Sellers leads wire-to-wire to claim victory in tight Late Model Stock Car opener at South Boston Speedway SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- An afternoon of hard work turned into a fairly easy cruise over the final few laps for Peyton Sellers of Danville, ...
Sellers leads wire-to-wire to claim victory in tight Late Model Stock Car opener at South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- An afternoon of hard work turned into a fairly easy cruise over the final few laps for Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va. Saturday at South Boston Speedway.
Sellers led from start-to-finish to win the season-opening, double-points race for the drivers in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division. The race was the featured attraction of the Spring Fling 200 and was run before a large, enthusiastic crowd.
While Sellers had little to worry about over the final five circuits, he had his hands full for most of the night with eventual 16th-place finisher Woody Howard of Chesapeake, Va.
Denny Hamlin of Midlothian, Va. finished second in the 33-car field, while Timothy Peters of Providence, N.C. motored to a third-place finish.
T.J. Majors of Mooresville, N.C. was fourth, while Scott Worley of Long Island, Va. completed the top five competitors.
The top 10 drivers in the field were rounded out by David Triplett, Jr. of Durham, N.C. in sixth, Jimmy Mullins of Collinsville, Va. in seventh, Bugs Hairfield of Chesterfield, Va. in eighth, Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. in the ninth slot and Richard Bailey of Mebane, N.C. in the 10th-place position.
The race was slowed by 10 caution periods, three of which brought out the red flag.
The most significant red flag came on lap 181 and altered the final rundown of the race.
Moments before the night's final red flag, Sellers was busy trying to hold off a furious challenge for the lead from Howard, who had nearly swiped the lead away several times in the event.
The two closed in on the lapped car of Dave Carter in turn three and Sellers managed to get by, while Howard had trouble and lost second place to Hamlin.
As the cars headed into turn one on the next lap, Howard got into the back of Carter's ride and the incident wound up claiming the top-three car of Brandon Butler of Petersburg, Va.
Butler, who started ninth in the field and had worked his way into the top three in the late stages, settled for a 19th-place run.
When the race went back green with 10 laps to go, Howard was black-flagged and sent to the pits for a one-lap penalty, enabling Sellers to motor comfortably ahead of Hamlin over the closing laps.
Sellers wiped the pole position for the race with a qualifying run of 15.925 seconds.
Cash picks up where he left off in Limited Sportsman Division
Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. picked up right where he left off last year in the Limited Sportsman Division.
Cash, the defending division champion, started outside on the front row, swiped the lead from pole winner Brian Cole of Roxboro, N.C. on the initial circuit and led the rest of the way to secure a victory in the 100-lap race.
While Cash had few problems to deal with in the race, there were several key cautions behind him, which jumbled up positions in the top five.
Chad Mason of Richmond, Va. finished second in the final rundown and was closing strong on Cash in the closing few laps. Billy Myers of Hurt, Va. finished third in the 25-car field, followed by Troy Jones of Creedmoor, N.C. in fourth place and Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. in the fifth spot.
Wally Latta of Durham, N.C. placed sixth and was followed in the top 10 by Cole, Wayne Roach of Chatham, Va. Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. and Jeremy Ratliff of Halifax, Va.
The race was slowed by six cautions, several of which involved cars battling for positions in the top five.
Jones and Roach brought out a caution on lap 80 when the two got together while racing for third place. Earlier, Cole went spinning in turn two on lap 73 to bring out a caution shortly after Mason had snared the second-place spot from the pole winner. Cole had the fast qualifying time with a lap of 16.209 seconds.
On the 64th lap of the race, Jones and Adam Barker of Hurt, Va. brought out a caution flag when the two tangled in a race for third place.
Craig Oliver thunders to Modified victory
Craig Oliver of Linwood, N.C. started from the pole and easily cruised to the checkered flag in the 50-lap race for the Rolling Thunder Modifieds.
Oliver earned the pole spot with a qualifying run of 16.262 seconds and endured six caution periods to record the win.
Chad Gordon of Emporia, Va. eased up to second place on the final lap of the race, while Thomas Stinson of Chester, Va. swiped third place in the 22-car field when Mark Slye of Toano, Va. encountered problems on the final circuit and wound up in fourth place.
Outside pole starter Kevin Eby of Lenoir, N.C. rounded out the top five drivers in the field.
Wooldridge leads all the way in Pure Stock race
Tommy Wooldridge of Forest, Va. started from the pole and led all the way to claim the checkered flag in the 30-lap event for the Pure Stock Division.
