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Over this past weekend two-time defending Whelen All-American Late Model Stock Car champion Lee Pulliam pulled quadruple duty to help plead his case in this tainted National points race. Yes I said quadruple duty, Friday night Pulliam headed to Sophia, North Carolina to Caraway Speedway for Twin 40 lap races! The best part of the who thing, nineteen cars took the green flag with him making it a “full field” in NASCARS eyes. Pulliam took the win in both events which means he was awarded two maximum point wins (39 points are the assumption) to help plead his case in the hunt for a third national title. Now I wasn’t there to see what kind of competition but with names like Myatt Snyder, Dillion Bassett, Tyler Ankrum I can almost assure you there was no pulling over and slow spins to help Pulliam win.
The guys were not done there! South Boston Speedway, who along with just about every other track in Virginia has been plagued with to many rain outs this season, finally got a clear weekend and played host to not only the PASS Super Late Models but Twin 75 lap features for the Late Model Stock cars. Matt Bowling, driver out of the Sellers stables was able to put his machine on the pole for the seventh time of the season Saturday with a time of 16.006 seconds (89.966 MPH). It took Pulliam just 26 of the 75 laps to pass four-time national champion Phillip Morris to capture win number one of the night, win three on the weekend in yet another NASCAR sanctioned full field event.
The cat is finally out of the bag in the terms of Late Model Stock Car racing in the mid atlantic region. Recently our friend over at Race22 have started to uncover some pretty interesting facts about what is really going on in this “National points race,” if thats what you can call it!
Anthony Anders has been your National points leader since NASCAR officially released the standings after about the fifth week of competition this season. Lee Pulliam – the two-time defending National champion who started this season running in the K&N Pro Series East division – only sits thirteen points behind Anders in what I am calling a farce of a title run.
If you remember a story I posted closer to the beginning of the year stating the changes NASCAR made to the points system (NASCAR Makes Changes to Whelen Series) you will recall how I said this is going to cause some issues this season, and here they are finally coming out of the wood work. First off let me say I am all for an athlete coming right up front and being honest in hunting a national title. That’s great, and shows you mean business, which is exactly what Anders did at the start of this year.
What is going on down there in Greenville to make this happens is what make it almost embarrassing to say that I am a fan of the Whelen All-American Series. All of this really started becoming relevant when a few weeks ago Lee Pulliam and Travis Kiker decided to load their hauler up and take the competition right into Anders back yard. Mind you Anders running most of his races this year at Greenville, while Pulliam has been on the road just a little bit more.