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.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150
Caraway Speedway September 10, 2005
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.