Mechanical problems and bad luck have plagued the 2015 season according to Lee Pulliam. The Late Model Stock ace came into the weekend with 15 wins in a year that could have produced several more.
However he was not to be denied on Saturday night as he swept both 75-lap events at South Boston Speedway (VA) to continue his progress towards a track title, a state title and, if all goes well, another national title.
“We’ve had a great year and it comes with hard work,” said Pulliam. “I have to say hats off to all my guys who work on this car. We’ve had some bad luck at times here at South Boston and hopefully we have gotten that behind us.”
Pulliam set fast time for the twin races and picked up wins number six and seven at the South Boston oval, but he still trails Matt Bowling in the points for the track championship. Despite a higher win total then Bowling, Pulliam has not shown the consistency that his fellow championship contender has show.
“We want to get back into the winner circle,” said Bowling after a second and third-place finish. “We will keep tweaking and hopefully we can find the right combination. We want to be ready when the 200-lapper comes at the end of the month.”
Josh Oakley restarted the second race from the second starting spot. He would lead several laps before giving way to Pulliam and finishing second. Oakley is third in the season long standings.
The 200-lap race that was rained out in July will take place on the August 29. Pulliam is the four-time defending winner of the race, but Matt Bowling is a former Denny Hamlin Showdown winner at SoBo. These two will be the top two dogs when the calendar rolls to that event.
Pulliam’s wins helps pad his lead in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Virginia standings and he could gain a little ground on Keith Rocco in the National standings as Rocco failed to taste victory this weekend in the Northeast.
Speed51.com will have a video recap of this past weekend’s races at South Boston later in the week.
South Boston Speedway will be back in action on August 15 with twin 75-lap Late Model races along with the PASS South Super Late Models. The make-up date for the Late Model Stock 200 and the Limited 100 will be on August 29.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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