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Layne Riggs sweeps twin races in South Boston Speedway season opener



SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (March 19, 2022) -- Layne Riggs had not won a Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway until he won the first of Saturday’s two 65-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that headlined the Danville Toyota 2022 Season Opener racing program.


Later in the afternoon the Bahama, North Carolina resident scored a repeat win.


Starting from tenth place in the afternoon’s second 65-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race, Riggs needed only 21 laps to work his way into the lead. Once in front, he pulled away from his challengers to earn the win and a sweep of South Boston Speedway’s twin 65-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races.


“I had no clue we were going to do that (sweep the twinbill),” Riggs said. “I’m really proud of everybody on this team. Last night (Friday night) we were scratching our heads. We were only about tenth in practice Friday. We were contemplating not even running the race. To rally back like this and win both races, it really means something special being that I consider South Boston Speedway as my home track.”


Riggs started the first 65-lap race on the outside pole next to pole winner, defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Champion and defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia.


Sellers led early, but Riggs grabbed the lead on lap 32 and edged Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia by 0.695-second to take the win. Sellers finished third with Mark Wertz of Chesapeake, Virginia and Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.


A multi-car mishap on the second lap of the second race took out Sellers and heavily damaged Pembelton’s car. Riggs started tenth but moved quickly to the front, taking the lead from outside pole starter Mason Bailey on lap 21, and pulling away to a 2.023-second win over Looney.


“I really hated to see the cars get torn up on the initial start,” Riggs remarked. “A couple of cars (Sellers and Pembelton) were cars we thought were going to be in contention for the win at the end. I hated I didn’t get to duke it out with them. I know they will get fixed up and we will be doing it again really soon.”


While Looney was hoping for a sweep, he had a good outing with his pair of second-place finishes.


“What a great field of cars, 25 cars and a lot of talented drivers and a lot of good equipment,” Looney remarked. “We thought if we came down here and beat the national champ (Sellers) we would be sitting pretty. We beat him, but there was a guy in front of him. We just needed to be a little bit better. We needed just a little bit more.”


Bailey finished third, with Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina and Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.


MYERS WINS BUDWEISER LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION RACE

Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia got his 2022 season off to a good start with a win in the season-opening 65-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race.


Myers took the lead from Chuck Lawson on the second lap and led the rest of the way, finishing 1.637 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Barnes of Draper, Virginia.


Bob Davis, Chris Donnelly and Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.


JOHNNY LAYNE WINS SOUTHSIDE DISPOSAL PURE STOCK DIVISION RACE

Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in Saturday’s 30-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division race.


Layne finished 1.393 seconds ahead of runner-up Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia. Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia finished third with B.J. Reaves of Turbeville, Virginia finishing fourth and Jimmy Wade of Halifax, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.


CURRIN CAPTURES HORNETS DIVISION WIN

Two-time former division champion Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia took the lead from Ken Daniel of Sutherlin, Virginia with six laps to go and won Saturday’s 15-lap Hornets Division race.


Currin crossed the finish line .532-second ahead of runner-up Jason DeCarlo of Chase City, Virginia. Andrea Ruotolo of South Boston, Virginia, Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia and Richard Montgomery of South Boston, Virginia completed the top five finishers.


The race featured two lead changes with Currin leading twice for a total of nine laps and Daniel l;eading once for six laps.


NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY

Racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday, April 2 with the 2 p.m. running the of the SMART Modified Tour Race Day racing program.


The four-race card will be headlined by a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and a 99-lap race for the stars and cars of the SMART Modified Tour. A 20-lap race for the Hornets Division and a 15-lap race for Champ Karts will round out the day’s action.


The latest news and updates from South Boston Speedway are available on the speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, and through the track’s social media channels. Information may also be obtained by phoning the speedway at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.

March 19, 2022 Race Results

Position | Car Number | Laps Completed

Late Model Stock Car Race No. 1 (65 laps)

1 99 Layne Riggs 65

2 87 Mike Looney 65

3 26 Peyton Sellers 65

4 55 Mark Wertz 65

5 00 Landon Pembelton 65

6 17 Stacy Puryear 65

7 8 Thomas Scott 65

8 25 Jacob Borst 65

9 05 Mason Bailey 65

10 4 Parker Eatmon 65

11 01 Camden Gullie 64

12 73 Bruce Anderson 64

13 31 Aaron Donnelly 64

14 63 Chris Throckmorton 64

15 90 John Goin 64

16 82 Trey Dillard 64

17 06 Terry Dease 64

18 2 Chris Denny 64

19 12 Austin Thaxton 64

20 18 Bobby Gillispie 63

21 38 Mark Keesee 63

22 57 Eddie Johnson 32

23 58 Daniel Moss 12

24 9 Trey Crews 5

25 28 Jason Barnes 5

Late Model Stock Car No. 2 (65 laps)

1 99 Layne Riggs 65

2 87 Mike Looney 65

3 05 Mason Bailey 65

4 8 Thomas Scott 65

5 25 Jacob Borst 65

6 4 Parker Eatmon 65

7 55 Mark Wertz 65

8 01 Camden Gullie 65

9 31 Aaron Donnelly 65

10 06 Terry Dease 65

11 63 Chris Throckmorton 65

12 12 Austin Thaxton 64

13 57 Eddie Johnson 64

14 2 Chris Denny 64

15 38 Mark Keesee 64

16 0 Landon Pembelton 49

17 58 Daniel Moss 33

18 17 Stacy Puryear 31

19 73 Bruce Anderson 15

20 18 Bobby Gillispie 14

21 90 John Goin 8

22 26 Peyton Sellers 1

23 82 Trey Dillard 1

Budweiser Limited Sportsman (65 laps)

1 17 Jason Myers 65

2 00 Kyle Barnes 65

3 19 Bob Davis 65

4 47 Chris Donnelly 65

5 8 Drew Dawson 65

6 98 JD Eversole 65

7 1 Jared Dawson 65

8 12 Zach Peregoy 65

9 88 Justin Dawson 64

10 05 Billy Myers 51

11 2 Kenny Daniel 38

12 40 Brian Thomas 35

13 42 Chuck Lawson 28

14 12 Eric Wallace 15

15 75 Daniel Crews 1

16 21 Carter Russo 1

17 36 Andrew Amos 1

18 62 Ross Mountcasel 1

Southside Disposal Pure Stock (30 laps)

1 9 Johnny Layne 30

2 66 Scott Phillips 30

3 2 Jarrett Milam 30

4 11 BJ Reaves 30

5 61 Jimmy Wade 30

6 16 Chris Redman 21

7 00 Bruce Mayo DNS

Hornets (15 laps)

1 49 Kevin Currin 15