NASCAR Places Pulliam On Probation After Post Race Incident At South Boston
NASCAR has now made it official, Lee Pulliam has been placed on probation through the end of this year, December 31, 2015 for his actions at the end of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway. Pulliam was cited as violating Section 12-4A: “Actions detrimental to stock car racing.” Hitting another Competitor’s car after the Race has concluded.
Pulliam was involved in a final turn, final lap crash off the nose of Josh Berry which ultimately took the driver of the #5 Kiker Tree services machine out of contention for the race. Berry, drove the daylights out of his machine into turn three and buried his nose into the left rear quarter panel of Pulliam. This sent Pulliam around, bottled up the rest of the field creating complete mayhem, allowed for Peters to lock down the win, and forced Pulliam to settle for a tenth place finish.
Josh Berry would later be penalized for aggressive driving and be placed at the end of the “running cars line” as NASCAR put it, long story short he was put back to the 17th spot. After the race was over and Pulliam did his 360 coming off of four he gassed his car back up and headed into turns one and two where he met the driver’s side door as the rest of the field was pulling down into pit road. Just when you thought it was over sources were telling us in the media booth that Pulliam & Berry were now involved in an out of car confrontation let’s call it.
Pulliam declined any interviews at the conclusion of the race but did take to social media to express his discontent with the driver of the 88 machine. Those posts have since been removed. This is not Pulliam’s first penalty of this magnitude either. Remember back to the end of the 2011 season where Pulliam got into it with acclaimed Late Model King Phillip Morris and was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for the 2012 season. However, that penalty was since revoked and Pulliam would go on to win 20+ races along with a National Championship.