WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR DRIVER L.W.
PADS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH SATURDAY NIGHT VICTORY AT CARAWAY
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver L.W. Miller didn’t win the
2007 championship on Saturday night at Caraway Speedway, but the
Mooresville, N.C. resident took a big step forward to reaching his title
hopes thanks to his victory in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150.
It was L.W. Miller’s fifth win of the season and his fifth
straight victory at Caraway dating back to last season. The victory
allowed L.W. Miller to pad his Whelen Southern Modified Tour
championship lead with only three races remaining.
It was a race with more drama than an afternoon soap opera as
a late-race altercation with Junior Miller had the fans divided on whom
was to blame for the incident.
“Another win at Caraway – this is awesome and I’m ticked to
death,” L.W. Miller said after the win. “I knew we had a great race car
and I just took my time working my way to the front. This is a night
that championships are made of and Danny and Jimmy Baker gave me a great
car. We’re in it to win it.”
Frank Fleming continued his strong run as of late with a
second-place finish followed by the top-five of Junior Miller, Brian
King and Tim Brown.
“We’ve been real consistent lately, especially with
this car,” Fleming said. “If we keep finishing second sooner or later
we’re going to get us a win. I thought third-place was the place to be
there for a second when Junior and L.W. got together.”
Burt Myers won the Bud Pole Award for setting quick time in
qualifying as he circled ‘The Showcase of the Carolinas ’ at a speed of
103.207 mph. The oldest of the Myers’ racing brothers wasn’t as
fortunate as the draw-redraw set him back to a ninth-place starting
position while it put arch-rival Junior Miller on the front row
Burt Myers didn’t let that fact bother him too bad as he
motored from ninth to third behind leader Junior Miller and King in less
than 20 laps.
There were three cautions on Saturday night, the first coming
on Lap 7 when Brian Loftin stalled in the second turn while the second
yellow was displayed on Lap 65 when leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year
contender Wesley Swartout spun in the fourth turn right in front of Tim
Brown and L.W. Miller who both had to take evasive action to avoid the
At the halfway point – or Lap 75 – the top-five consisted, in
order, of Junior Miller, King, L.W. Miller, Brian Pack and Fleming.
The two Millers – Junior and L.W. (no relation) – gave the
fans their money’s worth just past the Lap 100 mark as they waged a war
with one another. L.W. Miller grabbed the lead to become only the second
leader of the night when he nudged past the two-time and defending
series champion on Lap 116. A lap later, Junior Miller returned the
favor to regain the top-spot.
Then it got physical as contact between the Millers sent the
No. 69 Advance Auto Parts Dodge spinning in the third and fourth turns
for the third caution of the evening.
“Junior wrecked himself and he (darn) near wrecked us too,”
L.W. Miller explained. “I got by him one time and then he got back by
me. I got under him going down the backstretch and he just turned left
into me. I tired to back out of the gas but at that point I was already
committed. That’s just hard racing.”
Junior Miller, while not thrilled with the late turn of
events, took the high road in his comments towards the race winner.
“It was just racing and I’m not going to cry about it,”
Junior Miller said. “We’ll just try to get them again next week.”
The Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action next
Saturday night, Sept. 15, at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly,
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150
Saturday At Caraway (N.C.) Speedway
Asheboro , N.C.
Lap length: 0.455 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) L.W. Miller, Mooresville , N.C. , Pontiac, 150
laps, 78.174 mph, $2,000.
2. (2) Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Pontiac , 150,
3. (1) Junior Miller, Pine Hall , N.C. , Dodge, 150,
4. (5) Brian King, Burlington , N.C. , Chevrolet, 150,
5. (3) Tim Brown, Cana , VA. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,000.
6. (7) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 150,
7. (8) Brian Pack, Walkertown , N.C. , Chevrolet, 150,
8. (9) Burt Myers, Walnut-Cove , N.C. , Chevrolet, 150,
9. (15) Gene Pack, Myrtle Beach , S.C. , Chevrolet, 149, $590.
10. (13) Earl Baker, Winton-Salem , N.C. , Chevrolet, 149, $550.
11. (19) Thomas Stinson, Chester , VA. , Chevrolet, 148, $875.
12. (4) George Brunnhoelzl, Babylon , N.Y. , Dodge, 148,
13. (12) Jay Mize, Clemmons , N.C. , Chevrolet, 148, $485.
14. (14) Wesley Swartout, Stroudsburg , Penn. , Ford, 147, $460.
15. (17) Dean Ward, Winston-Salem , N.C. , Chevrolet, 135, rear end,
16. (11) Brandon Hire, Winston-Salem , N.C. , Chevrolet, 88, $430.
17. (18) Buddy Emory, Petersburg , VA. , Chevrolet, 88, $420.
18. (10) Brian Loftin, Lexington , N.C. , Chevrolet, 6, electrical,
19. (16) Michael Clifton, Walkertown , N.C. , Chevrolet, 6, electrical,
Time of Race: 52 minutes 23 seconds
Margin of Victory: .500 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Myers (103.207 mph, 15.871 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 25 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J.Miller 1-115; L.Miller 116-117; J.Miller 118-126;
Standings: 1. L.Miller, 1465; 2. B.Myers, 1393; 3. T.Brown, 1390;
4. J.Miller, 1359; 5. B.King, 1300; 6. J.Myers, 1258; 7. F.Fleming,
1190; 8. B.Pack, 1183; 9. G.Pack, 1079; 10. G.Brunnhoelzl, 1067.
Mitchell/NASCAR WSMT PR
September 8, 2007