BRIAN LOFTIN WINS MODIFIED 150 RACE AT CARAWAY SPEEDWAY

by:Jason Mitchell NASCAR/PR

ASHEBORO, N.C. (April 12, 2008) – Brian Loftin picked up his first victory of the 2008 season as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified completed a doubleheader of two races in two days.

Loftin took the lead for the final time with 10 laps remaining in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 and won by a .345-second margin over runner-up Andy Seuss.

“If the circumstances would have turned out a little different I really think this could be our second win of the season,” said Loftin. “We needed a run like this because last night at Ace was disappointing because we had such a good car and didn't get the finish we probably deserved. “

Loftin has five of his seven career victories at Caraway and has won three of the last four events at the .455-mile track.

He finished 17th in Friday night's race at Ace Speedway.

“I wanted to hang my head down after last night but all the guys on the team wouldn't let me and I have to thank them for that,” Loftin said. “I just hope things keep getting better from here. I just have to thank Andy Seuss for racing me as clean as he did.”

Seuss started second and led a race-high 137 laps.

Rounding out the top-five were Frank Fleming, George Brunnhoelzl and Burt Myers. L.W. Miller winner of first two races of the season struggled to a seventh-place finish. Miller leads Ronnie Silk, who was sixth, by 36 points.

Burt Myers circled the Caraway short track at a speed of 101.117 mph to win his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, but started seventh following the post-qualifying redraw. He finished seventh.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action next Saturday night at Caraway.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 Results

Saturday

At Caraway Speedway

Asheboro , NC

Lap length: 0.455 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Brian Loftin, Lexington , N.C. , Chevrolet, 150 laps, 53.182 mph, $2,000.

2. (2) Andy Seuss, Hampstead , N.H. , Dodge, 150, $1,700.

3. (6) Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Pontiac , 150, $1,125.

4. (3) George Brunnhoelzl, Babylon , N.Y. , Ford, 150, $1,050.

5. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut-Cove , N.C. , Ford, 150, $1,300.

6. (12) Ronnie Silk, Norwalk , Conn. , Pontiac , 150, $850.

7. (4) L.W. Miller, Mooresville , N.C. , Pontiac, 150, $750.

8. (9) Brian King, Burlington , N.C. , Chevrolet, 150, $690.

9. (18) Jay Mize, Clemmons , N.C. , Chevrolet, 149, $890.

10. (13) Bobby Hutchens, Lexington , N.C. , Chevrolet, 149, $550.

11. (19) Thomas Stinson, Chester , VA. , Chevrolet, 149, $525.

12. (14) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 148, $500.

13. (17) Brian Pack, Walkertown , N.C. , Chevrolet, 98, $485.

14. (1) John Smith, Mount Airy , N.C. , Chevrolet, 91, accident, $460.

15. (20) Brandon Hire, Winston-Salem , N.C. , Chevrolet, 76, $445.

16. (5) Rich Kuiken, Jr., Staffordville , N.J. , Chevrolet, 65, $530.

17. (10) Tim Brown, Cana , VA. , Chevrolet, 65, accident, $420.

18. (16) Scott Rigney, Mount Airy, N.C., Pontiac , 51, $410.

19. (11) Johnny Sutton, Harrisburg , N.C. , Chevrolet, 49, engine, $400.

20. (15) Gene Pack, Myrtle Beach , S.C. , Chevrolet, 49, accident, $390.

21. (21) Junior Miller, Pine Hall , N.C. , Dodge, 4, accident, $380.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 17 minutes 0 seconds

Margin of Victory: .345 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: B.Myers (101.117 mph, 16.199 seconds)

Caution Flags: 4 for 40 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A.Seuss 1; J.Smith 2-4; A.Seuss 5-140; B.Loftin 141-150.

Standings: 1. L.Miller, 506; 2. R.Silk, 470; 3. B.Loftin, 457; 4. F.Fleming, 441; 5. J.Myers, 433; 6. B.King, 419; 7. T.Brown, 418; 8. B.Myers, 408; 9. A.Seuss, 404; 10. G.Brunnhoelzl, 363.

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