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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Tim Brown did something last Saturday night in the Made in America Whelen 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway that he's been trying to do all year long -- finish...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Tim Brown did something last Saturday night in the Made in America Whelen 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway that he's been trying to do all year long -- finish ahead of points leader Junior Miller.

As a result, Brown used his ninth-place finish at Martinsville to cut Miller's NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship lead to only 47 points after seven races and hopes to chip away even further heading into this Saturday night's Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

Miller, the defending series champion, had a rough night at Martinsville when he got caught up in a early multi-car incident that left his car with a broken radiator en route to a 39th place finish.

Brown has been strong at each and every NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race this year, but the problem for the Cana, Va. driver is that Miller has been just a bit better. As a matter of fact, Brown has been just behind Miller in two races this season, including Miller's win in the second race of the year at Caraway.

If those results were reversed, Brown would only be 32 points in arrears of Miller in the championship battle.

Burt Myers, of Walnut Cove, N.C., is third in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour standings, but looks to be facing an uphill battle as he is exactly 100 points behind Brown for second with Miller leading by 147 markers. Jason Myers, the younger brother of Burt, is fourth in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour standings with Bobby Hutchens, of Lexington, N.C., in fifth.

NEW VENUES: The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will visit two new venues over the next six weeks with race dates at the historic Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, N.C. The additions of those two new short tracks sees the 2006 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour comprised of 13 races at eight different venues.

The .363-mile Hickory track is one that is rich in history as legends such as Junior Johnson, Ralph Earnhardt, Ned Jarrett and Harry Gant cut their racing teeth. There have also been several second-generation drivers to compete at Hickory in the form of Dale Earnhardt and Hickory native Dale Jarrett. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will add to Hickory's racing history when the tour rolls into town for a Saturday, Sept. 30 race date with 150 laps of action.

The following weekend the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Southern National Raceway Park for a 150-lap race on Oct. 7. The four-tenths mile Kenly track features 17 degrees of banking in the turns and seven degrees on the front and back straightaway. Southern National was the home track for current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series stars Denny Hamlin and Scott Riggs as they began their careers in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Jarrett , Scott Riggs , Ned Jarrett , Junior Miller , Junior Johnson , Harry Gant , Jason Myers , Burt Myers