FMS: Southern Mods ready to take on Featherlite regulars at Martinsville

Martinsville, VA (September 27, 2000) --- Junior Miller is one of several Southern Modified drivers hoping to knock off the northern invasion this Saturday in the Goody’s Body Pain 200 NASCAR Featherlite Modified race at Martinsville ...

Martinsville, VA (September 27, 2000) --- Junior Miller is one of several Southern Modified drivers hoping to knock off the northern invasion this Saturday in the Goody’s Body Pain 200 NASCAR Featherlite Modified race at Martinsville Speedway. Miller along with Dale Ward of Walnut Cove, NC and Melvin “Puddin” Swisher of Kernersville, NC will attempt to make the field for Saturday’s Goody’s Body Pain 200 at 3 p.m. Miller picked up his fourth Bowman Gray Stadium championship this year and is now tied for second with Paul Radford on the all time win list at the Stadium with 55 victories. Ralph Brinkley is the wins leader with 84. Besides the 2000 championship, Miller won the Darlington Raceway Top Gun Award for winning the most races at the stadium, the Gatorade Modified Front Runner Award for leading the most laps, and the Most Popular Driver Award for receiving the most votes as the fan’s favorite. The list of past champions at Bowman Gray is impressive including Tim Flock, Glen Wood, Perk Brown and Pee Wee Jones. The list of past feature race winners includes Brown with 47, Wood with 29, Curtis Turner has 26, and other drivers such as Jim Paschal, Fonty Flock, Jimmy Hensley, Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, Bob Welborn, David Pearson, Lee Petty and Bobby Allison. Besides his four stadium titles, Miller has won six Southern Modified Auto Racing Teams (SMART) championships. The season at Bowman Gray was over in August, but the Belews Creek, NC driver is currently leading the Southern Modified points standing by 138 points with just three races to go, according to David Riggs who owns the Advance Auto Parts car driven by Miller. “We’ve had a real good year to tell the truth,” said Riggs. Riggs, who has fielded cars since 1963 for drivers such as Carl Burris, Johnny Bryant, Paul Radford, and Jamie Tomaino, teamed with Miller four years ago after Tim Arre, his former driver, returned to Modified racing in the Northeast. Riggs said that Miller was exactly the driver he was looking for. “He wins races,” he said. Miller finished 18th a year ago in the Goody’s Body Pain 200 after losing two laps when a brake rotor exploded on him when another driver pulled out of his pit stall forcing Miller to jam on the brakes. Miller was running ninth when the brake problem occurred. Riggs believes the team has a shot to upset the Featherlite Modified regulars. “I think we have a good chance,” he said. “We practiced at Caraway Speedway and the car was good. Hopefully we will do well at Martinsville. You never know though, because it takes a little luck.” Burt Meyers and “Puddin” Swisher also made the race a year ago with Meyers finishing 29th after overheating problems and Swisher finished 32nd after losing a rear end. Qualifying for the Goody’s Body Pain 200 is 11:30 Saturday and the race starts at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Goody’s Body Pain 200 are $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. There still are good seats available for the NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race with starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $40-$45 and can be purchased by calling 877-722-3849 or 540 956-3151. There also is a family section available for $40 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Tickets in the family section are all unreserved and go on sale race morning at 7:30.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Richard Petty , Jimmy Hensley , Jamie Tomaino , Junior Miller , Junior Johnson , Bobby Allison , Tim Flock , Lee Petty