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Pulliam sweeps late model doubleheader at SBS Saturday

SoVaNow.com / August 12, 2019
Lee Pulliam was in a class alone Saturday night as he swept a pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races at the South Boston Speedway. It was evident when Pulliam won the pole position in qualifying that he was the driver to beat.

Peyton Sellers qualified second but chose to start ninth to earn passing points. This set the field in the first race for another night of guessing how many laps would it take Peyton to get to the front.

Sellers was fourth by the fifth lap. He was posted third at the end of the 12th lap. Then it would be lap 25 before he got under Mike Jones for second place.

Track officials put out a competition caution on lap-30 setting up a side-by-side restart with Sellers on the inside and Pulliam on the outside.

Pulliam took the lead on the restart. He would have to repeat the process again after cautions on laps 33 and 35. Each time Pulliam sped back to the front of the pack.

After the last restart he opened up a comfortable lead as he went on to win the first late model race 1.317 seconds ahead of Sellers.

“We made a really good adjustment after qualifying,” said Pulliam. “These Sellers guys have really been wearing us out lately and we have been working real hard to try to get better and beat them.”

Austin Thaxton, Jeb Burton, and Daniel Silvestri put on quite a competitive show back in the field to round out the top-five.

“We missed on the set-up a little bit, we were overheating our tires so we making some adjustments to see if we can pick up a couple of spots,” said Thaxton.

“Lee was the class of the field tonight, he has a really good car,” said Sellers “This is the first time I have raced this car. We have got fix some things and make adjustments. It ran hot the whole race, but I don’t think that affected the performance.”

Jordan Pickerel, Thomas Scott, Jones, Raymond Pittman, and Jason Pittman rounded out the top ten.



An invert of the top finishers of the first race had Pulliam starting eighth along side Sellers in the nightcap. Pittman and Jones started on the front row.

Jones jumped to the lead on the first lap.

Pulliam got on the gas early and was making his way to the front when a caution came out on lap 13. This set up a front row restart with Jones and Pulliam.

Jones was reluctant to give up the lead and had a heated battle with Pulliam for nine laps before getting passed on the 22nd lap.

Jones would get one more shot at Pulliam’s lead when the third caution of the race put the two side-by-side once more.

This time Pulliam blasted away for the lead. He would hold the lead the rest of the race.

“We started picking up on some things about the end of June and we have been working hard to get things better and we are getting there,” said Pulliam. “It feels good to be back in victory lane again.”

After Jones lost the lead, he began to fade a bit as Thaxton, Sellers and Burton became the challengers to Pulliam.

Sellers grabbed second place from Thaxton on lap 47 and went after Pulliam.

Sellers proved to be no match as Pulliam began pulling away from Sellers in the late laps and edged Sellers by 1.209-second at the finish.

“Overall it was not a bad night. We missed it a little bit on both cars. We second best tonight. That is what it boils down to,” added Sellers.

Thaxton had another third place and Scott and Burton rounded out the top-five.

Thaxton was strong at times and Burton was also impressive both races.

“It is always good to bring the car home in one piece”, said Thaxton. “We were trying some different stuff this week and really didn’t know what it was going to do. To come over here and run third two races against Lee and Peyton is not bad.

Jones, Jason Barnes, Pickerel, Pittman, and Daniel Shelton completed the top-ten for the second race.

The Saturday night sweep gave Pulliam three wins in a row and a total of five victories this season at South Boston.

WILLIS WINS LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION RACE

Danny Willis slipped past Jacob Borst with seven laps to go and held on to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

“This boy is tough,” said Willis. “I could get under him and then get loose, and then I would see him get loose. I don’t know if we touched out there, but if we did it was just good hard racing”

Willis edged Borst by a slim 0.313-second margin at the finish to score his fifth win of the season and lead the division in wins for the season.

Borst finished second with Drew Dawson, J.D. Eversole and Landon Pembelton completing the top-five.

CREWS EARNS WIN IN PURE STOCK DIVISION

Nathan Crews rallied from his fifth starting position to take the lead from Johnny Layne on the seventh lap and went on to win the 30-lap Pure Stock race.

A late caution period set up a seven-lap dash to the finish, with Crews taking the win over Randy Hupp by 0.574-second. The win was Crews’ seventh victory of the season.

Bruce Mayo, Justin Dawson of and Jimmy Wade rounded out the top-five.

CURRIN TAKES WIN IN HORNETS DIVISION

Division points leader Kevin Currin took the lead from Tyler Stanley on the seventh lap and held on to win the night’s 15-lap Hornets race.

The win was the third of the season for Currin, and it allowed him to pull into a tie with Steven Layne for the most wins in the division this season.

Layne finished second with Andrea Ruotolo-Sarnataro of finishing third. Stanley finished fourth and newcomer Bobby Talbard rounded out the top-five finishers.





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