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BURT MYERS AIMS HIGH IN NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR * All-new NASCAR tour continues inaugural season April 2 at Ace Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2005) -- After making its 2005 debut at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.,...

BURT MYERS AIMS HIGH IN NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR

* All-new NASCAR tour continues inaugural season April 2 at Ace Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2005) -- After making its 2005 debut at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour travels to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., for a 150-lap event April 2.

Ace, a 4/10-mile track, is the second of four consecutive weekends of racing for the all-new Tour, which continues April 9 and April 16 at Caraway.

The season-opening event attracted drivers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to challenge the local Modified stars from North Carolina and Virginia. This week, one area driver is looking to make his mark at Ace.

Burt Myers, a two-time Bowman Gray Stadium track champion from Walnut Cove, N.C., is confident about his chances in this new tour. Myers, 29, was also the 2002 Southern Modified Auto Racing Teams (SMART) Tour champion.

"Let me put it this way: if there's been a Modified race in this area over the last five years, we haven't missed a race," said Myers. "We ran over 50 races last year. If they've got a race, we're going to run. We're planning on attending every race and hopefully we can be the first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion.

"I don't come to the race track to finish second," said Myers. "You can't win 'em all, but if I knew I was going without a shot to win, I wouldn't go. We aim and we strive to win."

As for Ace, Myers says it's a track he knows well -- and one that will challenge the drivers on race night.

"I love Ace. It's tight and it's fast and it has good grip," said Myers. "Chassis and driver come into play at Ace. It's a good track to race on and it ought to be exciting."

Myers' experience at Bowman Gray, a tough and demanding quarter-mile NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series track in Winston-Salem, N.C., has him well-prepared for Ace.

"Growing up around Bowman Gray, I'm used to short, tight tracks," said Myers. "To me, that's what real racing is: short, tight tracks where you actually have to drive the cars.

"When you get on some of the bigger tracks, your chassis is so [important] that you can only do what your car will let you do. Somewhere like Ace, you can put on a good show because your car will stay pretty good all night long."

Myers and the rest of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour field will have their first taste of Ace Speedway during a practice session from 3-5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Bud Pole time trials are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and the 150-lap main event will take the green flag at approximately 7:00 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is the latest regional racing series to be sanctioned by NASCAR, which also operates the northeastern-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and six other regional racing series throughout the United States. Modified cars feature a unique open-wheel design, and at 2,600 pounds, they are among the lightest NASCAR race cars on the track today.

Fast Facts

What: NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150

Where: Ace Speedway, Altamahaw, N.C.
When: Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. (approx.).

Posted awards: $16,000.

Race length: 150 laps, 60 miles
Track layout: 4/10-mile oval.

Pre-Race Schedule: Registration begins 1:00 p.m., Practice 3-5:00 p.m., Bud Pole qualifying 5:45 p.m.

Online Info: acespeedway.com or nascarregionalracing.com

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