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Annual Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Looking to be Quite the Weekend

Cars lined up on the front side of pit road at The Park. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Cars lined up on the front side of pit road at The Park. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – For some the Friday after Thanksgiving means early mornings, wild and crazy shopping and deals that will make your head spin. Great, if your into the long lines and crazy people fighting over the last “hit” toy, coffee machine, or some just insane size TV that makes no sense to even have. For others, it still means early mornings, and a little bit of head spinning – maybe even some head scratching – but in our case its around the high bank 4/10-mile oval that is Southern National Motorsports Park.

For the past few years teams from all over the east coast convene to Kenly, North Carolina to compete in what has become one of the bigger races of a season – the Thanksgiving Classic. This year the three-night event will play host to over 11 different divisions driving a total of 740 laps, or just about 300 miles of total action. Lets just say if 2016 is anything like that’s year, then you would be crazy if you missed any of the action.

Three fantastic features with one being a team style race in the Legends division will headline Friday night. Street Stocks will run a 50-lap feature followed by a 40-lap Legends race – their first of two on the weekend. The night will be capped off with a 50-lap feature for the Charger division.

Saturday will be another action packed day with final practice for both the Late Models & Super Late Models before they are sent on the track for their qualifying time-trials and heat races. That’s not all folks, a six division card is on deck to include the South East Mini Stock Tour, the second round of the Inex Legends Cup, Modifieds, UCAR, Limited Late Models, and the fan favorite Bomber division! Not to mention one lucky fan will win a ride in the Bojangles ride-a-long car with a driver to be determined later.

Sunday afternoon will wrap up the 2016 edition of the Thanksgiving Classic with to not to be missed features. First up will be a 125-lap Super Late Model feature. Just to give to a little reason not to miss this race, in 2015 the top ten cars stayed on each other like they were hooked together by chains. Brandon Setzer was victorious last year; will he be present in 2016 to defend his title?

The 200-lap Late Model feature was just as spectacular as the SLM feature with nose to tail and door to door racing going on from the front to the back. Most notable was the battle between two time NWAAS regional champion Mark Wertz and ARCA Series winner Myatt Snider staying glued at the bumpers. Snider would ultimately prevail ahead of Wertz to grab the runner up spot. Secondly would be Lee Pulliam checking off the Thanksgiving Classic off the list of races not won. To make things even more special, Pulliam grabbed the victory just days after wife LeAnne was hospitalized after a scary car crash. We would like to point out that she was at the speedway to not only root on her husband but to be there in victory lane.

Racing is set to get underway this evening at The Park around 7:00 PM. For a full list of this weekends events, as well as information on tickets, please visit the tracks website at www.snmpark.com. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE coverage of select events on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer) Saturday as well as both features on Sunday. We will attempt to go LIVE on Facebook Saturday evening if cell service permits.

Lee Pulliam Checks the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic Off His Bucket List with Emotional Victory

Pulliam Victory Lane

Kenly, NC – The field was set for the 15th running of the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic hosted by Southern National Motorsports Park. A race that has slipped through the grasp of multi time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champ Lee Pulliam. After winning his third national title, fifth South Boston 200 race in a row, finally winning the Hampton Heat 200, Pulliam set his sights on the VA Triple Crown, All-Star Classic, and the unofficial “Grand Slam” of Late Model Racing.

Pulliam, a threat to win at just about any track he pulls into, has an extensive notebook and plenty of laps to boot here at SNMP so you knew he was going to be strong. Setting the third fastest time in group qualifying Saturday afternoon and holding that position during the heat race, that is where he rolled off for today’s 200-lap feature event.


P1. #27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.
P2. #08 Deac McCaskill
P3. #5 Lee Pulliam
P4. #2 Myatt Snider
P5. #77 Connor Hall

Once the green flag was displayed to the field it almost looked to get ugly and fast through turns one and two. Pole sitter Tommy Lemons, Jr. got a tad bit squirrely through the corner. With the quality of drivers behind him, they all allowed him gather himself up back up and get to some pretty good green flag racing. Pulliam would actually spend the first quarter of the race hanging out in third just biding his time before he would make his move to the front, the caution on lap 50 would help with that as it allowed him to take the inside of the cone and restart right on the bumper of race leader Tommy Lemons.

Pulliam would spend the next twenty-five laps sizing up his opponent; making what looked like “mock runs” on the race leader figuring out what move to make to take the top spot away. Finally pulling the trigger out of two as the field worked lap 74, Pulliam pulled even to Lemons door and it was a drag race down the backstretch. With the top groove just about non-existent here this weekend, Pulliam was able to motor his Kiker Tree Services #5 Chevy to lead at lap 75 and never looked back!

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