The 2010 NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour's schedule dropped to 10 races
from 2009's 14 race schedule. Gone were Concord Motorsports Park, Myrtle
Beach Speedway, Lanier National Speedway, Martinsville Speedway (combo WMT
and Ace Speedway. Caraway Speedway also went from 6 races to 3 races in
2010. Added to 2010 were Atlanta Motor Speedway, Langley Speedway,
Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Martinsville combo race was moved
to Bristol Motor Speedway's event. Talk about mixing the schedule up!
different drivers competed in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2010 with
only 11 drivers making every race. Racing was tight throughout the entire
season and the final
race of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the race to see. Going
final race, 3 drivers had a shot at the point championship and with a
strange chain of
racing incidents, the 3rd place point holder, #1 Burt Myers, walked away
2010 championship. Let's hope 2011 will be just as competitive.
can you say about the 2010 Whelen Southern Modified Champ. Myers also won
the Bowman Gray track championship in 2010. The #1 Capital Bank team had 2
wins, 7 top 5's and 9 top 10's in the 10 race WSMT season. Although
lingering behind the #1 spot most of the year, Burt came from 3rd in points
to grab the championship at Charlotte due to accidents involving the first
and second place point holders. Burt's 2 wins came at the last 2 races on
the schedule at Tri-County Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. At his
home track, Bowman Gray, Myers led the most laps in the tour event but ended
up finishing 2nd to #36 L.W. Miller. Burt is usually fast anywhere he races
and isn't afraid to run anyone hard. The #1 Capital Bank team even traveled
north to run the first and last WMT races at Thompson Speedway in 2010. Burt
finished 14th in both races. Watch for Myers in 2011. I do think he will
turn it up a notch and I hope to see him enter a few more WMT events.
place point finisher was the John Baker Plumbing & Utilities #36 of L.W.
Miller. L.W. finished the season with 1 win, 5 top 5's and 9 top 10's. After
place finish starting the season, Miller upped his game by grabbing 3 2nds
and a win
in the next 4 races. L.W. has 11 wins in the Southern Tour, since racing in
and is always in the thick of things. Miller had a shot at winning the 2010
till a tangle in the season finale dropped him to 2nd in points. In his 5
years racing the Southern Tour, L.W. has 1 championship (2007), 1 2nd
(2010), 2 3rds and a 10th in the season ending points. If Miller had
bettered his 14th place finish at the season opener
to a top 10, he would have probably been crowned the 2010 champion. Luck is
part of the game as is skill and preparation. Fortunately, skill and
keep Miller at the top of the points every year.
third place point finisher was the #79 Hill Enterprises of James Civali.
had won 2 races and had 6 top 5's and 8 top 10's. Civali's first win came at
Boston Speedway and his second win came at Bristol Speedways combo WMT
event. James has driven SK type modifieds and also a modified on the Whelen
North Tour over the years of his career, which has only added to his skill
In his first year driving the Hill Enterprises #79 on a full tour schedule,
what he had to do, and that's race to win. Always in contention, Civali
the #79 is a force to be reckoned with. Now that the first year of this
is over, count on James to be a contender in the championship point race
and the years to follow.
Q Racing Oil/Rockingham Boats/MUA #40 of Andy Seuss grabbed 4th in points
for 2010. Andy ended the season with 2 wins, 6 top 5's and 8 top 10's. Andy
racer's racer. He competed in the full Southern Tour, 4 Modified Racing
Series' events, winning a race at Oxford Plains Speedway, and 6 NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour
events. Andy's only bad finish in 2010 was at the season ending Charlotte
Speedway with an 18th place. With a 5th and 2nd in the points the last 2
seemed due for a Tour Championship. Seuss has pretty impressive stats for a
only on the southern tour full time for 3 years. This is another team to
watch for a future
championship. The Riggs Racing team is a well prepared team and with Andy
behind the wheel, it seems a perfect combination. Keep an eye on this smooth
driver in 2011, he will always be in the front for sure.
place point finisher, Tutterow Surveying / Rick's Home Repair #25 of John
had a decent season with 1 win, 6 top 5's and 9 top 10's. John's win came at
July race at Caraway Speedway in a wild green/white/checkered over #36 L.W.
Miller. Smith ran quite well with 1 2nd, 2 3rds, 1 4th and 1 5th, his bad
finishes hurt him. Consistency was John's omen. This was John's 3rd year
running the full tour schedule
and each year he has progressed with much better finishes, including his
very first win
in the series. John has come a long way since winning 2 races at Bowman Gray
and Rookie of the Year in 2001. It is not an easy task coming from a flat
1/4 mile track to race on the Whelen Southern Tour, but John has adapted
quite well. I can only see Smith stepping it up next year and bettering his
already impressive record. Turn a few top 10's into top 5's, and you are in
the top 3. Nice run
in 2010, good luck next year.
Rounding out the Top 10 were:
Zach Brewer - great finish for 1st full year on tour
Jason Myers - only 1 tour win since tours inception but more will come
Frank Fleming - 25 years driving mods, over 50 modified wins, none on tour,
Brandon Hire - first full year on tour, great future ahead
Gene Pack - older statesman of the tour
That's it for this round. Next week will be 'Part 3 - 2010 MRS'.
Have a great week.