SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (March 17, 2021) – By virtually every measure Peyton Sellers’ 2020 season was a huge success.
The Danville, Virginia resident finished the season as the NASCAR national runner-up and captured the NASCAR Virginia state title. In the national picture Sellers recorded 10 wins in 30 starts, had 26 Top Five finishes and 28 Top 10 finishes during the NASCAR points season. He finished 28 points behind national champion Josh Berry.
While winning the NASCAR Virginia state title, Sellers had 10 wins in 25 starts, 24 Top Five finishes and 24 Top 10 finishes. He took the state title by a 70-point margin over Daniel Silvestri.
Sellers and his team are proud of their 2020 accomplishments, but one thing was different. He and his team were unable to compete at South Boston Speedway, his home track, as the track was idle in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To not have our home track to come to was definitely different,” remarked Sellers. “We had to drive by South Boston to go to Dominion Raceway and Langley. Knowing we were going to have to stay in a motel room and that sort of thing was definitely different. We like to be at home every night.”
Sellers and his team will be returning to South Boston Speedway for Saturday’s season-opening Back On Track Twin 75s racing program. The event will be headlined by twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division.
“I’m just glad to be back,” Sellers remarked. “All of our local sponsors want to come back out. They’ve been chomping at the bit to get out and see racing. So are all of our local fans.”
The defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR track champion says racing at South Boston Speedway paves the way for success at other venues.
“We want to compete for wins at any level of racing, whether it be here (at South Boston Speedway) or traveling around to bigger shows. Any time we race South Boston it makes us better when we go to bigger shows. If we can come here and hone-in, win a few races and run well it’s going to help us later in the year when we go to some of the bigger money races.”
Sellers enters the 2021 season at South Boston Speedway having won the NASCAR track
championship five times, including titles in each of the past three seasons (2017, 2018 and 2019). A good start to the season is important in making a title bid. In 2019 Sellers earned a pair of second-place finishes in the twin races that opened South Boston Speedway’s season.
“Coming out of the box has always been a strong point,” Sellers pointed out. “We’ve been able to be competitive in the season opener a lot of years. We’ve been able to win a lot of races, whether it be us or our customers’ cars. I think that’s because we try to work hard over the winter and get our cars dialed in right.”
During a break in a recent testing session at South Boston Speedway Sellers says he feels good about his cars.
“The two cars I have are the same two cars we raced last year,” he pointed out. “I feel like we’ve got them figured out. I feel like we know what the characteristics of each car are. I look forward to getting back into that rhythm and racing them.”
South Boston Speedway will kick off its 64th season of racing on Saturday (March 20) with the 2 p.m. running of the Back On Track Twin 75s racing program. Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division highlight the afternoon’s six-race card. A 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division will round out the afternoon’s racing action.
The speedway will be following COVID-19 mitigation mandates set forth by the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia during the event. Masks will be required for fans entering the speedway. Social distancing and additional measures will also be followed.
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