In 2005 Peyton Sellers was the NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion. He won
the South Boston Speedway track championship and took down 14 wins in his region, becoming only the second National Champion from the state of Virginia at the time.
That would open doors for him to run and win at the NASCAR K&N East level and run both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Now Sellers finds himself back in Virginia still doing what he loves. That love is racing 30 miles down the road at his home track and making a living doing it.
"Would I like to have a Cup ride? Yes, but I'd trade in the house on the lake to be racing like I am as to where we can go to the track, race and have fun," Sellers told 51.
Sellers is having fun. The 30-year-old from Danville, VA continues to work with his brother, H.C Sellers, who steers Sellers Racing. The team consists of over a half-dozen cars that are being worked on for their customers.
"Some are for customers that race with us," explained Sellers. "Some are for fabrication work. We build shocks for some. It really has become a full race shop where you can let us maintain a car for you or you can just show up with your helmet and race."
Sellers started his 2014 season with two wins, coming in the form of a sweep of the 100-lap features on opening Saturday night at South Boston last week. The wins showcase not only his ability, but that of his team cars which ran right with him.
"I qualified third as I got beat out by Matt Bowling and Jeb Burton for the top spot," explained Sellers. "We have a new Late Model driver Michael Maresca and he was fifth so we did a good job with the Sellers cars in making them fast for the first race."
Sellers drove into victory lane each time, beating Bowling is both races for a 1-2 sweep, in the new house car chassis that was built in the off season before 2013. The "Sellers Prototype One" has captured victories at three tracks already. South Boston, Motor Mile and Langley.
"We had never built a chassis from the ground up and now we have," added Sellers. "We played with the idea of building another one for one of our customers, but for now we are not going to do that. The negative thing is if you bang the car up you have to clip it yourself."
Speed51.com powered by JEGS was at the first K&N race he ran back in 2006. On that day, Sellers was asked what he expected out of his career jump. At the time he said he hoped for success. We then followed up the question this week, now eight years later. Has he been successful as he hoped to be those many years earlier?
"Absolutely," admitted Sellers. "I want to race and that's what I get to do. We have made a name off of racing because of my success and our team's success. We work on cars all day and mine at night. I am working in racing for a living and I am still living the dream."
Theday time is spent working on other cars as a bunch of volunteer help shows up in the evening to work on the house car that Sellers drives. Behind the scenes the Sellers family owns a construction business that takes up a little of Peyton's time, but still allows him plenty for racing.
With such a good start to the season Sellers is optimistic for the year, but can he win the National Championship again?
"Way too early to think about that now," said Sellers. "I had only planned to run Motor Mile full time. Last year we had nine second-place runs and finished 10th in the nation in points. It's all about wins and right now we have two. It's all a matter of the good Lord taking care of you and running well. One week at a time for now."