South Boston Speedway News
Sellers Wins Second SBS Title, Bowling Sweeps LMSC Twinbill 9/13/14
Sep 14, 2014 - updated Sep 14th, 2014 9:40pm
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Southboston, Va --
Peyton Sellers is now a two-time South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division champion.
Sellers, from Ringgold, Virginia, secured the track championship with fourth-place and second-place finishes in Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Divisions that closed out the season at the .4-mile oval.
He won his first South Boston Speedway title in 2005, the same year he won the NASCAR Whelen All American Series national championship.
Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Virginia, who entered the night’s action in second place in the track point standings, won both races, and with a victory in the prior event held at the track, capped his South Boston Speedway season with three straight victories.
Bowling finished second to Sellers in the track championship chase, giving Ringgold, Virginia-based Sellers Racing a one-two finish for the season at South Boston Speedway.
In the night’s first 75-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race, Bowling started from the pole and led the entire way, but not without a battle with Josh Oakley of Rougemont, North Carolina after a caution that came out 14 laps from the finish due to a crash.
Oakley was beside Bowling on the front row for the double-file restart and made a bid for the win, only to have Bowling gain an edge over the final few laps and seal the win. Bowling’s margin of victory was .331-second.
Kaz Grala of Westborough, Mass. finished third, with Sellers and Tyler Ankrum of Colton, Cal. rounding out the top five finishers.
Bowling started sixth in the nightcap after a drawing for an inverted start, and took the lead from Grala on lap 53 after a restart that followed the race’s second caution on lap 52. Oakley, who had led 21 laps at that point, brought out the caution when his car pounded the first turn wall after cutting a tire.
Grala inherited the lead after Oakley’s mishap, but held it for only a lap before Bowling got under him to take the lead for good on lap 53. Once in front, Bowling quickly pulled away and drove to a 1.692-second win over Sellers.
Grala finished third with Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia and Ronald Hill of Rougemont, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.
Ebersole wins NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race
Kyle Ebersole of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania fended off a late bid from Andy Seuss of Hampstead, New Hampshire over the final 10 laps and won Saturday night’s South Boston 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race.
The win was his first of the season on the Tour and the second of his career. Ebersole won the 2013 event at Langley Speedway.
Ebersole used a different pit strategy, electing to pit on lap 50 during the race’s second caution period. When Seuss and the other frontrunners pitted on lap 101 during the race’s third caution period, Ebersole inherited the lead.
Last year’s South Boston race winner George Brunnhoelzl III of West Babylon, New York grabbed the lead from Ebersole for one lap after the restart, but Ebersole battled back to regain the lead on lap 105.
Seuss moved past Brunnhoelzl to take second place with about 25 laps to go. He made a bid for the lead with about five laps to go, pulling alongside Ebersole, but slower traffic prevented him from clearing Ebersole, and Ebersole surged to a two-car length edge. Ebersole’s margin of victory was .393-second.
Brunnhoelzl finished third, with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove, North Carolina and J.R. Bertuccio of Centereach, New York completing the top five finishers.
Seuss continues to hold the series point lead and holds a 24-point edge over Brunnhoelzl heading into the Tour’s next event at Southern National Speedway.
Ebersole averaged 56.338 mph in the race that was slowed by three caution periods that consumed 31 laps.
For additional information about other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website atwww.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.