Pulliam & Irvan Show Speed Early In Final Practice At Southern National
Lucama, NC – Day two is alive and well here at Southern National Motorsports Park for the 15th running of the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. Can tell you two things: 1. There is no shortage of cars in any division. 2. There are no shortages of divisions running today! If you are a race fan there should be no reason why you are not here in the stands. Lets break this down for you, two Late Model Stock Car heats that will ultimately set the field for Sunday’s 200-lap feature. A 25-lap Legends race feature over twenty-five drivers and up to $900 of prize/bounty money to take home! A 50-lap Mini Stock feature and finally a 75-lap Limited Late Model race to cap the evening off.
2015 and 3-Time National Champion Lee Pulliam set the pace and set it early this morning in practice. Posting a quick time of 15.503 in just his fifth lap. For a race that has slipped through the grasp of Pulliam this year would mean something extra special for the Alton, Virginia driver. Not only would it make Pulliam a LMSC Grand Slam winner (winning all four of the regions biggest LMSC races – Hampton Heat, MB400, Martinsville, All-Star Classic), the win would mean so much more the team and family given all that has happened the past week with his family.
Pulliam will look to pilot his Kiker Tree Services number five machine to the pole later this after noon to set himself up for great track position in the heat races. Speaking of heat races, there has been just a little change. Instead of the top 15 in qualifying being locked into the show, every car will participate in the heat race and that will set the field for Sunday’s big show. Tommy Lemons, Jr., Nick Smith, Myatt Snider, and Bradley McCaskill the top five in practice.
Jarod Irvan was in a class of his own this afternoon in final Super Late Model practice. Being the only driver to clock in a lap time of 14.963 (96.237 MPH). Unlike the Late Models, they will not be running heat races. Nineteen cars will take to the track this afternoon looking for all the speed their machines have to set themselves up for great track position in tomorrow’s 125-lap feature event. Cliff Finley, Tyler Ankrum, Nick Robinson, Jared Fryar were the fastest five as practice concluded.
Limited Late Models, Legends, UCARS, and Mini Stocks will all qualify for their feature races during their second practice session. Grandstand will open at 2:30 PM EST for the general public; Late Models will roll off for their qualifying shortly after 3:00 PM. Make sure you follow along on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer) for all of the updates! Don’t forget to chime in whether you’re in the grandstand or in the recliner! We love to hear from all of our followers from all over!