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Peyton Sellers scores pole for prestigious South Boston 200

Peyton Sellers will lead an extremely impressive field to green on Saturday night in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson South Boston 200.

On a day where temperatures exceeded 95 degrees, Sellers was equally as blistering, becoming the only driver to crack the 14-second barrier in pole qualifying for the first leg of the prestigious Virginia Triple Crown.

But Sellers doesn’t have to look far to find his stiffest competition of the evening as CARS Tour championship leader Bobby McCarty will line up to his outside for the start of the race.

But Sellers is a former South Boston track champion and a decade-plus veteran of these extra-distant events.

“The benefit of starting up front is that you can dictate the pace of the race,” Sellers said. “There are some really good guys here. This is a spectacular field. But I do think qualifying well is going to be a tremendous advantage for us since we have to finish on these four tires.”

Reigning Martinsville 300 winner Timothy Peters is one such contender having to race his way through the field, having qualified ninth after pacing practice for much of the afternoon. Defending race winner and current track championship leader Philip Morris will start seventh.

The complete starting lineup can be found below.

Defending Virginia Late Model Triple Crown winner Timothy Peters was initially nowhere to be found at South Boston Speedway during the first two practice sessions, as he was busy celebrating his daughter’s birthday. However, Peters proved to have one of the fastest cars once he finally strapped into his #12 autosbynelson.com Late Model, as he sat on the provisional pole for most of the qualifying session before fading to 9th place.

Both Sellers and Peters will have to find a way to stay in front of four-time Whelen All-American Series champion Philip Morris, who enters the Thunder Road-Harley Davidson 200 as the defending winner, and with a 30-point lead in the track’s Late Model standings, having won six out of the eight races this season. Morris showed speed in both of the early practices, but was unable to replicate that in qualifying, as he will line up seventh in the 35-car field.

1. 26 Peyton Sellers- 14.995
2. 22 Bobby McCarty- 15.011
3. 11 Tyler Hughes- 15.024
4. 83 Matt Bowling- 15.074
5. 2 Brandon Pierce- 15.081
6. 09 Bruce Anderson- 15.094
7. 01 Philip Morris- 15.099
8. 17 Stacy Puryear- 15.118
9. 12 Timothy Peters- 15.151
10. 18 Ty Gibbs- 15.196
11. 02 CE Falk III- 15.199
12. 8 Thomas Scott- 15.204
13. 03 Brenden Queen- 15.217
14. 41 Woody Howard- 15.238
15. 2 Trevor Noles- 15.240
16. 24 Mason Diaz- 15.241
17. 3 Nathan Crews- 15.246
18. 29 Stuart Crews- 15.276
19. 24 Colin Garrett- 15.279
20. 28 Jason Barnes- 15.287
21. 57 Justin Carroll- 15.287
22. 87 Mike Looney- 15.321
23. 12 Austin Thaxton- 15.340
24. 22 Grayson Cullather- 15.346
25. 8 Josh Oakley- 15.348
26. 14 Dusty Ellington- 15.351
27. 91 Justin Carroll- 15.438
28. 16 Mark Wertz- 15.449
29. 4 Tim Phipps- 15.480
30. 90 Terry Carroll- 15.531
31. 31 Thomas Beane- 15.612
32. 38 Mark Keessee Jr.- 15.781
33. 64 Charles Barnes- 15.898
34. 22 Eric Winslow- no time
35. 75 Quincy Adkins- no time

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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