SMT: Motor Mile race notes 2006-04-23

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED DRIVER L.W. MILLER SCORES SUNDAY VICTORY AT MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY RADFORD, Va. (April 23, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified driver L.W. Miller picked up his first career victory Sunday evening at Motor Mile...

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED DRIVER L.W. MILLER SCORES SUNDAY VICTORY AT MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY

RADFORD, Va. (April 23, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified driver L.W. Miller picked up his first career victory Sunday evening at Motor Mile Speedway, doing so in rather convincing fashion as evident by his 11-second margin of victory over Jay Foley.

"I don't know whether I'm more excited or more tired because we ran another race this weekend before this one," Miller said. "This was a great weekend for me and my team. This is the most dominant car I've ever had before. This car was just on a rail tonight, plus the Motor Mile is just an awesome track and a beautiful facility.

"For about the first 50 laps, I was just riding around trying to figure out how everybody else was running and how hard they were going at it. I drove up to the leaders just to make sure I had something for them when it was time to get down and really go racing. I was able to run Jay Foley down and get around him. After awhile I was just pulling away and had such a good car that the only thing that was going to hurt me was a caution."

From that point on, it was simply a matter of Miller pulling away from his other competitors en route to the victory as the final 115 laps were run without a caution.

"We got to lead some laps and that's something I haven't been able to do for awhile," Foley said. "Our car was really good and I'm just tickled to death to come out of here with a second-place finish. Early in the race I was just trying to find a pace to run so I wouldn't use my tires up. I just didn't have enough for L.W. Miller when it counted."

Rounding out the top-five behind Miller and Foley were Jason Myers, Brian Pack and Junior Miller.

"I love this," Myers said. "After the year I've had so far, to finish third means the world to me. I'm tickled to death with this Foley Racing Engine we had in the car. For two of the top three cars to have Foley motors says a lot about how good a motor Jay and his guys build. I really don't think me or anybody else had anything for L.W. Miller. I'll take third and be happy with that."

Brian Loftin won the Bud Pole by setting a Motor Mile track record when he circled the .416-mile short track at a speed of 102.016 mph. After the qualifying redraw, Loftin started sixth with the front row made up by Jason Myers and Foley. On the initial restart, it was Foley jumping out to the early lead until Loftin's luck ran out on Lap 25 when he spun and made slight contact with the fourth turn wall.

The second yellow flag of the race was thrown on Lap 47 for a harmless spin involving Jay Hedgecock, while the third caution was thrown when Joe Lucas looped his Chevrolet in the third turn.

At the halfway mark -- or Lap 100 -- the top-five consisted of Foley in the lead, followed by L.W. Miller, Myers, Junior Miller and Tim Brown in fifth. One lap later, Miller shot past Foley to take the top spot and become the second -- and ultimately the last -- leader of the race.

The Top 10 was completed by Ted Christopher, Burt Myers, John Smith, Tim Brown and Gene Pack.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action June 30 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers L.W. Miller , Junior Miller , Ted Christopher , Jason Myers , Burt Myers