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Philip Morris sweeps Twin 75s at South Boston

South Boston Speedway

Philip Morris continued his dominance of South Boston Speedway Saturday night, sweeping both of the twin 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that were the feature events of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

The two victories gives Morris eight wins at the .4-mile oval this season. He has now won eight of South Boston Speedway’s first 11 Late Model Stock Car Division races this season.

Morris, bidding for a fifth career NASCAR Whelen All American Series national championship, scored a flag-to-flag win in the first race, finishing 4.747 seconds ahead of runner-up Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia.

Sellers, the defending track champion, started 16th in the 19-car field in order to pick up passing points that count toward track championship points. He passed Thomas Scott on lap 48 to get to second place. But, with no caution flags to close up the field, Sellers was unable to challenge Morris for the win.

Scott, of Efland, North Carolina, finished third with Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia and Stacy Puryear of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Morris started tenth in the 20-car field in the nightcap due to a drawing for the inverted start of the second 75-lap race. However, he needed only 10 laps to work his way into the lead,

After taking the lead from Dusty Ellington of Burkeville, Virginia, Morris sped away from the field. Repeating his strategy of the first race, Sellers started near the rear of the field again in the second race. This time, it didn’t take Sellers as long to reach second place in the running order.

Sellers moved into second place on lap 33 and was able to take advantage of a competition caution on lap 41 to move up close to Morris. Morris and Sellers started side-by-side on the front row on the restart but Morris needed only two laps to break clear of Sellers.

Morris was able to hold Sellers at bay the remainder of the race and and sped across the finish line .887-second ahead of Sellers to claim the win.

Scott finished third with Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia and Barnes rounding out the top five finishers.

There were three lead changes among four drivers.

Twin 75 Feature No. 1 Results

  1. Philip Morris
  2. Peyton Sellers
  3. Thomas Scott
  4. Jason Barnes
  5. Stacy Puryear
  6. Danny Willis
  7. Austin Thaxton
  8. Dusty Ellington
  9. Raymond Pittman III
  10. Josh Oakley
  11. Tommy Peregoy
  12. Quincy Adkins
  13. Chuck Barnes
  14. Erick Winslow
  15. Jason Pittman
  16. Stuart Crews
  17. Mark Keessee Jr.
  18. Bruce Mayo
  19. Joel Covington
  20. Nathan Crews

Twin 75 Feature No. 1 Results

  1. Philip Morris
  2. Peyton Sellers
  3. Thomas Scott
  4. Austin Thaxton
  5. Jason Barnes
  6. Josh Oakley
  7. Dusty Ellington
  8. Stacy Puryear
  9. Danny Willis
  10. Raymond Pittman III
  11. Trey Crews
  12. Quincy Adkins
  13. Jason Pittman
  14. Chuck Barnes
  15. Joel Covington
  16. Eric Winslow
  17. Stuart Crews
  18. Tommy Peregoy
  19. Bruce Mayo
  20. Nathan Crews

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