Brown stays dry, takes Stadium win

By Tommy Bowman/JOURNAL REPORTER

Published: May 9, 2009

Jonathan Brown pleased with second place in his first season in Modified Division

Tim Brown barely had a scratch on his No. 83 Modified car last night at soggy Bowman Gray Stadium.

Despite plenty of wet spots on the quarter-mile track, Brown avoided all of them on his way to winning the Bowman Gray Gear 100. It was his second win of the season and 47th of his career.

What helped Brown was a maneuver in the double-file restart after the fourth and final caution on lap 64 of the 100 laps. On the restart Brown, the points leader who started eighth, got beside Jonathan Brown on the outside and pulled away.

Before the racing started last night Tim Brown inspected the track on foot and noticed that the outside portions of the track were drier.

"With all the rain we've had I think on the infield grass it kind of seeps onto the inside grove," Tim Brown said. "He gave me plenty of room on the outside on that restart and I was able to do it from the outside. My hat is off to Jonathan because he ran a clean race."

Jonathan Brown, who once again came close and is starting to feel comfortable in the Modified Division, had the lead for a large portion of the race after he went to the outside on a restart to overtake Burt Myers.

The order of the field for the start was determined by a blind draw because qualifying was rained out.

Myers was strong during the first 30 laps, but he said his transmission broke so he struggled the rest of the way but still finished third.

"I forgot that the leader had the option to go on the inside or the outside," Jonathan Brown said of the restart on lap 64. "I really wish I would have gone on the outside because there was really no grip on the inside and there was water on the track from the rain we had earlier. I knew I wouldn't out-motor him because I got by him on the outside earlier."

After Tim Brown took the lead there were no other cautions and he cruised to victory.

"What a race car," Tim Brown said of his Chevrolet. "My guys are doing an exceptional job and the racing gods are on our side. I couldn't be happier."

Even though Brown leads the points race, there's a tough choice to make when it's a long, 100-lap race.

The goal is to stay in the race and not lose any points, but late in the race Brown decided to be more aggressive.

"I'm sitting there telling myself the guy I'm racing in the points is sitting behind me," Tim Brown said.

"But darn, I want to win so my eyes well up and I wanted to go for it and if we lost points we could hopefully get it back, but the car really responded."

Jonathan Brown is enjoying his season in the Modified Division.

"Tonight was more of a survival race with all the water on the track," he said. "I'm just happy to bring it home and I was still rolling at the end. Second place is great for the points My time is definitely coming."

About the only excitement came on the final lap when Jason Myers spun out in turn two with Junior Miller nearby. Afterward in the pits, brothers Burt and Jason Myers had some choice words for Miller as police officers had to separate the teams.

"They are crybabies," Miller said.

Miller, the all-time wins leader in track history with 70, started 15th, but moved up to fifth midway through the race on the restarts.

"I loved the double-file restart and we were inching up," said Miller, who finished fourth.

"I believe if we would have had another double file I could have gotten up there."

Burt Myers said: "Junior's got to run over somebody to get any kind of coverage at all. If it's a not a draw race or a second 25-lapper nobody would even know who he is anymore."

Winning the first Sportsman Division 20-lap race was points leader Gary Ledbetter, who took the lead early and won by 10 car lengths against Keith McMichael. It was Ledbetter's second win of the season. Steven Truell was third and Barry Edwards, who started last night tied with Ledbetter for the points lead, was fourth.

In the second 20-lap Sportsman Division race, Ronnie Clifton, the seven-time defending champion, beat Taylor Branch with Michael Adams finishing third. Clifton has struggled this season, but now appears to be back on track.

Johnny Arnder led from start to finish in the 20-lap Street Stock Division race. It was Arnder's first win of the season as he held off David Sumner, who finished second and the hard-charging John McNeal, who was third.

Winning the two 15-lap Stadium Stock races were points leader A.J. Sanders and Michael Wells.

