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Pulliam picks up win at South Boston Speedway
SoVaNow.com / April 01, 2013The kids searched for Easter eggs at South Boston Speedway’s annual egg hunt, but it was Lee Pulliam that found the biggest prize of the afternoon.
Pulliam came out of turn-four under Phillip Morris to grab the lead on the 96th lap and hold on for his third victory of the season at South Boston Speedway.
The 2012 National Champion Pulliam had won the pole and it looked like it would be an afternoon battle with outside pole winner Bobby McCarty.
Morris had started back in seventh and was slowly gaining on the leaders. On lap-46 he got around McCarty for second place.
Later Morris would use a restart to pull off ahead of Pulliam and wrestle the lead from Pulliam on the 70th lap. Caution came two laps later and Morris would survive the restart.
Pulliam stayed on the bumper of Morris and even pulled beside him a couple of times bringing the crowd to their feet. At last Pulliam found the muscle to get a nose by Morris that final time.
Several laps later Pulliam got completely around him and began to build some lead and had no serious challenges the rest of the race.
“Phillip can do things with a race car that are unbelievable and I just tried to be smart there at the end,” said Pulliam. “I saw him get a little loose and I new it was time to go when I made my final pass. I set my pace for the race and just tried to run it.”
“I think we were better on the restarts, but the long hauls are where we are getting beat. We just have to set up better,” Morris said.
Bruce Anderson had a good afternoon with a third place finish.
“I had two of the best finish ahead of me today”, said Anderson about finishing behind Pulliam and Morris. “We ran in the high groove, but that was not something we had planned to do. Sometimes you just fall into what works.”
Fourth place went to C.E. Falk who had to figure out a new car after starting the race in the 14th position. Dustin Storm was fifth to round out the top five.
Rookie McCarty finished sixth with Ronald Hill Matt McCall, Austin Thaxton, and last year’s South Boston Speedway track champion Matt Bowling completed the top ten.
Peyton Sellers had to settle for a 12th place.
Stallings Takes First Limited Sportsman Division Win
Blake Stallings started on the pole and led every lap enroute to winning the day’s caution-free 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
“We put in a lot of time on this setup,” said Stallings. “Danny has helped us a lot so we owe him a lot.”
The win was the first of the season for Stallings, who snapped a two-race win streak by Danny Willis with the victory.
Stallings edged Willis, the race runner-up, by 2.884 seconds.
Willis praised Stallings for having a great car and a great setup. He questioned NASCAR officials for not throwing a competition caution flag near the end.
“I won two races in a row and NASCAR threw a caution for no reason,” Willis said. “I just wonder where that was today. If they do things like that, they should be fair about it. Of course I am sure he would have won anyway, but it might have been closer.”
Tommy Peregoy, Garrett Bunch and Caleb Davis of Thaxton rounded out the top five finishers.
Stallings averaged 86.800 mph in the race that took only 13 minutes and 49 seconds to complete.
Nathan Crews Takes Pure Stock Division Win
Nathan Crews scored his first win of the season with a flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
The victory by Crews, which came by a 1.744-second margin over runner-up Joe Allred snapped a two-race win streak by Allred.
Last year’s division champion, Trey Crews finished third with Randy Hupp and Stuart Crews rounding out the top five finishers.
Blair Wins Legendary Ford Flatheads Race
Bill Blair took the lead on the first lap and won the 20-lap race for the competitors of the Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association.
Blair edged Garland Ricketts for the win.
Don Cook finished sixth overall in the race, but was the top finisher in the Sportsman Division ranks.
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