Once and Future King Is Ready for Southern Mod Season to Get Started
Junior Miller Chases Third Straight Title Beginning This Week at Caraway
When the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour kicks off its third season Saturday with the Night of Southern Modified 150 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., Junior Miller will be chasing title No. 3. And the rest of the field will be chasing Miller.
Junior Miller in victory lane.
“I don’t mind having the target on my back as long as none of those other guys hit it,” Miller said. “I think we’re going to have another good year.”
It would be hard topping last season, when "The King of Southern Modifieds" dominated with six victories in 13 races. The 55 year-old Pine Hall, N.C. native knows that all his fellow competitors are taking aim at him and his No. 69 Advance Auto Parts Dodge team.
“We’ve got some good Dodge motors and those things really seem to be purring,” Miller said. “I really do think we’re going to have a good car this year.
“There are a lot of other guys that aren’t going to make it easy on us and they’ve probably spent more money over the winter on their equipment than we have.”
Despite Miller’s astounding rate of success, it took until the final race for him to turn back the challenge of Tim Brown. Brown had a win and finished in the top 10 in every race, ending six points behind Miller.
“I honestly feel like we have the equipment that we can win the race with if I don't beat myself,” Brown told modseriesscene.com at last week’s media gathering. “We've got a new crew chief in Phil Moran. He's won a championship up north with Todd Szegedy (in 2003) for the Whelen Tour. … That's pretty big and I think that'll help us."
The championship road will include an inaugural visit to the Music City Motorplex on April 1 – the Nashville, Tenn. short track is where racing legends such as Darrell Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Jeff Green and the late Bobby Hamilton cut their teeth coming up through the ranks early in their career.
In addition, there will be stops at many of the most popular and historic short tracks in the southeast.
The lineup includes Greenville-Pickens Speedway, in Greenville, S.C.; Bowman Gray Stadium, in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and the annual combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
The Tour will also make six stops at Caraway, beginning with Saturday’s opener and concluding with the season finale Oct. 6.