SMT: Caraway round four race notes

BRIAN LOFTIN WINS NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR 150 AT CARAWAY SPEEDWAY ASHEBORO, N.C. (July 1, 2005) -- Brian Loftin, of Lexington, N.C., won Friday night's NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 at Caraway Speedway, the fourth event...

BRIAN LOFTIN WINS NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR 150 AT CARAWAY SPEEDWAY

ASHEBORO, N.C. (July 1, 2005) -- Brian Loftin, of Lexington, N.C., won Friday night's NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 at Caraway Speedway, the fourth event on the Tour's inaugural 2005 schedule and first after an 11-week break from racing. It was Loftin's first win of the season. Tim Brown finished second, followed by Alex Hoag, Michael Clifton and Brian Pack in fifth place.

"We didn't lead a lap at all during the first three races," said Loftin. "I was just crossing my fingers there at the end."

In the opening laps, Jay Hedgecock came to the front of the field quickly, after starting in the fifth position. Hedgecock won the Bud Pole qualifying award -- for the third time this season -- but started fifth after the top eight qualifiers re-drew their starting positions before the start of the feature event.

By the halfway point of the race, Hedgecock had pulled away to a sizeable lead ahead of New Jersey's Brian Crammer and Brown in third. Brothers Burt and Jason Myers were also in pursuit, running fourth and fifth at the race's halfway mark.

Loftin's lucky break came as the race was extended into extra distance due to two late caution periods. As the race neared its final laps, Crammer was the only car within striking distance of Hedgecock but spoiled his chances after he spun out on lap 144.

Another caution period ensued when Danny Wyatt spun out in turn four and the race was eventually red-flagged. Hedgecock's No. 41 car ran out of fuel as the field came to a stop and Hedgecock was forced to relinquish the lead he had held for most of the night. Loftin inherited the lead and held off a hard-charging Brown for the final restart.

Championship points leader Junior Miller finished 13th and maintained his lead in the standings. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action Aug. 5-6 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Junior Miller , Jason Myers