SMT: 2006 Awards banquet notes

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR DRIVER JUNIOR MILLER HONORED FOR 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY NIGHT WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Junior Miller was honored Saturday at the Marriott in ...

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR DRIVER JUNIOR MILLER HONORED FOR 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY NIGHT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Junior Miller was honored Saturday at the Marriott in downtown Winston-Salem for winning the 2006 championship. It marked the second straight year that Miller received the accolades from his fellow racing peers for winning the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship.

Miller, a native of Pine Hall, N.C., said he was proud of his season which produced six victories and 11 Top-10 finishes.

"This is probably the best season I've ever had in racing," Miller said. "To win six races in such a competitive series like the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour means a lot not only to me, but to all the guys that work so hard at Riggs Racing. They make my job easy and I'm glad that the guys were here tonight to celebrate our second straight NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship. I have to thank NASCAR for all the time and effort they put into making this banquet such a nice event."

In addition to Miller, the top-three drivers were invited onto the stage to be recognized and give their thoughts on the year-long efforts. Tim Brown, a native of Cana, Va. was the second-place driver and L.W. Miller from Mooresville, N.C. finished third in the final 2006 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver standings.

Every driver in the Top-10 was invited onstage and given a special watch that was presented on behalf on Whelen.

In addition to his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, Miller was also brought on stage to receive the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award and a check for $2,000. The Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award is given to the driver who won this award the most number of times during the 2006 season.

Brian Pack, a native of Walkertown, N.C., received the season-long POWERade Power Move of the Race Award and a check for $2,000. The POWERade Power Move of the Race Award recognizes the driver who improves the most number of positions on the track, during each race.

The Southern Modified Ladies Auxiliary also had four special awards that were presented at Saturday night's banquet.

The winner of the Kenny Minter Memorial Determination Award was NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour director Mark Suddreth, a native of Granite Falls, N.C. Suddreth also won the Bud Hutchens Excellence in Motor Sports Award.

The winner of the Darryl Mabe Memorial Mechanic of the Year Award was given to Ben Brown, the crew chief on the No. 83 Hayes Jewelers Chevrolet driven by Tim Brown.

The winner of the Bubba Beck Perseverance Award was Lexington, N.C., native Brian Loftin.

-credit: nascar

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Drivers L.W. Miller , Junior Miller