Jr. Miller & Jonathan Brown Grab 25 Lappers

By Tommy Bowman/JOURNAL REPORTER

Published: May 30, 2009

 

Junior Miller circled Bowman Gray Stadium's football field last night and, in true gridiron fashion, he punted.

The recipient of the kick was Jason Myers, who took exception to being booted from the lead in the seventh lap of last night's first 25-lap Modified race. Miller went on to extend his all-time leading victory total to 71.

And Jonathan Brown made it a two-for-two sweep for veteran car owner Melvin "Puddin' " Swisher. Brown got his first feature-division victory in the second 25-lapper, which included some hard hits of its own.

Kenny Bost won a 100-lap Sportsman race, the longest race of the season for that division.

Myers' charge from the outside pole position at the start of the second race netted him the early lead. But Miller, who had worked his way from fourth to second, took the lead after loosening Myers' car with a hard shot to the rear end heading into the North turn.

Miller led the rest of the way for his second victory of the season.

"I nudged him a little bit," Miller said. "He came over here two weeks ago telling us the old man can't drive. I just took him to school."

Myers said he didn't want to comment.

But Myers did lodge a protest after the race, challenging the legality of the carburetor on Miller's car, but NASCAR officials ruled that the carburetor wasn't in violation.

In the second Modified race, Alfred Hill started from the pole position as result of a draw but was black-flagged and eventually not scored after officials ruled that he went too early on a restart.

"They said I jumped the flag," Hill said. "They gave the green, that's all I know."

That opened the door for Brad Robbins, who led until the 14th lap when he went spinning after a tap from behind by Burt Myers. Myers led the next three laps until Robbins slammed him into the guard rail with a hard retaliatory shot.

"It's a shame," Burt Myers said. "I took it as easy on Brad as I could. I can't just let him win the race. Every time I backed off of him, the 53 car (Jonathan Brown) was knocking me sideways. I bumped him. I didn't hook him, I didn't bonsai him."

Robbins saw it differently. He said: "I try my best to run everybody clean, but I think it was last year Burt spun me out on a double-points night. I made my mind up he wasn't going to spin me out."

With both Burt Myers and Robbins out of the running, Jonathan Brown took over the lead and held on for the final seven laps to become the 114th feature-race winner in 61 years of stock-car racing at Bowman Gray Stadium.

"Luck, and I'll take it any day," said Jonathan Brown, adding that he had a fast car to go with good fortune.

"I had tears on the last lap I believe because it means so much to win a Modified race here. I can't overstate how much getting your name in the book on that winner's list means."

Jonathan Brown is in the midst of his first full season driving for Swisher, who also maintains Miller's car.

"I tell you what's funny, we were sitting in the shop earlier this week and talked about Junior winning the first one and me getting the second one and how sweet that would be," Jonathan Brown said. "We did it. Monday morning, when we're in the shop re-running the race it's going to be the best time we've had yet."

In the Sportsman race, Bost took the lead from pole-sitter Robbie Brewer in the 12th lap and hung on through six double-file restarts for his first victory of the season. Gary Ledbetter finished second and Tommy Neal third.

Scott Hall was the fastest in the only qualifying session of the season for the Sportsman Division. He registered a lap of 14.997 seconds (60.0 mph). Brewer won a draw among the six fastest qualifiers for the pole position.

Ledbetter overtook eighth-finishing Barry Edwards for the season's points lead.

Richard Reeves led all 20 laps and registered his first victory of the season in the Street Stock Division. Matt Cotner took over the lead in the season standings after previous leader Doug Wall was sidelined in a fifth-lap crash.

Glenn Hamilton and Dale Barneycastle won 15-lap races for the Stadium Stock Division.

 

 

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MODIFIED DIVISION FIRST 25-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Junior Miller (Danbury) - $800

2. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) - 450

3. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) - 575

4. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) - 425

5. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) - 400

6. Chris Fleming (Mount Airy) - 275

7. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) - 360

8. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) - 345

9. Jonathan Brown (Kernersville) - 230

10. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) - 320

11. Brent Elliott (Denton) - 310

12. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) - 350

13. Gene Pack (Walkertown) - 195

14. Lee Stimpson (Lewisville) - 190

15. Stan Welborn (Germanton) - 185

16. Mike Norman (Lewisville) - 180

17. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) - 175

MODIFIED DIVISION SECOND 25-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Jonathan Brown (Kernersville) - $700

2. Chris Fleming (Mount Airy) - 450

3. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) - 375

4. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) - 325

5. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) - 300

6. Junior Miller (Danbury) - 275

7. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) - 260

8. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) - 245

9. Gene Pack (Walkertown) - 230

10. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) - 220

11. Mike Norman (Lewisville) - 210

12. Stan Welborn (Germanton) - 200

13. Lee Stimpson (Lewisville) - 195

14. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) - 190

15. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) - 185

16. Brent Elliott (Denton) - 180

STREET STOCK DIVISION 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Richard Reeves (Cooleemee) - $160

