JUNIOR MILLER WINS NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED 150

AT CARAWAY SPEEDWAY

 

ASHEBORO , N.C. (Sept. 10, 2005) – Junior Miller won the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150 Saturday night at Caraway Speedway, for his second consecutive win and third victory of the season. Tim Brown, of Cana , Va. , finished second while Burt Myers, Michael Clifton and Jason Myers rounded out the top-five finishers.

Miller collected the victory, and over $2,000 in prize money, after racing patiently outside the top five for most of the 150-lap distance. The veteran driver, however, says he knew that strategy would pay off in the end.

“We were just sitting back and riding for while,” said Miller. “Then, at the end, when the money counted, we just ‘get up and go.' That's what it took. The car's got a lot of horsepower and you have to save your tires until the end.”

Miller, of Pine Hall , N.C. , won the Bud Pole Award during time trials earlier in the day, with a fast lap of 16.211 seconds (101.043 mph) on the .455-mile oval. He then started in the eighth position, following the Tour's re-draw of the top 10 qualifying positions. At the start, Alex Hoag, of Bath , N.Y. , led the first two laps before handing off the lead to Michael Clifton, who set the pace for the next 131 laps.

By lap 25, the top five of Clifton , Hoag, Hedgecock, Jay Foley and Jason Myers established a two-second lead on the rest of the pack, with Frank Fleming leading the chase in the sixth position. After two brief caution periods between the 56 th and 68 th laps, Clifton continued to lead while his challengers began to turn up the pressure. First up was Hedgecock, who ran a close second to the leader as the race passed the halfway mark.

Two more caution periods slowed the field, just before and after the 100-lap mark, yet Clifton 's luck continued to hold – for a few more laps, at least. As Clifton held off Hedgecock on a restart with 43 laps remaining, Miller jumped past Fleming and into third place. Brown followed Miller into the lead pack, while Burt Myers held onto the fifth spot with 25 laps remaining.

Miller was soon up to second and grabbed the lead from Clifton with 16 laps remaining. Clifton was passed by Brown and Myers in the closing laps to finish fourth. With the win, Miller extended his championship points lead by a 19-point margin (1,442-1,423) over Burt Myers. Brown improved two position in the standings, 109 points out of first place. The Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Caraway Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Results

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150

Caraway Speedway September 10, 2005

 
Fin
Start
Car #
Driver
Laps
Winnings
1
(8)
69
Junior Miller, Pine Hall N.C
150

$2,025

2
(9)
83
Tim Brown, Cana Va.
150

$1,425

3
(6)
1
Burt Myers, Walnut Cove N.C.
150

$1,125

4
(7)
50
Michael Clifton, Walkertown N.C
150

$1,050

5
(2)
4
Jason Myers, Walnut Cove N.C
150

$1,000

6
(5)
41
Jay Hedgecock, High Point N.C
150

$950

7
(11)
81
Brian Pack, Walkertown N.C
150

$750

8
(1)
23
Brian Loftin, Lexington N.C
150

$690

9
(13)
31
Gene Pack, Walkertown N.C
150

$590

10
(10)
07
Frank Fleming, Mount Airy N.C
150

$550

11
(4)
57
Jay Foley, Stuart Va., Chevrolet
149

$525

12
(15)
14
Bobby Hutchens , Lexington N.C
148

$500

13
(12)
76
Kevin Eckerich, Clayton N.C
147

$470

14
(14)
11
Jay Mize, Clemmons N.C
144

$430

15
(3)
87
Alex Hoag, Bath N.Y
62

$410

Time of Race: 48 mins, 52 secs

Average Speed: 83.799 mph

Margin of Victory: 0.5 seconds

BUD POLE AWARD: Junior Miller, 69 Advance Auto Parts / Valvoline Dodge

FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Jay Hedgecock, 41 Kernersville Motorsports Dodge

POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Junior Miller, 69 Advance Auto Parts / Valvoline Dodge

Caution Flags: Laps 56-59; 64-68; 96-98; 106-107. 4 cautions for 14 laps.

Lap Leaders: Alex Hoag 1-2, Michael Clifton 3-134, Junior Miller 135-150.

Total Laps Led: Michael Clifton 132, Junior Miller 16, Alex Hoag 2. 2 lead changes involving 3 drivers.

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