- Last Updated on 08:07 AM 07/17/13
- BY Tim Chandler/South Boston Speedway
The hunt begins Saturday night at South Boston Speedway — bounty hunting, that is.
Defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam has been dominant at South Boston Speedway throughout the 2013 season.
In amassing a substantial lead in the chase for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division championship at America’s Hometown Track, Pulliam has reeled off 10 victories.
Overall for the campaign, Pulliam, who is chasing a second consecutive NASCAR Whelen All American Series national crown, has piled up 16 triumphs.
Therefore, speedway officials have announced that a $500 bounty will be placed on Pulliam this weekend during the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model 150 racing program.
South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice announced the $500 bounty this week. Any driver who can score a victory over Pulliam can collect the bounty.
Rice noted that Pulliam must still be competing at the end of the race for a driver to claim the bounty, and she added that Pulliam can also claim the bounty if he elects to start from the rear of the field and attempt to work his way to the front to score his 11th victory of the campaign on the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval.
The 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division race is one of four action-packed events slated Saturday as part of the SVHEC NASCAR Late Model 150 racing program. The first of the four events will get underway at 7 p.m.
The Limited Sportsman Division will also be in action Saturday night, and the Budweiser Pure Stock Division competitors will battle it out in twin races this weekend.
While Pulliam owns a whopping lead in the Late Model Stock Car Division standings, Bobby McCarty sits in second place. He is 26 points ahead of former multi-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series
national champion Philip Morris.
Austin Thaxton owns the fourth-place spot in the standings, but he is only two points ahead of fifth-place Dustin Storm.
Danny Willis Jr. continues to lead the way in the chase for the Limited Sportsman Division championship.
Garrett Bunch is second in the Limited Sportsman ranks. He is 15 points ahead of third-place Tommy Peregoy. Blake Stallings is fourth in the standings and has only a one-point edge over fifth-place Michael Maresca.
In the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, Joe Allred has opened an 18-point edge over second-place Stuart Crews in the battle for the championship.
Austin Milam is third in the standings, 14 points behind Crews and 14 points ahead of fourth-place Randy Hupp.
Pit gates will open Saturday at 1 p.m. and practice for all divisions will be held from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Grandstand gates will open Saturday at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials to set the starting grids for the day of racing will roll off at 5:30 p.m. The first race will get the green flag at 7 p.m.