Kyle Dudley Claims First Win in South Boston Late Model – Short Track Scene

Kyle Dudley earned his first victory at South Boston Speedway on Saturday afternoon, winning the 100-lap Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division race that highlighted the Viny’s Italian Restaurant & Italian Delight Family Restaurant Race Day event at South Boston Speedway .

Dudley raced 1.268 seconds ahead of two-time NASCAR national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, in the caution-free race to become the fourth different winner in as many races this season at South Boston Speedway.

“This is a dream come true,” the Roanoke, Virginia, resident noted. “We started working on the car this week and changed everything on the car. You name it, we messed with it. We had pure speed in practice on Friday and again today. We had a good feeling about it.”

That was clear.

Dudley took the lead from pole winner Craig Moore of Rougemont, North Carolina on the first lap, lost it briefly to Moore and regained the lead from Moore on the ninth lap. Once in front, Dudley was rarely challenged and by the end he had led 93 laps of the 100-lap race.

“I had a great car,” Dudley noted. “I was able to keep people where I needed to keep the lead. I had more in the tank if I needed it. You don’t drive a racing car like that very often.”

Sellers took second place in the second half of the race, away from Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina, but was unable to pose a serious threat to Dudley.

“I was able to run with him,” Sellers said, “but I couldn’t quite get him. I was a little faster most laps, but he got too far forward. By qualifying seventh, we dug ourselves too big a hole to get out of.

Borst finished third with a brave effort, despite carbon monoxide seeping into the cockpit of his car. Borst said contact while racing fourth-place Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia damaged his car’s exhaust system.

“I had a really good car today and it felt like I was overtaking Dudley,” Borst said. “I got together with Looney on the second or third lap and hit the exhaust pipe in the car. It got very hot and I inhaled a lot of carbon monoxide. I’ve never had one like this for so long. I don’t remember much from the last twenty laps.”

Stacy Puryear of South Boston, Virginia, Blake Stallings of Danville, Virginia, Toby Layne of Farmville, Virginia, Raymond Pittman III of Amelia, Virginia, Jordan Pickrel and Moore rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Moore, who was strong at the start, was sidelined after 21 laps with a broken stabilizer bar on his car.

  1. Kyle Dudley
  2. Peyton Sellers
  3. Jacob Borst
  4. Mike Looney
  5. Stacy Puryear
  6. Blake Stallings
  7. Toby Lane
  8. Raymond Pittman
  9. Jordan Pickrel
  10. Craig Moore
  11. Alex Brock