Thornburg, VA – Dominon Raceway announced on Tuesday evening that Hermie Sadler will be the MC for the night of the W.O. Grubb 150 that will help kick off the Richmond race weekend for the second year in a row.
Along with the special MC some out of town drivers will be running for the big prize along with state and national NASCAR points that could decide both the state and national titles. Lee Pulliam is fighting for his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title, which would tie him up with Phillip Morris for most national titles in the series, where he has a one point lead over Trevor Huddleston out of California. Morris has a sizable lead in the state race over Peyton Sellers who is also on the entry list and has a few DR wins on the season already.
The 150-lap race will be one of the biggest winning purses in the region for late model racing giving the winner $10,000 for taking the checkers. As an added bonus, anyone who enters the W.O. Grubb 150 who also runs The Big 1 will qualify to win an extra $2,000 if they win the second 150-lap race. Both races will have no competition cautions or a break and all caution laps will count.
To help fill the line-up out on the night the INEX Legends and Bandos will run again after taking a break for a couple race weekends along with the UCARs and Dominion Stocks. The pre-race ceremonies look to start off at 6:55 with the green flag flying at 7:00 PM.
Preliminary Entry List
#01 Sergio Pena
#01 Phillip Morris
#03 Brenden Queen
#4 Timmy Phipps
#5 Lee Pulliam
#5 Billy Morris
#7 Michael Hardin
#07 Richard Storm
#8 Tyler Hughes
#11 Jeff Oakley
#12 Nick Smith
#16 Chandler Sherman
#17 Scott Puryear
#24 Colin Garrett
#24 Chris Johnson
#25 Robert Bruce
#26 Peyton Sellers
#51 Ray Terczak
#57 Eddie Johnson
#77 Logan Jones
#82 Mike Ganoe
#82 Cameron Burke
#83 Matt Bowling
#88 Doug Barnes
Daytona Beach, Florida – Lee Pulliam, driver of the #5 Kiker Motorsports LMSC, has raced just about everywhere this past month with the exception of the moon! After pulling weekends full of double duty, traveling to different states, Lee Pulliam as climbed back on top of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National points standings.
A first and third place finish at South Boston Speedway on Saturday then a pair of victories at Caraway Speedway on Sunday was good enough to launch Pulliam to the top spot. The three wins brought the two-time national champ to a total of 25 wins in 44 starts for the 2015 and a ten-point advantage over Thomas Tillison, Jr.
Tillison, who races in the dirt modified division at Salina Highbanks Speedway and Flint Creek Speedway in his home state of Oklahoma. Tillison lost ground in the national standings with both of his home tracks not running over Labor Day weekend. Sporting 14 wins in just 26 starts, Tillison is also leading the Jostens Rookie of the Year national standings.
The NWAAS National Points season will wrap things up here in the next two weeks concluding on Sunday, September 20th. Drivers are scored by their 18 best, NASCAR sanctioned points finishes. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower – a feat that I have not seen happen in person yet this year.
Photo Credit: Andy Marquis/RACE22.com
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.