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Results> 2005 Results Archive > August 20, 2005

Sellers holds off charges of McCaskill, Herring to claim 11th Late Model Stock Car victory of the season at SoBo

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — "Whew!"

That wasn't a gust of wind or a clap of thunder from a brewing thunderstorm that was heard just shy of 9 p.m. Saturday night. Instead, it was a huge sigh of relief from Peyton Sellers.

The Danville, Va. driver started from the pole at the outset of the 150-lap Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division race and led every circuit to take the checkered flag in a caution-free event.

That sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it was far from a Sunday afternoon drive for Sellers. Throughout the race, Sellers had to fend off fierce challenges from Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. and Drew Herring of Benson, N.C.

At times, the three drivers put on a three-wide racing exhibition. There were also many occasions when either Sellers and McCaskill were battling door handle to door handle or McCaskill and Herring were going at it side-by-side.

"This was an emotional victory for me," Sellers said at the close of the event. "I don't think I had the best handling car tonight, but I did have the best engine. It's a great feeling."

The Late Model Stock Car Division event was the featured attraction of the Cherokee Tobacco Night program.

The victory was the fourth straight for Sellers. It also marked his 11th win at South Boston Speedway this year and his 14th overall NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series triumph during the 2005 campaign. Sellers is the current leader in the chase for the championship at America's Hometown Track. In addition, he is the leading driver in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division I and national championship standings.

McCaskill, a two-time winner at the four-tenths mile asphalt oval, held off Herring throughout the event and motored to a runner-up finish in the 22-car field.

"That had to be a heck of a race for the fans," McCaskill said. "What a race — no cautions.

"Drew drove me clean," McCaskill said of the race for second place. "I think he had the best car tonight."

It wasn't until the final 20 laps of the event that Sellers was able to pull away from McCaskill and Herring and open what wound up being about a six-car length cushion at the end.

"I thought we could get past Peyton, but he had a lot of forward bite," McCaskill said. "And, with 20 laps to go, it looked like it got even better for him."

Herring, who agreed with McCaskill's belief that his car was the fastest for much of the race, finished third at the checkered flag and was followed in the top five by Justin Johnson of Roxboro, N.C. in the fourth slot and Ryan Rhodes of Sanford, N.C. in fifth.

Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. motored to a sixth-place finish, while Owen Miller of Emporia, Va. finished seventh. Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. collected the eighth-place finishing spot, while David Triplett, Jr. of Durham, N.C. slipped from fourth to ninth after battling in the late stages of the race with Johnson for the top-five position.

Rounding out the top 10 drivers in the race was Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C., who slipped into the top 10 on the final lap by getting around outside pole sitter Brandon Butler of Petersburg, Va., who finished 11th.

Barkhouser Late Model
POS # DRIVER
1 26 Peyton Sellers
2 08 Deac McCaskill
3 3 Drew Herring
4 81 Justin Johnson
5 83 Ryan Rhodes
6 14 Rodney Cook
7 2 Owen Miller
8 51 Wayne Ramsey
9 00 David Triplett
10 74 Ronald Hill
11 29 Brandon Butler
12 46 Jon Denning
13 25 Terry  King
14 41 Rusty Skewes
15 7 Jonathan Cash
16 02 Terri Williams
17 88 Scott Worley
18 50 Matt Bucher
19 44 Greg Davis
20 13 Stephanie Brooks
21 36 Junior Hargrave
22 28 David Matias

 

   

Winner of 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race has not been decided by NASCAR officials

Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. crossed the finish line first in the 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, however, he was disqualified following a post-race inspection.

Following a protest from the Snow crew, Bailey's win, which would have been his second consecutive and ninth overall for the season, was taken away due to a post-race inspection of tire width.

A final revised rundown of the 12-car field was not made available by NASCAR officials Saturday night. That rundown was listed as pending by NASCAR officials Saturday night.

Bailey was followed across the start-finish line in the event by Justin Snow of Danville, Va., Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va., Charles Barnes of Chase City, Va., Brian Cole of Roxboro, N.C. and Timmy Langford of Amelia, Va.

Limited Sportsman
POS # DRIVER
1 9 Bruce Anderson
2 64 Charles  Barnes
3 10 Brian  Cole
4 55 Timmy Langford
5 00 Brian  Pembleton
6 2 Tommy  Peregory
7 33 Andrew Perry
8 07 Matt  Lofton
9 23 Danny Willis, Jr
10 5 Daryl Carver
11 89 Jonathan Bailey-DQ
12 7 Justin Snow-DQ
   

Bill Edwards noses out Troy Dowdy in wreck-plagued Grand Sportsman Division race

Bill Edwards of Ringgold, Va. was declared the victor in the Grand Sportsman Division event, which wound up with a wild, unexpected finish as the caution flag was waving.

The race was halted prior to the checkered flag when the cars of Brad Matthews of Stovall, N.C., the division's point leader heading into the event, and Jack Milam of Keeling, Va. became involved in a two-car demolition derby in the frontstretch.

The race went back to green for a two-lap shootout following the event's third caution period. With one lap to go, Milam, who had also been involved in two of the earlier cautions, made contact with Matthews heading into turn one, sending Matthews into the outside retaining wall.

Matthews then retaliated under caution by smacking Milam head-on in the frontstretch, setting off the two-car fracas. Milam and Matthews were each suspended for, at least, the remainder of the season, following the incident. Exact suspensions and fines for the two drivers will be announced by track officials in the coming days.

The finish was then decided by the previous lap when Edwards had nipped Troy Dowdy of Lynchburg, Va. by inches at the start-finish line. Matthews was credited with a third-place finish.

Milam was listed fourth in the unofficial final rundown, while Keith Edwards of Pendleton, N.C. rounded out the top five in the 11-car field.

Grand Sportsman
POS # DRIVER
1 00 BILL EDWARDS
2 02 TROY DOWDY
3 93 KEITH EDWARDS
4 28 JUNIOR HANCOCK
5 38 BILLY PURNELL
6 11 RAY ELLINGTON
7 36 JAMES MYERS
8 23 JOSH BUCKMAN
9 1 JEREMY RATLIFF
10 99 BRAD MATTHEWS-DQ
11 75 JACK MILAM-DQ
   

Hall scores 1st USAC Ford Focus Series victory

Terry Hall of Stuart, Va. started from the pole and led all 25 laps to secure his first Virginia-Carolina USAC Ford Focus Midget Series triumph.

Robbie Ray finished second in the 10-car field and was followed by Aaron Oakley in third place. Current series point leader Chase Scott, a three-time victor at South Boston Speedway this season, finished fourth.

Brit Andersen rounded out the top five drivers in the race that was slowed by only one caution.

Ford Focus Midgets
1 8 TERRY HALL
2 11 ROBBIE RAY
3 43 ARON OAKLEY
4 4 CHASE SCOTT
5 70 BRIT ANDERSEN
6 77 SAM BEAM
7 38 GARY WINTERS
8 2 LINDSEY TRAUSCH
9 5 CHRIS MEADOWS
10 77X SHANE HMIEL
 

 


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