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Pulliam holds on to the points lead for national title ... barely / July 31, 2017

Lee Pulliam continued to lead the national Division 1 points standings in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, hunting the national title again.

Pulliam posted a third place finish in Saturday’s 100-lap late model feature at South Boston Speedway. Philip Morris won with Bobby McCarty second, barely holding off Pulliam.

Pulliam led the national points race with 646. He has raced at Motor Mile, Southern National, Caraway, South Boston and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Pulliam has 28 starts, 13 wins, 23 top fives, and 27 top tens.

Trevor Huddleston is Pulliam’s main worry in the national hunt. Huddleston races in Tucson, Kern County and Irwindale out west. He has 24 starts, with 15 wins, 21 top fives, and 22 top tens, with 638 points. Kres Vandyke is third with 532 and 20 wins.

Peyton Sellers is sixth and Morris ninth.

“Had a good car. We got put to the rear by NASCAR when we missed that wreck. Hard to come from last to win these things. Almost got back after coming from the rear,” said Pulliam. “Almost got second after coming from the rear.

“We’re real proud of everybody’s hard work. We were going to race at Langley today, but they got rained out. We were able to make it here just in time for practice,” said Pulliam.

Pulliam said he is having a “pretty awesome” 2017. “We’ve been leading the national points all but one week.

“You’ve got to win races to finish this deal off. Trevor, out in California, he’s winning a lot, too. We’ve got to do what it takes to stay on top for the last month and a half,” said Pulliam.

“We’ve got to keep winning races. That’s the only way we’ll win this deal. It’s a close battle between me and Trevor. …It’s going to come down to the wire,” said Pulliam.

Pulliam has three national titles.

“We’ve got a good shot. National points is all about winning races, with full car counts. We’ve just got to get to Victory lane. That’s really the only way you can do it.”

Pulliam, always accessible and adopting a positive personality as usual, craftily dodged a question about strategy down the stretch. “I can’t tell you. I like keeping my competition on their toes,” said Pulliam.

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