TITLE RACE A NEAR TIE HEADING INTO INAGURAL NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR RACE AT HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2006) -- The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship will be decided over the next three weeks at three different tracks with the top two drivers in the title mix -- Tim Brown and Junior Miller -- virtually tied heading into Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway this Saturday night.

Brown took the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship lead by one point over Miller last Saturday night at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

It certainly doesn't take much of a mathematician to figure out the 2006 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship is going to come down to the final three races of the season as either Miller, of Pine Hall, N.C., or Brown, of Cana, Va., could move a position forward or backward following Saturday night's 150-lapper at Hickory.

"We're chugging away at it and hopefully things will keep going our way," said Brown. "I'm not nervous about it because I've won championships before and I'm still young. If this were my first time racing for a championship, yeah I'd probably be nervous.

"I realized a long time ago that when it comes down to racing for a title there's not a lot that you can do to change the outcome. We're just going out to do the best that we can do. It's not the end of the world if we don't win the championship this year because there's always next year. Don't get me wrong because I would love to win it. I'm excited about it."

The unique part of the situation is that two of the final three races (Hickory and Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, N.C on Oct. 7) are set to host their first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events.

"Junior and I have both raced at Hickory and Kenly in the past, but it's been several years ago so naturally the surface is going to be a little different," said Brown. "It's kind of the same deal as when we raced at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and neither one of us had ever seen that place and Junior won the race and I was second. I don't think going to those two tracks are going to matter all that much because we've both got good teams that will adapt to anything that comes their way."

After Hickory and Southern National, the Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Motor Mile Speedway, in Radford, Va., for the season finale on Oct. 14.

Top 10 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Driver Standings: 1. Tim Brown --1,597; 2. Junior Miller -- 1,596; 3. Burt Myers -- 1,437; 4. L.W. Miller -- 1,424; 5. Brian King -- 1,398; 6. Jason Myers -- 1,380; 7. Bobby Hutchens -- 1,357; 8. Gene Pack -- 1,356; 9. Brian Pack -- 1,336; 10. Frank Fleming -- 1,276.

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