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BG MODS: MILLER BREAKS BIG RECORD
Junior Miller took his rightful place in history on Saturday, claiming his 65th victory in the GMAC Insurance Personal Pit Crew Modified Series and breaking the record for most all-time career feature victories at Bowman Gray Stadium.
But after the champagne bottles had been drained, Miller buckled down immediately and began to focus on the rest of the 2006 season.
“This record is something that I’ve worked hard at for a long time,” said Miller. “Now that it’s out of the way, it’s time to focus more on the points. It’d like to win another championship this year – maybe break that record too,” said Miller.
Miller has been champion five times at Bowman Gray. The current record, eight championships at the Stadium, belongs to Ralph Brinkley – the same man who held the
record for most all-time feature victories before Miller eclipsed him on Saturday.
The checkered fell just in time for Miller on Saturday. A slipping clutch almost cost him the race, but Miller was able to hold on in the final laps for his 65th win. Miller jumped into another car for the second race, sending him to the rear. The King of the Modifieds ended up finishing 12th in the second race and increasing his points lead from 10 to 13 points.
Points contender Burt Myers had his share of bad luck on Saturday. After Rookie Jonathan Brown got in an entanglement with Myers, the “Young Gun” could only salvage a 15th place finish.
But as luck would have it, the “Madhouse Scramble” sent the older of the Myers brothers to the outside front row for the start of the second race – a position he would not have been in had he not been involved in the incident with Brown. Myers went on to win, but it wasn’t enough to gain any ground on the points leader Miller. Burt Myers remains second in the points.
Six-time Champion Tim Brown has also thrown his hat into the ring in pursuit of breaking all the records in the book. “Let Junior get his 65th win. Then wait a few years and I’ll take it away from him,” said Brown. “I’m going to break Ralph’s record for championships too.” Brown is currently seventh in the points.
With Double Points night coming up on July 8, the points ladder is in for some shaking. Competitors draw for starting position in the Allstate 100, so the stage is set for some exciting racing.
There will be no racing this Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium as part of an annual tradition to honor July 4th. But racing will be back the next week on July 8.
DIRT: EXTREME RAINS HALT FULTON SHOW
Severe weather conditions on Tuesday forced race officials to postpone the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series event scheduled at Fulton Speedway on Wednesday, June 28. DIRT MotorSports and Fulton officials are currently reviewing possible make-up dates for the highly anticipated 9th Annual Showdown At Sundown 100 presented by Budweiser, with an announcement to be made as soon as a decision is reached.
be held hostage by the onslaught of precipitation in New York’s Southern Tier. He was forced to shut down all business activity at his Quality Hardwoods lumber plant as access roads remain underwater resulting in no means of transportation for company employees.
With a rain date pending at Fulton Speedway, Advance Auto Parts tour competition kicks off the month of July with a unique back-to-back DIRT doubleheader both north and south of the Canadian border. Rolling Wheels Raceway in Central New York hosts the 35th ‘Firecracker 100’ Championship on July 3 before big-block teams pack up and head for Brockville Ontario Speedway and attempt to qualify for the Coca-Cola 100, the first-ever AAP Super DIRT Series race in track history. Both $6,000-to-win main events offer valuable points towards the overall Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRT Championship.
NWSMT: BACK IN ACTION
It’s been a while since the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was in action, but things are slated to heat back up this Friday night at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.
Junior Miller celebrates his accomplishment. (Bowman-Gray Photo)
The Tour last raced in April, when LW Miller scored a dominating victory at Motor Mile Speedway (VA). Junior Miller, who was won two of the four events contested in 2006, currently leads the point standings over LW Miller.
MOD MADNESS: GET ON THE BUS!
Modified fans who live in Vermont or Western New Hampshire and are heading to the July 26th, Modified Madness Wednesday night show at Seekonk Speedway now have an alternative to high fuel prices and logging plenty of late-night miles.
JRB Transportation has teamed up with Seekonk Speedway to offer fans in the NH/VT area transportation
too and from the race. A bus will make pickup/drop offs in the New Hampshire towns of Canaan, Lebanon, Ascutney, Claremont, and Newport. Departure time tentatively 1:00 pm.
The cost is $50 per person and that will get you to the show, into the grandstands and home. Prizes will be given away on the way down and there will certainly be plenty of race talk on the ride.
Anyone interested in the bus, can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michelle at 603-558-0518. There is limited seating available and payment due prior to event date.
DIRT: IT’S TOMKINS AGAIN AT CANANDAIGUA
There have been ten DIRT Modified features run this year at Canandaigua Speedway and Gary Tomkins has claimed victory in half of those, winning number five Saturday evening. “This feature really belonged to Jeff (Brownell Jr.) as he had just as fast a car as I did,” commented a relaxed Tomkins from Victory Lane. Brownell Jr. held a seven-car lead over Tomkins until Tomkins closed the gap dramatically on lap 26 and took the lead. “Jeff has come a long way and will win a bunch of these some day.”
