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Lee Pulliam’s march to a fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship gained momentum on Saturday night as he swept both halves of a 35-lap Late Model Stock doubleheader at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.

He did so in a No. 35 Travis Kiker prepared Chevrolet with the number change intending to honor the memory of fallen racer Terry Evans whom tragically passed away last week after he was involved in a car incident last month leaving the track.

His No. 35 was also retired after Pulliam took it Victory Lane on Saturday night.

Pulliam is currently locked in a duel with Trevor Huddleston of California for the NASCAR national championship. His two victories on Saturday places him back on top of the standings.

Race 1

Pulliam won the race after starting fourth.

He first took the lead on a Lap 14 restart from Chad McCumbee. From there, he set sail and cruised to his 11th Myrtle Beach victory of the season and 14th overall in LMSC competition.

Results:

  1. Lee Pulliam
  2. Chad McCumbee
  3. Tommy Lemons
  4. Ed Williams
  5. Doc Miracle
  6. Matt Cox
  7. Anthony Anders
  8. Justin Hicks
  9. Colby Howard
  10. TJ Barron
  11. Ryan Glenski
  12. Will Burns
  13. Brian vause
  14. Justin Snow
  15. Matt Leicht
  16. Bobby June
  17. Bryant Barnhill
  18. Chris Throckmorton
  19. Luke Sorrow
  20. Lucas Williams
  21. Jamie Weatherford
  22. Stuart Ricks
  23. Trevor Rizzo
  24. Jacob Heffner
  25. Josh Yeaman
  26. Blaise Brinkly
  27. JJ June
  28. Kevin Parsons
  29. Jason York
  30. Robbie Mew

Race 2

Lee Pulliam completed the sweep by outdueling Colby Howard and Chad McCumbee in a dramatic three-wide battle.

The cars raced side-by-side-by-side on multiple occasions on Saturday night with very minimal contact. Per NASCAR national rules, Pulliam had to start 10th to earn national points in this race since he had won two consecutive points paying features.

It took him 16 laps to get to third and that’s when he began dueling with Howard and McCumbee.

Pulliam took the lead for good on Lap 28 when he surged under Howard. He would lead the rest of the way.

Results:

  1. Lee Pulliam
  2. Colby Howard
  3. Justin Hicks
  4. Chad McCumbee
  5. Will Burns
  6. Ryan Glenski
  7. Tommy Lemmons
  8. Bryant Barnhill
  9. Jamie Weatherford
  10. Doc Miracle
  11. Chris Throckmorton
  12. Jacob Heffner
  13. Matt Leicht
  14. Kevin Parsons
  15. Justin Snow
  16. Luke Sorrow
  17. Trevor Rizzo
  18. JJ June
  19. Hayes Goodson
  20. Matt Cox
  21. Stuart Ricks
  22. Josh Yeaman
  23. Anthony Anders
  24. Lucas Williams
  25. Brian Vause
  26. Ed Williams
  27. Blaise Brinkley
  28. Robert Powell
  29. Sean Gartner

Quote from Pulliam:

“I had to work for that second one,” Pulliam said. “We made some changes from the first race and they just didn’t go the way we wanted them to. We finally got out front and the clean air helped. It was just hard to pass. We had 30 cars here, they’re tough, and Myrtle Beach has some of the toughest racing around.

“I invite anyone to come down here and try to win a race. It’s the toughest place in the country right now.”

Clean air?

“It does effect the car,” Pulliam said. “It’s not tremendous. But it does alter how you use the race track. Every little thing matters on this track. We’re taking about a thousandth of a second, we’re looking for. It’s so close that it’s unreal. It’s incredible to win here when we can and we’re really happy to get it done.”

Note: Short Track Scene was not at this event but watched online via the HTC Connect free stream. Speedway announcer Mike Neff contributed to this report.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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