Myers wins with a last-lap pass

Clifton gets his first Modified victory of year at Stadium

By Tommy Bowman / Journal Reporter

Burt Myers got his win back last night.

Myers, little more than a month after having an apparent Bowman Gray Stadium victory snatched away and awarded to Tim Brown in a controversial post-race ruling, snatched a victory from Brown with a surprise last-lap pass.

"I guess it all works out eventually," said a smiling Myers, who felt the earlier race he thought he had won was evened out by a race that he probably shouldn't have won. "You just take them any way you can, because they're not easy to come by."

Michael Clifton picked up his first win of the season in the second 25-lap race for the featured Modified Division.

Myers was left seething on May 17 after he found that Brown had been declared the winner despite the fact that Myers had crossed the finish line first. Brown was leading that race with two laps to go before getting caught behind a spinning car. Caution lights blinked briefly but the race continued and Myers, who had passed the slowing Brown, went on to take the checkered flag.

Officials later ruled that the inadvertent caution lights constituted a caution period and that the running order should have been frozen with Brown as the leader.

Last night, Brown led all the way in the first of two 25-lap Modified races and was cruising to what appeared to be a relatively easy victory until he entered the final turn of the final lap.

Brown's car slid and Myers squeaked past him on the way to the checkered flag.

"Over here it's not over until you take the checkered flag -- most of the time, anyway," Myers said, alluding to his checkered-flag finish on May 17 that didn't stand.

"I guess the racing gods, if there is such a thing, owed me one. And I got it. You know, I was thinking there at the end of that race that if there was any way I could win this race I sure wish that it would happen."

Brown, who leads season standings, said that a patch on the track was slick and caused him to slip.

"There was some oil on the racetrack and it was right where we needed to be," said Brown, who has three wins and four second-place finishes in 10 races this season."

Myers, who got his second victory of the season and 30th overall at Bowman Gray Stadium, said: "I don't know if he just got rattled or got into hard or what. The track was slick, but it was the same for everybody.

"I thought he had it saved but when he got another handful I was able to drive past him. We're sure glad to get it. Tim's got a really good car in qualifying and he's really good in short spurts, but we've busted our butts on this car and we changed everything but the gauges this week and this car's running good again. I think we'll have something for him the rest of the way."

Qualifying to determine the starting order for the first Modified race was canceled because of a brief sprinkle. Cars were lined up according to season standings, which put Brown on the pole and Myers beside him.

Jeremy Stoltz, driving a car borrowed from Bob Nelson to replace his ailing ride, started from the pole position in the second race as result of a draw. He was pressured by Alfred Hill from the start and in the sixth lap Stoltz and Hill tangled -- leaving the opening that Clifton was waiting for.

Clifton zipped past both and went on to his first victory of the season.

"It opened up and I went for it," said Clifton, who won for the 15th time at the stadium. "I saw them beating and banging on each other pretty hard. I kind of suspected something was going to happen."

Ryan Robertson won a 60-lap race for the Sportsman Division. Ethan Stoltz won a 20-lap Street Stock race.

A.J. Sanders and Nolan Marshall won 15-lap Stadium Stock races.

Robertson led all the way in the Sportsman race and got his first win of the season. Kenny Bost held his lead in Sportsman standings.

Stoltz got past Johnny Arnder and Matt Cotner, who were battling for the lead, in the ninth lap of the Street Stock race and went on to his second victory of the season.

Ryan Nelson finished third and took the lead in Street Stock standings.

 