Wooldridge had his hands full in the closing laps of the race with Donald Glass of Halifax, Va.
Jason Parker of Madison Heights, Va. finished third in the stout 21-car field, while Brad Matthews of Oxford, N.C. was fourth and Scott Phillips of Virgilina, Va. rounded out the top-five competitors.
Wooldridge earned the pole position for the start of the race with a qualifying lap of 18.947 seconds and 76.001 miles per hour.
The next event on the schedule at South Boston Speedway is April 3 with the NASCAR Late Models running Twin 110 laps, NASCAR Limited Sportsman run Twin 50's, Pure Stocks and Grand Stocks will each run 30 lap races. Ticket prices are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate for Adults, Youth ages 10-15 can get in for only $5 with children nine and under admitted free.
For more information, visit the speedway's website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.
<pre> LATE MODEL STOCK
POS # DRIVER 1 26 Sellers, Peyton 2 99 Hamlin, Denny 3 77 Peters, Timothy 4 17 Majors, TJ 5 88 Worley, Scott 6 00 Triplett, David 7 75 Mullins, Jimmy 8 04 Hairfield, Bugs 9 51 Ramsey, Wayne 10 60 Bailey, Richard 11 57 Johnson, Eddie 12 15 Kesterman, Andreas 13 98 Carroll, Terry 14 55 Campbell, Clay 15 54 Carter, Dave 16 30 Howard, Woody 17 19 Dickerson, Jason 18 68 Winslow, Ernest 19 29 Butler, Brandon 20 07 Storm, Richard 21 02 Driver, Bruce 22 2 Ward, Dean 23 08 McCaskill, Deac 24 84 Puryear, Stacy 25 81 Johnson, Justin 26 90 Hill, Ronald 27 11 Young, Ray 28 35 Lofflin, Keith 29 5 Southard, Mike 30 42 Pinion, Tim 31 14 Cook, Rodney 32 79 Quackenbush, David 33 53 Crocker, Jack
POS # DRIVER 1 07 Cash, Jonathan 2 18 Mason, Chad 3 05 Myers, Billy 4 02 Jones, Troy 5 89 Bailey, Jonathan 6 44 Latta, Wally 7 82 Cole, Brian 8 71 Roach, Wayne 9 2 Peregoy, Tommy 10 1 Ratliff, Jeremy 11 8 Thompson, Robert 12 94 Ellis, Roger 13 36 Yarboro, Eddie 14 41 Riley, Will 15 27 Moshenek, Bill 16 10 Barker, Adam 17 17 Declue, Eddie 18 64 Barnes, Charles 19 21 Wilson, Wayne 20 00 Wilkerson, Jerry 21 80 Bowes, Kenny 22 9 Anderson, Bruce 23 16 Pergerson, Chad 24 8 Oakley, Josh 25 14 Snow, Justin
POS # DRIVER 1 20 Wooldridge, Tommy 2 14 Glass, Donald 3 8 Parker, Jason 4 99 Matthews, Brad 5 1 Phillips, Scott 6 77 Laws, Shawn 7 07 Francisco, Mark 8 66 Griffin, Brett 9 2 Phillips, Melvin 10 10 Igdalsky, Nick 11 69 Anderson, Lee 12 84 Meek, Calvin 13 9 Crosby, Chris 14 16 Pierce, Renee 15 85 Matias, David 16 3 Throckmorton, Joey 17 18 Goble, Billy 18 55 Cash, Mike 19 00 Trickey, Stephen 20 23 Whittle, Chris
ROLLING THUNDER MODIFIEDS
POS # DRIVER 1 07 Oliver, Craig 2 0 Gordon, Chad 3 4 Stinson, Thomas 4 57 Slye, Mark 5 03 Eby, Kevin 6 17 Marshall, Allen 7 73 Tomlin, Mike 8 86 Denning, Steve 9 2 Paasch, Doug 10 01 Hendrick, Brandon 11 42 Hoylman, Chris 12 13 Sivers, Jeff 13 7 Collier, Tom 14 72 Cook, Roy 15 3 Steele, Jon 16 31 Hammer, JD 17 6 Horne, Buster 18 1 Hanbury, Mike 19 63 Thorpe, John 20 44 Emory, Buddy 21 27 Wheeler, David 22 36 Siler, Dennis 23 10 Winslow, David