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
1. 5 - Lee Pulliam
2. 08 - Deac McCaskill
3. 23 - Payton Ryan
4. 8 - David Garbo
5. 27 - Tommy Lemons Jr.
6. 50 - Garrett Bunch
7. 12 - Ryan Wilson
8. 2 - Myatt Snider
9. 31 - Kaz Grala
10. 68 - Brandon Brown
11. 14 - Mike Darne
12. 0 - Justin Snow
13. 03 - Brenden Queen
14. 06 - Terry Dease
15. 42 - Craig Stallard
16.14 - Trey Jarrell
17. 01 - GR Waldrop
18. 7 - Bradley McCaskill
19. 7 - Michael Hardin
20. 23 - Jonathan Findley
21. 29 - Melvin Langley
22. 38 - Ricky Jones
23. 11 - Paul Green

Late Model Stock (Race 2) - 75 laps
1. 8 - David Garbo
2. 5 - Lee Pulliam
3. 23 - Payton Ryan
4. 08 - Deac McCaskill
5. 0 - Justin Snow
6. 7 - Michael Hardin
7. 7 - Bradley McCaskill
8. 27 - Tommy Lemons Jr.
9. 2 - Myatt Snider
10. 12 - Ryan Wilson
11. 50 - Garrett Bunch
12. 11 - Paul Green
13. 23 - Jonathan Findley
14. 31 - Kaz Grala
15. 14 - Trey Jarrell
16. 06 - Terry Dease
17. 29 - Melvin Langley
18. 01 - GR Waldrop
19. 42 - Craig Stallard
20. 03 - Brenden Queen
21. 68 - Brandon Brown
22. 14 - Mike Darne

Limited Late Model - 50 laps
1. 1 - Andrew Grady
2. 16 - Rusty Daniels
3. 7 - Louis White
4. 05 - Alex Fleming
5. 4 - Ronnie Jones
6. 7 - Dillon Spain
7. 07 - Ronald Renfrow
8. 52 - Travis Greene
9. 77 - Trevor Collins
10. 50 - Haley Moody
11. 10 - Michael Fose
12. 24 - Ronald Brown

Chargers - 30 laps
1. 55 - Gerald Benton
2. 16 - Robert Arch
3. 72 - Jeremy Bohne
4. 11 - Bruce Bizzel
5. 45 - Tom Sauls
6. 29 - Paul Williamson
7. 74 - Jeff Rogers
8. 06 - Al Coombs
9. 99 - Zack Henshaw
10. 24 - Joshua Bryant
11. 31 - Wayne Goss
12. 57 - Eddie Mooring

Street Stocks - 25 laps
1. 8 - Greg Barnette
2. 75 - Mack Parker
3. 6 - Mike Jones
4. 8 - Brandon Maready
5. 39 - Marc Jones
6. 25 - Tyler Matthews
7. 51 - James North
8. 17 - Brian Mattice

Ultimate Body Shop UCARs - 25 laps
1. 28 - Tyler Horne
2. 99 - Travis Miller
3. 4 - James Stroud
4. 8 - Aaron Miller
5. 48 - Duane Walker
6. 60 -Lee Horner
7. 99 - Mickey Conner
8. 89 - John Ordiway
9. 14 - David Wiggins
10. 90 - Brandon MacDonald
11. 86 - Brandon Allen
12. 6 - Brian Obiedzenski
13. 24 - Thomas Brandner
14. 69 - Ryan Smith
15. 12 - Savannah Beasley
16. 03 - Greg Wood
17. 01 - Chad Scott
18. 31 - Roger Peeden

INEX Legends - 25 laps
1. 8 - Mike Alcaro
2. 33 - Austin Osborne
3. 30 - Billy Hall
4. 10 - Justin Mitchell
5. 91 - Wil Bristle
6. 88 - Zack Brown
7. 14 - Jeff Lefcourt
8. 83 - Caleb Day
9. 12 - Eric Courtney

Bandoleros - 15 laps
1. 24 - Blaise Brinkley
2. 110 - Kade Lambert
3. 74 - Henry Bradner jr.
4. 51 - Ethan Johnson
5. 47 - Xander Broadben
6. 93 - Brasen Deem
Pulliam, Garbo Split Easter Bunny 320
April 12 Weekend Results
Southern National Motorsports Park Press Release