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8.8.16

Passing Points System Has Kept Sellers In South Boston Title Hunt

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (August 9, 2016) – A few races into the season, Peyton Sellers’ chances for another South Boston Speedway track championship looked bleak at best.

With just a few races remaining in the 2016 campaign, the veteran Danville driver is right back in the mix, second in the Late Model Stock points behind Matt Bowling.

What spurred the charge up in the standings? Faster race cars and a gamble on South Boston’s new passing-points structure for 2016.

The new passing points system allows drivers to receive bonus points for each position gained during a race. Drivers have the option to put themselves in position to pick up maximum points by dropping back in the field from their qualifying position before the race takes the green flag. Drivers receive one bonus point for each position they improve after electing to drop back in the field.

The passing points system will also result in a Hard-Charger Award in each division at the end of the season with a bonus payout to division winners. The Late Model Hard-Charger Award will be $2,500; the Limited $1,000; the Pure Stock $500 and the Hornets $250.

With four race dates left in the 2016 season, Sellers leads the Late Model Stock Hard-Charger points. David Latour sits atop the Limited Sportsman Hard-Charger points while Johnny Layne leads the Budweiser Pure Stock, and Justin Dawson leads the Budweiser Hornet Division.

Even though he hasn’t won this season, Sellers is second in the track’s Late Model points chase behind consistent top-five finishes and strategic use of the passing points rule. He has garnered 72 passing points on the season.

“Leading the passing points is another reason I’m a fan of the changes at South Boston this year,” said Sellers. “We started this season out a little rocky with a few bad finishes and just not having the speed we needed.

“Now, fast forward to the end of the season and we have speed but found ourselves in a hole in the points. The passing points have given me an opportunity, a mulligan, so to speak, to rebound, and here we are, second in the track points.

“I think passing points will dictate the track points for sure and will have some guys wondering why they didn’t do it sooner.”

The action returns to South Speedway this Saturday with the 7 p.m. running of the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program. There will also be twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors.

Advance adult general admission tickets are priced at $10 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 12. Adult general admission tickets will be $15 each at the gate on race day. Youth ages 7-12 will be admitted for $5. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Media Contacts:
Mike Smith
Relevant Public Relations
423.914.3009
msmith@southbostonspeedway
msmith@prrelevant.com

 

 


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