Layne Riggs hadn’t earned a win in a Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway until he won the first of two 65-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races on Saturday that headlined the schedule. Danville Toyota 2022 Season Opener.
Later in the afternoon, Bahamas resident North Carolina scored another victory.
Starting from 10th place in the second 65-lap race of the afternoon of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division, Riggs needed just 21 laps to work his way to the lead. Once in front, he pulled away from his rivals to take victory and a sweep in the twin 65-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway.
“I had no idea we were going to do that (sweep the double bill),” Riggs said. “I am very proud of everyone on this team. Last night (Friday night) we were scratching our heads. We were only around 10th in practice on Friday. We were contemplating not even running the race. To come back like that and win both races really means something special as I consider South Boston Speedway to be my home track.”
Riggs started the first 65-lap race on the outside pole alongside the polesitter, defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Champion and defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville.
Sellers led early, but Riggs took the lead on lap 32 and passed Catawba’s Mike Looney by 0.695 seconds to take the win. Sellers finished third with Chesapeake’s Mark Wertz and Amelia’s Landon Pembelton rounding out the top five finishers.
A multi-car mishap on the second lap of race two took Sellers out and badly damaged Pembelton’s car. Riggs started 10th, but moved quickly to the front, taking the lead from outside pole starter Mason Bailey on lap 21, and pulling away for a 2.023-second victory over Looney.
“I really hated seeing the cars break down on the initial start,” Riggs said. “A couple of the cars (Sellers and Pembelton) were cars that we thought would be in contention for the win at the end. He hated that he couldn’t fight them. I know they will fix themselves and we will do it again very soon.”
Although Looney expected to sweep, he got off to a good start with his pair of second-place finishes.
“What a great field of cars, 25 cars and a lot of talented drivers and a lot of good equipment,” Looney said. “We thought if we came down here and beat the national champion (Sellers) we’d be sitting pretty. We beat him, but there was a guy in front of him. We just needed to be a little better. We needed a little more.”
Bailey finished third, with Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina, and Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina completing the top five finishers.
Hurt’s Jason Myers got off to a strong start to his 2022 season with a win in the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division 65-lap season-opening race.
Myers took the lead from Chuck Lawson on lap two and led the rest of the way, finishing 1.637 seconds ahead of Draper’s runner-up Kyle Barnes.
Bob Davis, Chris Donnelly and Nathalie’s Drew Dawson rounded out the top five finishers.
Halifax’s Johnny Layne started from the pole and earned a flag-to-flag victory in Saturday’s 30-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division race.
Layne finished 1.393 seconds ahead of runner-up Scott Phillips of Halifax. Keeling’s Jarrett Milam finished third with Turbeville’s BJ Reaves finishing fourth and Halifax’s Jimmy Wade rounding out the top five finishers.
Two-time former division champion Kevin Currin of Chase City took the lead from Sutherlin’s Ken Daniel with six laps to go to win Saturday’s 15-lap Hornets Division race.
Currin crossed the finish line .532 seconds ahead of runner-up Jason DeCarlo of Chase City. South Boston’s Andrea Ruotolo, Nathalie’s Steven Layne and South Boston’s Richard Montgomery rounded out the top five finishers.
The race featured two lead changes with Currin leading twice for a total of nine laps and Daniel leading once for six laps.
Racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday, April 2 at 2 pm with the SMART Modified Tour Race Day.
The four-race card will be headlined by a 100-lap race for the late-model stock car division of NASCAR’s Advance Auto Parts weekly series and a 99-lap race for the stars and cars of the SMART Modified Tour. A 20-lap race for the Hornets Division and a 15-lap race for Champ Karts will round out the day’s action.
Chandler is the director of public relations for South Boston Speedway.