Lee Pulliam Celebrated For Second Consecutive Whelen All-American Series National Title

Perfection in 2013 was feted in a major way Friday night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

Lee Pulliam is interviewed during Friday's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banquet in Charlotte (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

Lee Pulliam is interviewed during Friday’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banquet in Charlotte (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

On a night of celebrating short track racing across North America, Lee Pulliam of Semoa, N.C. was the man of the hour as he was honored for his second consecutive Whelen All-American Series national championship at Friday’s All-American Series awards banquet in Charlotte.

The 25-year old became just the third driver in the 32-years NASCAR has crowned a national champion to win multiple All-American Series titles, joinging Larry Phillips, who had five, and Philip Morris, who had four.

Pulliam competed at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Motor Mile in Radford, Va., Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. and Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. in 2013.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I would have the honor of receiving (this) coveted trophy, much less a second one,” Pulliam, said in a release. “Being mentioned in the same sentence with Larry and Philip sends chills down my spine.”

Pulliam scored a perfect maximum number of points on the way to his second title, becoming the fourth driver to achieve the feat and first since Wallingford’s Keith Rocco did it in 2010.

Rocco, who competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford Motor Speedway, Thompson Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl finished third in the national standings. It was the seventh consecutive year that Rocco has finished fourth or better in the national standings. He won his lone national championship in 2010.

Ryan Preece of Berlin was fourth in the national standings after competing last year in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Thompson and in the Tour Type Modified division at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway. Preece will be honored Saturday night in Charlotte during the Touring Series awards banquet for his 2013 Whelen Modified Tour championship.

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