Lee Pulliam, Kaz Grala Among Others Who Impressed at Myrtle Beach Speedway

Lee Pulliam, Kaz Grala Among Others Who Impressed at Myrtle Beach Speedway

by November 25, 2013 0 comments

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. :: Many drivers who were visiting Myrtle Beach Speedway for the first time found success in the 21st running of the Myrtle Beach 400 on Sunday.

Sam Yarbrough, the 2013 Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion who started second took the lead early and led the way for the majority of the first half, but Garrett Campbell who started 16th worked his way through the pack to take the lead on lap 63.

Just shy of the halfway break on lap 89, there was a massive pile up in turn one that collected Jamie Weatherford, Matt McCall, Shane Lee and many of others who had fairly strong cars during the first half.

After the break, Garrett Campbell led the way, followed by Lee Pulliam, Tommy Lemons Jr., Robert Tyler, Ben Rhodes, Kaz Grala, David Ragan, Trey Marcham, Justin Crider and Justin Sorrow who rounded out the top-10.

“We started 25th, we were pretty far back there,” Kaz Grala said. “The car was great in the first half. We were able to make it up to, I think sixth, and I asked them not to change anything for the second half, because I thought the car was really good, and it was. That second half it was just as good, maybe if we had ridden five laps longer, we would’ve had something for Pulliam at the end there, but my first time in the race – just something maybe I’ll know for next year.”

Once the field went back to green after the halfway break, Garrett Campbell began to fall back through the field but certainly not out of contention. As the laps dissipated, the action just got more intense and there was one point where the entire field was either doubled up or fighting for positions while three and four wide. With only 30 laps to go, Ben Rhodes led Kaz Grala, Lee Pulliam, Garrett Campbell and Harrison Rhodes.

On lap 197, several cars crashed exiting turn four and set the field up for the first green-white-checkered attempt of the day. As soon as the field went back green, the caution immediately flew for another accident in the back of the pack in turn one.

Ben Rhodes led the field to the green flag for the second attempt for the green-white-checkered flag finish. On the restart behind Rhodes was Lee Pulliam, Garrett Campbell, Kaz Grala and Daniel Hemric. Lee Pulliam led the way to turn one on the final lap, and Garrett Campbell who was running third got into the back of second place runner, Ben Rhodes.

“On that last lap I saw them on the frontstretch all fanning out, and I was just thinking about all the things that could go wrong for them,” runner-up finisher Kaz Grala said. “I had a feeling something was going to happen, so as soon as they got down in there, I knew I was going to stay low, and they were all going to wash up high.”

The caution was immediately thrown, and Lee Pulliam was announced the winner in his first ever visit to the speedway.  Not only that, but it was also Pulliam’s first start for Kiker Motorsports. Not a bad debut for the two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American champion who also sat on the pole for the event.

“I can’t say enough about the opportunity I’ve been given by Travis and Eddie Kiker,” Pulliam said. “My team – unbelievable those guys never quit working. We worked all week. Everybody was talking junk about Lee Pulliam couldn’t get around Myrtle Beach, the national champ couldn’t get around this place, and we proved them wrong. We kept working; kept working, kept working and finally hit on something that was pretty decent and just had to get up on the wheel at the end. I don’t think we had the best car there, but we pulled it off.”

Following the finish, Garrett Campbell was scored in the 22nd position due to rough driving. Sunday’s finish marked the second Myrtle Beach 400 in a row that had a controversial finish. Back in March, Ben Rhodes spun  Justin Milliken for the win, but after a review, Anthony Anders was awarded the victory.


Myrtle Beach 400 Results:

1.)           5          Lee Pulliam
2.)           3          KazGrala
3.)           66         Daniel Hemrick
4.)           77         David Ragan
5.)           27         Tommy Lemons Jr.
6.)           89         Robert Tyler
7.)           07         Trey Marcham
8.)           00         Shane Lee
9.)           20         Sam Yarbrough
10.)        71           CJ Hulsey
11.)        61           Matt McCall
12.)        17           Alex Pacheco
13.)        79           Blake Stallings
14.)        10           Matt Waltz
15.)        2            Mike Faulk
16.)        25           Matt Piercy
17.)        9            Justin Sorrow
18.)        7            Justin Crider
19.)        11           Austin McDaniel
20.)        06           Lucas Ransome
21.)        41           Ben Rhodes
22.)        12           Garrett Campbell
23.)        8            Rusty Skewes
24.)        03           Berendon Queen
25.)        51           Matt Cox
26.)        58           Scott Turlington
27.)        13           Stacy Compton
28.)        29           Brandon Baker
29.)        99           Peyton Sellers
30.)        02           Justin Milliken
31.)        81           Harrison Rhodes
32.)        1            Jeremy Burns
33.)        34           Greg Edwards
34.)        55           Brian Vause
35.)        59           Jamie Weatherford
36.)        47           Timothy Peters
37.)        84           Shane Huffman
38.)        50           Jamey Caudell
39.)        82           Will Burns
40.)        98           Kevin Parsons
41.)        88           Garrett Jones
42.)        04           Ronnie Bassett, Jr.
Photo Credit: Chris Owens

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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