Haley Moody and Lee Pulliam have both enjoyed success at Southern National Motorsports Park. Now, the two drivers are teaming up in the Late Model Stock Car portion of the Dogwood 300.
Moody, 22, from Kinston, North Carolina, won the Limited Late Model championship at Southern National Motorsports Park in 2014 – scoring three wins that season. She has only raced part-time since, but racing for Pulliam gives her all the confidence she needs to win.
“I’m excited to be working with such a successful driver and team,” Moody said. “All their wins show they are the best of the best and I know they can all help me a ton. I think Lee can really help me grow as a driver and we will work very well together.”
Pulliam, 28, from Semora, North Carolina, is a three-time NASCAR WHELEN All-American Series national champion. He has won numerous races at Southern National Motorsports Park since the track reopened under the ownership of Michael Diaz in 2012.
“I’m very honored to have this opportunity to work with Lee,” Moody continued. “I can’t wait to get in the car next week and get prepared for the weekend. I’m hoping we can get a 1-2 finish for Lee Pulliam Performance next Saturday.”
Moody has looked up to Pulliam, who has become one of the most successful drivers ever on the Late Model Stock Car scene, throughout her racing career. Moody’s father, the late Jerry Moody, and Pulliam got along well. Whether it was helping with cars or just casually chatting, the Moodys and Pulliam always got along.
“Lee has always been one to come up to me and my dad at the track,” Moody remarked. “He would ask if there was anything we needed. I know my dad would be proud and excited that I’m racing for Lee. He thought a lot of him.”
Pulliam has not just established success as a driver, but as a car owner and crew chief as well. In 2015, he coached Julia Landauer to a Limited Sportsman championship at Motor Mile Speedway. Landauer went on to race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Last year, Pulliam had success again with Amber Balcaen racing for him at Motor Mile Speedway.
“Our development deal is really good,” Pulliam said in an article featured on Popular Speed recently. “You know, we moved Julia Landauer up a couple years ago and Amber Balcaen, she’s going to run some this year in the K&N Series. So, we’ve had a lot of success. Dalton Sargeant, Kaz Grala, a lot of people have come through here. It’s just really fun when you can work with great drivers like that and help them move up the ranks. It says a lot about my guys and the program I have here so hopefully we can continue that on.”
Along with the announcement that she will be racing for Pulliam, Haley Moody was also recently announced as a semifinalist in the Kulwicki Driver Development Program, a program that has surged in popularity and played a role in the career of rising Super Late Model star Ty Majeski.
Pulliam and Moody will both be in competition in the 150 lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at Southern National Motorsports Park on March 4th, part of the Dogwood 300. The event also features racing for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model touring series.
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