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3.25.15

South Boston Speedway names grandstand in honor of two-time national champ Lee Pulliam

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — “It was a pretty emotional day for me — a very special day.”

Those were among the words spoken by two-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam this week when discussing a special honor bestowed upon him last weekend at South Boston Speedway.

Pulliam said he was “caught totally off guard” by South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice when she informed him that a section of grandstands at the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval would be named in his honor.

“I’m usually not at a loss for words, but she sure had me that way,” Pulliam said. “That is a very special honor.”

Pulliam said as a youngster he used to “watch David Blankenship, Barry Beggarly, Wayne Patterson and all those guys” compete at South Boston Speedway.

“We always sat in the stands with David Blankenship’s mom and dad and I always told them that I was going to be a racecar driver one day,” Pulliam said. “To have a grandstand named after me right beside the one named after David Blankenship is very special to me.”

Pulliam, who is second on the all-time wins list at South Boston Speedway, claimed national championships in 2012 and 2013. He finished second in the national title chase last year and will be focusing on a full racing season at America’s Hometown Track this season in hopes of claiming a third NASCAR Whelen All American Series national crown.

In season-opening action last week as part of the Danville Toyota NASCAR Twin Late Model 100 racing program, Pulliam “salvaged” finishes of fifth and seventh place in the two races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.

“We broke a rear end in the first race when we were running second and we basically had to limp to the finish after that,” Pulliam said.

Philip Morris, also a former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standout Timothy Peters claimed victories in the two season-opening NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division events last week.

Pulliam will have a chance to rebound on Saturday, April 4 and attempt to claim a pair of victories when America’s Hometown Track hosts the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 racing program.

The event, which will have a 2 p.m. starting time, will feature the touring NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competitors in a 150-lap event and the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car drivers in a pair of 75-lap battles.

Advance tickets to the event are priced at $10 and can be purchased through 5pm Friday, April 3. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be priced at $15. Children, ages 7-12, will be admitted for $5 each with a paying adult, and children age 6 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

For more information visit the track's website or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540. Information can also be found by following South Boston Speedway on Facebook or Twitter.

Media Contacts:
Tim Chandler
South Boston Speedway
Director of Media Operations
Office Phone: (336) 599-0162, extension 111
Speedway Office Phone: (434) 572-4947
Email: info@southbostonspeedway.com

For additional information about the 2015 season schedule or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Media Contacts:
Tim Chandler
South Boston Speedway
Director of Media Operations
Office Phone: (336) 599-0162, extension 111
Speedway Office Phone: (434) 572-4947
Email: info@southbostonspeedway.com

 
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