TWICE AS IMPRESSIVE
Pulliam caps historic season with second Bull & Bones Late Model Track Championship- JW Martin
Last weekend, he did it at South Boston Speedway. Sunday evening, he did it at Motor Mile Speedway.
Individually, Lee Pulliam’s track championships are huge. Together, they’re historic.
With a sweep of the CMC Supply Twin 125s, Pulliam accomplished an unprecedented feat: winning track championships at South Boston Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in the same season. Sources tell motormilespeedway.com that in the history of the two venerable short tracks, this is an achievement no other Late Model driver can claim.
“For us to accomplish all this in Late Model, it’s a dream come true for me,” Pulliam said. “I’ve got a lot of good people surrounding me. I’m just the guy that gets to sit behind the wheel. It’s a total team effort.”
After collecting the Price’s Body Shop Pole Award, McCaskill led a race-high 88 laps in the opener before surrendering the point to Pulliam. Driver no. 1 would lead the remainder of the caution-free race uncontested, with McCaskill and Tommy Lemons, Jr. rounding out the top three.
A 10-car inversion shuffled the running order substantially in the nightcap, with Phillip Sisson and Chad Ball landing front row starting positions. Mayhem ensued almost immediately, with Sisson and Kyle Barnes triggering a multi-car crash on the front stretch one lap after the drop of the green flag. Lemons and Dennis Holdren were among those claimed in the carnage.
Josh Berry and Peyton Sellers would exchange the lead in the aftermath. Pulliam eclipsed Sellers for the point on lap 93; the pass proved to be the pass for the win. Sellers placed second, with McCaskill posting third.
Pulliam capped a record-setting season with his second track championship at Motor Mile Speedway, besting Sellers by 20 markers in the Bull & Bones Late Model Stock Car division point standings. Pulliam has collected track championships in each of his two full seasons of competition at MMS.
The newly minted 2013 WHELEN All-American Series national champion also celebrated victory in the Dirty Dozen title race Sunday. Following 12 events at Southern National Motorsports Park and Motor Mile Speedway, Pulliam and McCaskill remained deadlocked at 528 championship points apiece. Based on total wins, the tie-breaker went to Pulliam.
Tommy Lemons, Jr. finished third in the inaugural installment of the Dirty Dozen.
IN OTHER DIVISIONS
Matt Taylor sewed up his third Collision Plus Limited Sportsman track championship Sunday with a fifth place finish in the 50-lap season finale. Karl Budzevski claimed his first win of the season in the feature, with Garrett Bunch and G.R. Waldrop rounding out the podium.
“It means a lot; we’ve put a lot of work into this thing,” Taylor said.
Wins propelled Scooter Hollandsworth and Chucky Williams to maiden track titles; Hollandsworth snared his first Carpet Factory Outlet Street Stock division title with a visit to victory lane over championship challenger Jessica Harmon and Ron Ponton.
“This means a ton,” Hollandsworth said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win some championships in UCARS. I’ve been chasing this one for four years; we would either be hot at the beginning of the season or hot at the end, but we never could put it all together. I’m just relieved and blessed.”
Williams claimed his first New River Nissan track championship by notching the victory over podium finishers Drew Holdren and Steve Cannaday.
“Oh, it’s awesome,” an emotional Williams said from victory lane. “We’ve been trying for four years. Man, it’s awesome. These guys are great.”
A white-knuckle, last lap pass on Ryan Cox vaulted Ricky Howell, Jr. to victory in the final race of the season in UCAR competition. Rodney Howell and Charles Smith placed second and third, respectively after Cox’s no. 14 was disqualified in post-race inspection.
Motor Mile Speedway congratulates our 2013 Track Champions: Lee Pulliam, Matt Taylor, Chucky Williams & Scooter Hollandsworth