Lee Pulliam Moves To The Top Of Whelen All-American Series National Standings

Another week, another leader. That seems to be the theme this year when it comes to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points standings.

For the fourth straight week there’s a different driver atop the standings. This week Lee Pulliam has jumped over last week’s leader C.E. Falk III by one point at the top of the standings.

Pulliam, of Semora, N.C., used victories in twin 75-lap features last week at South Boston (Va.) Speedway to move past Falk with 678 points.

Pulliam is the fourth different leader of the standings over the last four weeks, joining Falk, Ted Christopher and Anthony Anders as drivers reaching the top of the standings.

A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 16 are counted toward their states and national point totals, and champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their total would increase incrementally as they replace poorer runs with better results.

Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, a race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28 and third, 26.

Keith Rocco, the 2010 Whelen All-American Series national champion from Wallingford, moved from fourth to third in the standings after a victory at the Waterford Speedbowl last Saturday. Rocco has nine victories, 17 top-five’s and 21 top-10’s in 28 starts this year, good for 661 points. Rocco competes in the SK Modified divisions at Waterford, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, the 2001 national champion, fell from third to fifth in the national standings despite a win last Friday at Stafford and a second place Saturday at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway. Christopher has five victories, 22 top-five’s and 25 top-10’s in 29 starts this year, good for 641 points. He competes in an SK Modified full-time at Thompson and Stafford and in a Tour Type Modified at Riverhead.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, who has competed this year in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Thompson and in a Tour Type Modified at Riverhead, is sixth in the standings nationally with 609 points based on his sevent wins, 18 top-five’s and 23 top-10’s in 27 starts this year. Preece had a victory at Thompson last week.

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