Pulliam Sweeps Back to School Night at the Races

Lucama, NC -- Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam hasn’t run the full season at Southern National Motorsports Park, but has been dominant in the races he’s started.  Saturday night, it was once again Pulliam’s time to shine.

In the first of two Late Model Stock twin-50 lap races, Pulliam edged track point leader Tommy Lemons Jr. in Sunoco Race Fuels qualifying by a mere .018 seconds.  Once the green flag flew, though, it was clearly Pulliam with the dominant car while the field battled for position behind him.  Myatt Snider moved his way toward the front, but couldn’t catch Pulliam, as Pulliam won the first 50 lap race.  Snider finished second, edging David Garbo Jr., who took third.  Payton Ryan, in his return to SNMP, finished four, while Mike Darne finished fifth.

An eight-car invert from the first race put K&N East driver Kaz Grala on the front row, alongside Ricky Jones III.  Grala led early, but Tommy Lemons Jr. gained the upper hand after a Lap 3 restart.  Lemons held the lead until Lap 31, when a hard-charging Lee Pulliam slipped past.  A late restart gave Lemons one last attempt to win, but Lemons could do no better than third, as Pulliam won the second half of the Late Model double-header.  Mike Darne ran up front for the bulk of the race and finished in second, while Jonathan Cash finished fourth and Jones fifth.

With Tommy Lemons Jr. finishing strong in Race 2, and Myatt Snider having trouble after a mid-race spin, Lemons has opened up a 78 point advantage over Snider.  Mike Darne continues to sit third, but now is only eight points behind Snider, while Pulliam moves back up to fourth.  Ryan Wilson is fifth.

August 23 is the birthday of Limited Late Model driver Rusty Daniels, and he celebrated in as big of a way as he could.  Daniels set the fast time in qualifying, and dominated from the pole in the first half of the Limited Late Model double-header.  Behind him, Andrew Grady, Ronald Refnrow and Ross Dalton all battled for position.  Daniels won easily, with Dalton finishing second.  Grady, Haley Moody and Ronald Renfrow rounded out the top five.

A full-field invert placed Tyler Mathews and Travis Green on the front row of the second Limited Late Model race.  Mathews led early, pulling away while Dalton, Moody and Grady all battled behind him.  At just past halfway, Moody caught Mathews, making her pass for the lead on Lap 14.  From there, Dalton and Daniels both gave chase, and while both drivers closed the gap on Moody, it was Moody’s race.  Haley Moody took her second win of 2014, with Dalton finishing second, Daniels third, Grady fourth and Renfrow fifth.

Point leader Wayne Goss sat on the pole in the first of two Charger races, but Michael O’Brien quickly took the lead.  O’Brien, who had won the previous two Charger division races, pulled away from the field, as Gerald Benton and Tom Sauls wrestled for position. Sauls eventually took advantage, and while O’Brien found victory lane for the third time in three races, Sauls scored a season-best second place finish.  Jeremy Bohne finished third, despite not taking any practice or qualifying laps.

In the second Charger race, Paul Williamson sat on the front row with Wayne Goss, but once again it was Goss taking the early advantage.  Goss held the lead for the first 18 laps before succumbing to the advances of Charger rookie Jeremy Bohne.  Bohne held off a late charge by Michael O’Brien to win his first ever Charger race.  O’Brien took second, while Tom Sauls finished third.

In Ultimate Body Shop UCARs, James Stroud and Tyler Horne continued their season-long point battle.  With Horne finishing sixth in the first race, along with Stroud finishing right behind Horne on the podium in the second, Stroud left Southern National Saturday night with a 12 point advantage over Horne.  In Race 1, Joseph Pittman battled with Stroud, finishing second with Ronnie Jones finishing third.  In the second 20 lap event, Stroud held off a hard-charging Mickey Conner to take second, while Connor finished third.

Greg Barnette once again dominated the 25 lap Street Stock event, holding off a late charge by Kyle Smith, while Blaise Brinkley won from the pole in Bandoleros, keeping Henry Broadbent Jr. back.

Racing returns to Southern National Motorsports Park this Saturday, August 30, with the Labor Day Bike Night at the Races.  The night’s action will feature twin 50 lap Late Model Stock races, with Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Ultimate Body Shop UCARS, Legends and Bandoleros all racing as well.  There will also be a motorcycle show with trophies supplied by Shelton’s Harley Davidson of Goldsboro.  The bike show is open to all riders, and the $10 entry covers both the bike show entry and admission to the night’s race.  Tickets for the night’s action are $15 for adults (16+), $12 for seniors and military (with valid ID) and students 13-15, $6 for kids 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.  For more information, surf to www.snmpark.com or call the track office at 919-284-1114.

