Short-Track Round Up: Sellers Breaks Long Drought
South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Peyton Sellers broke a lengthy drought Saturday afternoon by besting Nick Smith to win the 150-lap late-model feature on opening day at South Boston Speedway.
Sellers led all but the opening lap of the event and survived a handful of challenges from several drivers, including Smith, Lee Pulliam and C.E. Falk III to earn his first victory since 2005 at the four-tenths-mile asphalt oval.
Other winners were Justin Snow (limited sportsman), Bill Edwards (pure stock) and Darryl Lacks (southern vintage modified).
RICHMOND, Va. — Jordan Wood took another step toward a championship by winning the 50-lap Top Dog race as part of the Arena Racing Hampton Roads Series Saturday night at the Richmond Coliseum.
In other action, Scott Prillaman started on the pole and took control on the second circuit to win the 50-lap A main over Derek Miller. In the 30-lap Youth Series feature, Connor Hall sailed to his eighth victory of the year.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Nate Monteith started second and grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the 60-lap late-model feature before cruising to victory on opening night at Kingsport Speedway Saturday.
Jeff Woodward emerged from a battle with Austin Peters to win the 30-lap charger feature. Rob Austin wired the 30-lap street-stock main while Dean Slagle captured the 25-lap pure-four feature.
OCALA, Fla. — Kyle Bronson held off veteran modified racer Buzzie Reutimann to claim a $1,000 paycheck during the 25-lap modified challenge Friday night at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.
Also visiting victory lane were Michael Tovet (hobby stock), Tim Zackery (mini stock), Ray Wheeler (thunder stock) and Casey Feaster (gladiator).
East Bay Raceway Park
GIBSONTON, Fla. — Bryan Bernhardt held off brothers Travis and Maverick Varnadore to capture the late-model feature Saturday evening at East Bay Raceway Park.
In the modified feature, Roger Crouse grabbed the early lead, but gave way to defending track champion Austin Sanders, who picked up his first victory of the season.
Other winners Saturday were Johnnie Alexander (four-cylinder bomber), Tim Gay (street stock) and Bill Dixon (dirt dauber).
Citrus County Speedway
INVERNESS, Fla. — It was Richie Smith’s night Saturday as he collected the victory in the open-wheel modified event at Citrus County Speedway over Curtis Neumann.
In other action, James Crawford bested 13 other drivers en route to victory in the figure-8 feature. Carl Peters (pure stock), Richard Kuhn (mini stock), Aaron Williamson (sportsman) and Tom Meyers (outlaw mod mini) were also winners.
Havasu 95 Speedway
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — Ross Rankine set fast time and led the final eight laps to capture the 20-lap USAC Western/Utah Ford Focus Midget Series feature Saturday night at Havasu 95 Speedway.
In the companion USAC Western Focus Young Gun Series feature, Brodie Kostecki went unchallenged during the 15-lap feature at the quarter-mile asphalt oval.
RPM Speedway Of Texas
GASTONIA, Texas — Steve McMackin passed Thomas Blackwell on lap 13 and pulled away to win the 20-lap modified feature at RPM Speedway of Texas Friday night.
Michael Lang bested Raven Culp en route to victory in the 305 sprint-car feature. Ken Miller (limited modified), James Cruise (street stock) and Johnny Rivers (bomber) were also winners at the quarter-mile dirt oval Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS — Brian Canter survived an early melee en route to winning the stock feature on opening day at Bryant Heating and Cooling Indianapolis Speedrome Saturday afternoon.
In Legends competition, James Edsall III drove by Doug Dugger and Marty Griffin early and pulled away after three caution flags to pick up his first victory of the young season.
Robert Kelm (hornet), Nigel Peters (hornet figure-8), Logan Mitchell (bandolero) and Thomas Skiles (junior faskart) also visited victory lane at the fifth-mile asphalt oval.