SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (June 5, 2022) -- Jacob Borst edged defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series and defending South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers in one of the closest and most exciting finishes in recent memory, surviving a metal-banging side-by-side battle over the last few feet to the finish line to win the 100-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race that headlined Saturday night’s Bojangles Prelude To The 200 event at South Boston Speedway.
Borst got the nose of his car in front of Sellers at the finish line to win by a scant .030-second.
“I’ve had a lot of crazy races, and that was definitely the craziest end-of-race I’ve had,” the Elon, North Carolina resident said after the thrilling last-lap pass on the outside that enabled him to collect his second win of the season at South Boston Speedway.
“That’s racing. You’re racing for the win. You’re racing hard and putting on a show for the fans. It just turned out in our favor.”
While Sellers was denied what would have been his second win of the season at South Boston Speedway, he took it in stride.
“That’s what short track racing is all about,” Sellers remarked of the exciting final-lap battle. “That’s why South Boston Speedway is what it is. It’s not easy to win here.”
Sellers appeared to have the race in hand. He took the lead when Borst had to pit during a mid-race caution period to have his crew fix an exhaust pipe that had become loose. The pit stop forced Borst to restart the race at the rear of the lead-lap cars in the field.
Another top challenger in the field, Layne Riggs of Bahama, North Carolina, who had won seven of the track’s first nine races, also encountered trouble. Riggs started the race at the rear of the field in an attempt to collect bonus points toward the national championship. He got up to third place, but just after the midway point of the race a flat tire sent him into a spin and forced him to have to make a pit stop to get the tire changed.
All was well for Sellers until a caution flag flew with two laps to go, creating a green-white-checker finish with Sellers, and Borst, who had driven back up through the field, starting on the front row.
“We were going to win the race if it had stayed green, but we had a green-white-checker finish and I came out on the short end of it,” Seller explained. “I cleared Borst one time, and I started to move up the track. But, I said ‘no, I’m not going to open the door on the bottom of the track for him to come back across me to the inside, so I left the door open on the top side. He got up there, stood in the gas, and it worked out for him.
“Long story short, we came up a little bit short,” added Sellers. “We came up a little bit short, and he (Borst) did what he had to.”
Borst said having to go to the rear of the field and come back to win the race “is pretty amazing. It’s one of the best wins I’ve ever had. Racing against Peyton, the national champion, at the end, a guy I grew up watching and wanting to be like, is pretty cool. I’m very thankful for that dream to come true for me.”
Chris Denny of Timberlake, North Carolina finished third, right behind Borst and Sellers. Riggs rallied to finish fourth and Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.
There were two lead changes between Borst and Sellers, with Borst leading twice for a total of 51 laps and Sellers leading once for 49 laps.
The race was slowed by four caution periods.
KYLE BARNES, JASON MYERS SPLIT WINSIN BUDWEISER LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION TWINBILL
Kyle Barnes of Draper, Virginia and Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s pair of 30-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division races.