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Pulliam picks up win at SBS
SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2013Lee Pulliam grabbed the lead for a final time on lap-91 when C.E. Falk’s car faltered and allowed Pulliam move ahead going into turn-3. Semora, N.C. driver Pulliam was able to hold off a late race challenge by Phillip Morris of Ruckersville, and win his second race of the 2013 season at South Boston Speedway Saturday.
“We got a little bit of a different tire here,” said Pulliam. “We were slipping and sliding until we got it figured out. We were just on the verge of being out of control. I say hats off to our guys for getting us straight.”
Falk from Virginia Beach, had been a winner at South Boston two weeks ago and was strong again Saturday. Starting on the outside pole, he took the lead away from Cluster Springs’ Austin Thaxton on the first lap. Falk led every lap for the first half of the race until Pulliam got the best of him on a restart.
Falk hung close and managed to get back around Pulliam on lap 89 to lead for the final time. Two laps later Falk’s day finished as he headed to the pits with a broken car.
Morris started seventh and had worked his way among the leaders by mid-race. He was in a position to challenge Pulliam when Falk went out. Morris was strong at the end, but Pulliam just had a little more for him and survived a restart and would open a small lead before taking the checkered flag.
“On that last restart, I wanted to go around Lee on the outside, but just ran out of real estate,” Morris said. “There was nowhere to go but the wall and had to back off that. Lee was just a little stronger.”
Another strong car was the Peyton Sellers’ machine. Sellers stayed on the leader board all afternoon and brought his car home in third place. Sellers ran second or third most of the race.
“I am satisfied with third but not happy with third,” added Sellers. “We are getting things figured out and hope to be able to run with Lee and Phillip soon.”
Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. and Dennis Holdren of Roanoke, rounded out the top five finishers.
Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C. finished sixth with defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md., Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. and Thaxton rounding out the top ten finishers.
With Pulliam, Morris, and Sellers the top three finishers, this represented six national championships. This coupled with the other top drivers in the field shows the strength of the field at South Boston this season.
Willis Wins Limited Sportsman Race
Danny Willis of Cluster Springs, started on the outside pole, took the lead on the first lap and led the rest of the way to win Saturday’s 50-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race.
The race had its share of drama, with Willis having to hold off pole winner Joey Throckmorton of South Boston, in a three-lap green-flag dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s two caution flags.
“We didn’t think we had nothing at all,” said Willis. “Today we made a few changes and they proved to be the right changes. After about five or six laps that thing felt like it was on a rail again.”
Daryl Carver of Prospect Hill, N.C., Caleb Davis of Thaxton, Va., and Daniel Moss of Danville, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Allred Wins Pure Stock Race
Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, picked up his second win in as many starts this season with his win in the 30-lap race for the Pure Stock Division.
Allred took the lead on the opening lap, and with no caution flags to slow the race, drove to a 2.650-second win over runner-up Randy Hupp of Halifax,
Stuart Crews of Long Island, Austin Milam of Ringgold, and Jake Brown of South Boston, rounded out the top five finishers.
Slayton Wins Modified Opener
Defending South Boston Speedway Modified Champion Hunter Slayton of Richmond, got his 2013 season off to a good start by winning the 50-lap Modified race, the first race of the season for the division at South Boston Speedway.
Slayton edged runner-up Tanner Rumburg of Beaverdam, by 1.577- seconds.
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