Pulliam Extends SBS Points Lead With Win
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. - Lee Pulliam had a 166-point lead over Bobby McCarty in his quest for the South Boston Speedway Late Model Stock Car Division title entering Saturday night’s SVHEC NASCAR Late Model 150 at South Boston Speedway.
He was able to add to his sizeable advantage by winning Saturday night’s 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race.
In what was the most exciting racing of the season, Pulliam raced his way out of a five-car logjam following the race’s final restart with nine laps to go to score his 11th win of the season at South Boston Speedway and his 17th victory overall for the season.
Pulliam edged runner-up, former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va., by a narrow margin of .401-second to maintain his current lead in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series national points chase.
Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va. finished third with Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs, Va. and McCarty of Summerfield, N.C. rounding out the top five finishers in the 21-car field. The top five drivers finished on the lead lap.
Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C., Thomas Scott of Mebane, N.C., Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md., Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. and Bugs Hairfield of Chesterfield, Va. completed the top ten finishers.
Pulliam, the defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion, led the race three times for a total of 11 laps, emerging with the lead for the final time with five laps to go.
McCarty, a rookie in the division, led twice for a total of 138 laps. In all, there were five lead changes among three drivers.
Pulliam averaged 75.322 mph in winning the race that took 47 minutes and 48 seconds to complete.
Stallings takes Limited Sportsman Win
Blake Stallings of Danville, Va. scored his third win of the season in Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
Stallings was running third behind race leader Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Va. and Mike Maresca of Hannawah Falls, N.Y. when the cars driven by Willis and Maresca made contact and spun coming off of the fourth turn as they battled for the lead while racing to the checkered flag on the final lap of the race.
Joey Throckmorton narrowly avoided the mishap and finished second, .191-second behind Stallings. Garrett Bunch of Front Royal, Va., G.R. Waldrop of Mosely, Va. and Willis rounded out the top five finishers. Maresca was credited with a ninth-place finish.
Allred Doubles Up In The Pure Stock Division
Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, Va. made a sweep of the night’s pair of 30-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division to run his win total to six for the season.
In the first race, Allred made an exciting last-lap pass on Stuart Crews of Long Island, Va. to get the win, He edged Crews by .321-second at the finish line.
Daniel Crews of Long Island, Va., Austin Milam of Ringgold, Va. and Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Stuart Crews finished second with Daniel Crews, Milam and Greg Autry of South Boston, Va. rounding out the top five finishers in the second race.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, August 3, when “America’s Hometown Track” hosts the Gazette-Virginian NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 75’s racing program.
The Gazette-Virginian NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 75’s racing program will get the green flag at 7 p.m. and will be headlined by twin 75-lap races for the drivers and teams in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. The five-race card will also include races for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a race for the competitors of the regional touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association.
Pit gates will open and registration will start at 1 p.m. Practice will run from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will begin at 5:30 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Adult admission is $10 with kids ages six and under admitted free.
For additional information about the Gazette-Virginian NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 75’s racing programor other events at South Boston Speedway phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.