Former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion and South Boston Speedway NASCAR track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville has been charged with a misdemeanor assault charge in the wake of a fight that followed Saturday's 300-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway. Halifax County Sheriff's Office Investigator J.D. Clay said Sellers was served a summons Saturday night charging him with the assault and battery of a track NASCAR official. The charge Sellers is facing is a Class I misdemeanor. Sellers, a Danville resident, was released on his own recognizance. One track NASCAR official was injured during the post-race incident and was treated Saturday night at Halifax Regional Hospital. The Halifax County Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation into the fights that erupted in the pit area after the race. "The investigation of the incident is ongoing," Clay said. "It's possible additional arrests may be made in the future." Sheriff's deputies obtained copies of videotapes and photographs made of the incident and took statements from several individuals. Semora, N.C. driver Lee Pulliam and Morris were involved in an incident after the race in which Pulliam rammed his car head-on into Morris' car just after the race ended. The incident triggered fights in the pit area and disagreements and shouting between Pulliam and Morris fans in the stands. Four officers from the Halifax County Sheriff's Department, one Virginia State Police trooper and one officer from the South Boston Police Department came to the speedway to help maintain order.
UPDATE: Lee Pulliam, Peyton Sellers and crew member Terry Powell were each suspended from NASCAR indefinitely Tuesday following the post-race altercations this past weekend at South Boston Speedway. Sellers, at the track as the crew chief for 15-year-old Austin Self, was cited for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-D (involved in an altercation with a track official); 12-4-F (involved in an altercation with a competitor on pit road); and fined $750. Sellers, a Danville native and the 2005 national champion, admits that he had a verbal altercation with Pulliam while Pulliam was still in his car after the race on pit road because Sellers feared for Morris' safety, but never touched Pulliam or the track official who was attempting to pull Sellers away from Pulliam's car. The official, Warren "Lightning" Saunders, had filed assault and battery charges against Sellers on Saturday night, but agreed to drop the charges Tuesday after he and South Boston Speedway general manager Cathy Rice set up a meeting with Sellers to discuss the issue. Saunders stated that Sellers never touched him and that his contact with Sellers was not intentional. Sellers said Saunders is filing the paperwork, which was signed by both parties Tuesday, this morning in Halifax County to drop the charges.
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