NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes * 2009 Season Set To Kick Off At Caraway Speedway * "Home" Track For NWSMT Ready To Host 24th Race * Ragan To Make Modified Debut Loftin Ready To Begin Title Defense At ...
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes
* 2009 Season Set To Kick Off At Caraway Speedway
* "Home" Track For NWSMT Ready To Host 24th Race
* Ragan To Make Modified Debut
Loftin Ready To Begin Title Defense At Caraway
Some of the best drivers in the country are ready to help kick off the fifth season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modifieds this weekend at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.
The oldest touring series in NASCAR decided in 2005 to create a southern division of the popular cars that have been a fixture in the Northeast for over fifty years and the popularity of the NWSMT continues to grow every year.
In fact, the popularity has grown to the point that the NWSMT will feature a 16-race schedule in 2009 that is the most ambitious yet and largest of any NASCAR Touring Series. The Tour will visit a total of nine tracks in five states during the season with Caraway hosting the most events -- seven.
Lexington, N.C., driver Brian Loftin will attempt to become the first repeat champion since veteran Junior Miller won the first two titles in 2005 & 2006 with a follow-up to his 2008 championship.
Loftin, who won four races en route to his championship last season, has won at Caraway Speedway and feels getting a good start and hitting the right setup there could be the key to another championship.
"I think every driver in the NWSMT loves Caraway Speedway," said Loftin. "We know the track so well from running there so much, and if you can hit the right setup and find the fast way around that track, it can really help you in the point standings since we race there several times. I know it helped me get my title last year."
In the six races held at Caraway last season Loftin didn't finish lower than third, capturing two wins and two second-place finishes. Loftin also holds the track qualifying record at Caraway and looks forward to getting a good start in defending his crown.
"The level of competition has really improved in the NWSMT since 2005 and on any given night there are probably 12-15 drivers who can win at Caraway, so we have to be ready when we get there (this weekend)."
Some of the other drivers Loftin feels are ready to contend for a win at Caraway include Tim Brown and L.W. Miller.
Brown won two races last year and Miller shares the record for most wins at the track with Loftin at six with a win in last year's season-opener at the track.
The event will be a two-day show with practice and qualifying scheduled for this Saturday afternoon, March 14, and the Spring Classic 150 for the NWSMT set to take the green flag Sunday afternoon, March 15 at 2 p.m. For more information on the race, please contact Caraway Speedway at (336) 629-5803.
The Race: Spring Classic 150
The Place: Caraway Speedway, Asheboro, N.C.
The Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Time: 2 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .455-mile paved
Race Purse: $24,806
2008 Winner: L.W. Miller
2008 Pole: Tim Brown
Saturday, March 14: Practice 1-1:45 p.m. Time Trials 4:30 p.m.