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L.W. Miller (Photo courtesy of Howie Hodge & www.modseriesscene.com)MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 19) -- Dushore, Pennsylvania's L.W. Miller drove to his first NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series win of his career Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Miller won the Advance Auto Parts 200, and pocketed $10,800 for the win. The race finish resulted in a further tightening in the points race with only 104 points separating first through fifth in the standings as the series heads to its final race of the year at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut on Sunday, October 27th. Mike Stefanik still leads in the standings, but his 10th place finish did nothing to ease the pressure on the defending series champion entering the series' final race. Stefanik currently leads Rick Fuller, who finished in second place, by 52 points entering this weekend's Thompson showdown. Miller, making his 70th series start, led the final 50 laps of the 200-lap race en route to the win.

A total of 40 cars started Saturday's Advance Auto Parts 200 on the Martinsville .526-mile oval. New Jersey's Ken Wooley, Jr. started on the pole after capturing the Bud Pole Award with Rick Fuller joining Wooley in the front row. 

When the green flag waved, Fuller used his outside starting position to take the early race lead over the pole-sitter Wooley. But Wooley would return the favor on lap 77, when he took back the race lead from Fuller.

Wooley led until lap 95, that's when Jamie Tomaino took a turn out front. Tomaino led until lap 151, when L.W. Miller moved into the lead for good. Miller had pitted on lap 66 and worked his way through the field to be within striking distance on lap 122, when he took over the second position. But it wasn't until lap 151, when the young hot-shoe finally made his move to pass Tomaino for good.

The win was Miller's first NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series win of his career and earned the Pontiac driver $10,800. Finishing in second place was outside pole sitter Rick Fuller. Fuller pocketed $6,555 for his runner-up finish. Rounding out the top three was ninth starting Tommy Cravenho. Cravenho collected $4,505 for finishing third. 

Jamie Tomaino and John Blewett, III finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Robbie Summers, Charlie Pasteryak, Ken Wooley, Jr., Teddy Christopher and Mike Stefanik rounded out the top ten.     

With most of the point leaders having a disappointing outing, the points chase tightens up even further as the series enters its final race this weekend. Mike Stefanik's lead (2540) narrows over Rick Fuller (2488) to 52 points, while Ted Christopher (2463) commands third place in the standings after his 9th place finish. Jerry Marquis (2444) slipped to fourth in the standings after finishing 39th due to engine troubles which caused him to drop out on lap 28. Chuck Hossfeld (2436), finished a disappointing 29th, commands the fifth spot in the driver standings.  

The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series will complete its 2002 season this Sunday, October 27th,  at Thompson International Speedway.

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