NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED
TOUR DRIVER L.W. MILLER EXCITED HEADING TO MUSIC CITY MOTORPLEX RACE
L.W. Miller headed into the
2007 season as a man on a mission in his pursuit of this year’s
championship. The 33 year-old Mooresville , N.C. driver got things
off to a strong start last Saturday night in the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour season-opener with a victory at Caraway
(N.C.) Speedway .
Miller won despite racing with a flat left front tire in the final
20 laps and had to hold off a strong challenge from second-place
finisher Burt Myers. Miller is now hoping that his run of good luck
will carry over into this Sunday’s Whelen 150 at the Music City
Motorplex in Nashville , Tenn.
“I’ve won two Modified championships before and each year I won them
I got off to a terrible start,” Miller said. “The best
season-opening finish I had was ninth. I told (crew chief) Jimmy
Baker before the race the other night that if I could come out with
a top-five finish then we would be on the road to the championship.
To be able to walk away with a win was just incredible.”
The rich racing history at the Music City Motorplex is something
that means a lot to all the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
“The Music City Motorplex is definitely one of the tracks in the
southeastern part of the country that has a lot of history and
tradition behind it,” Miller said. “To be able to go there with the
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is going to be a lot of fun.
It’s a new track for us and I like to go to different places. It’s
going to be a fast track. I think it’s important for this Tour to go
to as many different states as possible, and this year we’re going
to four different states.
“I know we’re going to put on a good show for the fans. I’m excited
Miller is fully aware of the number of drivers that cut their racing
teeth at the Music City Motorplex early in their careers as well as
when the track hosted NASCAR’s top two divisions. They include
two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin, brothers Darrell and
Michael Waltrip, brothers Jeff and David Green, and the late Bobby
Hamilton Sr. along with his son and current NASCAR Busch Series
competitor Bobby Hamilton Jr.
The famed Music City Motorplex hosted Winston Cup events until 1984
as well as NASCAR Busch Series races until 2000.
In fact, Miller raced at the Tennessee short track in a Busch Series
Opryland 320 in March 1995 and posted a 27th place finish. Among
those drivers entered in that race were both the Waltrip and Green
brothers as well as Marlin. Former Busch Series champion David Green
won the race.
“I don’t remember anything about that race to be honest with you
other than the fact I didn’t do all that well,” Miller said. “I know
the track has changed a lot since then when it comes to things like
the racing surface. With that being the case I don’t think I’ll have
an advantage over any of the other drivers because it has been so
long since I’ve been there.
“I know it’s going to be a pretty fast track for us but I like that.
I’ve got a lot of friends that have raced Late Models at Music City
Motorplex. Robert Hamke, the guy builds our chassis, goes out there
and he really knows the characteristics of the track. I feel like
that’s going to help me because I know we’ll have the car headed in
the right direction just as soon as we unload it.”