Sellers Takes Home First Top 20; NASCAR Nationwide Rookie Gives Hometown Fans Good Show Richmond, Va.: The clouds parted Friday night for the Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway, and the many Peyton Sellers faithful that came...
Sellers Takes Home First Top 20; NASCAR Nationwide Rookie Gives Hometown Fans Good Show
Richmond, Va.: The clouds parted Friday night for the Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway, and the many Peyton Sellers faithful that came to see their hometown hero in his first race there were soaking it all in. And they had much to be excited about after watching the #77 SFP Chevrolet qualify 12th for the start of the race.
Sellers threw down a qualifying lap of 123.632 mph on the ¾ mile D-shaped track. The run put the top two rookies of the night side by side in row six for the start of the race.
By race time, however, the 25 year-old former Whelen All-American National Champion was dealing with a barrage of minor adjustment needs on the car which limited his ultimate finishing position. Throughout the night Sellers fought issues with a vibration in the brakes and an ill-handling car.
The Cardinal Motorsports crew worked during the 10 cautions of the race to make adjustments to the car, but they were not able to make significant improvements. Sellers finished the race without incident and in 19th place among the 43 car field. It was his first top 20 NASCAR Nationwide finish of his career, and only his second race in the series for the 2009 season. Sellers finished in 26th place at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year.
"We're glad to get a top 20 finish in just our second race", said Sellers. "But we need to go back and do our homework. We're going to keep getting better. A lot of teams would be satisfied where we are already, but we've got more in us. We may be a new team, but we're capable of running top fifteen or top ten, and that's what we want to do."
The team has a busy May planned, with upcoming races at both Charlotte and Dover.