GREENVILLE, SC -- Peyton Sellers rebounded from a brush with the wall and hasty repairs on pit road to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East event Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C. ...
GREENVILLE, SC -- Peyton Sellers rebounded from a brush with the wall and hasty repairs on pit road to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East event Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C.
The 24-year-old from Danville, Va., won the An American Revolution 150 presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet in dramatic fashion over 17-year-old rookie, Austin Dillon, who was competing in his first NASCAR series event.
Sellers took the lead from Dillon, his Andy Santerre Motorsports teammate on lap 128, and then held off the Richard Childress Racing developmental driver to win the season opening event. Dillon is Childress' grandson.
Sellers won the Coor's Light Pole Award for the event. Sellers' No. 44 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet slipped in turn one on lap 59, bouncing off the turn one retaining wall. The caution flag came out for debris on the track from Sellers' car. His crew made quick repairs, and sent their driver out for the restart as the 22nd car in the 30-car field.
Dillon led 75 laps and was out front until lap 128 when Sellers re-emerged in front. The two then diced for the lead to the end of the event, which was extended by six laps due to a late-race caution flag. Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Marc Davis finished third followed by rookie Ben Stancill and Eddie MacDonald.
Completing the top 10 were rookie Ricky Carmichael, Jody Lavender, Jamie Hayes, Steve Park, and rookie Trevor Bayne. Eleven rookies made up the 30-car starting lineup.
During post-race technical inspection, possible issues with the shocks on the No. 44 were found. The parts in question will be taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation.