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MILLER STEALS TOP SPOT FROM MYERS SATURDAY TO GRAB NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR WIN AT CARAWAY SPEEDWAY ASHEBORO, N.C. (April 17, 2005) -- It's a rare sight in racing when you see the two dominant cars battle for basically the whole ...

MILLER STEALS TOP SPOT FROM MYERS SATURDAY TO GRAB NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR WIN AT CARAWAY SPEEDWAY

ASHEBORO, N.C. (April 17, 2005) -- It's a rare sight in racing when you see the two dominant cars battle for basically the whole race and trading paint for the win before getting out of their cars afterwards and praising the other for clean racing.

Yet that was exactly the case on Saturday night at Asheboro Speedway when Pine Hall (N.C.) native Junior Miller passed fellow home-state rival Burt Myers -- who had led the first 145 laps -- with only five laps remaining to score the victory in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 in thrilling fashion.

They bumped and banged. As a matter of fact, for most of the race that ended with Miller taking the win by a scant .323-second margin of victory, the two were stuck together like glue. In the end, though, both drivers were impressed with one another in an event that some thought third-place might be the place to be because Miller and Myers were racing so hard lap after lap.

"I could tell that Burt had burnt his tires up pretty good, but if I'd been leading I would have done the same thing," Miller said. "I had pretty good tires there at the end and I had to get to the front. I tell you what, since NASCAR has taken over this series it has been awesome and I think they're going to take us a long, long way. Having NASCAR step up to the plate with this series is going to go a long way for all the competitors in the Whelen Southern Modified Series."

When all was said and done, Miller admitted that his patience was more than likely the key to his victory in only the tour's third race in 2005 under NASCAR sanction.

"I had to use patience all night until about 25 laps to go and then it was time to go," Miller said. "I knew the tires were going to be good for those last 25 laps and they were. I just went as hard as I could go and everything worked out great."

While one might expect Myers to be upset at dominating the race only to lose in the final five laps, that wasn't the case.

"To come into this race and finish second after getting the car ready at the last minute, I'm real happy," said Myers, a resident of Walnut Cove, N.C. "If I told you I didn't want to win, I'd be lying. Junior drove me the same way I would have driven him and that's the way I like it. I just have to take my hat off to him because he did a great job."

Rounding out the top-five behind the Miller-Myers combo were Brian Loftin, Jay Hedgecock and Tim Brown.

One of the races biggest stories came before the green flag was ever thrown on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 when one of the race's pre-race favorites, Ted Christopher, had to make a pit stop on the pace laps leading up to the green flag for a tire problem. Starting last because of the unscheduled stop, Christopher was the star of the show as he sliced his way to move up to fourth on Lap 90.

Christopher -- who won the inaugural Southern Modified race at Caraway, was sent spinning just past the halfway mark, made several stops under cautions, but was only able to salvage a 10th place finish.

There were eight caution flags that slowed the field eight times for only 32 laps. The race's average speed was 73.083 mph.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action July 1 at Caraway Speedway.

Stats:

Time of Race:    0 hrs., 55 mins, 25 secs

Average Speed: 73.083 mph
Margin of Victory: .323 Seconds

BUD POLE AWARD: Jay Hedgecock, 41 Kernersville Motorsports Dodge

FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Brian Loftin, 23 L&R Transmissions Chevrolet

POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Junior Miller, 69 Advance Auto Parts / Valvoline Dodge

Caution Flags:   Laps 2-4; 22-24; 41-47; 89-91; 97-99; 102-104; 120-126;
136-138.  8 for 32 laps.

Lap Leaders: Jay Hedgecock 0, Burt Myers 1-145, Junior Miller 146-150.

Total Laps Led: Burt Myers 145, Junior Miller 5. 2 changes involving 2 drivers.

Next Race: Caraway Speedway, July 1

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Junior Miller , Ted Christopher , Burt Myers