Lee Pulliam Extends Lead In Whelen All-American Series National Standings; Keith Rocco Still Second

With his closest competitors sitting idle for various reasons, Lee Pulliam extended his leads in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings this week.

Pulliam, of Semora, N.C., had two 100-lap Late Model features Saturday at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.

Pulliam competes regularly at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C., Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, and Motor Mile.

Pulliam has 17 victories in 25 starts this year, and 22 top-10’s, good for 760 points.

Despite not recording any finishes last week, Keith Rocco of Wallingford – the 2010 Whelen All-American Series national champ – remained in second place in the standings nationally with 699 points. Rocco sustained a dislocated wrist and fractured arm July 29 in a practice crash at Thompson International Speedway and has surgery last Friday.

Rocco, who competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Thomspon, Stafford Motor Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl, had 11 victories, 21 top-fives and 25 top-10’s in 32 starts this year.

Virginia driver C.E. Falk III, who didn’t run any events last week, is third nationally with 687 points.

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. A driver’s 18 highest points collecting finishes count toward their total.

Ted Christopher of Plainville jumped from fifth to fourth with a second place finish in the SK Modified feature last Friday at Stafford and a second place finish in the Modified feature last Saturday at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

Christopher has six victories, 29 top-five’s and 32 top-10’s in 37 starts this year, good for 687 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 seventh in the standings nationally with 659 points based on his 10 wins, 23 top-five’s and 28 top-10’s in 34 starts this year.

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