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Pulliam, Garbo Split Easter Bunny 320

Pulliam, Garbo Split Easter Bunny 320

by April 14, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: LeAnne Brooke Thornburg

Lucama, NC — In the Southern National Motorsports Park season opener, Lee Pulliam won by coming from the back of the field, passing 20 cars on the way to victory. Saturday night he made it look much easier, winning from the pole in the first 75 lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock event. In a race that saw only one caution on Lap 50 for debris, Pulliam masterfully weaved his way through slower traffic, outpacing track champion Deac McCaskill. Payton Ryan made a late run on McCaskill, but couldn’t catch the Raleigh driver, instead having to settle for third. Connecticut’s David Garbo finished fourth, while season opener co-winner Tommy Lemons Jr. finished fifth.

After a six-car invert, Garrett Bunch started on the front row of the 23 car Late Model Stock field for the second half of the twin 75 lap event, with Lemons Jr. to his outside. On the opening flag, a Turn 1 incident book out Lemons Jr., Bunch and others. Once involved cars were removed from the front of the field, David Garbo took to the point. Garbo pulled away early, with McCaskill once again giving chase.

A spark plug wire problem put Pulliam to the rear of the field early, but the Semora, NC driver slowly worked his way through the field, passing McCaskill and Ryan late. Pulliam didn’t have enough time to catch Garbo, and at the end of 75 laps, David Garbo had won his first race of 2014. Pulliam would settle for second, while Ryan and McCaskill would finish third and fourth. Justin Snow finished fifth.

The 50 lap Limited Late Model event promised to be exciting, with Haley Moody snatching the pole from Andrew Grady by .007. At the onset of the race, though, Grady took the lead and didn’t look back. He’d have to fend off challenges from Moody, Rusty Daniels and Michael Fose, all of whom took a shot at Grady across one of the five restarts in the event. At the end, Grady found victory lane, while Rusty Daniels used the “cone restart” to slip into second place. Louis White took third.

It appeared as though Robert Arch was going to once again take a victory in the Charger class, but fate was not on his side Saturday evening. Arch would come from the back to take the lead from Gerald Benton. Arch got caught up in a Joshua Bryant wreck, coming onto pit road and relinquishing his lead back to Benton. Benton held off Arch late, taking is first win of 2014, with Arch settling for second. Newcomer to Charger racing, Jeremy Bohne, finshed third.

Greg Barnette dominated the Street Stock division, leading every lap from the pole, holding off Mack Parker and Mike Jones. In Legends, the lead was swapped four times, with polesitter Mike Alcaro using lapped traffic to get around Austin Osborne and Billy Hall to take the win. In Ultimate Body Shop UCARs, Tyler Horne and Travis Miller swapped the lead, with Horne taking the win. Blaise Brinkley took the win in Bandoleros.

Racing returns to SNMP in two weeks with the return of the United Sprint Car Series making their only appearance in eastern North Carolina. With speeds of over 130 mph, the USCS brings some of the fastest racing seen on a 4/10 mile track! Also in action will be all of the SNMP support divisions, including a Twin-35 event for the Limited Late Models. Tickets for this special event are $15 for adults (16+), $12 for kids 13-15, $6 for kids 6-12, while children 5 and under are free. Active military and senior citizens are just $12 with valid ID. For more information, contact the track office at (919) 284-1114 or surf to www.snmpark.com.

Results:

Late Model Stock (Race 1) – 75 laps
5 – Lee Pulliam
08 – Deac McCaskill
23 – Payton Ryan
8 – David Garbo
27 – Tommy Lemons Jr.
50 – Garrett Bunch
12 – Ryan Wilson
2 – Myatt Snider
31 – Kaz Grala
68 – Brandon Brown
14 – Mike Darne
0 – Justin Snow
03 – Brenden Queen
06 – Terry Dease
42 – Craig Stallard
14 – Trey Jarrell
01 – GR Waldrop
7 – Bradley McCaskill
7 – Michael Hardin
23 – Jonathan Findley
29 – Melvin Langley
38 – Ricky Jones
11 – Paul Green

Late Model Stock (Race 2) – 75 laps
8 – David Garbo
5 – Lee Pulliam
23 – Payton Ryan
08 – Deac McCaskill
0 – Justin Snow
7 – Michael Hardin
7 – Bradley McCaskill
27 – Tommy Lemons Jr.
2 – Myatt Snider
12 – Ryan Wilson
50 – Garrett Bunch
11 – Paul Green
23 – Jonathan Findley
31 – Kaz Grala
14 – Trey Jarrell
06 – Terry Dease
29 – Melvin Langley
01 – GR Waldrop
42 – Craig Stallard
03 – Brenden Queen
68 – Brandon Brown
14 – Mike Darne
Limited Late Model – 50 laps
1 – Andrew Grady
16 – Rusty Daniels
7 – Louis White
05 – Alex Fleming
4 – Ronnie Jones
7 – Dillon Spain
07 – Ronald Renfrow
52 – Travis Greene
77 – Trevor Collins
50 – Haley Moody
10 – Michael Fose
24 – Ronald Brown
Chargers – 30 laps
55 – Gerald Benton
16 – Robert Arch
72 – Jeremy Bohne
11 – Bruce Bizzel
45 – Tom Sauls
29 – Paul Williamson
74 – Jeff Rogers
06 – Al Coombs
99 – Zack Henshaw
24 – Joshua Bryant
31 – Wayne Goss
57 – Eddie Mooring

Street Stocks – 25 laps
8 – Greg Barnette
75 – Mack Parker
6 – Mike Jones
8 – Brandon Maready
39 – Marc Jones
25 – Tyler Matthews
51 – James North
17 – Brian Mattice

Ultimate Body Shop UCARs – 25 laps
28 – Tyler Horne
99 – Travis Miller
4 – James Stroud
8 – Aaron Miller
48 – Duane Walker
60 -Lee Horner
99 – Mickey Conner
89 – John Ordiway
14 – David Wiggins
90 – Brandon MacDonald
86 – Brandon Allen
6 – Brian Obiedzenski
24 – Thomas Brandner
69 – Ryan Smith
12 – Savannah Beasley
03 – Greg Wood
01 – Chad Scott
31 – Roger Peeden

INEX Legends – 25 laps
8 – Mike Alcaro
33 – Austin Osborne
30 – Billy Hall
10 – Justin Mitchell
91 – Wil Bristle
88 – Zack Brown
14 – Jeff Lefcourt
83 – Caleb Day
12 – Eric Courtney

Bandoleros – 15 laps
24 – Blaise Brinkley
110 – Kade Lambert
74 – Henry Bradner jr.
51 – Ethan Johnson
47 – Xander Broadben
93 – Brasen Deem

Source: Southern National Motorsports Park

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