Riggs wins the South Boston Speedway Late Model title; Sellers sweeps both races to close the gap in national title chase
It came down to final points night and the last two races of the season. When it was all done, Layne Riggs emerged with his career-first South Boston Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division Championship.
Meanwhile, Peyton Sellers has been gaining ground on Riggs in the quest for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Championship.
Riggs finished second to Sellers, the defending South Boston Speedway champion and NASCAR National Champion, twice as Sellers swept the twin NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division 65-lap races that made headlines the Halifax County Agricultural Bureau Championship night event at South Boston Motor Speedway.
The Bahama, North Carolina resident entered Saturday night’s twinbill with a 20-point lead over Sellers and a 22-point lead over Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina. The pair of finalists were more than enough to hand Riggs, a 10-time speedway winner this season, the track championship.
“It’s great to win this championship,” said Riggs. “At the start of the year, I didn’t expect this to happen. But the wins started to come, and I felt we were a strong enough car to win every weekend. We deserved to win this championship. I really hate that we couldn’t seal it with a win.
The magic that Sellers has seen at South Boston Speedway for the past few seasons returned on the final two nights of the season. He won three of the last four races of the season to cap his season at the 0.4 mile oval with four wins.
It wasn’t enough for the Danville, Va. resident to win a seventh NASCAR track championship from South Boston Speedway and a fifth straight South Boston Speedway title.
“Man, it was an amazing night,” Sellers said of the sweep. “We executed perfectly. Everyone said you were worried about the points, and I said all we can do is go win the race. Everything else should fall into place. We came a little short.
While Sellers lost the battle for the South Boston Speedway Championship, he was able to further close the gap on Riggs in the race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Championship.
Riggs, entered Saturday night’s event leading the sellers by just eight points in the NASCAR national standings and leading the sellers by just two points in the NASCAR state of Virginia standings.
“We got some good points tonight,” Sellers said. “We just have to go out and do what we know how to do and that’s just stay focused and try to win races.”
Sellers dominated Saturday night’s pair of NASCAR Late Model 65 lap races. He led from flag to flag winning the opening race as he raced across the finish line six seconds ahead of Riggs. Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Va., finished third with Borst and Parker Eatmon of Sims, North Carolina rounding out the top five.
With a reversed top-10 start in race one, Sellers started tenth in the last drink but needed just nine laps to get to the front of the pack. Once Sellers passed Borst for the lead on the ninth circuit, he never gave up the lead. , finishing 1.6 seconds ahead of Riggs in taking the win and sweep.
Borst finished third with Thomas Scott of Efland, NC and Chris Denny of Timberlake, NC rounding out the top five.
For the night, Sellers led 122 of 130 total laps.
KYLE BARNES WINS THE BUDWEISER LIMITED SPORTSMAN TITLE WITH A PAIR OF THIRD PLACES
Kyle Barnes would have liked a better result in Saturday night’s twin 30-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division races, but two third-place efforts earned him his first career South Boston Speedway Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division championship. .
Barnes of Draper, Va., entered Saturday night’s 30-lap twin races after winning eight of his 11 starts at South Boston Speedway and holding a 30-point lead over Jason Myers of Hurt, Va.
Myers finished second in both races, reducing Barnes’ final margin, but that was not enough to prevent Barnes from winning the championship.
The night belonged to Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina. Competing in the division at South Boston Speedway for the first time this season, Winslow swept the twinbill, with Myers taking second place in both races and Barnes finishing third in both races.
Zach Peregoy of Clarksville, Virginia finished fourth in both races. Tristen Barnes of Draper, Virginia completed the top five in race one and Andrew Amos of Callands, Virginia finished fifth in race two.
Winslow started on pole and led the entire distance in race one and led all but one lap in race two.
SCOTT PHILLIPS WINS FIRST CAREER SBS SOUTHSIDE DISPOSAL PURE STOCK DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Scott Phillips, of Halifax, Va., has been trying for several years to win the South Boston Speedway Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division Championship. On Saturday night, Phillips hit the jackpot.
Going into the 25-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division race on Saturday night, Phillips had finished second six times and was still looking for his first win of the season. He started the night with 10 top-five finishes and held an eight-point lead over Johnny Layne of Halifax, Va., who entered the event with four wins this season.
Layne finished second behind winner Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Phillips finished fourth. Although Layne finished two positions ahead of him, Phillips did enough to win his first title at South Boston Speedway.
Crews, who is running a partial racing schedule this season, earned his seventh victory in eight starts at South Boston Speedway in the 25-lap race. He passed Layne, the pole winner, on the opening lap and never lost the lead. He crossed the finish line 1.822 seconds ahead of Layne for the win.
Layne took second place, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Phillips and BJ Reaves of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five.
JASON DECARLO HOLDS DOWN TO CAPTURE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SBS HEAT HORNETS DIVISION TITLE
Jason DeCarlo of Chase City, Va., knew he had to either finish ahead of former two-time division champion Kevin Currin of Chase City, Va., or just behind Currin in the Virginia State Police HEAT 20-lap race. Saturday night’s Hornets Division should he lock up his first career in the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division Championship from South Boston Speedway.
DeCarlo didn’t have the best performance on Saturday night, but it was good enough as he finished fourth while Currin finished fifth, a result that earned him the South Boston Speedway Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division Championship.
Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia took the checkered flag first in the 20-lap race, but his car failed a post-race inspection by NASCAR track officials, resulting in a disqualification.
This turn of events handed the victory to apparent runner-up Kendall Milam of Keeling, Virginia. The victory was his second of the season.
Dillon Davis of Nathalie, Virginia was seeded second in the final results, with Landon Milam of Keeling, Virginia, DeCarlo and Currin rounding out the top five.
Cameron Goble of Ringgold, Virginia took pole for the race and led the first 16 laps before being sidelined in a crash.
TYLER WRAY SPEED TO VICTORY IN 20-LAP FAMILY DRIVE FIELD KARTS RACE
Tyler Wray of Eden, NC edged runner-up Dustin Phillips of Dunn, NC to the finish line to win the 20-lap race for the Mills Family Practice Champ Karts.
Wray, the pole winner, snatched the lead from Trey Masengill of Dudley, North Carolina on lap two and held on to edge Phillips for the win.
Tony Arnold of Creedmoor, North Carolina, Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia and Tommy Elliott of Virgilina, Virginia rounded out the top five.
COMING SOON TO THE SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour will make its annual stop at South Boston Speedway on Saturday afternoon, October 22 for what will be the final racing event of the 2022 season at South Boston Speedway.
Competitors in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car division will compete in a 125-lap race. Additionally, CARS Tour Pro Late Model drivers will compete in a 100-lap race.
The first race of the day will receive the green flag at 2 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday evening, October 21. Advance tickets can also be purchased by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll-free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
Tickets at the door on race day will cost $20 each. Seniors 65 and older, military, healthcare workers and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $15 each at the door on race day.
Other events at South Boston Speedway this fall include the Country Roads Truck Show on Saturday afternoon, September 17. This event is managed and promoted by Thorpe Money Enterprises and not by South Boston Speedway.
Additionally, South Boston Speedway will host the SoBo Drifts Powered By Barlow’s Tire on Saturday, October 29 from 2-7 p.m. More details regarding this event will be announced in the near future.