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Pulliam picks up late model win at SBS

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Lee Pulliam (5) battles past Peyton Sellers during the late model feature Saturday night at SBS. (Randy Holmes photo)
SoVaNow.com / August 26, 2019
At the end, it was Lee Pulliam and Peyton Sellers as usual, but it was a wild night getting there in the NASCAR Late Model 100-lap race at the South Boston Speedway Saturday night.

Pole winner Pulliam chose to start midfield (eighth) and Selllers started in the rear in search of passing points in his quest for a National title.

By lap 28 Pulliam was second and Sellers was just outside the top five. Officials threw a competition caution flag on this lap and things started to go wild.

Sellers chose to pit and make some adjustments and it was the end of the line of cars when he was waved off pit row.

Pulliam managed to jump to the lead on the restart ahead of Trey Crews.

Sellers fought his way back to the top five by the 44th lap and was in fourth on lap 54.

Sellers was having difficulty getting under Austin Thaxton as the two tangled for about 30 laps until Selllers got into the rear of the Thaxton and sent them both for a spin. Both restarted back in the field.

On the restart Crews got into a wreck with Pulliam causing another caution and sending Crews to the rear.

The restart was delayed due to mass confusion over the restarting order. Once the order was established Pulliam, Thaxton, and Sellers all were left with a good shot at the win.

Thomas Scott had driven a good clean race and was in the lead several times on late laps.

With five laps to go, Crews and Jordan Pickerel, got together in turns 1-2 bring out the fourth caution.

On the final restart on lap 97, Scott, Pulliam, and Sellers battled for the lead with Pulliam muscling through for the lead on the last lap. Sellers would also get by for second.

“We had the best car here today, but at the end of the day, if we are running for a national championship, we have got win races,” Sellers said. “I made the call to free the car up after that rain shower and it was the wrong way to go. We should have tightened up”

Pulliam had a different opinion of the race.

“I didn’t want to lose this race as good as this car was, I know how hard Thomas and his family had worked for this race and I hate to take it like this, but damn my bunch had worked really hard for this. They gave me a rocket ship tonight and I had to give them everything I had,” Pulliam said.

“I know the 26 car and I have had some issues in the past, and I appreciate him running me clean.”

Scott finished third.

“I gave Pulliam a bunch of room, I didn’t expect him to run me up like that, I am not surprised” said Scott.

The win was Pulliam’s fourth straight win and his sixth win of the season at South Boston Speedway.

Thaxton and Daniel Silvestri completed the top five .

Crews, Raymond Pittman, Nathan Crews, Daniel Shelton, Wyatt Gardner rounded out the top ten.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series standout Jeroen Bleekemulen competed in his first-ever oval track race and his first NASCAR race in Saturday night’s 100-lap race.

Bleekemulen, who was at nearby Virginia International Raceway over the weekend to compete in Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge for Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports, finished 15th after being sidelined after 22 laps. He had posted the 10th fastest time among 16 drivers in qualifying for the race.

Moss, Willis Split Limited Sportsman Twin bill

Daniel Moss and Danny Willis split wins in Saturday night’s pair of 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.

Moss started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the opener, edging Willis by about a car length or 0.246-second to take the win. The win was the fifth victory of the season for Moss.

Drew Dawson Kenny Daniel and Landon Pembelton of completed the top five.

Willis started third in the nightcap as the top four finishers of the first race were inverted for the start of the nightcap, took the lead from Daniel on the seventh lap and won the race by a 1.446-second margin over Dawson who recorded his best finish of the season. The win was the sixth of the season for Willis who leads the division points chase.

Moss finished third with Pembelton and Daniel completing the top five finishers.

Crews Tops Field in Pure Stock

Nathan Crews started at the rear of the field, took the lead from Randy Hupp with nine laps to go and sped to victory in the 30-lap Pure Stock race.

The win was the eighth of the season for Crews, who leads the division points chase.

Hupp, Bruce Mayo Scott, and Jimmy Wade rounded out the top five in a race that saw the lead swap hands three times among four drivers.

Layne Wins Hornets Race

Steven scored a flag-to-flag win in Saturday night’s 15-lap Hornets Division race.

The win was the fourth of the season for the first-year driver.

Josh Dawson took the runner-up spot with Kevin Currin Tyler Stanley, and Andrea Ruotolo-Sarnataro rounded out the top five finishers.

Rice, Dye Take Wins in Southern Ground Pounders Race

Jimmy Rice won the 20-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series and took the Sportsman Division win in the process.

Rodney Dye took top honors in the Modified Division.





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