Clayton Miller Is 411 Modified Sweetheart


SEYMOUR, Tenn. — Clayton Miller earned $2,000 for winning Saturday’s modified portion of the Sweetheart Race at 411 Motor Speedway.

It was the richest modified event in the history of the track.

The win for Miller would be his first at the track and would come aboard the Lexington Landscape, Wall Construction, Blackwell Construction, Hustlin’ Lawn Care, Quick Car sponsored No. 15 Brucebilt Chassis, Kevin Fisher Race Engines powered entry.

After the initial would be waved off for a caution for a turn one tangle between Brian Nantz and P.J. Simpson, the 30-lap feature contest would go green with Adam Stricker taking the race lead, with Amos Bunch, Clayton Miller, Rocky Wilson and Josh Henry giving chase.

Miller would drive past Bunch for second on lap three, while the caution would fly one tour later when Nantz and Rick Standridge would spin in turn one.

Back underway, Stricker would maintain the race lead, with Miller in pursuit, while Henry would pressure Wilson for the fourth position. The caution would appear again on lap eight and would eventual turn into a red flag when Standridge would hit the outside retaining wall in turn four and his mount would end up sitting rear bumper first up on the outside wall.

Stricker would continue to lead on the restart, while Miller began to apply more pressure to the leader, while Billy Palmer would take the fifth position away from Henry on lap 11. Miller would duck to the inside and take the lead momentarily on lap thirteen, but the caution would appear again just as Miller made his pass for Nantz, who sat turned around in turn four.

Clayton Miller (Josh James photo)

The restart saw Miller continue to pressure Stricker for the race lead and Miller would again scoot past Stricker on lap 16, only to have another caution appear when Cameron Marlar would loop his entry in turn four. This restart would see Stricker and Miller settle into a side-by-side battle for the lead only to have a caution wave on lap 19 for Josh Stoglin who had slowed at the top of turn two.

The restart saw the battle for the lead resume and Miller would work under Stricker exiting turn four to finally snag the top spot on lap 20. Miller would pull away slightly from Stricker, while Bunch would pressure Stricker for the runner-up spot and Stricker would slip high in turn one and Bunch would take the second position on lap 23.

Two more cautions would wave on laps 24 and 25, but Miller would not be challenged the remainder of the way and score the $2,000 victory.

Bunch finished second, with Stricker settling for third. Henry would come home fourth, while 16th-starter Glen Hounshell completed the top five.

The remainder of the top 10 finishers were Rocky Wilson, Tyler James, Brian Nantz, Cameron Marlar and Robbie Reagan.