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Morris enjoys dominant performance / July 31, 2017
Philip Morris enjoyed a dominating performance in Saturday night’s 100-lap feature at South Boston Speedway.

Morris rolled to his 62nd career victory in NASCAR late model action. He enjoyed a 2.041 second margin of victory over Bobby McCarty, who was coming off a win at Langley in the second round of the Virginia Triple Crown.

McCarty held off Lee Pulliam, the current national points leader, for second place. Pulliam finished third, which won’t do him any good in the national points race, 2.150 seconds off the leader.

Brandon Pierce finished fourth, with Danny Willis Jr. fifth. Stuart Crews took sixth, followed by Josh Oakley, Raymond Pittman III, Charles Barnes and Jason Pittman.

SBS points leader Peyton Sellers had a forgettable night. Sellers ran into rare mechanical issues and finished 11th, one lap down, in the 16-car field.

Austin Thaxton took 13th, completing 76 laps.

Morris exploded to the lead right off the bat. Sellers battled transmission woes, with a broken gear shifter. He spent considerable time in the pits and was never a factor.

The race restarted at lap 50 after a backstretch incident involving Mark Keesee Jr. and Trevor Ward. Morris charged back to the lead. There was another key; final restart on lap 81 after Thaxton had a major, spark-filled tire incident.

From there, Morris had the strongest race machine for the final 19-lap dash. to the He averaged 60.958 mph.

“It was a brand new car, and it was handling real well. All I had to do was hit my marks and hope they didn’t run over me on restarts,” Morris said.

Morris said the Chevy crate motors allowed him to be a little lighter.

“It’s a lot less horsepower, so the momentum from the outside was the only way I was going to win that race.”

Morris said he clearly had the fastest car, but that doesn’t always translate to wins.

“You’ve got to have good restarts, a good short game and a good long game. Tonight, our short game wasn’t so good, but our long game was where it needed to be,” he said.

McCarty said, “Missing a little bit…Philip had a little more forward drive than we did.”

McCarty enjoyed his late race challenge from Pulliam, as the veterans went side-by-side in the closing laps to settle second place.

“Racing with Lee is a lot of fun. He’s a really good racer. He’ll give you all he can …to run side by side with him, and (rub) some fenders, and come across clean was definitely a lot of fun.”

Morris collected his fifth win of the season.

Pulliam had some issues. He had fallen to 14th place in the field as the result of having to spin his car to avoid a collision with another driver who had spun in front of him on lap 20 of the 100-lap race.

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