Late Model Stock Cars and Tour-type Modifieds will make their way to Myrtle Beach Speedway this weekend for the UNOH Battle at the Beach. Speed51.com’s resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the race “by the numbers.”
3: It’s been three years and three podium finishes for Lee Pulliam at Myrtle Beach. Very much like Martinsville, if Pulliam is not in victory lane chances are he is in the mix at the end.
4: Frank Deiny Jr. is the only four-time winner of this race. He is also the only driver to finish in the top five on five different occasions.
12: There were 12 different winners this season in Late Model action at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 16 races. That leads us to believe that this weekend’s action could be some of the best yet.
19: There have been 19 different winners in this race in 24 attempts. The parody in the race is one thing that always seems to make it worth wild.
20: Sam Yarbrough is a former Myrtle Beach 400 winner and a multi-time track champion. He will be one to watch in the main event. He has a second-place finish in the event along with a fourth last year.
24: This will be the 24th running of the Myrtle Beach event. It was a Super Late Model event in the early years before it become one of the biggest Late Model Stock Car events in the county.
27: Perhaps the smart money is on Tommy Lemons Jr. who won the pole and led 127 laps in the race a year ago. Lemons returned in the spring and won the big event at Myrtle Beach. Now he’s looking to finish off the season with a win at the beach.
48: Last year the race drew 48 cars which was one of the lowest totals in recent history. At least 50 cars have attempted back to 2008 where not all record are available.
88: Josh Berry has had a fine season and he looks to add another big win to it. With eight NASCAR wins, five on the CARS Tour and another at Hickory, Berry looks for a 15th win this season. A Myrtle Beach 400 could be in the cards after he missed a shot at Martinsville.
2013: Lee Pulliam really kicked off his career with Kiker Motorsports by winning this event in 2013. Pulliam has been a terror on the Late Model Stock ranks ever since.
Keep an Eye on: Berry’s JR Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes has been constant all year and maybe he will have saved the best for last. Eckes had several strong runs and was fourth in CARS points with five top five runs.
Cinderella Again: Mike Looney will likely be tracking to Myrtle Beach after letting the whole world know that dreamers can still dream and win. After his upset win at Martinsville, Looney will look to win Myrtle Beach for the first time in his career.
2015 Myatt Snider
2014 Travis Swaim
2013 Lee Pulliam
2012 Anthony Anders
2011 Garrett Campbell
2010 Frank Deiny Jr.
2009 Lucas Ransone
2008 Jamey Caudill
2007 Sam Yarbrough
2006 Frank Deiny Jr.
2005 Frank Deiny Jr.
2004 Frank Deiny Jr.
2003 Timothy Peters
2002 Robert Powell
2001 Robert Powell
2000 Greg Edwards
1999 Scott Riggs
1998 Stephen Grimes
1997 David Blankenship
1996 Jay Fogleman
1995 Freddie Query
1994 Gary St. Amant
1993 Jody Ridley