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Bounty grows to $1,000 for Gazette race

After defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion and South Boston Speedway points leader Lee Pulliam thwarted all of the bounty hunters at the last event, South Boston Speedway officials are upping the ante.

South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice has announced that a $1,000 bounty will be put on Pulliam for Saturday night’s Gazette-Virginian Late Model Twin 75’s racing program

The first of Saturday night’s five NASCAR Whelen All American Series events will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Saturday night’s featured attractions will be a pair of 75-lap races for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division.

Pulliam scored his 11th win of the season at South Boston Speedway on July 20. Prior to that event, Rice announced that a $500 bounty would be awarded to the driver who could score a victory over Pulliam.

The Semora, N.C. resident won that race in exciting fashion, therefore, the bounty will grow to $1,000 for the first 75-lap event.

Rice noted that Pulliam must still be competing at the end of the race for a driver to claim the bounty. She added that Pulliam can 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 12th victory of the campaign.

Pulliam holds a commanding lead over division rookie, Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C.
in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car
Division standings at South Boston Speedway.

McCarty is 42 points ahead of Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs. Dustin Storm is fourth in the standings and is just 10 points behind Thaxton. Former multi-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Philip Morris rounds out the top five in the standings. He is six points behind Storm.

Also scheduled Saturday night are races for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and an event for the drivers in the touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association.

 Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs has opened up a comfortable lead in the chase for the Limited Sportsman Division crown. Garrett Bunch is second in the standings, and is 16 points ahead of third-place Blake Stallings.

Tommy Peregoy is fourth in the Limited Sportsman title chase. He is 13 points behind Stallings and seven points ahead of fifth-place Michael Maresca.

In the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, Joe Allred, who is coming off a pair of wins, owns a 32-point advantage over second-place Stuart Crews. Austin Milam is third in the standings. He is 22 points behind Crews.

Randy Hupp of Halifax sits in fourth place in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division standings. He is 12 points ahead of fifth-place Bruce Mayo of Halifax.

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 at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials to set the starting grids for the night of racing will roll off at 5:30 p.m. The first race will start at 7 p.m.