five finishers.
Kevin Currin, of Chase City, crossed the finish line behind Jared Dawson, of Nathalie, in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race, but was declared the winner after Dawson’s car failed to pass a post-race technical inspection.
The victory was the second of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.
Steven Layne, of Nathalie; Josh Dawson, of Halifax; and South Boston residents Aaron Cash and Andrea Ruotolo Sarnataro rounded out the top-five finishers.
NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway on July 27 with the 7 p.m. running of the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents “National Night Out” NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.
A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the five-race program. The Limited Sportsman Division competitors will battle it out in a 50-lap race. Twin 15-lap races are set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race is on tap for the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors.
Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
There will be $5 admission for all emergency services personnel showing proper ID.
For more information, visit www.southboston speedway.com or call (434) 572-4947 or (877) 440-1540.