Sellers scores 2nd straight season-opening Late Model Stock Car Division win at South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Same racetrack, same division, same winner, different year. It was déjà vu all over again for Peyton Sellers Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway.
For the second year in a row, Sellers, who resides in Danville, Va., scored a victory in the season-opening race for the drivers in the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway.
Sellers scored his latest season-opening triumph Saturday when the four-tenths mile asphalt oval kicked off the 2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series season with the running of the SoBo Spring Shootout Saturday afternoon.
Sellers, as he did in the season-opener last year, grabbed the pole position for the start of the race and led every circuit to take the checkered flag first. Sellers captured the pole spot for the 150-lap event with a qualifying run of 15.556 seconds.
Brandon Butler started fourth at the outset of the event, surged into the top three early on and then took the second-place position away outside pole starter Frank Deiny, Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va. on lap 47.
Despite a host of attempts by Deiny to regain the position, Butler was able to hold on the rest of the way to secure a runner-up finish, just ahead of Deiny in third place.
Drew Herring of Benson, N.C. competed well throughout and garnered a fourth-place finish in the 26-car field, while Scott Worley of Long Island, Va. rounded out the top five competitors.
Owen Miller of Emporia, Va. motored to a sixth-place finish for the day, while Ryan Rhodes of Sanford, N.C. made a last-lap bump and pass of Roxboro, N.C. driver Justin Johnson to place seventh. David Quackenbush finished eighth, while Johnson recovered from the last-lap spin to place ninth as the final driver on the lead lap.
Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va. rounded out the top 10 drivers in the field and was one lap down at the end.
Five cautions slowed the field, however, the race ran under the green flag from lap 63 to the checkered flag.
The biggest pileup of the day came on lap seven when seven cars stacked up the front stretch on a restart attempt following the event's yellow-flag session.