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Miller Goes For Two In A Row At Ace Speedway After finishing in the top 10 at the season-opening race at Concord Speedway, most drivers would be pretty happy heading into this weekend's Lightnin' Fast 150 at Ace Speedway but then again, L.W.

Miller Goes For Two In A Row At Ace Speedway

After finishing in the top 10 at the season-opening race at Concord Speedway, most drivers would be pretty happy heading into this weekend's Lightnin' Fast 150 at Ace Speedway but then again, L.W. Miller (No. 36 John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac) isn't like most drivers.

Miller hopes his luck will change this Friday when the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Ace Speedway, where the Dushore, Penn., native scored his last win on the Tour at this event in 2008.

"I love racing at Ace Speedway," said Miller. "It is a track that has been around a long time but Greg (Davis) and his staff have done a great job of keeping it up and we always seem to run well there."

The Lightnin' Fast 150 will be the first of two events at the track this season and Miller said the driver and team that can come out of Ace with their car in one piece has a chance to get a head start on the season.

"We got off to a great start last year winning the season opener and following that up with a win at Ace," said Miller.

"Then for some reason, we just couldn't get back to Victory Lane. We had a rough start to the season last week and Ace could help our team get back on track and I am looking forward to this Friday night."

Miller is the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion and said that while his team wants to win another title, he thinks sometimes winning a championship can make you comfortable and sometimes adversity can help a team become reenergized.

"Everyone at Baker Motorsports wants to win every time we go to the track and last week we had a bad night," said Miller. "We got collected in an accident on the final lap at Concord but were able to limp the car home in seventh place. Danny Baker and Tony Templeton drove all night Sunday up North to get another clip put on the car and this situation has given our team even more drive to go out this weekend and sweep the pole and win."

Miller was making reference to his incident in Turn 3 on the final lap when J.R. Bertuccio and Ron Silk got together and collected Miller. Miller was able to finish the race and salvage a finish that he feels the team can use to help focus for the championship run.

"We still have a lot of racing on the schedule and we plan on doing everything we can to win our second championship," said Miller. "Ace is a track that can help us get back to Victory Lane."

The Race: Lightnin' Fast 150
The Place: Ace Speedway, Altamahaw, N.C.

The Date: Friday, March 27, 2009
The Time: 8 p.m. ET

Track Layout: .4-mile paved
Race Purse: $24,806

2008 Winner: L.W. Miller
2008 Pole: L.W. Miller

Schedule: Friday, March 27:
Practice 12:30-2 p.m.
Time Trials: 7 p.m.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers L.W. Miller , J.R. Bertuccio , John Baker , Ron Silk