Pulliam, Johnson Split Wins At SBS
South Boston, Va. - Lee Pulliam and Justin Johnson ruled the night Saturday night here at South Boston Speedway, splitting wins in the two 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that headlined the NASCAR Whelen Night Twin 75's racing program.
Pulliam won the first 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race, taking the lead from South Boston, Va. resident Stacy Puryear on lap 61 and leading the rest of the way.
The win was Pulliam's second of the season here. His margin of victory over Puryear was .935-second.
Johnson finished third with Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. and former track and NASCAR national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va. rounding out the top five finishers.
David Latour of Advance, N.C. former track champion and three-time defending NASCAR national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va., Leigh Caruthers of Wake Forest, N.C. Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va. and Michael Hardin of Pomfret, Md. rounded out the top ten finishers.
Pulliam averaged 46.558 mph in the race that was slowed by three caution periods. There were two lead changes among three drivers with Puryear leading a race-high 53 laps.
Puryear started on the outside pole in the second race and led the first three laps before Johnson stormed past him to grab the lead. Once in front, Johnson never relinquished the lead in speeding to his eighth win of the season.
Puryear and McCaskill appeared to be headed for podium finishes, but their bids were dashed when they tangled with six laps to go while battling for second place.
That put Caruthers in second place with Morris in third place, but they tangled with four laps to go. That put Latour in second place and Hardin in third place for the final restart and a two-lap green-flag dash to the finish.
Johnson quickly pulled away on the restart and edged Latour by .584-second at the finish. Thus far, Johnson has won all of the second races in South Boston Speedway's twin-race events this season.
Hardin finished third with Eddie Johnson and South Boston, Va. resident Bruce Anderson rounding out the top-five finishers.
Sellers finished sixth with McCaskill, Puryear, Morris and Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. completing the top ten finishers.
Johnson averaged 37.500 mph in the race that was slowed by four caution periods.