Brown stays dry, takes Stadium win

By Tommy Bowman/JOURNAL REPORTER

Published: May 17, 2009

 

Burt Myers was -- and wasn't -- in the best position last night.

Myers was indeed the race leader throughout his run to victory in the USG Modified 50 at Bowman Gray Stadium, but was in a paradoxical jam with Tim Brown right behind him, Junior Miller at the end of the line just in front of him and with his own car not working its best.

So, Myers decided not to worry about it.

The result was the first victory of the season for Myers, who has won a race in the featured Modified Division in each of the last 12 years. Only Brown, who has won in 17 straight seasons, has a longer streak.

"Once I broke the ice in '98, I've won at least one race in every year," said Myers, a three-time stadium champion who began racing in 1995 and won for the 33rd time last night. "I've won the opening race the last two years, so it kind of felt like it's been forever since I won a race over here."

Aside from leading the race, Myers wasn't necessarily in an enviable position.

"I don't know if I had a problem with my car or what but it seemed like the longer I run the tighter it got," Myers said. "That's just the opposite of what it should have done. I just tried to set enough of a pace to hold on."

Myers was fourth-fastest in qualifying but started from the pole position after winning a draw among the fastest six in qualifying.

His first challenge came from Brown, the defending stadium champion and current points leader, who took the gamble on a double-file restart in the 19th lap and pulled to the outside of Myers.

Myers fended off that challenge with the preferred inside line, and Brown managed to hang on to second and stayed on Myers the rest of the way.

"I had a car capable of winning the race," said Brown, who has finished first or second in four of five races this season. "Burt ran me out in the marbles on the start, but that's racing.

"Burt has a great team and they deserve to win, but our car is really fast and we only lost two points to him. That's the big picture we look at. If we can just keep this up, we'll be fine."

Myers said that he was surprised that Brown didn't take his chances on the outside again on a second and final restart, in the 22nd lap. But Miller, improving from fifth place, did. He pulled up beside Myers.

Myers got a significant jump, however, and drew the green flag -- and an unhappy Miller didn't follow.

"I wish we could start side by side," Miller said. "Burt started over in turn three. I never even hit the gas."

Miller slowed but remained on the lead lap -- settling in front of Myers. Myers said that he didn't know what Miller intended, and said he didn't care.

"You can't worry about that stuff," Myers said. "I just tried to set my pace and win the race."

Miller said: "I had a better race car than he did. And I learned something tonight. If you're on the outside (at the start) you've got to go."

Lee Jeffreys registered the fastest lap for the second time in this season's three qualifying sessions. His time was 13.430 seconds (67 mph) on the quarter-mile track.

Doug Wall won a wild 50-lap Street Stock race.

John McNeal was the fastest in the only qualifying session of the season for the Street Stock Division but Wall started from the pole position as result of a draw. McNeal took the lead from Wall in the 39th lap.

In the final lap, Wall delivered a tap to McNeal that sent both cars spinning. Wall recovered to take the lead and McNeal took exception -- ramming his car into Wall's in the North turn and later chasing him on the track.

Mike Evans and Derek Stoltz won 20-lap races for the Sportsman Division.

Evans led all the way in the first Sportsman race, but had to hold off challenges by runner-up Steven Berrier and third-place Kyle Edwards in the closing stages to pick up his first victory in two years.

In the second Sportsman race, Stoltz held off Tommy Neal for his second victory of the season.

Glenn Hamilton and A.J. Sanders won 15-lap Stadium Stock races.

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BOWMAN GRAY USG 50 MODIFIED DIVISION 50-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) - $1,150

2. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) - 1,000

3. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) - 700

4. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) - 500

5. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) - 650

6. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) - 500

7. Chris Fleming (Mount Airy) - 375

8. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) - 450

9 .Alfred Hill (Jonesville) - 425

10. Terry Gaither (Walkertown) - 300

11. Brent Elliott (Denton) - 335

12. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) - 310

13. Gene Pack (Walkertown) - 235

14. Junior Miller (Danbury) - 325

15. Mike Norman (Lewisville) - 220

16. Jonathan Brown (Kernersville) - 315

17. Lee Stimpson (Lewisville) - 310

STREET STOCK DIVISION


50-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Doug Wall (Pfafftown) - $290

