Photo Courtesy Joe Chandler/South Boston Speedway

Layne Riggs ran his early-season win streak to four in a row in the first of two 75-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway only to see defending NASCAR national champion Peyton Sellers snap the streak by winning the second race.

The Late Model twinbill was the headline event of Saturday afternoon’s Viny’s Italian Restaurant & Fruitopia Mini Family Day at the Races event at South Boston Speedway.

The Bahama, North Carolina resident muscled his way past Sellers on the final lap of the opener to take the win, leaving Sellers to have to settle for second place after having led all but the final lap. Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia finished third with Kyle Dudley taking fourth place and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.

“If you had asked me six months ago if I could do this, I would have said it was never possible,” Riggs said after the victory that stretched his win streak to four in a row. “I was faster than he was in the first race. I got a nose inside and he tried to chop me off. I was there and he couldn’t deny me. I ran my line and did what I could.”

Sellers said he and Riggs raced each other hard and he was simply trying to do what he could to try to win the race.

“He (Riggs) kept me loose up off of the corner several times. He was doing what he had to. I just pinched him pretty hard trying to knock some momentum off to try to get the win and it didn’t work out.”

Sellers started eighth in the second race as the top eight finishers of the first race were inverted for the start of the second race. Riggs, by virtue of the track’s handicapping system for drivers that win two or more races in a row, started mid-field in 12th place.

It took little time for them to get to the front, with Sellers taking the lead from Jacob Borst on the 14th lap and Riggs climbing into second place by passing Borst on the 26th circuit.

Two caution periods in the last 37 laps gave Riggs opportunities to start alongside Sellers on the restarts. Sellers surged ahead of Riggs on both restarts and held onto the top spot to take the win. Borst, of Elon, North Carolina, finished third, Mason Bailey finished fourth and Scott finished fifth.

“It really hasn’t been that long, but it feels good to be back in Victory Lane,” Sellers remarked. “We struggled a little bit out of the box this year. We got a win last week at Dominion Raceway and we picked up a win here. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season. We have fast cars. We just have to get them ironed out.”

Riggs noted Sellers had the faster car in the second race.

“He (Sellers) deserved to win this time,” Riggs pointed out. “He was faster than we were. He had clean air and had a good car.”

The race was a highly competitive race with two lead changes among three drivers.

Kyle Barnes survived Saturday’s crash-filled 50-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race and scored his first career South Boston Speedway victory in the process.

Barnes held off fast-closing J.D. Eversole of North Chesterfield, Virginia in a five-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s four caution periods to take the win.

Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Chris Donnelly finishing fourth and Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia rebounding after being involved in a mishap earlier in the race to finish fifth.

A bit of history was made in the event as Myers and his father, former division champion Billy Myers of Hurt, Virginia, started the race together on the front row, marking the first time a father-son duo had started on the front row for the start of a race in the division at the speedway.

Former division champion Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia and B.J. Reaves of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday’s twin 15-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division races at South Boston Speedway.

Layne scored a flag-to-flag win in the opening 15-lap race to score his second win in a row. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia, Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Reaves and Jack Milam of Keeling, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Reaves took the lead with two laps to go when Layne encountered misfortune while leading the second race and held off Mayo and Phillips to score his first career win. Milam and Jimmy Wade of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Kendall Milam of Keeling, Virginia took the lead from former division champion Kevin Currin with seven laps to go and won the 20-lap Hornets Division race to score his first win in the division.
Milam dedicated the win to his grandmother, Joan Milam, who passed away last week.

Currin, from Chase City, Virginia, finished second with Jason DeCarlo of Chase City, Virginia, Andrea Ruotolo of South Boston, Virginia and Dillon Davis of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

South Boston Speedway will go under the lights for the first time this season for two nights of racing featuring the Must See Racing winged 410 sprint cars, in the Sentara Healthcare American Sprint Car Weekend on Friday night, April 29, and Saturday night, April 30.

Track speed records will be shattered as the Must See Racing winged 410 sprint cars, the fastest cars to ever compete at South Boston Speedway, make their first-ever visit to the .4-mile South Boston Speedway oval.

Friday night’s racing action starts at 8 p.m. and will include a full program of racing for the Must See Racing winged 410 sprint cars (heat races, B-Main and feature) as well as races for the USAC Eastern Midgets and South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division and the Hornets Division.

Starting at 7 p.m., Saturday night’s action will include a full program of racing for the Must See Racing winged 410 sprint cars (heat races, B-Main and feature), a race for the USAC Eastern Midgets, twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and a race for the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.

Advance two-night tickets are priced at $25 each. Advance single-night tickets are priced at $15 each. The advance two-night tickets and advance single night tickets are available online on the South Boston Speedway website, southbostonspeedway.com, or by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.

Single-night tickets at the gate on race night are priced at $20 each.

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.

South Boston Speedway | April 16, 2022 Results

Finishing Position | Car Number | Driver | Laps Completed

Late Model Stock Car Race #1 (75 Laps)

199Layne Riggs75
226Peyton Sellers75
30Landon Pembelton75
44Kyle Dudley75
58Thomas Scott75
605Mason Bailey75
790John Goin75
825Jacob Borst75
982Trey Dillard75
1001Camden Gullie75
1115Ryan Joyner75
1231Aaron Donnelly74
1312Austin Thaxton74
1406Terry Dease74
1577Blake Stallings74
1691Chris Elliott73
1757Eddie Johnson73
1838Mark Keesee73
1918Bobby Gillispie73
2050Raymond Pittman, III68
2119Jessica Cann53
224Parker Eatmon41
2304Larry Barrett4

Late Model Stock Car Race #2 (75 Laps)

126Peyton Sellers75
299Layne Riggs75
325Jacob Borst75
405Mason Bailey75
58Thomas Scott75
64Parker Eatmon75
70Landon Pembelton75
84Kyle Dudley75
915Ryan Joyner75
1012Austin Thaxton75
1101Camden Gullie75
1282Trey Dillard75
1390John Goin75
1406Terry Dease75
1591Chris Elliott75
1650Raymond Pittman, III74
1718Bobby Gillispie72
1831Aaron Donnelly69
1938Mark Keesee42
2077Blake Stallings42
2157Eddie Johnson41
2204Larry Barrett2

Budweiser Limited Sportsman (50 Laps)

100Kyle Barnes50
298JD Eversole50
388Justin Dawson50
447Chris Donnelly50
517Jason Myers50
621Carter Russo50
775Daniel Crews50
862Ross Mountcasel50
942Chuck Lawson46
1012Zach Peregoy45
1126Tony Housman45
128Drew Dawson37
1319Bob Davis37
1401Jared Dawson37
1505Billy Myers35
1681Adam Murray32

Southside Disposal Pure Stock Race #1 (15 Laps)

19Johnny Layne15
266Scott Phillips15
300Bruce Mayo15
411B.J. Reaves15
52Jack Milam15
661Jimmy Wade14

Southside Disposal Pure Stock Race #2 (15 Laps)

111B.J. Reaves15
200Bruce Mayo15
366Scott Phillips15
42Jack Milam15
561Jimmy Wade15
69Johnny Layne14

Hornets (20 Laps)

150Kendall Milam20
249Kevin Currin20
354Jason DeCarlo20
412Andrea Ruotolo20
563Dylan Davis20
63Steven Layne20
714Mark McCauley20
802Colton Moore20
91Lee Bradberry20
1007Jordaine Penick20
115Richard Montgomery19
1228Landon Milam13


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