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Sellers charged with assault in melee

Former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion and South Boston Speedway NASCAR track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville has been charged with a misdemeanor assault charge in the wake of a fight that followed Saturday’s 300-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Investigator J.D. Clay said yesterday Sellers was served a summons Saturday night charging him with the assault and battery of a track NASCAR official.

The charge Sellers is facing is a Class I misdemeanor.

Sellers, a Danville resident, was released on his own recognizance.

One track NASCAR official was injured during the post-race incident and was treated Saturday night at Halifax Regional Hospital.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into the fights that erupted in the pit area after the race.

“The investigation of the incident is ongoing,” Clay said.

“It’s possible additional arrests may be made in the future.”

Sheriff’s deputies obtained copies of videotapes and photographs made of the incident and took statements from several individuals.

Sellers is one of the principals of Sellers Racing, the team that maintains the cars driven by four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris.

Semora, N.C. driver Lee Pulliam and Morris were involved in an incident after the race in which Pulliam rammed his car head-on into Morris’ car just after the race ended.

The incident triggered fights in the pit area and disagreements and shouting between Pulliam and Morris fans in the stands.

Four officers from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, one Virginia State Police trooper and one officer from the South Boston Police Department came to the speedway to help maintain order.