Special to the Register & Bee
SOUTH BOSTON — Lee Pulliam now is the driver with the hot hand at South Boston Speedway.
The four-time former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion swept Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races, the main event of the Davenport Energy NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.
Saturday night’s sweep gave Pulliam three wins in a row and a total of five victories this season at SBS.
The Alton resident started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the first 75-lap race, edging former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Peyton Sellers, of Danville, by 1.317-seconds.
Because the top finishers of the first race were inverted, Pulliam started eighth in the nightcap, but quickly sped to the front of the pack. A caution on lap 13 allowed Pulliam to restart the race on the front row beside race leader Mike Jones, of South Boston.
Pulliam and Jones battled hard for the lead for nine laps before Pulliam was able to make the pass for the lead on lap 22. The race’s third caution flag set up a second side-by-side restart for Pulliam and Jones. A good launch on the restart allowed Pulliam to clear Jones, and once in front, Pulliam never relinquished the lead.
Sellers took over second place from Austin Thaxton, of South Boston, on lap 47 and set sail after Pulliam. Pulliam began inching away from Sellers in the closing laps and edged Sellers by 1.209-seconds at the finish.
Thaxton finished third in both races. Jeb Burton, of Halifax, driving a car owned by Sellers, finished fourth in the first race with Daniel Silvestri, of Great Falls, rounding out the top-five finishers.
Thomas Scott, of Efland, North Carolina, finished fourth in the second race, with Burton rounding out the top-five finishers.
Four caution flags dotted the first race, and three caution flags slowed the pace in the second race.
Danny Willis, of South Boston, slipped past teenager Jacob Borst, of Elon, North Carolina, with seven laps to go and held on to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
Willis edged Borst by a slim .313-second margin at the finish to score his fifth win of the season and to lead the division in wins.
Borst finished second with Drew Dawson, of Nathalie; J.D. Eversole, of North Chesterfield; and teenager Landon Pembelton, of Amelia, complete the top-five finishers.
Nathan Crews, of Long Island, rallied from his fifth starting position to take the lead from Johnny Layne, of Nathalie, on the seventh lap and went on to win the the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
A late caution period set up a seven-lap dash to the finish, with Crews taking the win over Randy Hupp, of Halifax, by .574-second. The win was Crews’ seventh of the season.
Bruce Mayo, of Halifax; Justin Dawson, of Nathalie; and Jimmy Wade, of Halifax, rounded out the top-five finishers.
Division points leader Kevin Currin, of Chase City, took the lead from Tyler Stanley, of South Boston, on the seventh lap and held on to win the night’s 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.
The win was the third of the season for Currin, and it allowed him to pull into a tie with Steven Layne, of Nathalie, for the most wins in the division this season.
Layne finished second and Andrea Ruotolo-Sarnataro, of South Boston, finishing third. Stanley finished fourth and newcomer Bobby Talbard rounded out the top-five finishers.
Six races are slated when NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 with running of the NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.
A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the program. Also included in the night’s action are twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the competitors of the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.
Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m., practice runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Learn more at www.south bostonspeedway.com or call (434) 572-4947 or (877) 440-1540.