2. Joseph Brown (Winston-Salem) - 210

3. Allen Henkel (Trinity) - 160

4. Leon Hutchens (Winston-Salem) - 130

5. K.J. Stimpson (Lewisville) - 110

6. Matt Cotner (Rural Hall) - 90

7. Willie Wall (Winston-Salem) - 80

8. Daniel Fishel (Greensboro) - 70

9. Randy Larimore (Walkertown) - 60

10. John McNeal (Winston-Salem) - 50

11. Jerry Helms (Winston-Salem) - 40

12. Richard Reeves (Cooleemee) - 40

13. Zack Clifton (Walkertown) - 40

14. Hal Seats (Yadkinville) - 40

15. David Sumner (Trinity) - 40

16. Kevin Gilbert (Mocksville) - 30

17. Michael Nichols (Trinity) - 30

18. Donnie Martin (Wallburg) - 30

19. Tim Vaden (Kernersville) - 30

20. Ethan Stoltz (Walkertown) - 30

21. Brian Doty (Winston-Salem) - 30

22. Johnny Arnder (Mount Airy) - 30

SPORTSMAN DIVISION


FIRST 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Mike Evans (King) - $330

2. Steven Berrier (Germanton) - 180

3. Kyle Edwards (King) - 140

4. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) - 110

5. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) - 170

6. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) - 85

7. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) - 75

8. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) - 65

9. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) - 55

10. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) - 50

11. Jeff Garrison (Winston-Salem) - 45

12. Brad Smith (Winston-Salem) - 40

13. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) - 35

14. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) - 30

15. Tate Henley (Winston-Salem) - 25

16. Steve Truell (Midway) - 25

17. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) - 25

19. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) - 25

20. Shaun Cockerham (East Bend) - 25

21. Chad Brooks (Winston-Salem) - 25

22. Mitch Gales (Lexington) - 25

23. Bryant Robertson (Lexington) - 25

24. Scott Hall (Walkertown) - 25

SPORTSMAN DIVISION


SECOND 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) - $280

2. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) - 180

3. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) - 140

4. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) - 110

5. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) - 95

6. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) - 85

7. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) - 75

8. Kyle Edwards (King) - 65

9. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) - 55

10. Steven Berrier (Germanton) - 50

11. Mike Evans (King) - 45

12. Jeff Garrison (Winston-Salem) - 40

13. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) - 35

14. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) - 30

15. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) - 25

16. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) - 25

17. Bryant Robertson (Lexington) - 25

18. Mitch Gales (Lexington) - 25

19. Steve Truell (Midway) - 25

20. Brad Smith (Winston-Salem) - 25

21. Shaun Cockerham (East Bend) - 25

22. Chad Brooks (Winston-Salem) - 25

23. Scott Hall (Walkertown) - 25

24. Tate Henley (Winston-Salem) - 25

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION FIRST 15-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Glenn Hamilton (W-Salem) - $105

2. Jimmy Absher (Rural Hall) - 80

3. Dale Barneycastle (Mocksville) - 55

4. Andrew Sanders (Mocksville) - 45

5. Rob Young (Winston-Salem) - 40

6. Michael Wells (Yadkinville) - 35

7. Roger Vogler (Winston-Salem) - 30

8. Jason Asbury (King) - 30

9. Phillip Wright (King) - 30

10. K.C. Myers (Lexington) - 25

11. Mike McKnight (Pfafftown) - 25

12. David Conner (Sandy Ridge) - 25

13. Robert Mabe (Winston-Salem) - 25

14. William Chilton (Eden) - 20

15. Tim Smith (Kernersville) - 20

16. Kevin Hedgecock (Thomasville) - 20

17. April Myers (Lexington) - 20

18. A.J. Quakenbush (W-Salem) - 20

19. Ted Mickalowski (Mocksville) - 20

20. Jack Rash (Clemmons) - 20

21. Jordan Fleming (Mount Airy) - 20

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION SECOND 15-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

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

2. Wayne Hill (Kernersville) - 80

3. Jason Keaton (Mocksville) - 55

4. Matt Hill (Yadkinville) - 45

5. Johnny Burke (Midway) - 40

6. Kenny Dixon (Pfafftown) - 35

7. D.J. Moore (Germanton) - 30

9. Archie Sanders (Mocksville) - 30

10. Bobby Yountz (Clemmons) - 25

11. T.J. Cox (Winston-Salem) - 25

12. Kevin L. Neal (Walkertown) - 25

13. Derek Taylor (Yadkinville) - 25

14. Tommy Stewart (Winston-Salem) - 20

15. Randy McElveen (Winston-Salem) - 20

16. Billy Cameron Jr. (Salisbury) - 20

17. Gerald Robertson (Germanton) - 20

18. Rodney Sears (Lexington) - 20

19. Brandon Crotts (King) - 20

20. Chris Allison (Mocksville) - 20

21. Nolan Marshall (Tobaccoville) - 20

22. Ray Forrest (Winston-Salem) - 20

 

 

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