The dream season came to an end for Julia Landauer at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA. The final checkered flag flew on the season and the 23-year-old driver who originally is from New York, NY sailed under the flag in the third position.
Her performance was not enough for a win on this night, but it was enough to claim the 2015 Limited Sportsman Champion at the historic oval.
“This has been an amazing season,” Landauer said to Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We started off a lot stronger than I thought we would have this season by getting two wins. We rode that momentum and finished strong to get the championship. Tonight it was not about winning the race as much as it was about making sure we finished.”
The night got off to a rough start when Landauer tagged the wall on the first lap and white walled her tires.
“I got into the wall on lap one and I almost thought I ruined things,” admitted Landauer. “From there we got into the top three and we let the leaders go and battle for the win. I didn’t want to push it too hard because I knew we couldn’t take any chances.”
The championship is the first for a female driver in the Limited Sportsman class at Motor Mile. It was also a championship for Lee Pulliam Performance as the NASCAR Whelen All American Series champion works on the car and was in victory lane to share the win.
Words can’t describe how amazing I feel right now,” added Landauer. “To win it for this team and Lee Pulliam Performance is amazing. Lee is a dedicated driver and I am proud to bring him an owner’s championship. It was just a great combination of equipment, driver and crew chief to win the championship.”
“She’s been doing a great job and she just played it really smart tonight,” said car owner Lee Pulliam. “She had me stressing out on the first lap when she got a little too close to the wall, but she did what she needed to do to get the job done.”
The season at this time is in the books for Landauer, but there are already plans to work on funding for next year. Perhaps it will be in a Late Model Stock Car or even in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division.
By Elgin Traylor – Correspondent, Speed51.com – Twitter: @elgintraylor