SOPHIA, N.C. — The 2017 season for the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) kicks off Sunday with a 125-lap race at Caraway Speedway. Tim Brown, driver of the No. 83 Jerry Hunt SuperCenter/Hayes Jewelers modified, spent some time Saturday afternoon at the track, preparing for the 2017 opener.


“It’s fitting that Caraway is hosting the season opener,” said Brown, of Rural Hall. “They have supported tour modified racing more than any track and it’s a great place to start this season.


“We’ve spent a lot of time getting race cars ready for the new season, tested on Saturday and are looking forward to getting started on Sunday”


Brown is a two-time winner at Caraway on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and finished fourth in the season finale for the SMRS last year at the track.


While Brown races on weekend, aboard a modified on the SMRS and at Bowman Gray Stadium, his “day job” is in the suspension department at Roush Fenway Racing, for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.


Brown will be among a strong field of modified drivers racing this Sunday at Caraway Speedway and throughout the year on the SMRS.


The season opener at Caraway will be a 125-lap race paying the winner a $3,000 top prize. Teams will have an optional afternoon of practice on Saturday, March 11th to tune up for the Sunday afternoon headliner.


On Sunday afternoon at 2pm the off-season silence will end with the roar that only a modified can make…..kicking off the race and the excitement of the 2017 SMRS Season.


More information is available at


-Southern Modified Racing Series Press Release

-Photo Credit: Tim Brown Facebook

Brown Tested and Ready for SMRS Opener at Caraway