BRIAN KING PICKS UP POPULAR FIRST NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR VICTORY FRIDAY NIGHT AT ACE SPEEDWAY
ALTAMAHAW , N.C. (Sept. 15, 2006) – NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Brian King picked up his first career victory on Friday night in very popular fashion as the Burlington driver picked up his first win before his hometown crowd.
King picked up the lead from defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver and defending series champion Junior Miller and never looked back. King scored the victory by a scant 1.219 margin of victory over second-place finisher Tim Brown. Burt Myers was third, followed by the top-five finishers of Jay Foley and Brian Pack.
King was thrilled with the victory as was evident by the number of his supporters cheering him on from his pit crew, team owner Doug Adams and a packed grandstand who watched as he claimed his 95 th Modified victory at Ace Speedway, but first on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
“This is a dream come true for me,” King said. “This is what I always have dreamed of doing is winning a race at this level. Doug Adams was able to put this team together and get the sponsors we needed to be able to run up front on a consistent basis like this. Now that we've won I think it gives us all a great deal of confidence that we can win another race or two and be competitive like we've been this year. It's great to win in front of my hometown crowd, but it was also a lot of pressure because their expectations were so high for me tonight. We've all worked really hard all week.
“I was thinking with about 35 laps to go that this race was taking forever to get over with. I still can't believe we finally won a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race. This is awesome.”
Brown, naturally, was a bit frustrated with his second straight runner-up finish though he did trim Miller's championship lead to only 37 points.
“Second-place stinks,” Brown said with a smile. “We sat on the pole but after the draw-redraw we ended up starting seventh and I ended up eating up my tires trying to get back up front. Brian King had a good car and he just beat us. I guess it's good to be upset at finishing second because we were able to gain a few points on Junior Miller as far as the championship goes.”
Brown won the Bud Pole Award at a speed of 95.301 mph, but started 10 th after the draw-redraw put Miller and alongside fellow front row starter Bobby Hutchens. Miller used the luck of the draw to his advantage as he took the lead and was still holding the top spot at the halfway point as the top-five was made up of Frank Fleming, Hutchens, L.W. Miller and Brian Pack.
Perhaps the biggest story of the first half of the race was the move forward by King from his seventh starting position before making a bold move to pass two cars and grab the second position on Lap 80. As King was closing in on Miller's lead, the first caution of the night was displayed on Lap 95 when Hutchens went for a harmless spin coming off the fourth turn.
On the ensuing restart, King quickly began to apply pressure to Miller's bumper and eventually grabbed the lead on Lap 111. While riding in second, Miller, the current NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader got a little cosmetic damage when he made slight contact with the spinning car of Gene Pack.
When all was said and done, there was simply no denying King of his night in the limelight.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action next Saturday night at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro , N.C.
NASCAR Race Number 9
Unofficial Race Results For The Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150
Ace Speedway September 15, 2006
1. (8) #17 Brian King, Burlington N.C. , Pontiac , 150, 85.646 mph, $2,000
2. (7) #83 Tim Brown, Cana Va. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,700
3. (6) #1 Burt Myers, Walnut-Cove N.C. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,125
4. (9) #57 Jay Foley, Stuart Va., Dodge, 150, $1,250
5. (13) #81 Brian Pack, Walkertown N.C. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,000
6. (1) #69 Junior Miller, Pine Hall N.C. , Chevrolet, 150, $850
7. (4) #4 Jason Myers, Walnut Cove N.C. , Chevrolet, 150, $950
8. (5) #36 L.W. Miller, Mooresville N.C. , Pontiac, 150, $690
9. (2) #14 Bobby Hutchens, Lexington N.C. , Chevrolet, 150, $590
10. (10) #50 Michael Clifton, Walkertown N.C. , Chevrolet, 149, $550
11. (12)#8 Jay Mize, Clemmons N.C. , Chevrolet, 148, $525
12. (11)#31 Gene Pack, Myrtle Beach S.C. , Chevrolet, 120, $500
13. (3) #07 Frank Fleming, Mount Airy N.C., Chevrolet, 105, Rear End, $485
Time of Race: 42 mins, 2 secs Average Speed: 85.646 mph Margin of Victory: 1.219 Seconds
BUD POLE AWARD: Tim Brown, 83 Hayes Jewelers Chevrolet, 95.301
FEATHERLITE 'MOST IMPROVED DRIVER': Jason Myers, 4 Crown Pontiac/DMC Auto Exchange Chevrolet
POWERADE 'POWER MOVE OF THE RACE': Jay Foley, 57 Virginia Carolina Timber Dodge
Caution Flags: Laps 96-99; 123-129. 2 for 11 laps.
Lap Leaders: Junior Miller 1-110, Brian King 111-150.
Total Laps Led: Junior Miller 110, Brian King 40. 1 changes involving 2 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Junior Miller 1469, Tim Brown 1432, Burt Myers 1303, L.W. Miller 1248, Brian King 1241, Jason Myers 1238, Bobby Hutchens 1234, Gene Pack 1206, Brian Pack 1197, Michael Clifton 1188
Next Race : Caraway Speedway (Sept 23)
For more information, contact:
Jason Mitchell, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour @ firstname.lastname@example.org