West Series Rookie Gets a Taste of the Big Leagues
In his AutoZone West Series debut at Phoenix in January, Sellers qualified eighth and finished fifth – a superb effort in his very first race on a one-mile track in a NASCAR Grand National Division car.
Last weekend, Sellers not only took in the sights and sounds at Daytona International Speedway – he spotted for RCR star Kevin Harvick in the Daytona 500.
“They’ve got me down here this weekend, just taking it all in and learning,” said Sellers. “I’m spotting for Kevin Harvick a little bit. Getting my feet wet and learning about the Superspeedways, because down the road I’m going to have to come to them and race them.”
Sellers stayed in Daytona with the RCR team for the entire week, and spent several hours in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series garage each day. For Sellers, it was the ultimate learning experience.
Thanks to his NWS Championship, Sellers already has something that many drivers at don't have - a NASCAR ring.
“The more I can be involved working with the teams, seeing what they do, seeing the adjustments that Harvick, Jeff Burton or Clint Bowyer like to be made; I’ve been around all three of them a lot this week and it’s just really beneficial.”
Sellers, whose next AutoZone West Series start comes April 20 at Phoenix, says this year is his chance to prove himself.
“This is the ‘make it or break it’ year for Peyton Sellers,” said Sellers. “The short track experience was really great, it taught me how to race, but now we’re going to speedways where there’s a lot of speed difference, the aero package is completely different compared to a Late Model.
“[RCR crew chief] Todd Berrier has been a big help to me. They just told me to hang around and learn with those guys and apply it when I go to race. That’s what it’s all about.
“It’s a lot to be learned but I think it’s going to come in time.”
Sellers and his 2004 ride - a Late Model Stock Car at South Boston Speedway.
Peyton Sellers’ 2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national championship thrust the 22-year-old driver from Danville, Va. into a national spotlight. Within two months after winning his title, Sellers had signed a development contract with none other than Richard Childress Racing (RCR), which joined with Bill McAnally Racing to provide Sellers a ride in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series in 2006.