When Lee Pulliam shows up to a Late Model Stock Car race, the other racers in the pit area know that he will be the driver to beat. That proved to be true once again on Saturday afternoon as Pulliam took the field to “tire conservation” school in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC).
During the early stages of the 75-lap race, Pulliam rode near the back half of the top 10 as the field saw over eight lead changes with local track champion Sam Yarbrough leading a majority of the laps. With 15 laps remaining Pulliam pulled the trigger and worked his way back to the front of the field. Lapped traffic played as an advantage to Pulliam as he reeled in and passed Sam Yarbrough for the lead with nine laps remaining.
“We worked really hard getting better; we won the first time we were here then struggled after that so I am glad to be running better again here at the Beach,” Pulliam said in his Victory Lane interview on FansChoice.tv.
This win for Pulliam was a little more on the sentimental side as he recognized and paid tribute to the passing of long-time Myrtle Beach official Terry Lee.
“Lots of heavy hearts here with the passing of Terry Lee, this wins for him,” Pulliam stated.
Just three months into the 2017 season, Pulliam is already on a hot streak. He is currently the only driver to win a Late Model race at Myrtle Beach Speedway this season after also capturing the Icebreaker win in February. Additionally, Pulliam found himself in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) two weekends ago.
If three NASCAR Whelen All American National Championships isn’t enough, it would be no surprise to see Pulliam compete for a fourth. As an additional bonus, he is also already locked into the Myrtle Beach 400 later on in the year if he competes in three more of Myrtle Beach’s “Beach Madness” races.
Yarbrough, who led more laps than any other driver Saturday, finished second to Pulliam. Brian Vause, Justin Milliken and Jeremy McDowell completed the top five.
On-demand coverage of Saturday’s Late Model Stock Car race at Myrtle Beach Speedway can be found by visiting Speed51.com’s Trackside Now presented by JRi Shocks.
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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