BURT MYERS SETS RECORD
FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE BUD POLE AWARDS
Burt Myers made history last Saturday night at
Caraway (N.C.) Speedway when he scored his
fourth straight Bud Pole Award.
The popular Walnut Cove, N.C. broke the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour record of three straight that he shared with
Jay Hedgecock. Hedgecock set the previous mark in 2005 and Myers
matched it last season.
“It’s always nice to be able to break records because that
makes you a part of history,” Myers said. “When the year is over I’d
like to be able to look back on what we as a team accomplished from
this point forward. I want to win races and battle for this year’s
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship. That’s what it’s
all about to me.”
Last Saturday night at Caraway, Myers turned in a speed of
103.201 mph, while his younger brother Jason posted the second
fastest qualifying time.
Both of the Myers brothers were strapped in their cars last
Saturday night at Caraway ready to start their engines when a
persistent rain shower moved into the area and eventually led to the
postponement of the Whelen Southern Modified 150 until this Saturday
Myers laughs that the extra seven days the rain-out caused
has just given him and his No. 1 All-Star Truck Repair Chevrolet
more time to gloat over their qualifying efforts to date in 2007.
“My brother and I give each other a hard time, but that’s
about it,” Myers said. “It just gives us something to joke about
when we’re working at the shop. Jason and I really do try to do all
we can to help each other out. We’re brothers so naturally we want
to see each other do well. The only thing that was more satisfying
for me last weekend at Caraway after winning the pole was that Jason
qualified second. To me it was kind of neat that the two best
qualifying cars came out of the same shop.”
Myers has 11 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Bud
Pole Awards to his credit in 28 races.
“The way I look at is we go to the race track to win,” Myers
said. “If you can win the pole – that’s a nice bonus. This year
we’ve been tough to beat when it comes to qualifying for these first
four NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races. Hopefully what
we’ve done so far has been a little bit intimidating to the other
drivers because we’ve shown that we have a fast car. I just want to
start backing these poles up with some wins. That’s the most
important thing for me right now.”
his success in qualifying, that has not translated into NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour victories the way Myers would have
liked. He heads to Caraway trying to snap a 21-race winless streak
dating back to Sept. 2005 at Ace (N.C.) Speedway.
“I absolutely want to win a race and I’d like for it to start
this Saturday night at Caraway because I know we’re going to have a
good car,” Myers said. “I want to win every NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour race we have until the end of the season. That’s my
mindset. If I go racing I want to win. It’s that simple.”
NEWS & NOTES
CARAWAY TRENDS: There have been 14 NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour races at Caraway Speedway since the inaugural event in
Junior Miller leads the way as he has been to Victory Lane at
Caraway on five different occasions. Three drivers – L.W. Miller,
Ted Christopher and Brian Loftin – have scored two wins at the
historic .455-mile short track located in Asheboro, N.C. Burt Myers
has one victory at Caraway, that coming in May 2005.
Thanks to winning the Bud Pole Award last Saturday, Burt Myers moves
into a tie with Jay Hedgecock as those two drivers have been the
fastest qualifiers at Caraway on four different occasions. Junior
Millers has been the fastest qualifier at Caraway three times while
Brian Loftin won one pole at Caraway in 2005.
FAMILIAR FACES: There are only five drivers on the NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour that have competed in all 28 races
since the Tour went under NASCAR sanction. Those five drivers are
two-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion
Junior Miller, Gene Pack and his son Brian, along with Bobby
Hutchens and Burt Myers.
Three drivers – Jason Myers, Tim Brown and Frank Fleming – have
missed only one NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race.
APRIL BIRTHDAYS: The following NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour Membership Members are listed, in alphabetical order,
with their birthdates in parentheses – Mona Fishel (27th), Roy Hart
(11th), Bobby Hutchens (15th) and his wife Sharon (16th), Eric
Maglero (14th), Randall McVey (16th), Robert Mueller (2nd), Brian
Pack (19th), Robert Peele (8th), Thomas Stinson (3rd), Justin Surber
(6th), Zackary Tate (1st), Talmage Thomas (10th), Rick Ward (16th)
and Robert Whiting (27th).
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 21
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, 4:15-4:45 p.m. All
times subject to change.
Track Contact: Renee Hackett (336) 629-5803
Source Jason Mitchell/NASCAR
April 17, 2007