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LABOR DAY WEEKEND CONTINUES WITH MORE RACING FOR NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR; TWIN 100-LAP FEATURES AT ACE SPEEDWAY MONDAY MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 4, 2005) -- Thirty-six hours after departing from Martinsville Speedway, the NASCAR...

LABOR DAY WEEKEND CONTINUES WITH MORE RACING FOR NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR; TWIN 100-LAP FEATURES AT ACE SPEEDWAY MONDAY

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 4, 2005) -- Thirty-six hours after departing from Martinsville Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour arrives at its next stop, Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., on Monday.

Among the drivers scheduled to compete in a special twin 100-lap race format is Connecticut's Ted Christopher, who won Saturday night's Made in America Whelen 300, the first night race in the history of Martinsville Speedway. The event was a combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the all-new Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Another northeastern star who will stay in the area to compete at Ace is New Jersey's Jamie Tomaino, who finished sixth at Martinsville Saturday. Tomaino, the 1990 Whelen Modified Tour champion, made one earlier appearance with the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. in March.

"I definitely enjoyed racing with the [Southern Modified Tour] at Caraway," Tomaino said. "I'm fortunate that I know a lot of people down here, because I've been racing my whole life. Every time I come it seems like I see someone I haven't seen in twenty years. Anytime I see someone like that it's a pleasure to race and see old acquaintances again."

Tomaino, who finished third at Caraway in March, also has more motivation to add the extra events to his schedule. His son, Jamie Tomaino Jr., is launching his own racing career and the twin 100-lap events at Ace are a chance for the younger Tomaino to gain even more experience. Tomaino Jr. made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at Martinsville, finishing 42nd after overheating problems on lap 32.

"This weekend, my oldest son is racing against me for the first time," Tomaino said proudly. "I want to take him over to Ace too, to get more seat time."

Christopher and the Tomaino tandem will face a roster of Southern stars, including Burt Myers, Junior Miller and Brian Loftin, who was the highest-finishing Southern Modified driver at Martinsville -- in 12th place.

Myers, of Walnut Cove, N.C., was the Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader heading into the Martinsville event, however a mid-race accident caused a setback in his championship run. Myers finished 34th overall and was the 11th of 13 Whelen Southern Modified Tour drivers in the race. As a result, Myers now trails Miller by a 33-point margin. Monday's twin races could become a major factor in the Tour's championship points picture.

The races are being spilt into two 100-lap events, in order to make up the points race that was rained out at Ace Speedway in early April. Both of Monday evening's feature races will award full points towards the Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship.

Bud Pole time trials, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, will set the starting lineup for the first 100-lap race, which is set to begin at 7 p.m. The finishing order of the first race will determine the lineup for the second half of the doubleheader.

-nascar-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jamie Tomaino , Junior Miller , Ted Christopher , Burt Myers