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Pulliam’s Third National Title Latest In Long List From South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – When Lee Pulliam walks to the stage in downtown Charlotte Friday night to accept the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship trophy, he’ll be the latest in a long line of drivers from South Boston Speedway to ascend to the top of the sport.

First there is Pulliam. This is his third NWAAS national championship in four years. Then there is Philip Morris who claimed four titles. And Peyton Sellers got it started a decade ago when he claimed the 2005 national championship.

They all have one thing in common: South Boston Speedway is home. Over the past 11 years eight of the NWAAS championship campaigns had South Boston roots.

“It’s one of the toughest tracks to drive in my opinion, so once you master South Boston it helps you be competitive wherever you go and compete for wins at multiple tracks,” said Pulliam, who won 10 times at South Boston this season and had wins at six different tracks on his way to his third national championship. “The quality of competition at South Boston normally draws some of the best drivers around to race there.

“I think the characteristics of the track is what makes it so special and that keeps making the competitors here at South Boston competitive everywhere.”

Like Pulliam, Sellers believes there is a direct correlation between the track layout and the number of national championships it has produced.

“You have to make a car turn at South Boston. It doesn’t have the banking some tracks do. You really have to be able to drive it. It can be intimidating,” said Sellers, the South Boston track champion in 2005 and 2014. “It absolutely makes you a better driver to race at South Boston. There’s the track itself and then a lot of guys load in from Motor Mile and Langley. When you are racing against that kind of competition, it makes you a better driver.”

National championships are nothing new for South Boston drivers. Almost since its inception in 1957, drivers have made stops at South Boston on their way to national titles in many different NASCAR divisions.

Eddie Crouse won consecutive NASCAR national Modified titles in 1962 and 1963 racing at South Boston. Joe Henry Thurman called South Boston home on his way to the 1968 National Sportsman championship. Tommy Ellis and Sam Ard both had deep South Boston connections on their way to Busch Series championships. When Barry Beggarly won the 1993 NASCAR Weekly Racing National Championship, he had six wins at South Boston.

“South Boston and the whole area is just a hot bed of racing,” said Sellers, the South Boston track champion in 2005 and 2014. “A lot of the old racers grew up racing here and moved on up from here. People know about South Boston’s reputation. It draws good drivers and cars.”

“You go back to guys like Ellis and Ard and Runt Harris, Ray Hendrick and Barry Beggarly. They were all tough competitors. That’s the way it’s always been at South Boston. It’s no coincidence that so many drivers from here have made it to the top.”

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