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SoVaNow.com / July 22, 2013Lee Pulliam escaped all bounty hunters to squeeze out his eleventh win of the season in the Late Model Sportsman division at South Boston Speedway Saturday night.
South Boston Speedway had placed a $500 bounty on Pulliam. This was to be paid to any driver who could win over the points leader with 10 wins to his credit. Four drivers came close, but no cigar.
Pulliam emerged out of a five car pack after a nine lap shootout followed the final restart of the race. He and former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Peyton Sellers battled to the end.
“Man every lap there at the end, I was praying,” said Pulliam. “Bobby McCarty was better rolling up the center. We got to banging hard on each at the end when we went into the corner with some real tough racing.
“Then we got three wide at the end and I thought Bruce Anderson was going to win this thing. Bruce washed up high on the banking and I got away for the win.
“This is what championships are made of and I have to give my team a lot of credit as they give me so much effort.”
Sellers got to Pulliam after Anderson washed up the banking and Pulliam won by 0.401 seconds over Sellers to maintain a ten point lead over Deac McCaskill in their chase for in the national points championship. He was also able to add to add to his commanding lead in his bid for the local track championship.
“My car wasn’t that good and there at the end it seemed to come to life,” said Sellers. “Lee had a good car tonight, Bobby certainly had a good car, and I didn’t. But somehow we came in second.
“This was a great race for the fans. No, I wasn’t sand bagging during the race, the car did just come to life at the end.”
Bobby McCarty wrestled the lead from Pulliam early in the race and appeared to have the strongest car in the field for most of the race. In fact he was well on his way to a win when Dustin Storm spun out on lap 135 to bring out that final caution.
The field was bunched up for those last nine laps which proved to be some of the most exciting of the season. Pulliam and McCarty were banging with Sellers, Bruce Anderson and Austin Thaxton moving into the mix.
Finally, Sellers and Anderson mounted a challenge to Pulliam with McCarty and Thaxton left to scrap for fourth. McCarty and Thaxton would make some heated contact before the race ended.
Anderson finished third with Thaxton and McCarty rounding out the top five finishers in the 21-car field. Each of the top five drivers finished on the lead lap.
“This was really exciting, the car wasn’t quite what we wanted it to be, but we had a good night,” stated Anderson. “I said if we win, we were going to have some fun tonight and this was just great for us.
“We did get into the wall earlier but didn’t hut anything. We were good in practice and could drive to the front in the race but couldn’t quite get it done. We certainly have something to build on.”
Ronald Hill, Thomas Scott, Storm, Josh Oakley and Bugs Hairfield of completed the top ten finishers.
Pulliam, the defending national champion, led the race three times for a total of 11 laps, emerging with the lead for the final time with five laps to go.
McCarty, a rookie in the division, led twice for a total of 138 laps. In all, there were five lead changes among three drivers.
Pulliam averaged 75.322 mph in winning the race that took 47 minutes and 48 seconds to complete. This was Pulliam’s 17th win of the season overall.
A heavy rain washed out all qualifying and all races were started based on driver points. Racing got under way at 9:15pm after extensive drying measures by the track crew.
Stallings takes Limited Sportsman Win
Blake Stallings scored his third win of the season in Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
Stallings was running third behind race leader Danny Willis Jr. and Mike Maresca when the cars driven by Willis and Maresca made contact and spun coming off of the fourth turn as they battled for the lead. With some good advice from his spotter,
Stallings took the inside path and got by the wreck and raced to the checkered flag on this final lap of the race.
Joey Throckmorton narrowly avoided the mishap by taking the same path and finished second, 0.191-second behind Stallings. Garrett Bunch of, G.R. Waldrop and Willis rounded out the top five finishers. Maresca was credited with a ninth-place finish.
Allred Wins Twice In The Pure Stock Division
Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, Va. made a sweep of the night’s pair of 30-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division to run his win total to six for the season.
In the first race, Allred made an exciting last-lap pass on Stuart Crews to get the win, He edged Crews by 0.321-second at the finish line.
Daniel Crews, Austin Milam and Bruce Mayo rounded out the top five finishers.
Allred had his work cut out for him in the nightcap as he had to start sixth as the result of an inverted start among the top six finishers of the first race. Still, Allred was able to get past Stuart Crews on the ninth lap and, once in front, he was able to hold off his challengers in the caution-free race.
Stuart Crews finished second with Daniel Crews, Milam and Greg Autry rounding out the top five finishers in the second race.
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