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Pulliam picks up fifth win of season
SoVaNow.com / April 22, 2013Things did not come easy for Lee Pulliam as he battled Phillip Morris for most of the race Saturday night for his fifth Late Model Stock Car win of the season at South Boston Speedway.
Pulliam started from the pole only to lose the lead early as Morris used the outside pole to bolt ahead of Pulliam on the first lap.
Morris immediately opened up a comfortable lead on Pulliam and everything appeared to be going his way for about the first 75 laps as the race remained caution free. Then things began to get tight as Pulliam fought his way back to Morris’ bumper.
Pulliam went high and low looking for a way around Morris. Finally on lap 110 the fans got to see what they came for as Pulliam got the front end under Morris and the side-by- side racing was on.
Morris managed to hold the lead, though at times it was only by inches. This would last until lap 129 when the two cars touched going into the first turn. Morris got a little out of control and Pulliam jumped ahead for the lead.
Two laps later Pulliam got a big break when the lap car of Quin Houff spun just ahead of him and went into the outside wall of the first turn. Pulliam went low and got safely around the wreck. Morris was not as lucky as he got collected by the Houff car.
With Morris out of contention, Pulliam still had to fight off a late charge from Dustin Storm. Storm moved from third on the lap-138 restart to take second place and challenge Pulliam for the lead for a few laps.
Pulliam would go on to finish 1.816 seconds ahead of second place Storm. Austin Thaxton was third and Bobby McCarty was fourth. Josh Oakley rounded out the top-five.
“I don’t how we saved the car and got by the wreck,” said Pulliam. “I hate that for Morris and those guys. They were running us a heck of a race.”
Storm started the race in sixth, but was delighted with his finish. “Anytime we can even see Lee Pulliam we are doing well,” said Storm. “We have been getting better every week and this crew will get us there.”
Thaxton started fifth and managed to hang close to the leaders the entire race. “We missed the set-up a little bit but all in all it was a pretty good night for us,” added Thaxton. “I am proud to rebound from last week like we did.”
Bruce Anderson, Ronald Hill, Barry Beggarly, Morris, and Houff completed the top-ten finishers.
Willis wins Limited Race
Danny Willis rallied from his eighth-place starting position to take the lead from Blake Stallings on lap 38 and race to victory in the 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
The win was Willis’ third in four starts at South Boston Speedway this season.
“The cautions really helped us out to get back up front,” Willis said. “We just missed it in qualifying, we were good in practice. We worked on some things before the race and then we found the alternator had burned up as well as some wires.”
Tommy Peregoy finished second, 2.056 seconds behind Willis, with Stallings finishing third and Garrett Bunch and Mark Simpson rounding out the top five finishers.
Peregoy said, “We had a good car the first half, but it got tight on us. I think we may have had a bad tire that caused a wobble. We will get better and give them a run for their money.”
Daniel Crews Wins Pure Stock Division Race
Daniel Crews took the lead when race leader Nathan Crews encountered problems with his car and won the caution-plagued 30-lap Pure Stock Division race, which was shortened to 23 laps.
Crews edged Joe Allred by .374-second in a five-lap dash to the finish that followed the race’s final caution period.
Stuart Crews, Randy Hupp and Nathan Crews rounded out the top five finishers.
Due to the large number of caution flags for mishaps, the race, despite being cut short, took just over 42 minutes to complete.
Johnson, Rumburg Split Modified Twinbill
Chris Johnson and Tanner Rumburg split the night’s twin 30-lap Modified Division races, with Johnson winning the first race and Rumburg taking the victory in the nightcap.
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