2. David Sumner (Trinity) - 110

3. Joseph Brown (Winston-Salem) - 80

4. Jody Fritts (Winston-Salem) - 65

5. Matt Cotner (Rural Hall) - 55

6. Daniel Fishel (Greensboro) - 45

7. Willie Wall (Winston-Salem) - 40

8. Jerry Helms (Winston-Salem) - 35

9. Kevin Gilbert (Mocksville) - 30

10. Johnny Arnder (Mount Airy) - 25

11. John McNeal (Winston-Salem) - 25

12. Tim Vaden (Kernersville) - 25

13. Hal Seats (Yadkinville) - 25

14. Donnie Martin (Wallburg) - 25

15. Randy Larimore (Walkertown) - 25

16. Reggie Doub (Germanton) - 25

17. Michael Nichols (Trinity) - 20

18. Zack Clifton (Walkertown) - 20

19. Leon Hutchens (Winston-Salem) - 20

20. K.J. Stimpson (Lewisville) - 20

21. Doug Wall (Pfafftown) - 20

BOWMAN GRAY MESCO BUILDING SOLUTIONS SPORTSMAN DIVISION 100-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) - $715

2. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) - 415

3. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) - 320

4. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) - 270

5. Brad Smith (Winston-Salem) - 230

6. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) - 275

7. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) - 175

8. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) - 155

9. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) - 135

10. Steven Berrier (Germanton) - 120

11. Scott Hall (Walkertown) - 105

12. Mike Evans (King) - 95

13. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) - 85

14. Steve Truell (Midway) - 80

15. Jeff Garrison (Winston-Salem) - 75

16. David Sell (Winston-Salem) - 70

17. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) - 65

18. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) - 60

19. Kyle Edwards (King) - 55

20. Mitch Gales (Lexington) - 50

21. Mike Robertson (Lexington) - 50

22. Chad Brooks (Winston-Salem) - 50

23. Steve Holleman (Winston-Salem) - 50

24. Ronnie Barron (Lexington) - 50

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION - FIRST 15-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

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

2. A.J. Sanders (Mocksville) - 80

3. Randy McElveen (Winston-Salem) - 55

4. Adam Baker (Winston-Salem) - 45

5. Kenny Dixon (Pfafftown) - 40

6. Michael Wells (Yadkinville) - 35

7. Wayne Hill (Kernersville) - 30

8. Robert Mabe (Winston-Salem) - 30

9. Archie Sanders (Mocksville) - 30

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

11. Mike McKnight (Pfafftown) - 25

12. Derek Taylor (Yadkinville) - 25

13. Steven Sanders (Mocksville) - 25

14. April Hopkins (Walnut Cove) - 20

15. Ted Mickalowski (Mocksville) - 20

16. Kevin Hedgecock (Thomasville) - 20

17. Brandon Crotts (King) - 20

18. Jack Rash (Clemmons) - 20

19. T.J. Cox (Winston-Salem) - 20

20. Chad Hopkins (Winston-Salem) - 20

21. April Myers (Lexington) - 20

22. Rodney Sears (Lexington) - 20

23. Phillip Wright (King) - 20

24. Steve Myers (Pfafftown) - 20

25. Robert Collins (Winston-Salem) - 20

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION - SECOND 15-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) - Money

1. Dale Barneycastle (Mocksville) - $105

2. Matt Hill (Yadkinville) - 80

3. Chris Lawing (King) - 55

4. Kevin L. Neal (Walkertown) - 45

5. Jimmy Absher (Rural Hall) - 40

6. Rob Young (Winston-Salem) - 35

7. Jason Keaton (Mocksville) - 30

8. Tommy Stewart (Winston-Salem) - 30

9. Chris Allison (Mocksville) - 30

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

11. Andrew Sanders (Mocksville) - 25

12. Shane Southard (Yadkinville) - 25

13. D.J. Moore (Germanton) - 25

14. William Chilton (Eden) - 20

15. James Allison (Mocksville) - 20

16. Tim Smith (Kernersville) - 20

17. Johnny Burke (Midway) - 20

18. Bobby Yountz (Clemmons) - 20

19. Gerald Robertson (Germanton) - 20

20. David Conner (Sandy Ridge) - 20

21. Richard Brannock (King) - 20

22. Ray Forrest (Winston-Salem) - 20

23. Nolan Marshall (Tobaccoville) - 20

24. John Patterson (Welcome) - 20

25. Roger Vogler (Winston-Salem) - 20

26. Gary Brewer (Germanton) - 20

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