- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Peyton Sellers is the king of the bounty hunters at South Boston Speedway. Sellers snapped Philip Morris’ nine-race win streak Saturday night at South Boston Speedway, edging Sellers Racing teammate Natalie Sather of Fargo, N.D. by .447 second to win the CenturyLink Late Model 150.
The former South Boston Speedway and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national Champion collected a $2,000 bounty South Boston Speedway officials had created for any driver that could snap Morris’ nine-race win streak. That, plus the $3,000 first prize gave Sellers a $5,000 paycheck for his night’s work.
“As much bad luck as I’ve had in the past few years with different things, I’m due a little good luck,” Sellers remarked.
“I hate it for Philip’s bad luck, but I’m going to take this good luck and run with it.”
Morris saw his bid for a record tenth-consecutive win fall victim to a flat right front tire.
The multi-time NASCAR national champion and was leading the race on its third restart on lap 121. When the green flag waved, he was unable to get up to speed and quickly dropped back in to a wad of traffic. Morris quickly fell to the rear of the field and eventually spun out on lap 129 as a result of the cut tire to create the race’s fourth and final caution period.
He pitted during the caution period to change the tire, but was forced to pit again late in the race for his crew to patch a broken front suspension piece. At the end of the race, Morris finished eighth and was three laps down to the winner.
“I would have liked to have seen it (the win streak) gone on longer, but I’m just real thankful and honored to have won that many races in a row here,” Morris said.
“I had the time of my life.”
Morris said Sellers gave him a tough run prior to the tire going flat.
“Peyton gave me a run for the money,” Morris pointed out.
“He was real good, but it looked like we were better on the longer runs. I was just riding and all of a sudden I felt it (the flat tire) coming. Then, the caution came out and I couldn’t do anything. I was just holding on.”
It was a competitive race with the lead swapping hands three times between Sellers and Morris. Sellers led twice for a total of 59 laps.
“We were competitive,” Sellers pointed out.
“We were running with him (Morris). That’s what it takes sometimes for someone to have a little bad luck like that and then be able to capitalize on it. We were in a good position tonight.”
Sellers had a second tough battle, having to fend off repeated challenges from Sather in the closing laps to pick up his second win of the season at South Boston Speedway.
“At the end, I maybe should have pressed a little bit more,” Sather said after her second runner-up finish of the season.
“But, I’m just not going to do that. We had a fun race and raced each other really hard.”
Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C., South Boston’s Bruce Anderson and Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak rounded out the top five finishers in the 150-lap race.
Sellers averaged 68.170 mph in the race that took 52 minutes and 48 seconds to complete. The race was slowed by four caution periods that consumed a total of 24 laps.