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Pulliam wanted more at Daytona

SoVaNow.com / February 21, 2013
Lee Pulliam wanted to do more on Monday night.

Running in the star-studded NASCAR Whelen All American late model show at Daytona, Pulliam finished seventh.

“We were kind of behind from the get-go. We built that car with Jay Hedgecock in the last week. Just got down there and didn’t have all the bugs out it, hadn’t really run it but ten laps at Ace Speedway.

“Just had one issue after another. Had brake issues all weekend, the car would pull to the right when we got on the brakes and never got it to where it would turn good enough in the center,” he said.

Pulliam qualified fifth and was running second in a heat race when he got spun from behind. He finished fifth in the heat race.

“Just one of those weeks, it could have been a lot worse. We were hoping for a lot more when we went down there.

“We all would love to race on some tracks with a little bit of banking on it, but just being a part of something, that was a first time deal for NASCAR, being at Daytona International Speedway. It was a lot of prestige ... down there. It felt good to be a part of it. I wish we could have been more competitive and put on a show for our fans. “But we learned a lot and we’ll get them next time,” Pulliam said.

Pulliam is trying to move ahead on the NASCAR ladder.

“Anytime you get on national TV (Speed) ... it just helps promote yourself more. I wish we could have had a better showing. We really needed to be able to run up front and get your name out there. C.E. Falk did a great job of doing that. We weren’t quite good enough. But we did get a lot of publicity.

“We met a lot of people. A lot of people know our story ... know what happened,” he said.

He plans to run again March 2 at Kenly and return to SBS March 9 for the season opener.

“I feel like they’re going to be a lot of heavy hitters down there. It’ll be interesting. A lot of guys have been doing a lot of work this winter trying to get better. It should make for an interesting first race. I think it’ll be a lot of guys going hard for the win, and it’s probably going to be a heck of a show for the fans,” Pulliam said.

Meanwhile, Sellers Racing had one car in the field, the no. 07 driven by Austin Self. He finished 26th.

HC Sellers, competition director for Sellers, said Self struggled in qualifying and on the race night. The team could not get the car figured out, and could not get it to run well. The DIS track was different - completely flat - than the short track ovals the are used to.


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