Morris Wins SBS Finale
South Boston, VA - Philip Morris capped his stellar season in a big way, taking the $10,000 first prize in Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Late Model 300 Presented by Danville Toyota.
Morris edged C.E. Falk, III of Virginia Beach, Va. by .345 second in a two-lap shootout that followed the race's final caution period to score his 20th win of the season here at the .4-mile oval. The win was his ninth straight win, eclipsing a prior track record eight straight wins he set earlier this season.
Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., who spun on lap 227 after he and Morris made contact while battling for the lead, rallied from the rear of the field to finish third. Frank Deiny Jr. of Ashland, Va. finished fourth and Brandon Butler of Sutherland, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Va. Greg Edwards of Poquoson, Va., Michael Hardin of Pomfret, Md., Taylor Doggett of Ruther Glen, Va., and Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. rounded out the top ten finishers in the 38-car field.
It was a big day for Falk and Doggett, both of whom rallied from some disconcerting circumstances. Falk started 19th after driving to a second-place finish in one of the day's two 25-lap qualifying races and spent his day picking his way to the front of the field.
He battled Morris for the lead over the final 40 laps, getting himself into position to make a final bid for the top spot on the last restart with two laps to go. Falk held the lead for one lap before Morris moved into the lead and held it over the last two laps.
Doggett, who won the race's Halfway Leader Award, fell victim to a miscue when the race was placed under caution at the halfway mark to signify the 15-minute halfway break and restarted 16th.
He fell a lap down, made up the lap, and drove his way back through the field to finish ninth.
Morris averaged 39.217 mph in the race that took three hours and three minutes to complete. Fifteen caution flags slowed the race for a total of 89 laps.
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