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Danville's Peyton Sellers rallies to sweep twinbill at South Boston Speedway
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Danville's Peyton Sellers rallies to sweep twinbill at South Boston Speedway

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Peyton Sellers (26) fends off a challenge from Mike Looney (87) during the second 75-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race of Saturday’s NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s at South Boston Speedway.

It was a tough task, but Danville’s Peyton Sellers staged a pair of torrid rallies to sweep Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s at South Boston Speedway.

The five-time South Boston Speedway NASCAR track champion powered his way through the field from his fifth-place starting spot, grabbed the lead from rookie Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina, on lap 12 and edged Borst by 1.315 seconds to win the first of the pair of Late Model Stock Car Division races.

Mike Looney of Catawba, North Carolina, the 2019 NASCAR national runner-up, finished third with Chris Johnson of Mechanicsville and Stuart Crews of Long Island rounding out the top five finishers.

Sellers started ninth in the nightcap as a result of the top nine finishers of the opener being inverted for the start of the second race. The Danville resident took the lead from Mark Wertz of Chesapeake on the eighth circuit and appeared to be headed to a comfortable win.

Sellers

Five-time South Boston Speedway NASCAR track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville celebrates in victory lane after sweeping Saturday’s twin 75-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway. The two wins gives Sellers a total of four wins this season at SBS

A caution flag on lap 41 closed up the field and set up an intense battle between Sellers and Looney to decide the outcome. The pair made contact as they battled for the lead, with Looney edging in front on lap 42 before Sellers rallied to reclaim the lead on lap 50. Sellers held on for the final 26 laps, crossing the finish line .341 seconds ahead Looney to complete the sweep of the twin bill and run his early season win total at South Boston Speedway to four.

Aaron Donnelly of Stafford finished third, with Wertz and Borst completing the top five finishers

“Any time you can win at your home track is a huge relief,” Sellers said, “but when you can beat this caliber of cars, it’s a huge feather in your cap. The competition level is always at a premium here at South Boston Speedway, because this place is truly one of the hardest short tracks in the world to get around and get your car worked out around.

“There are a lot of good cars here right now, a lot of young guys with fast race cars. They are not easy [to beat]. When we have a guy like Mike Looney come in and compete with us, we’ve got to bring our ‘A’ game.”

Looney’s third-place and runner-up efforts were his best career finishes at South Boston Speedway.

“We were really close with this new car,” Looney said at the end of the afternoon.

“We just got outrun. It was good racing. It was a couple of old veterans beating and banging like youngsters again. Second wasn’t what I was looking for, but I had a good time.”

The veteran racer said the opportunity he had to make a run at Sellers after the lap 41 restart in the second 75-lap race was his best shot at getting the win.

“That’s all we had,” Looney said.

“I got a good jump and got around him on the outside, pinched him down pretty good. I got around him, and we made a race out of it. I think the cars were nearly equal. He made one less mistake than I did.”

The nightcap was a highly competitive race, with four lead changes among four drivers. Sellers led twice for a total of 60 laps. There were two lead changes among three drivers in the first 75-lap race, with Sellers leading a total of 64 laps.

Limited Sportsman

It has been a long two years for Limited Sportsman Division competitor Drew Dawson, but he finally broke the ice, winning Saturday’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

The Nathalie resident sped past J.D. Eversole of North Chesterfield on lap 32 and held on the rest of the way to score his first career victory in the division. He edged Jason Myers of Hurt by .963 seconds to claim the win.

“Words can’t explain how much this win means to me,” Dawson said.

“Just to be able to get my family, my dad, my crew chief, brothers, friends and all in victory lane means the world to me. I can’t thank my sponsors enough. I thank my dad. He puts a whole lot of work into this car to get it where it has been.”

Myers passed Eversole with five laps to go to take the runner-up spot, leaving Eversole to settle for a third-place finish. Pole winner Daniel Moss of Danville finished fourth after electing to start at the rear of the field to collect passing points in an attempt to boost his points total, and Mark Cook of Bridgewater completed the top five finishers.

Pure Stock

Nathan Crews of Long Island continued his early season success, scoring his third straight win in Saturday’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

Crews took the lead from Johnny Layne of Halifax on the 16th lap and edged Layne by .465 seconds in taking the win.

Bruce Mayo of Halifax finished third with Justin Dawson of Nathalie finishing fourth and Jimmy Wade of Halifax finishing fifth.

The race was slowed by five caution periods.

Hornets

Jared Dawson of Nathalie earned his first win of the season in Saturday’s 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

Dawson took the lead from Kevin Currin of Chase City on the fifth lap and led the rest of the way to pick up the win.

Steven Layne of Nathalie took the runner-up spot, with Josh Dawson of Halifax, winner of the first two races of the season, finishing third. Dillon Davis of Nathalie finished fourth, and Andrea Ruotolo of South Boston rounded out the top five finishers.

Southern Ground Pounders

Dwight “Cowboy” Sauls of Apex, North Carolina, won in the Modified Division and Greg Butcher of Mocksville, North Carolina, won in the Sportsman Division in Saturday’s 25-lap combined race for the competitors of the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.

Barry Dalton of Danville took the runner-up spot in the Modified Division, with Jeff Amaral of Davidson, North Carolina, finishing third.

Bobby Griffin of Eden, North Carolina, took the runner-up spot in the Sportsman Division with Bobby Wallace of Concord, North Carolina, finishing third.

Chandler is the public relations director for South Boston Speedway.

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