Lee Pulliam Remains Atop NASCAR All-American Series Standings; Keith Rocco Sixth, Ryan Preece Seventh

Nobody has come close yet to knocking the king from his throne.

Lee Pulliam celebrates the 2012 NASCAR All-American Series national championship last December in Charlotte (Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Reigning NASCAR All-American Series champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. remained atop the national standings once again this week.

Pulliam has 12 victories and 18-top five finishes over 20 starts this year at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. and Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.

Pulliam’s exploits have earned him 684 points under the Whelen All-American Series scoring system.

Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. is second in the national standings with 649 points. McCaskill has seven victories, 14 top-fives and 17 top-10’s over 18 starts between South Boston Speedway, Southern National Motorsports Park and Motor Mile in Radford, Va.

Tommy Lemons Jr. of Troy, N.C. is third nationally with 571 points. Lemons has three victories, 14 top-five’s and 16 top-10’s over 18 starts at South Boston, Caraway, Motor Mile and Southern National.

Under the point structure for the NASCAR 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 best 18 results through the Sept. 15 closing date count toward their state and national point totals. Champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their point total increases incrementally as they replace poorer runs with better results.

Victories in the SK Modified divisions at Thompson International Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl last week helped Keith Rocco of Waterford close on Pulliam.

Rocco, the 2010 national champion, competes full-time in an SK Modified at Thompson, Waterford and Stafford Motor Speedway and is sixth in the national standings.

Rocco has six victories, 10 top-five’s and 12 top-10’s in 15 starts, good for 484 points.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, who competes in an SK Modified at Stafford and Thompson and in a Tour Type Modified at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, jumped from eighth to seventh in the national standings with a win Saturday at Riverhead. Preece now has four victories, 10 top-five’s and 12 top-10’s in 14 starts, good for 452 points.

Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry, who runs Thompson and Waterford, jumped from 18th to 14th nationally with 332 points. Ted Christopher of Plainville, the 2001 national champion, dropped from 15th to 16th with 330 points.

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