Drivers from all over the United States will converge on South Boston Speedway on May 6 for the whosyourdriver.org Twin 100 K&N Pro Series East event. Two, though, will be right at home.
Peyton Sellers and Matt Bowling, a pair of South Boston Speedway champions who run regularly in the track’s Late Model Stock division, will both be competing in the whosyourdriver.org Twin 100s.
Sellers is no stranger to the K&N Series. For Bowling, the defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion and South Boston champion, it will be his first effort in the touring series.
“It means a lot to me to be running my first K&N race at South Boston, at home,” said Bowling, who was married on March 25 and has not competed yet this season. “It’s the perfect place for me to debut in these cars. I’ve got lots and lots of laps there.”
Sellers, a former national and South Boston champion, has many K&N Series laps under his belt. In 2006, he ran the K&N West Series, scoring a win. He ran the East Series in 2007 and 2008, finishing third in points in ’07.
“I do feel comfortable in these cars,” said Sellers. “These cars have always seemed to fit my style. We’ve got a good car, a good engine. I feel like I can be competitive.”
The car is owned by Sam Hunt, who drove at Bristol Motor Speedway last Saturday. It is being maintained by Sellers Racing and running under the Hunt-Sellers Racing banner
“Sam raced it at Bristol, and with the rain and no qualifying and starting back in the field, he did a good job. We were able to turn it around, worked out a few things on it and think it will be good for the race,” said Sellers.
Bowling has hooked up with legendary Connecticut car owner Ted Marsh for the whosyourdriver.org Twin 100s. Marsh has fielded cars for the like of Steve Parks, Andy Santerre, Todd Bodine, Johnny Benson, Ted Christopher and others in many different series.
“I know he has definitely had some big names driving his car,” said Bowling. “He called me. Somebody threw my name in the hat and it worked out. I’m just excited that it did.”
Bowling said there will be an adjustment to the heavier, more powerful K&N cars, but he believes he can make a smooth transition.
“These cars are a little heavier and have about a hundred more horsepower, so there is definitely a difference,” said Bowling. “But I ran a Super Late Model race a couple of years ago and I picked up on that pretty quickly.
Both Sellers and Bowling admit the K&N start at their home track is a big deal. But Sellers said it’s best to keep things in perspective.
“There’s not really any pressure,” said Sellers. “It’s a Saturday-night race, twin 100-lappers. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole career.”
In addition, the night’s four-race card will include a 20-lap race for South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders.
Grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m. on May 6.
An autograph session for all drivers will be held trackside from 5:40 p.m. until 6:40 p.m. Pre-race activities start at 6:45 p.m. and the first of twin 100-lap races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitors will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets priced at $10 will be available at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be $15. Admission for youth ages 7-12 will be $5. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the track at 877-440-1540.
Also on May 6, the 14th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival will be held at the Halifax County Fairgrounds adjacent to the speedway. Anyone presenting a wristband from the Heritage Festival will receive $5 off the cost of admission to the whosyourdriver.org Twin 100s.