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Andrew Grady flipped the script in the first of two Late Model Stock Car races at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night, holding off a field which included three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam to score the victory.

The Knightdale, North Carolina driver had plenty of confidence entering the race after setting the fast lap in qualifying over teammate Jonathan Findley and Lee Pulliam. Grady led from the drop of the green flag all the way to the drop of the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2017 season and one of the biggest wins of his racing career.

“I’m speechless right now and I always talk a lot,” Grady said in victory lane after the race. “Last race, we destroyed this car on the frontstretch. Mike Darne Racing, Dennis Brock and all my guys rebuilt it inside of 24 hours, came out here tonight, sat on the pole, led flag-to-flag. I battled with Mr. Three-Time National Champion tonight. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Trevor Noles finished the race in the second position while Jonathan Findley, Mason Diaz and Rusty Daniels rounded out the top-five. The first race was red flagged after a multi-car incident took place on the backstretch, concluding with Haley Moody, who tried to avoid the accident that broke out in front of her, on top of the car driven by Jeff Oakley. Both drivers were okay after the crash.

Lee Pulliam, who came to Southern National needing to win races in his quest to win a fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, picked up the victory in the second 40 lap race. However, the attrition from the first race eliminated six cars from the starting lineup for the second race, rendering the win ineffective in his chase for the national championship.

“Competition was great tonight,” Pulliam said. “We thought we had a shot to win that first race and we hit a piece of lead there and knocked the duct work in and messed the kick out pretty bad. Just glad nobody got hurt there, it was a big piece of lead that damaged the car up pretty good. The guys worked their butts off to get the car ready for the second race.

“It wasn’t perfect but it was good enough to get it done and, had a great field.”

Trevor Noles finished in second while Andrew Grady, Chris Chapman and Mason Diaz rounded out the top-five. The complete results from both races can be viewed below.

Late Model Stock Car Race #1

1.    Andrew Grady

2.    Trevor Noles

3.    Jonathan Findley

4.    Mason Diaz

5.    Rusty Daniels

6.    Lee Pulliam

7.    Brian Vause

8.    Chris Chapman

9.    Paul Williamson

10.  Thomas Scott

11.  Chris Burns

12.  Matt Taylor

13.  Gerald Benton

14.  Brandon Hobbs

15.  Jeff Oakley

16.  Haley Moody

17.  Blaise Brinkley

18.  Jody Measamer

Late Model Stock Car Race #2

1.    Lee Pulliam

2.    Trevor Noles

3.    Andrew Grady

4.    Chris Chapman

5.    Mason Diaz

6.    Rusty Daniels

7.    Jonathan Findley

8.    Brian Vause

9.    Chris Burns

10.  Thomas Scott

11.  Brandon Hobbs

12.  Paul Williamson

13.  Matt Taylor – DNS

14.  Gerald Benton – DNS

15.  Jeff Oakley – DNS

16.  Haley Moody — DNS

17.  Blaise Brinkley – DNS

18.  Jody Measamer – DNS

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Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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