Sellers In Familiar Place, Twice
by Jeff Bartlett
Peyton Sellers came into the night tied for second in points with Mason Bailey and trailed Davey Callihan by six for the Fredericksburg Late Model series lead, but after taking both twin features, he is back where he spent most of last year, in victory lane and atop the points battle.
Sellers took the pole in qualifying with a time of 15.281 over Bailey and started outside row one after the invert. It took less than 20 laps for Sellers to get out front though and with no cautions after him assuming the lead, he and Bailey comfortably ran one two until the checkered flag dropped. Rounding out the top five were Doug Barnes, Sergio Pena and John Goin.
The second feature saw Sellers start eight after the mandatory invert which put Chase Borrow on the pole. The second 60 lap feature was a battle of attrition with 18 cars taking the green and only ten running at the end. Several cars were taken out during an incident in turns one and two that saw drivers like Aaron Donnelly, Logan Jones, and Bailey get collected. Later, Pena cut a tire that turned him straight into the inside wall destroying his car, but he was able to walk away. Once all the smoke and dust settled, and many top contending cars were out or damaged, Sellers was back out front taking his second checkered flag of the night. The top five in the second feature was Sellers, Alex Brock, Colby Stotlemeyer, GR Waldrop, and Barnes.
The Truckin Thunder Virginia Racer division had a 35-lap feature that saw Ryan Matthews dominate the field and pick up the win. There were a few cautions during the feature which slowed his progress temporarily, but the first season Virginia Racer driver had no issues and drove away leaving no doubt who the car to beat was. Rounding out the top three were Andrew Lang and Cameron Burke. With the win, Matthews moves into a slight four-point lead over Burke in the points. The two came into Saturday night’s feature tied with 112.
The INEX legends and Bandos made another stop at Dominion Saturday. Cameron Bolin picked up the win with Colby Flowers and Cameron Murray coming home second and third. The Bandos saw Trey Williams complete a late race pass to take the checkered over Ryley Music. Kenton Case came home third.
Other classes and winners from Saturday night included the Absolutely Amish Structures Any Car division where CJ Terczak took home the win in the 4-cylinder class and Cam Hensley remained undefeated in the eight-cylinder class. In the Mini Stock division, Daniel Bentley drove away from Joe Riley and Cameron Ruggles to take the win. The UASC Midgets made their season debut last night and Butch Lamb picked up the win over Jessica Bean.
Dominion is back in action Saturday night the 19th when the Cars Tour comes to town for a 125-lap feature. Also on the schedule is a twin 35 lap night for the Truckin Thunder Virginia Racers, 25 laps for the mini cups and 25 laps for the Southern Ground Pounders. Gates open at 5 and green flag drops at 7.