Morris Uses Daring Pass To Pick Up Historic Martinsville Win

Morris Uses Daring Pass To Pick Up Historic Martinsville Win

by October 22, 2012 0 comments

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Philip Morris held off Lee Pulliam in a final six-lap sprint to the finish to win the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, but it was a gutsy decision on a late restart that proved to be the difference in the race for the four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion.

Morris took the high line and ran deep into Turn 1 on a restart on Lap 126 to get past race leader Matt Bowling. Morris started on the outside on a restart and drove deep into the corner to get past Bowling and remained out front the rest of the afternoon.

For Morris, he was just glad the move worked.

“I didn’t think the car would go through the turn,” said Morris. “I should have wrecked but I didn’t and I got such a good run in to the turn on that one lap, but I didn’t want to stay up there up high. It was only fast up there for a lap or two.”

Pulliam, the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, finished one position short in his attempt to become the first repeat winner of the race.

“We had a really good car today and I tried to save my car in the first half of the race, but we weren’t quite where we needed to be in our set up,’ Pulliam said. “The car was a lot better in the second half but we just couldn’t get started on the restarts and I could get past him on the final run to the finish.”

The race was slowed 11 times by caution. A total of 23 cars out of the 42-car field finished the race.

The next event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models will be the UNOH Battle at the Beach on the .4-mile oval at Daytona International Speedway.

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