Pulliam Sweeps Gazette-Virginian Late Model Twin 75’s
South Boston, VA - NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points leader Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. once again thwarted a posse of bounty hunters, sweeping the pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races of Saturday night’s Gazette-Virginian Late Model Twin 75’s at South Boston Speedway.
The two wins ran Pulliam’s win total at South Boston Speedway to 13, and improved his season win total to 20 victories.
Last week South Boston Speedway officials posted a $1,000 bounty for any driver that could beat Pulliam in the night’s first 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race, with the stipulation that Pulliam had to be on the track competing at the end of the race in order for the bounty to be collected.
Pulliam started on the pole in the opening race and led from flag to flag, pulling away from his closest challengers, Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. and Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Va. in a 23-lap dash to the finish that followed the race’s final caution period to get the win.
Pulliam’s margin of victory over McCaskill was 1.851 seconds.
Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs, Va. finished fourth and Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. rounded out the top five finishers in the 24-car field.
On July 20, competitors had a shot at a $500 bounty track officials had put on Pulliam that night, but the current South Boston Speedway points leader won that night, leading track officials to increase the bounty for this week’s event.
Pulliam had to start seventh in the second race as the result of a drawing to determine how many cars would be inverted for the start of the second race. But, he didn’t need a great deal of time to get back to the front of the field.
The South Boston Speedway points leader took the lead from Oakley on lap 17 and held on the rest of the way to pick up the win.
McCaskill, who grabbed second place from Bowling on lap 67, finished second, 1.858 second behind Pulliam.
Thaxton finished third, Myatt Snider of Charlotte, N.C., took fourth place and Bowling rounded out the top five finishers.
The race had two lead changes among three drivers.
Pulliam averaged 56.922 mph in the first race that took 31 minutes and 37 seconds to complete. He averaged 65.237 mph in the second race, which took 27 minutes and 25 seconds to complete.
Willis Returns To Victory Lane
Division points leader Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Va. won the night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race and ran his win total to six victories for the season.
Willis took the lead from pole winner Daniel Moss of Danville, Va. on the first lap and held off Mike Maresca of Hannawa Falls, N.Y. in a five-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s three caution periods, all of which occurred in the last 10 laps of the race.
Trey Crews of Halifax, Va. finished third, Moss finished fourth and G.R. Waldrop of Moseley, Va. finished fifth.
Allred Takes Pure Stock Division Win
Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, Va. added to his lengthy South Boston Speedway winning streak Saturday night in the 30-lap race for the competitors in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.
The win, Allred’s seventh of the season, was a tough one, as he rallied from his fifth-place starting position to take the lead from Stuart Crews of Long Island, Va. with five laps to go.
Austin Milam of Ringgold, Va. finished second, .470-second behind Allred, but was disqualified following a post-race technical inspection by track NASCAR officials. Third-place finisher, Greg Autry of South Boston, Va., was awarded second place, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Va., Crews and Randy Hupp of Halifax, Va. rounding out the top five finishers.
In Other Action
Garland Ricketts of South Boston, Va. took the lead with five laps to go and won the 20-lap race for the competitors of the regional touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association. Clayton Smith of King, N.C. won the Sportsman Division trophy.
Josh Ayer of Smithfield, Va. won the 20-lap Pro Champ Karts race with Matt Dail of Portsmouth, Va. finishing less than a kart length behind.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
Racing action will return to South Boston Speedway Saturday night, August 17, when the stars and the Super Late Model cars of the Pro All Stars Series return for their final stop at South Boston Speedway this season for the 7 p.m. running of the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.
Twin 75-lap races for the competitors of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division will share the spotlight with the 150-lap PASS series race. Rounding out the action is a race for Legends Cars.
The race day schedule calls for registration to begin and pit gates to open at 12 noon, with practice to run from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Grandstand gates will open and ticket sales will start at 4:30 p.m.
Qualifying time trials will start at 4:30 p.m. A Fan Appreciation event will be held trackside from 5:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies will start at 6:45 p.m., with the first race of the night starting at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are on sale for $10 each and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.
Adult general admission tickets on race day will be priced at $15, with kids ages six and under admitted free.
For additional information about the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program or any other events at events at South Boston Speedway phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.