Pulliam, McCall Share Martinsville Fast Time

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — In a race that has a reputation for close competition, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when two drivers turned in identical times for the top starting spot for Sunday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

Lee Pulliam and Matt McCall turned in matching fast times of 20.301 seconds (93.276 mph) Saturday afternoon. Pulliam was awarded the top position in a tiebreaker, which was national points standings. Pulliam, defending champion of the race, also won this year’s national championship.

Under this year’s new all-heat race format, Pulliam will start on the pole of the first 25-lap heat race while McCall will start first in the second heat. Garrett Campbell will start on the pole in the third heat race while Mike Darne will be the pole-sitter in the fourth heat race.

Deac McCaskill had the fifth best speed of the day, followed by Matt Bowling, Dennis Setzer, Philip Morris, Josh Berry and Brandon Butler.

Sunday’s action begins at 12 p.m. with the first of the four 25-lap heat races. The top eight finishers in each heat race will advance to the 150-lap feature. After the fourth heat race there will be a 50-lap last-chance race for the cars not making the field in the heat races. The top 10 finishers in the last-chance race will advance.