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Big bounty up for grabs at Gazette-Virginian race

The talented field of NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will have their eyes on a big prize Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. 

A $1,000 bounty will be on the line Saturday night when America’s Hometown Track hosts The Gazette-Virginian Late Model Twin 75’s racing program. 

The first of five NASCAR Whelen All American Series events that night will get cranked up at 7 p.m. As a special feature of the Gazette-Virginian Late Model Twin 75’s racing program, all emergency services personnel will be admitted for the racing action at the discounted price of $5 per person. 

Lee Pulliam, the current leader in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division standings at South Boston Speedway, has scored 11 victories this season and claimed a win in his last attempt at the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval when there was a $500 bounty on him. 

Pulliam, the defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion and the current leader in the 2013 national title standings, owns a sizable lead in the title chase at South Boston Speedway. 

Prior to last weekend’s event, South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice announced that a $500 bounty would be awarded to driver who could score a victory over Pulliam. 

This weekend, the bounty will grow to $1,000 for the first 75-lap event. 

Rice noted earlier 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 12th victory of the campaign. 

Bobby McCarty is in second place in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division standings at South Boston Speedway. He is 42 points ahead of Austin Thaxton. 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.

 Other races scheduled Saturday night will be events for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a race for the drivers in the touring Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association. 

Danny Willis Jr. leads in the chase for the Limited Sportsman Division championship. Garrett Bunch is second in the standings. He is 16 points ahead of third-place Blake Stallings. Tommy Peregoy is in fourth place in the title chase. He is 13 points behind Stallings and seven points ahead of fifth-place Michael Maresca. 

Joe Allred, who reeled off a pair of wins in his last outing at South Boston Speedway, owns a 32-point advantage over second-place Stuart Crews in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division standings. Austin Milam is third in the standings. He is 22 points behind Crews. Randy Hupp sits in fourth place in the standings. He is 12 points ahead of fifth-place Bruce Mayo. 

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 of the night will start at 7 p.m.