JUNIOR MILLER IN A FAMILIAR POSITION
HEADING TO CARAWAY SPEEDWAY SATURDAY
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is set
to roll into the Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. for the second
time this season for a 150-lapper on Saturday night.
It’s the fourth race of the season and heading into Saturday
night’s race Junior Miller finds himself in a familiar position as
the two-time defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion
comes in as the current point leader coming off his victory last
Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway .
It’s been a busy last three weeks for the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour drivers and teams as they have had three
races in three different states.
L.W. Miller overcame a flat tire and held off a late charge
by Burt Myers to win the season opener at Caraway. Andrew Seuss
followed by posting his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour victory at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville , Tenn.
Last weekend, Junior Miller took the lead away from Matt
Hirschman late in the race and went on to take the win at
Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway . It also gave him the points
lead for the first time when L.W. Miller dropped out of the race
after competing only 44 laps due to electrical problems and wound up
Junior Miller, who has five wins and eight top five finishes
in 12 Whelen Southern Modified Tour races run at Caraway, leads
second-place Myers by 28 points and third-place Tim Brown by 33.
L.W. Miller dropped back to fourth, 49 points out of the lead.
BROWN STREAK AT 16: Brown finished third at
Greenville-Pickens, extending his record to 16 straight top 10
finishes. Brown opened the season with an eighth-place finish at
Caraway, which enabled him to break the record of 13 straight top 10
finishes held by Junior Miller. Junior Miller finished in the top 10
in the last eight races of 2005 and the first six in 2006 before a
radiator forced him out at Martinsville ( Va. ) Speedway after just
15 laps. The last time Brown finished outside the top 10 was a
12th-place finish in the 2005 finale at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw
MYERS GOES FOR RECORD: Burt Myers will be looking to break
the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour record for most consecutive
Bud Pole Awards. Myers has won the pole in each of the first three
races of the season. Jay Hedgecock took the pole in the second,
third and fourth races of the 2005 season, and Brian Loftin won the
pole in races three, four and five in 2006.
In addition, Myers can match the record for Bud Poles in a
season of four – set by Hedgecock in 2005 and matched by Myers in
2006. Myers has 10 career poles; the rest of the Southern Modified
Tour have 14 combined.
RUNNING ELSEWHERE: Matt Hirschman was fourth at
Caraway in the first race of the season. He led from lap five to lap
129 at Greenville-Pickens last weekend before losing the lead; a
late-race spin sent him back to 11th. But the 24-year-old
Pennsylvania driver will not be at Caraway this weekend. Hirschman
plans to run the full NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule – where
his father, Tony, is a five-time champion – and that season opens
this weekend at Thompson , Conn. Also, leading rookie of the year
contender Brandon Ward announced plans to pursue a Hooters ProCup
ride in hopes of moving up to the NASCAR Busch East Series. Ward is
fifth in points after back-to-back top five finishes.
NEWS AND NOTES: NASCAR announced that it has fined and
suspended car owner Bobby Loftin and fined driver Robert Loftin as a
result of a post-race incident at the NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour race at Music City Motorplex in Nashville , Tenn.
Sunday, April 1. Bobby Loftin’s suspension took affect prior to the
Saturday, April 7 race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville
Bobby Loftin was suspended two races and fined $500. Robert
Loftin was fined $300 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2007.
The actions taken by NASCAR resulted from violations of 12-
4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing). The suspension of
Bobby Loftin was a result of a violation of 12-4-F (fighting).
What: Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Race #4
Where: Caraway Speedway , Asheboro , N.C.
When: 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14
Track Layout: .455-mile
Distance: 150 Laps, 68.25 miles.
Posted Awards: $24,272
Records: Qualifying – Burt Myers, 15.793 seconds, 103.723
mph. March 24, 2007.
Race – Junior Miller, 44 minutes 30 seconds. Sept. 9, 2006.
Pre-race schedule: Saturday – Practice, 4-4:45 p.m.
Qualifying, 6:00 p.m. All times subject to change.
Track Contact: Renee Hackett (336) 629-5803
Source Jason Mitchell/NASCAR
April 11, 2007