 

Results:

Late Model Stocks - 50 laps (Race 1)
1. 5 - Lee Pulliam
2. 2 - Myatt Snider
3. 8 - David Garbo Jr.
4. 23b- Payton Ryan
5. 14 - Mike Darne
6. 27 - Tommy Lemons Jr.
7. 38 - Ricky Jones III
8. 31 - Kaz Grala
9. 41 - Rusty Skewes
10. 12 - Ryan Wilson
11. 23 - JOnathan Findley
12. 54 - Michael Fose
13. 20 - Jonathan Cash
14. 74 - Ronald Hill
15. 42 - Craig Stallard
16. 29 - Melvin Langley
17. 27b- Tommy Lemons Sr.
18. 5b - Matt Taylor

Late Model Stocks - 50 laps (Race 2)
1. 5 - Lee Pulliam
2. 14 - Mike Darne
3. 27 - Tommy Lemons Jr.
4. 20 - Jonathan Cash
5. 38 - Ricky Jones III
6. 31 - Kaz Grala
7. 12 - Ryan Wilson
8. 54 - Michael Fose
9. 74 - Ronald Hill
10. 41 - Rusty Skewes
11. 8 - David Garbo Jr.
12. 42 - Craig Stallard
13. 29 - Melvin Langley
14. 2 - Myatt Snider
15. 23b- Payton Ryan
16. 23 - Jonathan Findley
17. 27b- Tommy Lemons Sr.
18. 5b - Matt Taylor

Limited Late Models - 35 laps (Race 1)
1. 16 - Rusty Daniels
2. 50d- Ross Dalton
3. 1 - Andrew Grady
4. 50 - Haley Moody
5. 07 - Ronald Renfrow
6. 7 - Dillon Spain
7. 42 - Travis Greene
8. 63 - Tyler Mathews

Limited Late Models - 35 laps (Race 2)
1. 50 - Haley Moody
2. 50b- Ross Dalton
3. 16 - Rusty Daniels
4. 1 - Andrew Grady
5. 07 - Ronald Renfrow
6. 63 - Tyler Mathews
7. 7 - Dillon Spain
8. 52 - Travis Greene

Chargers - 30 laps (Race 1)
1. 61 - Michael O'Brien
2. 45 - Tom Sauls
3. 72 - Jeremy Bohne
4. 55 - Gerald Benton
5. 31 - Wayne Goss
6. 29 - Paul Williamson
7. 77 - Nicholas Fulgham

Chargers - 30 laps (Race 2)
1. 72 - Jeremy Bohne
2. 61 - Michael O'Brien
3. 45 - Tom Sauls
4. 31 - Wayne Goss
5. 29 - Paul Williamson
6. 55 - Gerald Benton
7. 77 - Nicholas Fulgham

Street Stock - 25 laps
1. 8 - Greg Barnette
2. 01 - Kyle Smith
3. 37 - Chet Christman
4. 39 - Marc Jones

Ultimate Body Shop UCARs - 20 laps (Race 1)
1. 4 - James Stroud
2. 08 - Joseph Pittman
3. 1 - Ronnie Jones
4. 99 - Mickey Connor
5. 00 - Aaron Crumpler
6. 28 - Tyler Horne
7. 24 - Lee Horner
8. 86 - Brandon Allen
9. 14 - David Wiggins
10. 03 - Greg Wood
11. 01 - Chad Scott
12. 25 - Pete Hollowell
13. 19 - Mason Diaz
14. 6 - Daniel Damato

Ultimate Body Shop UCARs - 20 laps (Race 2)
1. 28 - Tyler Horne
2. 4 - James Stroud
3. 99r- Micky Connor
4. 08 - Joseph Pittman
5. 14 - David Wiggins
6. 1 - Ronnie Jones
7. 00 - Aaron Crumpler
8. 86 - Brandon Allen
9. 24 - Lee Horner
10. 03 - Greg Wood
11. 04 - David Garbo Jr.
12. 01 - Chad Scott
13. 19 - Mason Diaz
14. 6 - Daniel Damato
15. 25 - Pete Hollowell

Bandoleros - 15 laps
1. 24 - Blaise Brinkley
2. 74 - Henry Broadbent Jr.
3. 81 - Kailey Murray
4. 81g- Lindsey Rifenburg
5. 51 - Ethan Johnson
6. 47 - Xander Broadbent

Sunoco Race Fuels Pole Awards
Presented by Sparks Oil Co.
Late Model Stock: Lee Pulliam - 15.582
Limited Late Model: Rusty Daniels - 16.025
Charger: Wayne Goss - 16.626
Street Stock: Greg Barnette - 17.430
UCAR: James Stroud - 18.392
Bandolero: Blaise Brinkley - 21.310

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