JUNIOR MILLER WINS SATURDAY NIGHT AT GREENVILLE-PICKENS SPEEDWAY GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 7, 2007) -- Junior Miller has built the reputation as "The King of the Southern Modifieds" by letting his fellow drivers jump out to big early leads only to...
JUNIOR MILLER WINS SATURDAY NIGHT AT GREENVILLE-PICKENS SPEEDWAY
GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 7, 2007) -- Junior Miller has built the reputation as "The King of the Southern Modifieds" by letting his fellow drivers jump out to big early leads only to stalk them down in the closing laps and coming away with the victory.
That was exactly the case Saturday night in the An American Revolution 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, as Miller rode around in the top five for the majority of the race behind the dominant car of Matt Hirschman. Hirschman ran out front from lap five until lap 129, when Miller drove underneath him to take the lead away.
Miller led the rest of the way en route to his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory.
"I think he'd pretty much used his car up," Miller said.. "We were good enough to get by him and we showed him who 'The King' really is. Matt just used his stuff up to early and we saved our car for the end when it really counts."
After Miller took the lead, Hirschman fell back to second until he spun coming off the fourth turn after contact with Tim Brown. Hirschman's late spin set the stage for a green-white-checkered finish with Miller holding off Brian Pack for the win.
"This car has been good enough to win every race this year," Miller said. "We were able to wear them out there at the end, but I didn't earlier on if we were going to be able to catch Matt Hirschman or not."
Miller's win allowed him to take over the Whelen Southern Modified Tour point lead by 28 points over Burt Myers. L.W. Miller, who held the point lead coming into Saturday night's race, was knocked out of the race on lap 45 due to electrical problems.
For Pack, his runner-up effort tied a career best NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour finish from last year at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway.
"After the first two races we've had this season, this means a lot to me and this team," Pack said. "I was running second on that last restart and Junior kind of taught me a little bit. I'll learn from that and hopefully not make the same mistake next time. When you finish second to a guy like Junior Miller you've done a pretty days work."
Brown wound up third, followed by last week's winner Andy Seuss and Brandon Ward. Burt Myers, Jason Myers, Chuck Hossfeld, Bobby Hutchens and John Smith rounded out the top 10.
Hirschman spun after contact with Brown on lap 147, necessitating the overtime finish. Hirschman wound 11th, the last car on the lead lap.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action next Saturday night at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.