Pulliam Notches Eighth Win At SBS
South Boston, VA - Lee Pulliam fended off challenges from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Timothy Peters and former NASCAR national champion Peyton Sellers to win Saturday night’s Bojangles NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 at South Boston Speedway.
Pulliam, the reigning NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion, drove away from Sellers over the final 40 laps and edged Sellers by 1.774 seconds to score his eighth win of the season at South Boston Speedway and his 11th win overall for the season.
Peters, from Danville, Va., finished third with C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach, Va. and Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va. rounding out the top five finishers.
Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. finished sixth and Patrick Coleman of Greensboro, N.C. finished seventh. The top seven drivers finished on the lead lap.
Mark Wertz of Virginia Beach, Va., Eric Winslow of Danville, Va. and Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs, Va. completed the top ten finishers.
Pulliam led twice in the race for a total of 127 laps, with Peters leading the other 23 laps of the race.
Peters took the lead from Pulliam on lap 13 on the restart that followed the race’s first caution period. Pulliam regained the lead on lap 37 and held it the rest of the way.
Sellers passed Peters to grab second place with 40 laps left in the race. The former South Boston Speedway and NASCAR national champion tried to run down Pulliam in the late stages of the race but came up short.
Six cars in the 18-car starting field were involved in a crash in the second turn on the third lap of the race. All suffered varying amounts of damage with three drivers that have been top contenders throughout the season, Bobby McCarty, Dustin Storm and Josh Oakley, unable to continue after the mishap.
Pulliam averaged 65.831 mph in winning the race.
Jones Scores Limited Sportsman Division Win
Mike Jones of South Boston, Va. picked up his first career Limited Sportsman Division win in the night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
Jones started on the outside pole and took the lead from pole winner and division points leader Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Va. on the third lap and led the rest of the way. Willis made a run at Jones on the final lap, diving underneath Jones’ car in the second turn, but Jones was able to hold off Willis for the win.
Jones’ margin of victory was .151-second.
Michael Maresca of Hannawa Falls, N.Y. finished third with Caleb Davis of Thaxton, Va. and Garrett Bunch of Front Royal, Va. rounding out the top five finishers.
Nathan Crews Sweeps Pure Stock Division Twinbill
Nathan Crews of Long Island, Va. made it a big night by winning both of the night’s pair of 30-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. The sweep gives Crews three wins for the season.
Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, Va. finished second in both races, with Stuart Crews of Long Island, Va. finishing third in both races.
Austin Milam of Ringgold, Va. finished fourth in the first race, with Greg Autry of South Boston, Va. rounding out the top five finishers in the first race.
Jake Brown of South Boston, Va. finished fourth in the second race, with Randy Hupp of Halifax, Va. completing the top five finishers in the nightcap.
Ricketts Wins Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association Event
Garland Ricketts of South Boston, Va. took the lead on the 13th lap and sped to victory in the 20-lap race for the competitors of the Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association.
Bill “Tinker” Daniels of Danville, Va. finished second and Harry Hale of Wirtz, Va. finished third.
Hale won the trophy for being the top-finishing Sportsman Division competitor.
Matthew Leach of Newport News, Va. took the lead on the last lap and held on to win the 20-lap Champ Kart race that rounded out the night’s racing action.
Aaron Leach of Hampton, Va. finished second, with Charlie Ray Lorah of Virginia Beach, Va. finishing third.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
Racing action will return to South Boston Speedway Saturday night, June 8, when the stars and the Super Late Model cars of the Pro All Stars Series return for the second of their three stops 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, June 7. 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 Model150 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.