To say Lee Pulliam had a long weekend would be an understatement.
Competing in five races in three days was enough to leave any man tired, but Pulliam did it at three different tracks in three different states. The journey was one that left him with an extra 1000 miles racked up on truck and trailer to capture three more full-field wins to all but lock up his third NASCAR Whelen All American Series National title.
Official points will not be released by NASCAR until Tuesday, but after sweeping the twin features at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) on Sunday and winning one of two at Motor Mile Speedway (VA) on Saturday, the Pulliam team did all they could this past weekend to help their cause.
“I think everyone is a little tired after the effort we have put in this past weekend,” said Pulliam. “We can get sleep when this whole thing is over.”
The battle is not over. Pulliam still has two races left this weekend at South Boston Speedway (VA) and picking up two more wins is the best way to take care of business to ensure the championship.
“A second win would have really helped us at Motor Mile,” added Pulliam. “I have been truly blessed to have the success that I have had not just at Motor Mile, but all around. It’s really been unbelievable because I can remember the time of just wanting to race and not even thinking about winning as many races as we have.”
The crew made the call to travel to Southern National to run two more races to help his point total after learning about the results of Thomas Tillison Jr., who is Pulliam’s stiffest competition in the battle for the national championship.
Those two extra races at Southern National turned into full field wins to go along with the first at Motor Mile making it a big weekend for Pulliam.
No matter the outcome Pulliam has called this year’s championship battle hands down the most interesting points battle he’s been involved in since he started contending for the honors.
“This has been different having to come from behind like we have,” said Pulliam. “One of the championships that we won we had it locked up with a few weeks to go, and now this one will be close to the end. There is a lot of pressure to perform and that’s on both me and Tillison out west.”
The closest challenger to Pulliam is TIllison, who finished second on Friday night and was a winner from the 10th starting spot on Saturday at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma.
Pulliam now has 49 starts at seven different tracks in four different states. He has run his win total up to 28 which is one more than his 27 during his last championship season of 2013 and his total of 25 from last year.
Pulliam’s Weekend Recap
Friday – Finished fifth in a full field at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC). It was Pulliam’s first trip to the track.
Saturday – Won race one at Motor Mile Speedway (VA) and clinched track title. In race two he finished second to Matt Bowling
Sunday – Won both races at Southern National Speedway (NC)
-By Elgin Traylor – Correspondent, Speed51.com – Twitter: @elgintraylor
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