- Last Updated on 06:03 PM 05/27/12
- BY Joe Chandler
As far as Peyton Sellers is concerned, South Boston Speedway officials don’t need to award him points.
Winner’s trophies, however, are an entirely different matter.
“I could care less about points,” Sellers said following Saturday night’s Halifax County “Powers” Business Twin 75s racing program at South Boston Speedway.
“It’s all about wins. I just want to race and win races.”
Sellers got his wish in Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races –twice over.
The former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion and South Boston Speedway champion swept the twinbill, edging Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. in both races.
Sellers snapped Pulliam’s two-race South Boston Speedway win streak in winning the first 75-lap race. In doing so, the Danville resident became the fifth different winner in the track’s Late Model Stock Car Division, the sixth if you count the season-opening non-points race.
In the process, he joined Pulliam as the track’s only repeat winner in the Late Model Stock Car Division.
“Anytime you beat Lee Pulliam at South Boston Speedway you’ve had a good day,” Sellers pointed out.
“It’s an awesome night for us. To come here and qualify on the pole and win the first race and start sixth in the second race and come back to win is a pretty big feather in our caps. It’s very satisfying to be able to pull it off two times.”
In the opening race, Sellers took the lead from Pulliam with 11 laps to go and edged the young North Carolinian by .356 second at the finish to pick up his first win of the night.
Division points leader Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, who graduated from Carlisle School earlier in the day, finished third with Bruce Anderson of South Boston and Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs rounding out the top five finishers in the 21-car field.
After a drawing for an inverted start for the second race, Sellers started sixth, but was able to get into contention for the top spot quickly. He passed pole starter Dennis Holdren of Roanoke for the lead on lap 33 and held it until Pulliam wrestled the lead away from him on the restart following the third of the race’s four caution periods.
Sellers got right back after it, taking the lead from Pulliam after one circuit of the .4-mile oval. From there Sellers led the final 30 laps to seal the sweep. His margin of victory over Pulliam was 2.351 seconds.
“I just got beat,” Pulliam said after the second race.
“There’s not much else you can say about it. We didn’t have the car to win tonight. I had no forward bite. I couldn’t get on the gas to save my life. That thing was sideways up off the corners.”
Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. had his best finish of the season with a third-place effort. Bowling and Holdren rounded out the top five finishers.