SELLERS LOOKING FOR ONE MORE POSITION AT NASCAR TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2008) -- For Peyton Sellers, going back to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown means going back to the basics.
Sellers, who ran the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East for car owner Andy Santerre, will head to the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale with his family-run team. They're taking the same car that Sellers and Co. drove to a runner-up finish in the 2007 postseason 'Daytona 500 of short-track racing.'
"I feel really good," Sellers said. "Last year, the car was decent -- don't get me wrong -- but I think we can make it a lot better. It's going to be a good deal for us."
This year's race will be Jan. 23-24, 2009 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. Both days, which also include a Super Late Model and Late Model race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, will be aired live on SPEED.
Sellers joins the growing list of drivers that have confirmed their participation in the all-star event, including NASCAR Camping World Series champions Matt Kobyluck (East) and Eric Holmes (West), top Camping World East rookie Austin Dillon, and Camping World West standouts Jason Bowles, Jeff Barkshire, Todd Souza and Jason Fensler.
To secure his place on the list, Sellers raced his way in.
Sellers broke through into the win column in the final NASCAR Camping World Series East race of the season at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. The victory provided Sellers a secured spot in the starting lineup. Winners of NASCAR Camping World Series races and champions of NASCAR's seven developmental series earn spots in the race.
"That helps a lot," Sellers said. "It gives you a piece of mind going out there that we can unload and work on the race setup, and we don't have to work on qualifying as much."
Sellers drove his family-owned car in the NASCAR Camping World Series East in 2007, finishing third in points. They will be taking an Andy Santerre car as their backup to Irwindale.
"Everybody is coming back to help me with this race," said Sellers of the No. 83 Chevrolet. "I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a good time."
Having run the half-mile track twice during the 2006 NASCAR Camping World Series West season and twice for the Showdown, Sellers is well acquainted with the multi-grooved, graduated banking of the state-of-the-art facility.
In the first West race in May of 2006, Sellers qualified third and led 49 laps. When the series returned in July, Sellers won the Coors Light Pole Award and led 19 laps. He qualified fifth and finished seventh in the 2006 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, and then qualified ninth last year en-route to his second-place showing.
He knows what improving that one vital spot would mean.
"It would be huge," Sellers said. "It's going to be pretty neat to go out there and showcase your talents. And it's going to be great being able to go out there and race in the middle of winter when everybody else is sitting at home or snowed in."
Sellers has help getting out to Irwindale.
For the race, Sellers will be sponsored by Jig-A-Loo, a silicon-based lubricant from Canada that is sold at major retailers, including Home Depot and Advance Auto. And he will again team with Skills USA, a non-profit skills-building organization that continues the stay-in-school theme that Sellers has promoted since his days racing a Late Model.
"This is taking it to the next level," Sellers said.
And winning the biggest race of the season would take it even further.
To purchase tickets for the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, fans can go to www.toyotaspeedwayatirwindale.com or call the track at (626) 358-1100.