Miller made it two in a row in NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour action in 2011, and two in a row at Bowman
Gray Stadium when he repeated as victor of the
Miller, from Dushore , Pa.
, wrestled the lead from pole winner George Brunnhoelzl III
on Lap 97 and held on through four restarts and a hard
charge from Burt Myers for his record 13th career victory in
Whelen Southern Modified Tour action. He became the first
driver in the seven-year history of the event to win
back-to-back races at Bowman Gray.
Miller also drove the No.
36 Speedco/Lucas Oil Chevrolet to victory in the previous
race at Caraway Speedway on July 1 in Asheboro , N.C.
“It has been an amazing
past few weeks,” Miller said after his win. “We went to
Caraway and after a year of being close but not being able
to put it all together, and we finally had a great race
there and won that (race). From that point on I thought we
have a chance to win this championship if we win every race
and that is what we got to do and it started here tonight.”
Miller was able to pass
Brunnhoelzl on Lap 97 after the two bumped a little and
Miller held on the rest of the way.
Myers, who was spun out on
Lap 54 and blended in eighth, was able to work his way back
up through the field to supply plenty of pressure on Miller
down the stretch. A two-time winner of the Strutmasters.com
199 himself, Myers had to settle for a second-place finish.
“I am happy but I am not
satisfied,” said Myers after the race. “To go through the
adversity we had to face and come back and have a legitimate
shot at the win, I am somewhat happy.”
Myers thought if the race
went green long enough he might have a chance get by Miller,
but when Andy Seuss and Tim Brown got together to bring out
the eighth and final caution flag of the race – it ended any
chance for Myers to make his move with less than 10 laps to
“I think I could have got
the 36 [Miller] if we had stayed green long enough,” Myers
added. “All in all it was a good night for us.”
Brunnhoelzl crossed the
line third and, although he fell back as far as sixth after
leading the first half of the race, felt he had a car
capable of winning. And he wasn’t happy with how he felt he
was raced with for the lead.
“It’s tough to keep the
car under when someone comes in and just drills you in the
back,” Brunnhoelzl said. “It’s a shame somebody’s got to
beat you that way and they can’t beat you on the track. It’s
Bowman Gray and what comes around goes around.”
Jason Myers finished
fourth and Randy Butner completed the top five in his first
tour start this season. Mike Norman, Greg Butcher, Andy
Seuss, Tim Brown and Derrick Hill - making his tour debut -
brought home the top 10.
Hill used his impressive
finish to win Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors, while Norman
used his best career finish to win the Coca-Cola Move of the
Race Award. Jason Myers advanced eight spots from his finish
at Caraway to win the Featherlite Move of the Race Award and
Brunnhoelzl collected his 10th Coors Light Pole Award
earlier in the day.
The 2009 champion
Brunnhoelzl used his podium finish – coupled with John Smith
suffering his first DNF of the season after getting involved
with Frank Fleming in an accident in Turn 2 on Lap 122 – to
increase his lead over Smith to 131 (1,045-914), while
Miller sits just four points back in third with 910. Jason
Myers and Seuss complete the top five.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour will return to action on Aug. 24 with the UNOH
Perfect Storm 150 combination race with the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour at Bristol ( Tenn. ) Motor Speedway.
Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Strutmasters.com
Saturday At Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) L.W. Miller, Dushore, PA, Chevrolet, 199 laps, 47.671
2. (2) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 199.
3. (1) George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon, NY, Chevrolet,
4. (9) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 199.
5. (8) Randy Butner, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 199.
6. (14) Mike Norman, Lewisville, NC, Ford, 199.
7. (13) Greg Butcher, Mocksville, NC, Chevrolet, 199.
8. (10) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Chevrolet, 199.
9. (12) Tim Brown, Cana, VA, Chevrolet, 198.
10. (16) Derrick Hill, Westfield, N.C., Pontiac, 192.
11. (5) Josh Nichols, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 179.
12. (6) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, NC, Ford, 172.
13. (7) John Smith, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 122, accident.
14. (11) Jonathan Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL, Chevrolet, 58, accident.
15. (15) Austin Pack, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 44, mechanical.
16. (4) Dean Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 10,
Time of Race: 1 hour 2 minutes 37 seconds
Margin of Victory: .514 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: G. Brunnhoelzl III (64.832 mph, 13.882 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 45 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: G. Brunnhoelzl III 1-86; L. Miller 87-199.
Standings: 1. G. Brunnhoelzl III, 1045; 2. J. Smith, 914; 3. L.
Miller, 910; 4. J. Myers, 880; 5. A. Seuss, 841; 6. F. Fleming, 818; 7. A.
Pack, 773; 8. T. Stinson, 742; 9. M. Norman, 728; 10. T. Brown, 725.