Smith Steals Caraway Victory

 

Tim Southers, NASCAR PR
July 2, 2010 - 9:41pm

ASHEBORO, N.C.   John Smith worked his way past L.W. Miller on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Firecracker 150 in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action at Caraway Speedway.

Smith, who started alongside leader Miller on the final restart, was able to get the lead and held on for his first win in his 44th career start on the tour. Smith also became the fourth different winner in as many race this season on the NWSMT.

It was the first career tour victory for Smith, out of Mount Airy, N.C.

Last October, Smith nearly collected his first win on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway but was unable to make the late pass. He wouldn't be denied a second time.

The second-place Miller dominated much of the night, leading by as many as ten car lengths at one point, but Bryan Dauzat made contact with the outside retaining wall in Turn 2 on Lap 144 to set up the thrilling finish by Smith. Miller, who wrestled the lead away from Zach Brewer on the race's first lap and looked to be on the way to his 11th career victory, led all but five laps on the .455-mile oval.

James Civali followed Smith and Miller across the line for a finish of third. Jason Myers and Burt Myers logged fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively.

Andy Seuss finished sixth with Josh Nichols seventh. Gene Pack, Johnny Sutton and Gary Putnam completed the top 10.

James Civali built his points lead to 24 points over L.W. Miller, (670-646) who moved into second-place in the point standings after his third consecutive runner up finish. Seuss, Smith and Brewer complete the top five.

Earlier in the day, Burt Myers collected the Coors Light Pole Award for the second straight race at Caraway and extended his overall tour record to 23 poles.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to the track on Aug. 7 for the Strutmasters.com 199 at the historic Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Fin. Start, Car#, Driver, Sponsor, Laps, Points, Bonus Points, Money, Stats

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Total Award Status
1 13 25 John Smith Tutterrow Surverying/Rick's Home Improvement 154 185 5 $2,300 Running
2 2 36 L.W. Miller John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac 154 180 10 1,500 Running
3 3 79 James Civali Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/LeBleu Water 154 165 1,125 Running
4 4 4 Jason Myers Wendell Edwards/Moorefield & Trantham Ent. 154 160 1,050 Running
5 9 1 Burt Myers Capital Bank/Patterson's Brand Chili Ford 154 155 1,350 Running
6 10 47 Andy Seuss Q Racing Oil/Rockingham Boats/MUA Dodge 154 150 850 Running
7 6 2 Josh Nichols Gershow Recycling/Pen Fair Service Chevrolet 154 146 750 Running
8 14 31 Gene Pack Gene Pack Builders Chevrolet 154 142 690 Running
9 15 10 Johnny Sutton Last Round-Best Round UFC Fighting T-shirts 154 138 590 Running
10 17 77 Gary Putnam * Stock Car Steel Chevrolet 154 134 650 Running
11 11 44 Brandon Hire Crane & Rigging,Linebach Machinery Chevrolet 154 130 825 Running
12 20 81 Austin Pack Clayton Homes/Wings N Things Chevrolet 154 127 500 Running
13 16 48 Brad Robbins Tri-City Trading Chevrolet 154 124 485 Running
14 21 0 Greg Butcher * Butcher Racing Chevrolet 153 121 460 Running
15 18 97 Bryan Dauzat OB Builders, Inc. Chevrolet 142 118 445 Accident
16 8 23 Brian Loftin QMF Metal & Electronic Solutions/L&R Trans. 119 115 430 Electrical
17 12 02 Buddy Emory T & C Motorsports Chevrolet 115 112 420 Transmission
18 19 12 Mike Norman * DMC Auto Exchange/B&G Pie Co. Ford 99 109 410 Vibration
19 1 11 Zach Brewer Phoenix Pre-Owned/Triad Auto Sales/Piedmont 92 111 5 400 Accident
20 5 8 Jonathan Kievman A Best Forklift Chevrolet 60 103 390 Ignition
21 7 40 Frank Fleming Jerry Hunt Auto & Truck Center/Lewisville 47 100 380 Ignition

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Burt Myers, Time: 15.821 Seconds, Speed: 103.533 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 3 mins, 41 secs Average Speed: 66.017 mph Margin of Victory: .010 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 2-4 (#40 car stalls on the track); 23-26 (#12 spins in Turn 2); 53-57 (#0 Spins in Turn 2); 71-75 (#97 Spins in Turn 2); 87-90 (#81 Spins in Turn 2); 93-101 (#11, #44, #81, #48, #0, #12 accident in Turn 1); 122-125 (#44 Spins on backstretch); 143-151 (#97 Hits Turn 2 wall).  8 for 43 laps.

Lap Leaders: L.W. Miller 1-4, Zach Brewer 5, L.W. Miller 6-26, Zach Brewer 27, L.W. Miller 28-151, John Smith 152-154.

Total Laps Led: L.W. Miller 149, John Smith 3, Zach Brewer 2.  5 changes involving 3 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

COCA COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: John Smith, 25 Tutterrow Surverying/Rick's Home Improvement Chevrolet

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Burt Myers, 1 Capital Bank/Patterson's Brand Chili Ford

FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Brandon Hire, 44 Crane & Rigging,Linebach Machinery Chevrolet

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Gary Putnam*, 77 Stock Car Steel Chevrolet

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

POINTS STANDINGS / RACE PHOTOS

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