Hell has frozen over because Lee Pulliam has entered a CARS Tour Late Model Stock race.
The four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion has filed an entry for the Mtn Dew Do the Dew 150 on March 10 at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina. Pulliam made headlines over the off-season by announcing that he wouldn’t race full-time this season to focus on his family and driver development program.
However, the 29-year-old never said he was retired, and that he would race sporadically when his schedule allows.
However, Pulliam has also previously shrugged off any desire to compete in the CARS Tour, placing the entirety of his focus on the NASCAR national championship. But with a part-time schedule comes new opportunities.
“I’m really excited to be making my CARS Tour debut at Tri-County,” Pulliam said. “The last time I raced a CARS race was 2013 when it was still the Pro Cup Series. That race was $10,000 to win and I ended up in victory lane, so it would be nice to pick up where I left off.”
The race will also mark the first time he’s raced at Tri-County.
“I’ve never raced at Tri-County but have watched some videos and I’m really looking forward to getting on track there,” Pulliam said. “It seems to be a place that has multiple grooves, which as a racer you really enjoy because it allows you to move around throughout the race to find speed and fix any handling problems you might have in your car. With a limited schedule this year, I’ve got a lot of emphasis on this race and making it our goal to end up in victory lane at a CARS Tour race.”
The event will also include the newly-formed full-time Championship 12 drivers. Thus, the entry list also includes the likes of Josh Berry and JR Motorsports teammate Sam Mayer. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs will also join 2017 runner-up Layne Riggs, Brandon Pierce and Grayson Cullather.
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