HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Mother Nature provided the lightning on Saturday night. Once a postponed Hampton Heat finally got underway Sunday afternoon, Philip Morris provided the thunder.
The four-time Whelen Series national champion dominated the Hampton Heat 200 almost from start to finish, and ran away with his first ever Triple Crown win at Langley Speedway.
“I heard it last week called a ‘Southern rear-end kicking.’ You can call it a couple different things, but I think I was getting my butt kicked. I’m just thanking God for being in the fastest car,” said Morris, holding his trophy in Victory Lane.
“Thank the Lord for giving me the strength to do this. I’m 52, and these guys are barely out of high school I’m racing with. They just got a lot of energy. I have to work for it, and nobody appreciates it more than Philip Morris.”
Morris finished well ahead of second place Danville’s Peyton Sellars, who entered the day leading the Triple Crown point standings. The two have been dueling ever since the first leg at South Boston Speedway, and will likely decide the champion at the final leg of Martinsville on September 29.