Thomas Tillison Jr. Keeps Hold Of Whelen All-American Series National Standings Lead

Thomas Tilliso Jr. (Photo: Mayes County Pictures)

Thomas Tillison Jr. (Photo: Mayes County Pictures)

After nine consecutive weeks of being the one hunted, Wallingford’s Keith Rocco spend a second consecutive week playing hunter.

After wrestling the national points lead from Rocco last week, dirt racer Thomas Tillison Jr. remained at the top of the standings this week.

Tillison, from Wellston, Oklahoma, races at Salina (OK) Highbanks Speedway and Flint Creek Speedway in West Siloam, Ok. Both are .375-mile ovals. Flint Creek is a first-year NASCAR-sanctioned track.

Tillison has 12 victories and 20 top-five’s in 24 starts, which is good for 662 points.

Rocco, the 2010 national champion, competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Waterford, Stafford Speedway and Thompson Speedway. Rocco has 648 points with eight victories, 26 top-five’s and 32 top-10’s in 37 starts.

Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I standings, a race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 18 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Three bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a single-digit starting position and five bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a double-digit starting position. Whelen All-American Series points season will run through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Ryan Preece of Berlin dropped from third to fifth in the standings this week.

Preece competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Thompson Speedway and part-time in the Tour Type Modified division at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway. Preece has 622 points. He has 10 wins, 28 top-five’s and 34 top-10’s in 36 starts this year.

Lee Pulliam, of Semora, N.C., moved from fourth to third in standings with 636 points on the strength of 20 victories, 33 top-fives and 35 top-10’s in 38 starts this season at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. and Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. Pulliam won national championships in 2012 and 2013.

Modified driver Jimmy Zacharias of Candor, N.Y., who competes at Chemung (N.Y) Speedrome and Holland (N.Y) Speedway is fourth nationally with 629 points on 11 victories and 22 top-fives in 23 starts.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, who competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Waterford, fell from ninth to 10th despite winning for the second consecutive week Saturday at the Speedbowl. Christopher has 564 points with six victories in 33 starts.

Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., who competes full-time in the SK Modified division at Stafford, has six wins and fell from 12th to 13th this week nationally with 524 points over 17 starts.

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