Peyton Sellers

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Peyton Sellers
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Born (1983-10-20) October 20, 1983 (age 31)
Danville, Virginia,  United States
Achievements 2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series National Champion
2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division I Champion
2005 South Boston Speedway Track Champion
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
16 races run over 4 years
Car no., team No. 97 (Obaika Racing)
2010 position 147th
Best finish 58th (2009)
First race 2006 New England 200 (Loudon)
Last race 2015 Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
8 races run over 6 years
2014 position 67th
Best finish 59th (2009)
First race 2007 Silverado 350K (Texas)
Last race 2014 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of April 18, 2015.

Peyton Sellers (born October 20, 1983 in Danville, Virginia) is an American race car driver. He won the 2005 national championship of NASCAR's Weekly Racing Series.[1] He is currently driving the #97 Chevrolet Camaro for Obaika Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Racing career[edit]

Sellers started his racing career in karting, beginning at age 7. By age 13, Sellers was driving open wheel sprint cars, collecting 11 feature wins in his first 20 races. After competing for several years in sprints, Sellers decided to try his hand in stock car racing on asphalt ovals. He ran the 2001 season in the Limited Sportsman division at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina.[1] He competed at South Boston Speedway in Virginia as a rookie in 2002, winning Rookie of the Year honors in the Late Model Stock Car division.

In 2005, Sellers won 14 of his 16 starts at South Boston, winning the Dodge Weekly Series national championship.[1]

In 2006 Sellers raced in the NASCAR West Division, where he drove the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, his only win coming at Douglas County Speedway on July 1, 2006. He was a member of the Richard Childress Racing driver development program during that season. Sellers also competed in his first NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway, driving the #31 Chevrolet for Marsh Racing.

Sellers headed back east for the 2007 season and raced out of his home shop with brother, HC Sellers, as crew chief. Sellers finished 3rd overall in the NASCAR Busch East Series.[2] He would go on to finish 2nd in the Toyota All-Star Showdown.[3]

In 2008, Sellers signed on with Andy Santerre Motorsports in the #44 Chevrolet. Sellers took the pole and the win at the season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, in Greenville, SC. The victory was short lived due to a rules infraction. Sellers was stripped of his win and given a 30th-place finish.[4] He finished the season 8th overall points standings, with a series high 3 poles. Peyton again came close to taking the win at the Toyota All-Star Showdown, with Jig-A-Loo as his sponsor, when a last lap spin out, while in the lead, made him finish 13th.

Seller's 2009 #77 Nationwide car (orange)

The announcement came in December 2008 that Sellers would run a limited Nationwide Series schedule in 2009 with Cardinal Motorsports. Sellers is part owner of Cardinal motorsports, alongside Will Spencer of JKS Motorsports and Ed Berrier. In January Cardinal Motorsports announced a ten race NASCAR Nationwide sponsorship with SFP.

Sellers was suspended from NASCAR competition on October 25, 2011, as a result of an altercation following a race at South Boston Speedway until March 1, 2012.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schaefer, Paul. Where Stars Are Born: Celebrating 25 Years of NASCAR Weekly Racing. Coastal 181, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA, 2006. ISBN 0-9789261-0-2. pp. 155-161.
  2. ^ EastSeries.com 2007 Points Standings
  3. ^ NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Race Results
  4. ^ Newton, David. Should postrace disqualification set precedence for NASCAR's top series?. ESPN.com, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 24 April 2008.
  5. ^ Sordelett, Damien (October 25, 2011). "NASCAR hands down fines, suspensions from SoBo post-race incidents". Danville Register. Danville, VA. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 

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