Layne Riggs took his early-season winning streak to four straight in the first of two 75-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races on Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway just to watch the national champion NASCAR defender Peyton Sellers break the streak by winning the second race.
The Late Model doubleheader was the main event of Saturday afternoon’s Italian restaurant Viny’s & Fruitopia Mini Family Day at the Races event at South Boston Speedway.
The Bahama, North Carolina resident passed Sellers on the final lap of the opening to take the win, leaving Sellers having to settle for second after leading all but the final lap. Landon Pembelton of Amelia finished third with Kyle Dudley taking fourth place and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.
“If you had asked me six months ago if I could do this, I would have said it was never possible,” Riggs said after the victory that stretched his winning streak to four in a row. “I was faster than him in the first race. I stuck a nose in it and it tried to cut me. I was there and he couldn’t refuse me. I ran my line and did what I could.”
Sellers of Danville said he and Riggs raced hard and he was just trying to do what he could to try and win the race.
“He (Riggs) kept me loose in the corner a few times. He was doing what he had to do. I just pinched it pretty hard trying to gain some momentum to try and get the win and it didn’t work.
Sellers started eighth in race two as the top eight finishers from race one were reversed for the start of race two. Riggs, under the track’s handicap system for drivers who win two or more races in a row, started in the middle of the grid in 12th place.
It took them little time to get to the front, with Sellers taking the lead from Jacob Borst on Lap 14 and Riggs moving up to second by passing Borst on Circuit 26.
Two caution periods in the final 37 laps gave Riggs a chance to start alongside Sellers on restarts. Sellers moved ahead of Riggs on both restarts and held onto the lead to take the win. Borst of Elon, North Carolina finished third, Mason Bailey finished fourth and Scott finished fifth.
“It really hasn’t been that long, but it feels good to be back at Victory Lane,” Sellers said. “We struggled a little bit out of the box this year. We had a win last week at Dominion Raceway and we had a win here. We are looking forward to the rest of the season. We have fast cars. We just have to fix them.”
Riggs noted that Sellers had the faster car in the second race.
“He (Sellers) deserved to win this time,” Riggs said. “He was faster than us. He had clean air and he had a nice car.”
The race was a highly competitive race with two lead changes between three drivers.
Kyle Barnes survived Saturday’s crash-filled 50-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race and earned the first win of his career at South Boston Speedway in the process.
Barnes held off fast-closing North Chesterfield’s JD Eversole in a five-lap race to the finish that followed the last of the race’s four caution periods to take the win.
Nathalie’s Justin Dawson finished third with Chris Donnelly finishing fourth and Hurt’s Jason Myers recovering after being involved in a mishap early in the race to finish fifth.
A bit of history was made at the event when Myers and his father, former division champion Billy Myers of Hurt, started the race together on the front row, marking the first time a father-son duo had started on the front row. line up for the start of a race in the division on the circuit.
Former division champion Johnny Layne of Halifax and BJ Reaves of South Boston shared wins in Saturday’s twin 15-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division races at South Boston Speedway.
Layne earned a flag-to-flag win in the opening 15-lap race to score his second straight victory. Halifax’s Scott Phillips, Halifax’s Bruce Mayo, Keeling’s Reaves and Jack Milam rounded out the top five.
Reaves took the lead with two laps to go when Layne met misfortune while leading the second race and stopped Mayo and Phillips to score his first career win. Milam and Jimmy Wade of Halifax rounded out the top five finishers.
Keeling’s Kendall Milam took the lead from former division champion Kevin Currin with seven laps to go and won the 20-lap Hornets Division race to score his first win in the division.
Milam dedicated the win to her grandmother, Joan Milam, who passed away last week.
Chase City’s Currin finished second with Chase City’s Jason DeCarlo, South Boston’s Andrea Ruotolo and Nathalie’s Dillon Davis rounding out the top five.
South Boston Speedway will be under the spotlight for the first time this season for two nights of racing with Must See Racing’s winged 410 sprint cars at Sentara Healthcare American Sprint Car Weekend on Friday night, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at night. .
Track speed records will be broken when Must See Racing’s 410 winged sprint cars, the fastest cars to ever compete at South Boston Speedway, make their first visit to South Boston Speedway’s .4-mile oval.
Friday night racing action begins at 8 p.m. Sportsman Division, Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division and Hornets Division.
Starting at 7 p.m. NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and a race for the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.
Two-night advance tickets are priced at $25 each. One-night advance tickets are priced at $15 each. Two-night advance tickets and one-night advance tickets are available online at the South Boston Speedway website, southbostonspeedway.com, or by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll-free 1-877 -440-1540 during regular hours. work hours.
Single night tickets at the gate on race night are priced at $20 each.
Chandler is the director of public relations for South Boston Speedway.