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BRIAN KING BANKING ON PAST EXPERIENCE AS NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR RETURNS TO ACE SPEEDWAY DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2006) -- First year NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Brian King will have a little bit of ...

BRIAN KING BANKING ON PAST EXPERIENCE AS NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR RETURNS TO ACE SPEEDWAY

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2006) -- First year NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Brian King will have a little bit of an advantage going in his favor this Friday night at Ace Speedway.

The beautiful Altamahaw, N.C. facility is his home track and King in fact has four track championships under his belt at the 4/10th mile facility. Three of those titles came in Ace Speedway's weekly Grand American Modified division competition while the first championship was earned earlier in his career driving in the Super Stock class.

The 32 year-old King resides in Gibsonville, N.C. and knows every little nuance that the Ace Speedway track can throw his way. Friday night the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour makes a return visit to Ace Speedway with a 150-lap race, and there are more than a few people -- including King -- that have very high expectations heading into the ninth race of the 2006 season.

"I think I've got a little bit of an advantage heading into Friday night because I've had a lot of success at Ace Speedway through the years in this type of car," said King. "I will know exactly what the track is going to do going from practice during the day to when we race at night. That's what's going to hopefully pay off for me. Then again, I'm still learning how these cars need to be set-up so my tires will last 150 laps. Plus the Southern Modified Tour raced at Ace Speedway twice last year and I didn't so those guys that ran those races last year have a few more notes on what the track is going to do.

"I know what I've done through the years at Ace Speedway in all different types of cars so I really think I should be able to run up front and be competitive. Hopefully the home-field advantage is going to pay off for me. I know when we raced at Bowman Gray Stadium I felt like I was in a different class because all those guys race there and have a ton of laps around that place."

King, the driver of the No. 17 Adam's Towing Chevrolet, made his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start in March at Caraway Speedway and posted a respectable 15th place finish. In the third race of the season at Caraway, King gave team owner Doug Adams his first Top 10 finish. In the fifth race of the season, King truly showed his potential when he finished second at Caraway behind race winner and defending Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Junior Miller.

"Doug Adams has given me everything I need to go out and win races and be competitive," said King. "Our goal heading into the year was to be in the Top 10 in the points and hopefully build this team to where we can make a run for the championship next year. We've had a couple problems this year but the last few races have been good so I can't complain. This is a competitive series and a lot of these guys have been doing this for years. I feel like we're on the right track but it has been big transition for me and this class is what I've wanted to compete in for several years."

King admits that he was a bit surprised at the level of professionalism as well as friendly camaraderie that is found on the Tour.

"I was surprised at how friendly all the other drivers are in this series. When I finished second at Caraway, all the drivers came up to me and congratulated me on the race," said King. "That's something I wasn't used to. This is a lot different atmosphere and it's the way I want it to be. I've never seen a series run so smoothly like this before now. We all have a good time and that's what it's all about."

-credit: nascar

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