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Pulliam looking to increase points lead in Wednesday’s race

SoVaNow.com / July 01, 2013
“There’s nothing like winning that race and then getting to drive around the track waving that American flag on a victory lap.”

Lee Pulliam, the defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion, spoke those words this week when he was asked about the upcoming July 3 race at South Boston Speedway.

“There is always a lot of prestige that comes with winning that race,” Pulliam said. “Two of my most special wins in my career are winning that race the last two years. We definitely would love to make it three in a row this year.”

Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents Sellers Construction 200 on July 3 will feature three big money races, the biggest names in the region in short track racing and a fireworks extravaganza at the close of the night. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

The featured attraction of the night will be a 200-lap shootout for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.

Pulliam, who is atop the standings in his bid to claim a second straight NASCAR Whelen All American Series national championship, is also the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division points leader at South Boston Speedway.

Pulliam owns 15 victories for the season. Nine of those triumphs have come at SBS.

Pulliam knows that scoring a third straight victory will not be easy, however.

Among the drivers who are likely to contend for the victory that night are former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champions Peyton Sellers and Philip Morris.

Sellers has finished second in his previous two starts at South Boston Speedway, and Morris, a former multi-time national champion, has also been improving this season.

Others expected to battle for the win include current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Timothy Peters, a former South Boston Speedway title winner, and Deac McCaskill, who is second to Pulliam in this year’s national title points chase.

“I think the level of competition at South Boston Speedway is as good now as it has been in years and years,” Pulliam said. “It’s always been good, but it is really good now. I think the fans will certainly get their money’s worth.”

Also scheduled as part of the night of racing will be a 100-lap race for the drivers in the Limited Sportsman Division, and a 50-lap shootout for the competitors in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.

The night of racing will be preceded by a Fan Appreciation Session trackside at 5:30 p.m.

At the close of the evening, the annual South Boston Speedway Fireworks Extravaganza will once again light up the skies.

The 200-lap race for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division will also serve as the first event in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown.

South Boston Speedway has teamed with Langley Speedway and Martinsville Speedway again this year to offer the unique racing tripleheader.

The Virginia Late Model Triple Crown consists of the July 3 event at South Boston Speedway, the July 27 Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the Virginia is for Lovers 300 on Oct. 6 at Martinsville Speedway.

In addition to the big-money purses at each of the three events, the driver with the highest point total among the three racers will win the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown title and an additional $5,000. The runner-up in the three-race point battle will receive $3,000, and the third-place driver will collect $1,500.

Advance tickets are on sale and for $15 for adults. Tickets on the day of the race will be $20.

Pit registration will begin at 11 a.m. on July 3. Practice for all divisions will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get under way at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 3:30 p.m.

For more information visit the track’s website or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

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