Let’s Run Two: Miller Looks Forward To Getting Back On Track By NASCAR PR
Ace on Friday and Caraway on Saturday is the Plan for NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
After two weekends of rainy weather that has postponed the last two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events, the drivers will attempt to return to action this weekend in a rare night of back-to-back races.
Defending Tour champion L.W. Miller (No. 36 John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac) is eager to get back to the action this Friday night in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 presented by DMC Auto Exchange at Ace Speedway.
Just as quick as Friday night’s race at the 4/10th-mile Altamahaw, N.C. short track is over, the drivers and crews will pack up only to return to action less than 24 hours later in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.
The last two events at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, N.C. and last Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C. were postponed due to inclement weather.
“We need the rain here in the Southeast because of the drought we’ve been in the last couple of years so nobody is going complain about that,” Miller said. “As a racer, it’s tough to get rained out two weeks in a row because we are mentally ready to go racing. It’s tough to get excited about going racing and then you look at the weather forecast and it’s flat-out calling for rain.
“It’s mentally hard on a driver more than anything else because we’re prepared to race and there’s nothing you can do about the weather. It’s just a little frustrating but we are still going to have the chance to make those two races up at a later date.”
The race at Southern National has been rescheduled for Sept. 13, while the makeup date for Greenville-Pickens is still to be determined.
Miller was one of a number of competitors who thanked Greenville-Pickens’ legendary promoter Tom Blackwell and his decision to postpone the race last Friday instead of on Saturday as the weather forecast looked bleak.
“I have to give both Tom and NASCAR credit for making that call because they saved everybody a lot of money in travel expenses,” Miller said. “They really saved everybody a lot of time and money, with fuel as expensive as it is right now.
“There wasn’t any reason for making us to travel to Greenville-Pickens and stand around all day in the rain and not getting anything accomplished. We just spent the day working on the race cars and getting them ready for this weekend.”
For now, the focus is on Ace Speedway on Friday night and the following night at Caraway with 300 laps of racing action on tap.
“I’m real excited about this weekend,” Miller said. “Last week we tested at Ace and ran real well there. I know we’re going to have a good car at Caraway based on our past track record there. I’m excited about both races this weekend and feel like we’re heading into those events on the top of our game.
“We actually have two different cars that we’re going to use this weekend. The car we’re going to run at Ace is 100-percent ready to go and our Caraway car is going to be just as good.”
Miller concedes that he’s in somewhat better shape heading into the doubleheader weekend because of the simple fact that he has two cars while some of his other competitors have only one and the fear of tearing up a race car on Friday night could spell for trouble on Saturday at Caraway.
“If you only have one car it kind of changes the way you race,” Miller said. “With that being said, once they drop the green flag everybody is going to race to win.”
L.W. Miller has won one race on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour this year, while Mother Nature has "won" the other two so far. (Jim Dupont Photo)