Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Peyton Sellers got his 2014 season off to a big start here Saturday afternoon with a sweep of the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100’s.

The Danville, Va. resident fended off former South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Va. on the final restart in both races to secure the pair of wins, with Bowling settling for a pair of second-place finishes.

While Sellers, a former South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division champion, won both races, he never surfaced to the top spot until late in both races.

Bowling led the first 88 circuits in the first race, but didn’t have to contend with Sellers until after Sellers grabbed second place from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Jeb Burton of Halifax, Va. halfway through the race.

Sellers was able to close the gap on Bowling and got a break when the race’s first caution flag flew on lap 75. A second caution flag on lap 82 kept the leaders bunched up for the final restart with 13 laps to go.

On the second restart, Sellers was able to gain a slight edge and quickly pulled away from Bowling. His margin of victory was .690-second.

Burton finished third, Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. took fourth place and Tommy Lemons of Troy, N.C. rounded out the top five finishers.

Burton started on the pole in the second race, but it was Oakley that sprang into the lead. Oakley, despite battling issues with his front brakes, built a good lead over Bowling and Sellers early in the race.

Sellers took second place from Bowling on lap 39 and gradually ran down Oakley, catching him just as the first of the race’s three caution flags flew on lap 76. He got another shot at Oakley on the restart on lap 83 that followed the race’s second caution period and managed to get past Oakley on lap 90.

With brake issues creating more problems, Oakley lost second place to Bowling on lap 92. The race’s third caution flag flew two laps later, setting up a green-white-checkered sprint to the finish and another battle between Sellers and Bowling.

Sellers cleared Bowling on the first lap after the restart and edged Bowling by .385-second for the win.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Va., who started the race from 15th place, finished third, with Oakley and Ricky Jones of Benson, N.C. rounding out the top five finishers.

Official Results
South Boston Speedway (VA)

Race #1
199Peyton Sellers100
283Matt Bowling100
34Jeb Burton100
48Josh Oakley100
527Tommy Lemons100
67Michael Maresca100
72Myatt Snider100
86Bobby McCarty100
93Thomas Scott100
1000Brian Pembelton100
1177Blake Stallings100
1288Ricky Jones100
1381Patrick Coleman100
1403Brenden Queen100
152Austin Thaxton100
1612Dennis Holdren99
1718Quinn Houff99
1817Devin Steele99
1938Mark Keesee, Jr.98
2044Joshua VanWinkle98
2174Ronald Hill84
2216Dustin Storm82
2373Bruce Anderson75
2433Kenny Forbes74
2514Dusty Ellington73
2678Bradley McCaskill62

Race #2
199Peyton Sellers102
283Matt Bowling102
32Austin Thaxton102
48Josh Oakley102
588Ricky Jones102
603Brenden Queen102
74Jeb Burton102
86Bobby McCarty102
912Dennis Holdren102
103Thomas Scott102
1127Tommy Lemons102
1278Bradley McCaskill102
1381Patrick Coleman101
1418Quinn Houff101
1517Devin Steele101
1644Joshua VanWinkle101
177Michael Maresca101
1874Ronald Hill100
1914Dusty Ellington98
202Myatt Snider93
2138Mark Keesee, Jr.55
2216Dustin Storm55
2377Blake Stallings39
2400Brian Pembelton30

Sellers Scores a Sweep at South Boston Speedway
Fromer Track Champion Out for More in 2014
By South Boston Speedway PR