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Lee Pulliam OFFICIALLY Clinches Fourth National Title Despite Vargas DQ

As the NWAAS came to a close on the east coast this weekend, it appeared that Lee Pulliam had all but won his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship with Huddleston’s second and first place finishes at Kern County Speedway, located out in Bakersfield, California. However, a late disqualification of race one winner Ryan Vargas due to an ignition system that was deemed illegal by track officials, allowed Trevor Huddleston to be credited with both wins in a full field according to the NASCAR rulebook. The change in finishing order prompted NASCAR to take a long hard look at both drivers results throughout the 2017 season until the announcement was made just a short time ago confirming that Pulliam did, in fact, lock up his fourth National title heading into this weekends race at Martinsville Speedway.

Pulliam’s (688) 19 win season, most of those wins coming at Myrtle Beach Speedway where he won both track and state titles by landslides, was just enough to edge out Huddleston (685) by just three points in the final standings. The fourth national title (12, 13, 15, 17) ties Pulliam with fellow Virginia driver Philip Morris at four, just one behind record holder Larry Phillips.

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Brenden Queen Leads Wire-to-Wire In Route to First Late Model Victory at East Carolina Motor Speedway

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Robersonville, VA ­– Every driver dreams of that one moment in their career when they can finally get that monkey off their back and get in victory lane. What better way to do that than to set the car on the pole and lead every lap – that is exactly what Queen did tonight at East Carolina Motor Speedway. Making just his second start here in his Late Model career – a fourth place finish in the Ronnie Barnett Memorial back in 2015 – snatched the pole away from Thomas Burbage earlier in the afternoon running a 15.302 (88.224 MPH).

“I couldn’t write it any better,” Queen said after the race and after the family celebration. “Sit on the pole and lead every lap in dominating fashion I guess you can say. This is the best feeling in the world by far; I can finally tell everyone I am a late model winner. No feeling in the world even comes close to what I am feeling right now.”

It wasn’t just a walk in the park for the young driver from Chesapeake, Virginia, as he had the likes of Thomas Burbage to deal with on his outside. Burbage, who has run here at East Carolina Motor Speedway long before the NASCAR sanction, gave “Butterbean” a run for his money. “Yea, it was about lap nine my crew chief Phil [7 time Langley Speedway LMSC Champ – 2 time Martinsville winner] told me to keep doing what I was doing and his [Burbage] rotors were already red. I was conserving a little bit there, not trying to go all out yet,” Queen told us. “The longer we ran the farther back he got and eventually we had about a straight away lead and was able to back the pace back a little bit.”

There’s an old saying in racing goes that cautions breed cautions and that was no more true here tonight in, well, just about every division. We were well past half way in this one before we saw our first yellow of the night – debris on the speedway in turn three. “We were prepared to run all 75 laps green,” Queen said. “I felt like we saved enough there though incase we got the yellow but I was really hoping it was going to stay green after we got a straightaway lead so we can just cruise and work the lap traffic.” Queen also made mention of being just a little bit nervous on the restarts there not knowing how much everyone had saved. However, after a lap he was able to pull away from the rest of the field.

Queen leaves here not only with his first career Late Model victory but as the points leader at East Carolina. After a few very solid finishes at South Boston, we asked the young driver to give us an idea on what to expect from him in 2016.

I’m hoping for a lot in 2016,” Queen expressed. “Hoping for a lot more wins, more than just here. I hope we can go win some of the bigger races and even with some of the bigger names in Late Models. As of right now, with Langley not being open, it looks like we will be running the season here at East Carolina, At this rate if we can keep up with the solid finishes and this momentum and keep going after wins. That’s what it’s going to take to get us new sponsors and even to the next level.”

East Carolina Motor Speedway will be back in action next weekend, April 23rd for week number two of the 2016 campaign. Can Brenden make it two-for-two in Carolina or will Tyler Matthews – 2015 North Carolina Rookie of the Year – make the right adjustments to find himself in victory lane. Follow along with us this week, as well as www.ecspeedway.com to keep up with everything leading up to next weekend.

