However, NASCAR implemented an audit of key races throughout the
summer and found instances of unlicensed drivers and what the
sanctioning body determined as an affront to the Weekly Series Rule
NASCAR did not throw out any race results but did disqualify
the unlicensed drivers from the results of those races, preventing them
from counting as full fields. Specifically, Sellers was told that
NASCAR found that Limited Late Model competitor JD Eversole had entered
twin races at Dominion Raceway on August 27 without a valid license and
stripped him of his 10th and 16th place finishes that night.
Sellers said he doesn’t know Eversole, but has seen him race
occasionally, and believes that should not have decided the national
championship a month after the fact.
“My whole thing, once you’re heading into that last race, you have to
have it right,” Sellers told Racing America about NASCAR’s audit. “I
built my entire weekend around that four-point deficit.”
The race at Motor Mile on Friday was a rain out makeup date from last
month, and the track called both championship contenders in the hopes
of promoting a decisive national championship event before the final
points day at Dominion on Saturday.
NASCAR also disqualified from the results of the second race at Motor
Mile cars owned by Kyle Dudley and Billy Martin on the basis of
artificially inflating car counts without the intent to compete —
denying Sellers a full field win.
To be eligible for the second race according to the Motor Mile rule
book, a car must complete at least half of the first race, which every
car entered into the event accomplished on Saturday.
All told, Sellers gained two points over the weekend at Motor Mile
and Dominion but ultimately lost by four points — coincidently the same
amount he trailed by entering the weekend — after the NASCAR audit was
completed earlier in the week.
Sellers said he was made aware of the decision on Thursday morning by
NASCAR Weekly Series director Kevin Nevalainen. The two-time national
champion isn’t sure if there are any appeal options available to him and
will evaluate his options in due course.
“For NASCAR to roll in and take two cars out of the results, and
another one a month after the fact, I’m caught off guard by it,” Sellers
said. “It caught me flat footed. The two cars at Motor Mile ran over
half the first race per the rules.”
As for swapping over to the No. 0, Sellers equated it to 23XI Racing
moving Bubba Wallace from the No. 23 to the No. 45 and winning a race.
“Did we have cars and teammates willing to help us? Absolutely,”
Sellers said. “We’ve worked really hard to have this kind of race team
and teammates willing to help us. Landon got in my car and was half a
tenth faster than I was in it. He still finished fifth in it and that’s
about where we were going to be. We had a teammate with a faster car
that was willing to help us out.
“At the end of the day, NASCAR has to get the points right going into
that final weekend. You have to know the score to know how to plan your
weekend. We won 18 races and you can’t take that away from us. We won
12 of our last 15 races. All we can do right now is go to Martinsville
this weekend and try to get a grandfather clock.”