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Video: Lee Pulliam, Philip Morris incident leads to crew chief jumping into and being thrown from a car at South Boston

The second half of the Twin 75s at South Boston Speedway turned violent and controversial

Caleb Whisler | STS

Tempers flared in the second Twin-75 on Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway between Philip Morris and Lee Pulliam following a racing incident in the closing laps.

With five laps to go, Peyton Sellers, Lee Pulliam and Phillip Morris were battling for the lead after a late race restart.

Earlier in the race, Morris was involved in another incident and had trouble getting back to the front due to the slick conditions brought forth by the Whelen Modified Tour rubber.

Morris found an opening left by Pulliam and decided to fill it, but Pulliam closed the gap. By the time they made it to Turn 3, Morris spun off Pulliam’s nose.

“When we went back green, we were better than those guys,” Morris said. “Lee opened a hole and then came down. We had very mild contact. When we got up to Turn 3, he just dumped me. I wasn’t expecting it. I thought he had matured more than that. It happens. At least you know what to expect from now on.”

Due to the length of the cleanup, the field was stopped in Turns 1 and 2.

This is where things got wild.

Morris’ crew chief Forrest Reynolds ran to the passenger side of Pulliam’s car to rip out the ignition box; however, Pulliam jumped on the throttle and sent his newfound passenger tumbling down to the race track. The move by Pulliam led to a fight in the pits.

The tweet below shows Reynolds running onto a hot track under redflag conditions and reaching into the Kiker No. 5 driven by Pulliam.

For Morris, he did not believe that the racing deal would have turned into dumping each other.

“To me, we were racing. I didn’t know we were dumping each other,” he said.  “I thought that was all over years in the past. Forrest has him beat on chassis. I guess he can dish it out but can’t take it. Our cars are good right now. He is having to swallow a bitter pill right now, but that is what we are here for.

“We are here to race, not crash and kill each other. I don’t know. It shocked me more than it did anybody. I was looking at Peyton and trying to take the lead. I didn’t have any idea that he was going to do that. It’s racing. You put it all out there and do the best you can.”

Pulliam declined to comment. He was sent to the rear following the incident.

Sellers emerged with the win — the first of the year for the reigning track champion.

Track officials immediately ejected Reynolds but no other penalties were announced.

The box office appeal for South Boston Speedway this season was billed as a heavyweight showdown between Sellers, Pulliam and Morris — the owners of 11 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championships.

The showdown after two weeks is a slugfest.

Well that was smart!

Posted by Jeffery Martin on Saturday, March 30, 2019

Short Track Scene editor Matt Weaver contributed to this post

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Marshall haines

    March 30, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    wow wish it was on fanchoicetv

  2. Rose

    March 31, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I wonder how far the track is from CT. I love that style car.

  3. Anonymous

    March 31, 2019 at 11:41 am

    yee haw

  4. James Chapman

    April 5, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    NASCAR announced that the crew chief is basically suspended for the remainder of the year (NASCAR license revoked an ineligible for reinstatement until 2020). The driver of the crew cheif’s car is suspended until he pays a $1000 fine.

    Meanwhile Pulliam gets off with a $1500 fine and a two week suspension. I personally feel both the crew chief and Pulliam should be suspended for at least the remainder of the calendar year.

    Yes the crew chief made a completely stupid decision to go onto the racing surface and approach another competitors vehicle, but the actions of Pulliam were, in my opinion, even more reckless and dangerous. His action had the potential to cause great bodily harm or death. He knowingly started his car and accelerated quickly with another individual inside the vehicle.

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