Greg Edwards Victorious In Season Finale – Wins Fifth Championship After A Tie Break

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– It was going to take all but the planets aligning for Greg Edwards to win the track championship this past weekend at Langley Speedway. Edwards entered the weekend ten points behind older brother Danny Edwards, Jr., who had been on fire the last third of the season winning five straight points races in a row to sneak into the points lead. Greg, who had been the man to beat up until June, needed a few things to go in his favor to win the championship; 1) A win, 2) Car count, 3) A hiccup/malfunction from Danny.

Not saying that Greg wished anything bad on his older brother these were just the simple facts if he wanted to win the championship. The motto going into the weekend from the 97.3 The Eagle crew was to go out, win the pole, lead every lap, and win the race – which they did with little to no opposition. Edwards earned the pole earlier in the afternoon after being the only driver to lay down a sub 16-second lap – 15.990 (88.931 MPH) – to be exact! Danny Edwards, Jr., Connor Hall, Nick Smith, and Justin T. Carroll (from Concord, NC) made up the rest of the starting five.

From the drop of the green flag it was very clear, very early that Greg Edwards was not going to be denied the shot to put LaFawnduh – the name that the car earned since she was built – in “The Box.” With step number one completed – Win the Pole – it was time for Edwards to focus on step two – Lead Every Lap. Long story short, we all know that’s what he did, and we are going to credit a large part of that to the man’s ability to get going on restarts. A race that was slowed six times due to cautions made it easy for anyone to “go out on the limb,” take the cone and dive bomb turn one. What’s an easy way to avoid that? Clear the field by the time you get to two, which is just what Edwards did all night. Sometimes even creating a two to three car gap by the time they hit the middle of the backstretch.

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South Boston Releases 2015 Schedule

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South Boston, VA – Track official earlier this week released a full 2015 schedule for the NASCAR Home Track with a pleasant mix of local racing and outside touring divisions. The 2015 schedule will see the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars 15 separate times with a great mix of long distance races and twin features.

On the schedule again this seasons is the PASS Super Late Model series. Again returning twice this season in June & August. Returning again this season will be the ground pounding Southern Modified’s for their 150 lap features. There races are schedule for early April, and September to close out the South Boston season.

Coming back to the schedule is the heavily favorited pre 4th of July celebration that will include a 200 lap feature for the Late Model Stock Car division – I will have to check more into this for you guys but this race should serve again as the first leg of another VA Triple Crown series. Back again this year will be a 100 lap Sportsman feature as well as a 50 lap Pure Stock event followed by fireworks to close out the evening.

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BREAKING: Langley Speedway Modified Points Leader To Pilot Different Car

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Hampton, VA – BREAKING NEWS!  Just got word that Langley Speedway points leader, Shawn Balluzzo will be driving a completely different car this evening in hopes of a record tying seventh division title at the speedway. We were at open practice Thursday evening when the motor on the 48 machine decided it was done for the season, just two days prior to literally and figuratively the biggest race of Balluzzo’s season. The modifieds are set to take the track this evening in a 75 lap “Main Event” so to speak as only 18 points separate Balluzzo from Danny Harrell. It has already been confirmed that 20 modifieds have signed in earlier this morning so the start and park, or present and park idea is well out of the question. Balluzzo has 18 spots on the track as a cushion tonight (Langley awards 26 points for the winner and subtracts one point per position under the leader), but not running the race would be to risky if Harrell were able to pull off a win.

Maryland native and newcomer to the speedway this year (well maybe not to the speedway but new to me) Wayne Hartley has offered his ride to Balluzzo for the evening. Hartley who has been on a steady rise this season, and I honestly mean that, each week the guy gets better and better, befriended Balluzzo earlier this season. Balluzzo being the type of guy he is, has helped Hartley over the season with tips and tricks so to say to help with the car. Maybe this action tonight is his way of saying thank you! The Mods will run second to last tonight so it will give both crews plenty of time to get the car where it needs to be.

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We will be on scene and providing LIVE coverage beginning at 4:30 PM this afternoon. Don’t forget race fans to help get through tonight’s eight race card, the green flag has been moved up to 6:00 PM tonight. Make sure you get to the track early, eight champions will be crowned tonight and you will not want to miss this.