SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Peyton Sellers admitted he didn’t have the best car, but it was good enough to deliver a win in the 100-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race that headlined Saturday night’s Southside Disposal Memorial Day Weekend Showdown at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.
Sellers, of Ringgold, Virginia, sped past pole winner Stuart Crews to take the lead on the 14th lap, with Thomas Scott following him to the front. From there, the race became a battle between Sellers and Scott, with Scott hounding Sellers for the lead for most of the remaining 86 laps.
Scott made several runs at Sellers for the lead, but Sellers fended off Scott’s challenge each time. Sellers gradually inched away from Scott over the last 15 laps, crossing the finish line 1.518 seconds ahead of Scott to take the win.
“It’s good to put this Clarence’s Steak House car in Victory Lane,” Sellers remarked. “We didn’t have the best car here tonight. Thomas Scott did. I just kept it (the car) on the bottom. I really didn’t have to make the car wide. I was just able to slide up, and I had good grip off the top side and the bottom. I was just able to beat him on drive-off (off of the corners).”
Scott had multiple opportunities to take the lead but was unwilling to move Sellers out of the way.
“If it had been anybody else, I probably would have used him up a little more,” Scott said.
“They’ve been working hard and he’s running for a national championship. If I wrecked my boss, it would have put me in a weird spot.”
Scott said he felt good knowing he had the best car.
“It feels good to have the best car,” Scott remarked. “I ran my right rear tire pretty hard trying to pass him a few times. He was holding strong on the top. When it came time to go the last 15 laps, I just didn’t have any right rear (tire) left to get off of the corner and he was able to get away from me a little bit.”
Jacob Borst finished third with Crews finishing fourth and Landon Pembelton in fifth.
Chris Johnson. Carter Langley, Trey Crews, Camden Gullie, and Chris Denny rounded out the top 10.
The results of Saturday night’s 100-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race are unofficial pending post-race inspection.
Eversole Captures Limited Sportsman Division Victory
It has been two full seasons since J.D. Eversole has won a NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston Speedway. The long drought came to an end Saturday night in the first 25-lap race of what had been scheduled as twin 25-lap races.
Eversole took the lead on the opening lap of the race and fended off a challenge from Drew Dawson in a two-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s three caution flags to secure his first win of the season.
Dawson finished second .569-second behind Eversole with Eric Winslow in third, Daniel Crews in fourth, and Andrew Amos in fifth.
Johnny Layne Scores First Win Of The Season In Pure Stock Race
Johnny Layne had to wait through a lengthy rain delay but the wait was worth it as he captured his first win of the season in Saturday night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
Layne led twice in the race, leading all but seven laps enroute to a 1.242-second win over runner-up Justin Dawson. Scott Phillips finished third in his best outing of the season. Bruce Mayo came home in fourth, with Randy Hupp in fifth.
Layne’s victory ended a six-race win streak that had been compiled by division points leader Nathan Crews. Crews was leading the race when the engine in his car expired, forcing him to the sidelines.
Rain washed out the night’s scheduled second 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division race and the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.
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South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA
Race Results – May 29, 2021
Late Model Stock Cars*
1. 26 Peyton Sellers
2. 8 Thomas Scott
3. 25 Jacob Borst
4. 29 Stuart Crews
5. 0 Landon Pembleton
6. 36 Chris Johnson
7. 5 Carter Langley
8. 9 Trey Crews
9. 01 Camden Gullie
10. 2 Chris Denny
11. 14 Conner Jones
12. 19 Jessica Cann
13. 06 Terry Dease
14. 28 Jason Barnes
1. 98 J.D. Eversole
2. 8 Drew Dawson
3. 22 Eric Winslow
4. 75 Daniel Crews
5. 36 Andrew Amos
6. 17 Jason Myers
7. 23 Danny Willis, Jr.
8. 58 Daniel Moss
9. 6 Brent Younger
10. 3 David Phelps
11. 17 Caleb Dyer
12. 38 Mark Cook
13. 2 Kenny Daniel
1. 9 Johnny Layne
2. 8 Justin Dawson
3. 66 Scott Phillips
4. 00 Bruce Mayo
5. 12 Randy Hupp
6. 61 Jimmy Wade
7. 3 Nathan Crews
8. 01 Jared Dawson