Sportsman Division
60-lap race

Driver (hometown) Money

1. Ryan Robertson (Winston-Salem) $590

2. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) 395

3. Jim Shoaf (Lexington) 300

4. Gene Pack (Walkertown) 230

5. Kyle Edwards (King) 205

6. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) 180

7. David Adams (Yadkinville) 165

8. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) 150

9. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) 135

10. Ronnie Barron (Lexington) 120

11. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) 180

12. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) 95

13. Mitch Gales (Lexington) 85

14. Mike Evans (King) 80

15. Justin Collins (Pilot Mountain) 75

16. Tate Henley (Winston-Salem) 70

17. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) 65

18. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) 60

19. Daniel Schadt (Asheboro) 55

20. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) 50

21. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) 50

22. Steven Berrier (Germanton) 50

23. Bryant Robertson (Lexington) 50

Modified Division


first 25-lap race

Driver (hometown) Money

1. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) $850

2. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) 500

3. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) 425

4. Bobby Hutchens (Lexington) 275

5. Brian Pack (Walkertown) 350

6. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) 325

7. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) 310

8. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) 295

9. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) 280

10. Jeremy Stoltz (Walkertown) 270

11. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) 160

12. Kevin Powell (Winston-Salem) 150

13. Mike Herman (Kannapolis) 145

14. Brent Elliott (Denton) 140

15. John Lain (Kernersville) 135

16. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) 130

17. Brandon Hire (Wallburg) 125

18. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) 120

19. Mike Norman (Lewisville) 115

20. Andrew Durham (Roaring River) 110

21. Brody Jones (Statesville) 60

Modified Division


second 25-lap race

Driver (hometown) Money

1. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) $650

2. Jeremy Stoltz (Walkertown) 400

3. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) 325

4. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) 275

5. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) 250

6. Bobby Hutchens (Lexington) 225

7. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) 210

8. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) 195

9. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) 180

10. Brian Pack (Walkertown) 170

11. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) 160

12. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) 150

13. Andrew Durham (Roaring River) 145

14. Brandon Hire (Wallburg) 140

15. Brent Elliott (Denton) 135

16. Mike Norman (Lewisville) 130

17. John Lain (Kernersville) 125

18. Mike Herman (Kannapolis) 120

19. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) 115

Stadium Stock Division


first 15-lap race

Driver (hometown) Money

1. A.J. Sanders (Mocksville) $105

2. Dale Barneycastle (Mocksville) 80

3. Kenny Dixon (Pfafftown) 55

4. Glenn Hamilton (Winston-Salem) 45

5. Charlie Curry (Winston-Salem) 40

6. Kevin L. Neal (Walkertown) 35

7. Jason Keaton (Mocksville) 30

8. Wayne Hill (Kernersville) 30

9. Gerald Robertson (Germanton) 30

10. Shaun Cockerham (East Bend) 25

11. Jimmy Absher (Rural Hall) 25

12. Johnny Burke (Midway) 25

13. A.J. Quakenbush (Winston-Salem) 25

14. Matt Hill (Yadkinville) 20

15. Darren Cotner (King) 20

16. Andrew Sanders (Mocksville) 20

17. Steven Truell (Midway) 20

18. D.J. Moore (Germanton) 20

19. Gary Brewer (Germanton) 20

20. Chris Allison (Mocksville) 20

21. Billy Cameron Jr. (Salisbury) 20

22. Ken Bridges (King) 20

23. Adam Baker (Winston-Salem) 20

24. Travis Brewer (Germanton) 20

Stadium Stock Division


second 15-lap race

Driver (hometown) Money

1. Nolan Marshall (Tobaccoville) $105

2. Kevin C. Neal (Danbury) 80

3. Rob Young (Winston-Salem) 55

4. Wesley Thompson (Mocksville) 45

5. Randy Lineberry (Winston-Salem) 40

6. Scott Gordon (Clemmons) 35

7. Rodney Sears (Lexington) 30

8. David Hopkins (Winston-Salem) 30

9. Steve Myers (Pfafftown) 30

10. April Myers (Lexington) 25

11. Phillip Wright (King) 25

12. Ted Mickalowski (Mocksville) 25

13. Matt Brelsford (Salisbury) 25

14. Brandon Keller (Advance) 20

15. Kevin Hedgecock (Thomasville) 20

16. Tony Black (Lexington) 20

17. Jason Asbury (King) 20

18. William Chilton (Eden) 20

19. April Hopkins (Walnut Cove) 20

20. Randy McElveen (Winston-Salem) 20

21. Gene Adams (Lexington) 20

22. J.R. Pendleton (Rural Hall) 20

23. Chuck Wall (Clemmons) 20

24. Bobby Yountz (Clemmons) 20

Street Stock Division


20-lap race

Driver (hometown) Money

1. Ethan Stoltz (Walkertown) $160

2. Matt Cotner (Rural Hall) 110

3. Ryan Nelson (Winston-Salem) 80

4. Doug Wall (Pfafftown) 65

5. David Sumner (Trinity) 55

6. Johnny Arnder (Mount Airy) 45

7. Reggie Doub (Germanton) 40

8. Matt Fletcher (Walkertown) 35

9. K.J. Stimpson (Lewisville) 30

10. Richard Reeves (Cooleemee) 25

11. Michael Nichols (Trinity) 25

12. Leon Hutchens (Winston-Salem) 25

13. Daniel Fishel (Greensboro) 25

14. Kevin Gilbert (Mocksville) 25

15. Tim Vaden (Kernersville) 25

16. Joseph Brown (Winston-Salem) 25

17. David Conner (Sandy Ridge) 20

18. Donnie Martin (Wallburg) 20

19. John McNeal (Winston-Salem) 70

 

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