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NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE DECIDED SATURDAY NIGHT AT SOUTHERN NATIONAL RACEWAY PARK DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship point leader Tim Brown heads ...

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE DECIDED SATURDAY NIGHT AT SOUTHERN NATIONAL RACEWAY PARK

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2006) -- NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship point leader Tim Brown heads into Saturday's "Night of Modifieds 100" at Southern National Raceway Park, in Kenly, N.C., with one goal in mind -- maintain his slim four-point lead over defending Tour champion Junior Miller.

"I'm ahead of him by just four points so it's pretty simple heading to Kenly -- I have to outrun Junior if I want to win the championship," Brown said. "It's a nice feeling to know that all I have to do is finish ahead of Junior and the championship is ours."

If there were a tie in the points, Miller would win the championship based on having more victories throughout the 2006 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season.

The winner of a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race is awarded 180 championship driver points while the second-place finisher is credited with 170 points. The second through sixth-place drivers drop five respective points in descending fashion -- third 165, fourth 160, fifth 155, and sixth 150. If Brown and Miller finish in the top six on Saturday night, Miller would have to finish only one position ahead of Brown in order to win the championship.

Yet the seventh through 11th place drivers are separated by four descending championship driver points, with the remainder of the field awarded in three-point increments.

Brown doesn't necessarily care about the mathematics he faces heading into the weekend as he knows what he has to do is rather simple -- beat Junior Miller.

"I know I've got to outrun him," Brown said. "It's going to be tough because Junior is a great driver and Riggs Racing is a great race team, but I've got a good race team too and we're going to lay it all on the line Saturday night. When the green flag falls Saturday night I'm just going to see how my car is and what we've got. Naturally, if we've got a car that's capable of winning I'd like to win the season finale and the championship. Outrunning Junior is the main goal."

One would think that Brown heads into Saturday night's race with the weight of the world on his shoulders as far as pressure goes, yet he insists that's not the case.

"We've learned a long time ago that we do the same thing we've done all year long to get to this point," Brown said. "There's no more pressure on us heading to Kenly than there was going into the first race of the season. We as a team put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform well every race we go to. If we perform well at Kenly and win the championship -- that's great. If Junior beats us and we finish second -- there's nothing we can do about it.

"The only pressure that's on us is to not beat ourselves. We can't control what kind of night Junior and his team are going to have. When the checkered flag falls we just hope we're ahead of Junior by at least a spot or two."

Brown is also very aware of the fact that if it should come down to a mathematical tie in the final driver standings after Saturday night's race, Miller would have the upper hand in the tie-breaker which is based on the driver having the most wins which would give Miller the championship.

"That's fair," Brown said. "I've won championships before based on me winning more races than another driver. How else could you look at it because Junior has had a better year than I have when you look at the number of wins? If I'm lucky enough to walk away with the championship Saturday night I'd rather do it with consistency than the number of wins. Junior and his team have had a great year and I know they would think it was even better if they go on and win the championship.

"I definitely want to win the championship, but if we don't I've still had a great year. I just want to have a good race and hopefully we'll come out on top."

FAST FACTS

What: Night of Modifieds 100, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race 13 of 13

Where: Southern National Raceway Park, Kenly, N.C.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 6:00 p,m.

Track layout: 4/10 mile paved oval

Race distance: 100 laps

Posted awards: $22,995

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver standings: 1. Tim Brown -- 1,922; 2. Junior Miller -- 1,918; 3. L.W. Miller -- 1,764; 4. Burt Myers -- 1,748; 5. Brian King -- 1,674; 6. Jason Myers -- 1,642; 7. Brian Pack -- 1,636; 8. Bobby Hutchens -- 1,633; 9. Gene Pack -- 1,571; 10. Frank Fleming -- 1,534.

Schedule: Registration -- 10 a.m.; Gates Open/Haulers Enter -- 11:00 p.m.; Practice -- 2:50 -- 3:10 p.m.; Driver's Meeting -- 4:15 p.m.; First Race -- 6 p.m.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers L.W. Miller , Junior Miller , Burt Myers