Camping World East Season Starts With ASM 1-2 Punch by Penny Aicardi
Peyton Sellers Beats Teammate to Win at Greenville-Pickens...Pending Tech Inspection
Peyton Sellers has always had the drive to get to victory lane in a NASCAR Touring Series, but what he was lacking was support. When he teamed up with Andy Santerre Motorsports for the 2008 season, Sellers was given everything he needed to succeed.
Saturday night, Sellers lived up to that hype when he overcame a brake problem and a brush with the wall to capture his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East victory. Fans rose to their feet during a lap 128 restart when Sellers blasted by his own team mate in Austin Dillon to take the lead for the second and final time. Sellers held off Dillon on a restart that extended the race to 156 laps to collect a $9,000 payday.
“The pressure is off baby! I'm in the record books with a pole and a win. What more could you ask for?” an ecstatic Sellers said after the race. “This is unbelievable and it has been a long time coming. I ran with Teddy Marsh in '06, then our own team last year. To get our first pole last year was a big accomplishment, but to get a pole and a win and to do it the way we did it tonight is just unbelievable. The Good Lord was watching over us all night long.”
Dillon's runner-up finish made it a 1-2 sweep for the former four-time Champion turned car-owner Andy Santerre.
Sellers led the first 30 laps of the race only to lose it to Brian Ickler on lap 30. He remained a solid threat in the top-five until lap 59 when he got loose in turn one and bumped the wall. The caution came out and Sellers headed right to the pits where the team repaired a brake problem.
Peyton Sellers celebrates his big win at Greenville. (NASCAR / Charles F. Ward Photos)
“We lost brakes on about lap 40 there. The car went into the fence pretty hard and I'm just lucky it didn't hit the wheels too hard. It knocked the toe out a little bit, but we came in, put a tire on it, and got the brakes working. Man, what an awesome racecar. It came back strong,” said Sellers.
Sellers re-entered the race in the 22nd position, but worked his way into the top-five just after the lap 100 mark. By lap 112, Sellers was second and working on closing up a 15 carlength lead that Dillon had over the field. Sellers' #44 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet was on fire, and only 16 laps later, the Danville, VA-native had reclaimed what was earlier his - the lead.
Dillon's last shot at Sellers came at lap 154 when a late-race caution tightened the field up for a green-white-checkered finish. But like before, Sellers rocketed to the front. The 24-year-old was unstoppable.
Sellesr was able to get around his teammate Austin Dillon (#3) with a damaged racecar (Bottom - #44).
“I told myself, 'wait, he's leading this race right now'. I've been here too many times and lost too many this way. If seat time meant anything I knew it was going to pay off right there. Sure enough we just got some good starts there. On that last restart I knew I had to get a good start and I just got a good shift. I spun the tires a little bit, got a little heat in them and there she goes.
Dillon had just as much reason to celebrate for his runner-up finish in his series debut. The 17-year-old drove with the maturity and finesse of a seasoned veteran. He led 75 laps before conceding to Sellers, and proved he will be a standout rookie in a class that boasts 19 drivers.
“We knew he was coming,” Dillon said about Sellers' progress back through the field. “It was a good race all and all, and a good team effort for Andy Santerre Motorsports. I thought we might have had something for him, but it's just awesome for Peyton. We're happy with this finish for Andy Santerre Motorsports and our sponsor Garage Equipment Supply.”
Marc Davis, Ben Stancill, and Eddie MacDonald rounded out the top-five. Ricky Carmichael, also making his series debut posted a sixth place finish.
NASCAR announced after the race that Sellers' #44 Chevrolet had issues in post-race inspection. The parts in question were taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation. No further information is available at this time.
NASCAR Camping World Series East-An American Revolution 150 presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet Results
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Peyton Sellers, Danville, VA., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 54.355 mph, $9,000. 2. (5) Austin Dillon, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 156, $5,265. 3. (3) Marc Davis, Mitchelville, MD., Toyota, 156, $3,200. 4. (7) Ben Stancill, Ayden, N.C., Chevrolet, 156, $2,500. 5. (28) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 156, $3,500. 6. (11) Ricky Carmichael, Clearwater, Fla., Chevrolet, 156, $1,650. 7. (18) Jody Lavender, Hartsville, S.C., Ford, 156, $1,500. 8. (9) Jamie Hayes, Norlina, N.C., Chevrolet, 156, $1,900. 9. (20) Steve Park, East Northport, N.Y., Chevrolet, 156, $1,300. 10. (16) Trevor Bayne, Knoxville, Tenn., Chevrolet, 156, $1,275. 11. (8) Buster Bennett, Monroe, N.C., Ford, 156, $1,150. 12. (13) John Salemi, Nashua, N.H., Chevrolet, 156, $1,148. 13. (24) Max Dumarey, Gent, Belgium, Chevrolet, 156, $1,125. 14. (15) Richard Johns, Cornelius, N.C., Dodge, 156, $1,100. 15. (2) Brian Ickler, Poway, Calif., Chevrolet, 155, $1,100. 16. (22) Rogelio Lopez, Aquascalientes, Mexico, Chevrolet, 155, $1,100. 17. (14) Jeff Anton, Russell, Mass., Chevrolet, 155, $1,100. 18. (10) Jesus Hernandez, Fresno, Calif., Chevrolet, 155, $1,100. 19. (23) Kyle Cattanach, Redding, Calif., Chevrolet, 155, $1,100. 20. (30) Dustin Delaney, Mayfield, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154, $1,100. 21. (27) Jonathan Smith, Beacon Falls, Conn., Dodge, 154, $1,100. 22. (25) Alan Tardiff, Lyman, Me., Chevrolet, 154, $1,075. 23. (19) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville, Conn., Chevrolet, 154, $1,050. 24. (12) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 153, $1,025. 25. (6) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 153, $1,000. 26. (21) Ryan Duff, Hazard, Ky., Chevrolet, 153, $1,000. 27. (29) Scott Bouley, Wolcott, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,000. 28. (26) Craig Goess, Greenville, N.C., Toyota, 141, accident, $1,000. 29. (4) Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Nashville, Tenn, Dodge, 129, accident, $1,000. 30. (17) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 14, accident, $1,000.
Time of Race: 1 hour 26 minutes 6 seconds
Margin of Victory: .844 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: P.Sellers (86.948 mph, 20.702 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 35 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: P.Sellers 1-30; B.Ickler 31-52; A.Dillon 53-128; P.Sellers 129-156.
Standings: 1. P.Sellers, 185; 2. A.Dillon, 180; 3. M.Davis, 165; 4. B.Stancill, 160; 5.
E.MacDonald, 155; 6. R.Carmichael, 150; 7. J.Lavender, 146; 8. J.Hayes, 142; 9. S.Park, 138; 10. T.Bayne, 134.