The Whelen Southern Modifieds are back on track this week.
In DIRT Sportsman action it was Russ Hefti taking the win in just his second appearance of the year at Canandaigua. In the Street Stock division it was Corey Hunt winning his second Novice feature of the season while Adam DePuy also won his second feature of the year in the Expert division. A post-race inspection has held up the official results of the expert race from being posted. The results will remain unofficial until a final decision is made on DePuy’s transmission.
The 35-lap DIRT Modified feature opened with pole-sitter Butch Tittle blasting into the lead at the drop of the green. Young Jeff Brownell Jr. pulled along side of Tittle on lap six to move to the point. Brownell then proceeded to build a lead over Chuck Bower, Todd Burley, Tittle and Gary Tomkins.
On lap 14 the yellow flew when Steve Paine slowed with a flat tire on the backstretch. On the restart Tomkins took second from Bower and set out to try and run down Brownell. A
second yellow flew on lap 17 when Todd Burley slowed in the second turn and he quickly returned to the race.
Up front the race was coming down to Tomkins chasing down Brownell. On lap 26 Tomkins pulled along side the leader using the high line out of the fourth turn and took the lead. Tomkins led the parade home with Brownell holding onto second. Matt Sheppard came home third followed by VicCoffey and Paine.
PASS MODIFIEDS: IT'S TIME FOR CANAAN
The PASS Modifieds will return to action on Sunday evening, July 2nd at Canaan Fair Speedway (NH). Racing starts at 6pm and the PASS Outlaw Late Models will also be on the racing card.
IMCA: SMITH MAKES LAST MINUTE TRIP TO ROME PAY OFF
Mike Smith didn’t plan on attending Sunday’s Empire State IMCA Modified Series race at Utica-Rome Speedway, but an ambitious crew helped convince him it was the right thing to do.
As a result, Smith scored his first series win of the season, holding off rookie of the race Jim Roberts for the checkers.
“We didn’t even plan on attending,” Smith stated from victory lane. “If it was up to me right now, the car would be back in the shop. There was a little work involved, but it all paid off. This win is a testament to those guys and it feels great.”
Smith is currently 14th in IMCA’s national standings and leads the SuperFlow Eastern Region points race. Sunday’s victory will help him pad the Eastern lead and hopefully assist him in his national quest.
“We’ve got some pretty lofty goals,” stated Smith. “Points chasing is difficult on everyone involved, but we’re sticking together and today showed that. This win will certainly help things out.”
Roberts jumped out to the early lead after moving around Bill Anderson and Rich Townsend, who made up the front row for the start. Defending series champion, George Catanzano chased Roberts until a multi-car tangle in turn two brought out the red flag. Dan Wilcox, Ken Rogers and Mark Chrzanowski were all involved.
Catanzano, who was signaled to the pits by the starter for leaking fluids, would rejoin the field at the rear for the restart.
Once racing resumed, Smith shot by Roberts on the bottom to take the lead, and ultimately he would never look back. John Mason drove forward into the top five, but slipped to eighth at the finish. Catanzano worked his way back to the second position and looked to gain ground on Smith, but as the checkers were waving Catanzano slipped to fourth off turn two when he and Roberts made contact.
At the finish it was Smith, followed by Roberts and Johnny Hill, who moved up to third on the final circuit. Catanzano was fourth and Kevan Cook came home a steady fifth.
The next event for the Empire State Series is Tuesday, July 18 at Fonda Speedway.
Miller wheels his #69 around Bowman-Gray for a record-setting victory lane. (BG Photo)
“We made the decision to postpone our show out of consideration for those southeast of us that are currently experiencing a state of emergency due to the recent rain storm,” said Fulton Speedway Promoter T.J. Fitzgibbons early Wednesday morning. “We could work all day and get the facility race ready but its our customers that are the most important and trying to run an event shows little sensitivity to their plight. Parts of Route 81 are closed down and some of the town residents both east and south of us have been forced to evacuate. We’ll definitely look to get the big-block tour back to Fulton, this is just a difficult time for everyone involved.”
Heavy rains that swept through the entire Northeast during the past few days were reported to be some of the worst in the past 100 years. Major flooding in many areas forced homeowners to seek higher grounds as parts of their property were washed away. The expectation of further precipitation in the Central New York region throughout the day offered little optimism for travelers planning to visit the speedway. Residing in Sidney, N.Y., current Advance Auto Parts SDS points leader Billy Decker continues to