Pulliam Edges Morris For Win At SBS
South Boston, VA - Lee Pulliam continued his recent win streak at South Boston Speedway Saturday night, fending off former multi-time NASCAR national champion Philip Morris to win the NASCAR Whelen Night Late Model 150.
Using a lapped car much like a basketball player would use a pick, Pulliam swept by Morris on the 97th lap as Morris got pinned in behind a lapped car, and then held off Morris in an 18-lap dash to the finish that followed the race’s only caution period to clinch the win.
Pulliam’s win in the 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race was his ninth of the season at the .4-mile oval and his 13th overall for the season. His margin of victory over Morris was .732 second.
Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. finished third after taking the position away from Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md. on the 88th circuit. Storm finished fourth and Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. finished fifth.
Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va., Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs, Va., Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Va., Patrick Coleman of Greensboro, N.C. and Dennis Holdren of Roanoke, Va. completed the top 10 finishers.
Pulliam averaged 81.388 mph in the race that took 44 minutes and 13 seconds to complete.
Willis, Stallings Split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill
South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division points leader Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Va. and Blake Stallings of Danville, Va. each scored a win in Saturday night’s twin 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.
Willis led all 50 laps in scoring a flag-to-flag win in the opening race to record his fourth victory of the season. He started fifth in the second race after a drawing for an inverted start among the top finishers of the first race, grabbed second place from Garrett Bunch with seven laps to go, but trailed Stallings by 2.760 seconds at the finish.
Mike Jones of South Boston, Va. finished as the runner-up to Willis in the first race. However, his car failed to pass a post-race inspection by track NASCAR officials. As a result, Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. was awarded second place, with J.D. Eversole of Chesterfield, Va., Stallings, and Bunch, a Front Royal, Va. resident, rounding out the top five finishers.
In the second race, Stallings took the lead from Bunch on the fourth lap and drove away from the field to score his second win of the season. Willis finished second and Bunch finished third, with Eversole and Peregoy rounding out the top five finishers.
Crews Takes Pure Stock Division Win
Nathan Crews of Long Island, Va. started on the pole and every lap enroute to a flag-to-flag win in the 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.
Crews’ car, however, failed to pass a post-race inspection by track NASCAR officials. As a result, race runner-up Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, Va. was awarded the win, giving him his third victory of the season.
Stuart Crews of Long Island, Va. was awarded second place, with Johnny Layne of Crystal Hill, Va. finishing third in the final rundown.
Daniel Crews of Long Island, Va. and Eric Crews of Long Island, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Wednesday night, July 3, with South Boston Speedway hosting its spectacular annual pre-Fourth of July racing extravaganza, the NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program.
The NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program, which starts at 7 p.m., features the longest and richest races of the points season for South Boston Speedway’s three top racing divisions.
A 200-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division paying $5,000 to the winner will headline the night’s racing action. Also on the program are a 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race and a 50-lap race for the drivers in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.
Following the night’s racing action, fans will be treated to a dazzling Fourth of July fireworks display that is annually one of the biggest and best in the area.
Practice will start at 1:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 3:30 p.m. The first race will start at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets are priced at $15 each and may be purchased at the speedway office through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. Adult general admission tickets on race day are priced at $20 each. Youths ages 7-12 will be admitted for $10 when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
For additional information about the NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 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.