- Last Updated on 08:43 AM 03/27/13
- BY Joe Chandler
Philip Morris had the situation he wanted in last Saturday’s 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway.
The 2011 NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion and former South Boston Speedway champion had rallied from his seventh-place starting spot and was perched on the outside of the front row next to race leader Lee Pulliam on the race’s final restart with 11 laps to go in the event.
After a side-by-side battle through the first turn on the restart Pulliam attempted to clear Morris down the backstretch. There was contact between the two cars and Morris found himself pinched into the outside wall.
Pulliam’s momentum allowed him to clear Morris, and he sped to a narrow win, his second in three starts at the .4-mile oval.
“We got it right where we wanted it and just couldn’t finish it off,” Morris said after the race.
“I felt like I could pull up to him when I wanted to. It was just a matter of waiting to the end.”
Morris and the region’s other competitors will get another opportunity Saturday to attempt to put themselves in Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway as South Boston Speedway will host the Easter Bunny NASCAR Whelen Late Model 150 racing program.
Saturday’s event, which will be headlined by a 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division, starts at 2 p.m. Races for the Limited Sportsman Division, Pure Stock Division and the Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association are also slated on the four-race program.
Youngsters attending the race will be able to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt and meet the Easter Bunny prior to the start of the afternoon’s first race.
Pulliam, the reigning NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion, leads South Boston Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division points standings. With wins in two of the track’s first three races of the season, Pulliam leads rookie Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C. by 30 points entering Saturday’s action.
Dennis Holdren of Roanoke sits in third place, 36 points behind Pulliam with Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs and Morris deadlocked in a tie for fourth place, 39 points out of the lead.
Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, the winner of the first two races of the season in the track’s Limited Sportsman Division, leads the division points standings by 14 points over Joey Throckmorton of South Boston.
Daniel Moss of Danville, Mark Simpson of Mosely and Garrett Bunch of Front Royal round out the top five in the division standings entering Saturday’s race.
Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, who is a perfect two-for-two in the win column in the Pure Stock Division, leads the division points standings by 14 points over second-place driver Randy Hupp of Halifax.
Long Island residents Stuart Crews and Eric Crews and Austin Milam of Ringgold round out the top five in the division points standings.
Saturday’s race day schedule calls for pit gates to open at 8 a.m. Practice will go from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Grandstand gates will open at noon. Qualifying time trials will start at 12:45 p.m. and the first race will start at 2 p.m.