Tommy Lemons Jr. Wins ValleyStar Credit Union 300

Tommy Lemons Jr. wins the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

Tommy Lemons Jr. survived a wild last lap to win the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway to take home $27,000 and an iconic grandfather clock trophy.

Lemons, who won the prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race for the second time in three years, was door-to-door with pole-sitter Timothy Peters coming out of turn four on the last lap. The two got together and Lemons held on for the win.

“We came off of four and I felt the hit in the wheel and at that point I thought we were both going to wreck,” Lemons said. “Luckily the car straightened up and we came out victorious.”

Last year’s winner and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam finished second and took home the Virginia Triple Crown trophy and $10,000 bonus.

Pulliam won both the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway and the NASCAR Late Model 200 at South Boston Speedway.

“We had an awesome year. I can’t complain,” Pulliam said. “To come here to Martinsville and finish second and get that Triple Crown, that was big for us.

“I wish we could have capped it off with the big payday, $37,000, but I guess $16,000 ain’t too bad.”

The early part of the race was dominated by Todd Gilliland, but blind draw at the mandatory caution at lap 150 put Lemons who was running eighth in first.

“We were lucky there to get the invert and go from eighth to the pole,” Lemons said. “I can’t thank that lady (who did the blind draw) enough.

“We were struggling there a little bit in the first half. We came in, made a few adjustments and made the car better.”

R.D. Smith came home third, followed by pole-sitter Timothy Peters and Travis Swain.

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Final Running Order:

  1. Tommy Lemons Jr.
  2. Lee Pulliam
  3. R.D. Smith
  4. Timothy Peters
  5. Travis Swaim
  6. Jake Crum
  7. Brayton Haws
  8. Matt Bowling
  9. Jamie Caudill
  10. Ryan Wilson
  11. Bruce Anderson
  12. Tyler Ankrum
  13. Josh Berry
  14. Spencer Davis
  15. Kaz Grala
  16. Blake Stallings
  17. Alex Yontz
  18. Juan Garica
  19. C.E. Falk
  20. Dennis Holdren
  21. Shane Lee
  22. Brenden Queen
  23. Quin Houff
  24. Todd Gilliland
  25. Patrick Coleman
  26. Eddie Johnson
  27. Myatt Snider
  28. Matt Waltz
  29. Thomas Scott
  30. Kres VanDyke
  31. Derrick Lancaster
  32. Dalton Sargeant
  33. Anthony Anders
  34. Dillon Bassett
  35. Stacy Puryear
  36. Nick Smith
  37. Chad McCumbee
  38. G.R. Waldorp
  39. Sam Yarbrough
  40. Davin Scites
  41. Tony Keen
  42. Brandon Butler
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