MOFFITT WINS NCWS RACE; PULLIAM SCORES IN LATE MODEL EVENT SOUTH BOSTON, VA -- Brett Moffitt took the lead from Ryan Truex on the 84th lap and held off fellow rookie Ryan Gifford of Lexington, N.C. over the final 15 laps to win the NASCAR...
MOFFITT WINS NCWS RACE; PULLIAM SCORES IN LATE MODEL EVENT
SOUTH BOSTON, VA -- Brett Moffitt took the lead from Ryan Truex on the 84th lap and held off fellow rookie Ryan Gifford of Lexington, N.C. over the final 15 laps to win the NASCAR Camping World East Series 150 here Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Moffitt, who entered the race in second place in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, earned $7,825 for the win. He became the fourth different winner in as many races this season and the third different winner at South Boston Speedway.
Gifford, a development driver for Richard Childress Racing, finished second, 3.691 seconds behind Moffitt.
Truex, driving a Toyota, led twice for a total of 69 laps and finished third after Gifford sped past him with 15 laps to go. Jody Lavender of Mooresville, N.C., the series points leader, finished fourth and retained the series points lead. Max Gresham of Griffin, Ga., making his NCWS debut, finished fifth.
The race was a competitive one with three lead changes between Truex and Moffitt. Moffitt led a total of 81 laps while Truex, the pole winner, led 69 laps.
Moffitt averaged 63.830 mph in the race that was slowed by five caution periods that consumed 26 laps.
Lavender emerged from the race with a 26-point lead over Moffitt.
Pulliam Scores First Career LMSC Win
Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. moved to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division this season looking for big things after having won last year^0x2ce0South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division championship.
Things couldn^0x2d20get any bigger for Pulliam than they did Saturday night when he scored his first career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division win in the 150-lap race that served as the co-feature event with the NASCAR Camping World East Series race.
In a race that had numerous twists and turns, Pulliam inherited the lead on lap 127 when race leaders Nick Smith of Hampton, Va. and Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. tangled while battling for the lead.
From there, he fended off veteran Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va. and Kenny Forbes of Bullock, N.C. over the final 21-lap green-flag run to score his first career NASCAR late Model Stock Car Division win.
With the win, Pulliam became the seventh different winner in nine NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races here this season.
His margin of victory over Johnson was 1.670 second.
David Quackenbush of Lorton, Va. finished fourth and Cash rallied after the mishap with Smith on lap 126 to finish fifth.
Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va., Michael Hardin of Pomfret, Md., and Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va., rounded out the top eight finishers, all of whom finished on the lead lap. Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. and Smith rounded out the top ten finishers.
It was a tough night for the top two drivers in the track^0x2ce0Late Model Stock Car Division points standings. Both points leader Justin Johnson of Durham, N.C. and Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. were sidelined early with engine problems.
McCaskill, one of the race^0x2ce0three leaders, led the first 95 laps of the race.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
The next race at South Boston Speedway will be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Night on Saturday night, June 13.
Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division will headline the five-race program that will also include races for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Southern Vintage Modified Division.
Registration begins and pit gates will open at 12 p.m. Practice will run from 2:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will start at 5:15 p.m. The first race will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Adult admission is $10 with youths ages 7-12 being admitted for $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
For additional information please visit the speedway^0x2ce0website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.