Peyton Sellers opened the Virginia Triple Crown with a victory in the South Boston 200 last Saturday night and he’s starting to think big picture as a result.
The Virginia Late Model Triple Crown pays $10,000 to the driver with the best average finish between the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston, the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
Sellers is the 2005 Whelen All-American Series National Champion but cherishes his two Triple Crown championships just the same.
“This is definitely where we want to be heading into Langley and Martinsville,” Sellers said. “There’s a lot of good cars that are going to be laser-focused when it comes to the Triple Crown and we are the ones that they are chasing.”
Tyler Hughes is chasing the Triple Crown for the first time.
“It gave me a solid bit of momentum and a good bit of confidence,” Hughes said. “I’ve had a lot of bad luck this year with things going wrong and it really hasn’t been my year. I felt like at South Boston I put a lot of pressure and hard work to really have a good run there.
“This is our first go at the Triple Crown, we’ve never run at Martinsville or in the South Boston 200 before and have only run the Hampton Heat once, so it really gives us a lot of hope to win this thing.”
After winning the championship in 2013 and 2014, Sellers is looking to cement his status as an all-time Commonwealth great.
“It’s very neat to win the Triple Crown,” he said. “Being from Virginia and having grown up seeing the greats like (Bugs) Hairfield and (Roy) Hendrick race, to be able to be mentioned with them and to think I might have also had a small part in growing short track racing in Virginia is really neat. It’s really great that the three tracks in Virginia put it on.”
Hughes would like to be mentioned in the same breath as previous Triple Crown winners, like Sellers and last year’s winner Timothy Peters.
“You get the bragging to say you won the Triple Crown and get to add your name to the list of people who have won it in the past,” Hughes said. “To add my name to that list would be pretty special.”
The next leg of the Triple Crown is July 21, in the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway.
The Triple Crown will conclude at under the lights at Martinsville Speedway on September 29, with the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race.
The winner of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will receive a $25,000 check.
With the $10,000 bonus for the Triple Crown on the line, as well, it could be a profitable night for one Late Model Stock superstar.
Virginia Triple Crown Champions
- 2017 Timothy Peters
- 2015 Lee Pulliam
- 2014 Peyton Sellers
- 2013 Peyton Sellers
- 2012 CE Falk III