Junior Miller has built the reputation as “The
King of the Southern Modifieds” by letting his fellow drivers jump
out to big early leads only to stalk them down in the closing laps
and coming away with the victory.
That was exactly the case Saturday night in the An American
Revolution 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, as Miller rode around
in the top five for the majority of the race behind the dominant car
of Matt Hirschman. Hirschman ran out front from lap five until lap
129, when Miller drove underneath him to take the lead away.
Miller led the rest of the way en route to his 10th career NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory.
“I think he’d pretty much used his car up,” Miller said.. “We
were good enough to get by him and we showed him who ‘The King’
really is. Matt just used his stuff up to early and we saved our car
for the end when it really counts.”
After Miller took the lead, Hirschman fell back to second
until he spun coming off the fourth turn after contact with Tim
Brown. Hirschman’s late spin set the stage for a
green-white-checkered finish with Miller holding off Brian Pack for
“This car has been good enough to win every race this year,”
Miller said. “We were able to wear them out there at the end, but I
didn’t earlier on if we were going to be able to catch Matt
Hirschman or not.”
Miller’s win allowed him to take over the Whelen Southern
Modified Tour point lead by 28 points over Burt Myers. L.W. Miller,
who held the point lead coming into Saturday night’s race, was
knocked out of the race on lap 45 due to electrical problems.
For Pack, his runner-up effort tied a career best NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour finish from last year at Motor Mile
“After the first two races we’ve had this season, this means
a lot to me and this team,” Pack said. “I was running second on that
last restart and Junior kind of taught me a little bit. I’ll learn
from that and hopefully not make the same mistake next time. When
you finish second to a guy like Junior Miller you’ve done a pretty
Brown wound up third, followed by last week’s winner Andy
Seuss and Brandon Ward. Burt Myers, Jason Myers, Chuck Hossfeld,
Bobby Hutchens and John Smith rounded out the top 10.
Hirschman spun after contact with Brown on lap 147,
necessitating the overtime finish. Hirschman wound 11th, the last
car on the lead lap.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action
next Saturday night at Caraway
Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
An American Revolution 150
At Greenville-Pickens Speedway Greenville, SC
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Junior Miller, Pine Hall, N.C., Dodge, 154
laps, 64.004 mph, $2,000.
2. (8) Brian Pack, Walkertown, N.C., Chevrolet,
3. (5) Tim Brown, Cana, Va., Chevrolet, 154,
4. (16) Andrew Seuss, Hamstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 154, $1,050.
5. (18) Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 154,
6. (2) Burt Myers, Walnut-Cove, N.C., Chevrolet,
7. (3) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 154,
8. (7) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransonville, N.Y., Chevrolet,
9. (14) Bobby Hutchens, Lexington, N.C., Chevrolet, 154, $590.
10. (15) John Smith, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 154, $550.
11. (6) Matthew Hirschman, Northampton, Penn.,
Chevrolet, 154, $525.
12. (12) George Brunnhoelzl, Babylon, N.Y., Dodge, 152, $525.
13. (21) Jason Trinchere, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Chevrolet, 151, did
not return, $485.
14. (13) Thomas Stinson, Chester, Va., Chevrolet, 151, $460.
15. (22) Greg Butcher, Mocksville, N.C., Chevrolet, 150, $445.
16. (19) Wesley Swartout, Stroudsburg, Penn., Ford, 149, $430.
17. (24) Rich Kuiken, Jr., Staffordville, N.J., Chevrolet, 146,
18. (23) Brian King, Burlington, N.C., Chevrolet, 135, engine, $410.
19. (17) Buddy Emory, Petersburg, Va., Chevrolet, 119, engine, $400.
20. (20) Gene Pack, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Chevrolet, 118, suspension,
21. (9) Earl Baker, Winton-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 116,
22. (1) Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Pontiac, 103,
23. (11) Johnathon Brown, Winston-Salem, N.C., Dodge, 67, accident,
24. (10) L.W. Miller, Mooresville, N.C., Pontiac, 44, electrical,
Time of Race: 1 hour 12 minutes 11 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1 second
Fastest Qualifier: B.Myers (91.594 mph, 19.652 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 25 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B.Myers 1-3; F.Fleming 4-5; M.Hirschman 6-129;
Standings: 1. J.Miller, 490; 2. B.Myers, 462; 3. T.Brown,
457; 4. L.Miller, 441; 5. B.Ward, 402; 6. B.Pack, 394; 7.
G.Brunnhoelzl, 389; 8. B.Hutchens, 378; 9. J.Myers, 376; 10.