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BOWMAN GRAY GEAR 100

MODIFIED DIVISION

100-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) $1,750

2. Jonathan Brown (Kernersville) 980

3. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) 755

4. Junior Miller (Danbury) 730

5. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) 690

6. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) 655

7. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) 620

8. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) 485

9. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) 455

10. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) 530

12. Bryan Dauzat (Midland) 410

13. Gene Pack (Walkertown) 390

14. Brent Elliott (Denton) 370

15. Chris Fleming (Mount Airy) 450

16. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) 430

17. Dean Ward (Winston-Salem) 320

STREET STOCK DIVISION

20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Johnny Arnder (Mount Airy) $160

2. David Sumner (Trinity) 110

3. John McNeal (Winston-Salem) 80

4. Doug Wall (Pfafftown) 65

5. Reggie Doub (Germanton) 55

6. Matt Cotner (Rural Hall) 45

7. Richard Reeves (Cooleemee) 40

8. Kevin Gilbert (Mocksville) 35

9. Randy Larimore (Walkertown) 30

10. Daniel Fishel (Greensboro) 25

11. Willie Wall (Winston-Salem) 25

12. Donnie Martin (Wallburg) 25

13. Michael Nichols (Trinity) 25

14. Zack Clifton (Walkertown) 25

15. Hal Seats (Yadkinville) 25

16. Ryan Nelson (Winston-Salem) 75

17. Joseph Brown (Winston-Salem) 20

18. Jerry Helms (Winston-Salem) 20

19. Brian Doty (Winston-Salem) 20

20. Tim Vaden (Kernersville) 20

SPORTSMAN DIVISION

FIRST 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) $280

2. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) 180

3. Steve Truell (Midway) 190

4. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) 110

5. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) 95

6. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) 85

7. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) 75

8. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) 65

9. Mike Evans (King) 55

10. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) 125

11. Scott Hall (Walkertown) 45

12. Kyle Edwards (King) 40

13. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) 35

14. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) 30

15. Brad Smith (Winston-Salem) 25

16. Steven Berrier (Germanton) 25

17. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) 25

18. Chad Brooks (Winston-Salem) 25

19. Jeff Garrison (Winston-Salem) 25

20. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) 25

21. Mitch Gales (Lexington) 25

22. Shaun Cockerham (East Bend) 25

23. Ronnie Barron (Lexington) 75

24. John Gregg (Winston-Salem) 25

SPORTSMAN DIVISION

SECOND 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) $280

2. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) 180

3. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) 140

4. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) 110

5. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) 95

6. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) 85

7. Steve Truell (Midway) 75

8. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) 65

9. Kyle Edwards(King) 55

10. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) 50

11. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) 45

12. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) 40

13. Brad Smith (Winston-Salem) 35

14. Jeff Garrison(Winston-Salem) 30

15. Ronnie Barron (Lexington) 25

16. Daniel Beeson(Kernersville) 25

17. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) 25

18. Shaun Cockerham (East Bend) 25

19. John Gregg (Winston-Salem) 25

20. Mitch Gales (Lexington) 25

21. Chad Brooks (Winston-Salem) 25

22. Mike Evans (King) 25

23. Steven Berrier (Germanton) 25

24. Scott Hall (Walkertown) 25

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION

FIRST 15-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

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

2. Kevin L. Neal (Walkertown) 80

3. Jimmy Absher (Rural Hall) 55

4. Johnny Burke (Midway) 45

5. Dale Barneycastle (Mocksville) 40

6. D.J. Moore (Germanton) 35

7. Gerald Robertson (Germanton) 30

8. Jason Keaton (Mocksville) 30

9. Jason Asbury (King) 30

10. Derek Taylor (Yadkinville) 25

11. Robert Mabe (Winston-Salem) 25

12. Ray Forrest (Winston-Salem) 25

13. Kyle Southern (King) 25

14. Steve Myers (Pfafftown) 20

15. Mike McKnight (Pfafftown) 20

16. Rodney Sears (Lexington) 20

17. James Allison (Mocksville) 20

18. Chris Allison (Mocksville) 20

19. April Myers (Lexington) 20

20. Randy McElveen (Winston-Salem) 20

21. Bobby Yountz (Clemmons) 20

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION

SECOND 14-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Michael Wells (Yadkinville) $105

3. Kenny Dixon (Pfafftown) 80

3. Steve Smith (Kannapolis) 55

4. Ted Mickalowski (Mocksville) 45

5. Robert Collins (Winston-Salem) 40

6. Rob Young (Winston-Salem) 35

7. K.C. Myers (Lexington) 30

8. Kevin Hedgecock (Thomasville) 30

9. William Chilton (Eden) 30

10. Andrew Sanders (Mocksville) 25

11. Matt Hill (Yadkinville) 25

12. Adam Baker (Winston-Salem) 25

13. Glenn Hamilton (Winston-Salem) 25

14. Jordan Fleming (Mount Airy) 20

15. April Hopkins (Walnut Cove) 20

16. Roger Vogler (Winston-Salem) 20

17. Wayne Hill (Kernersville) 20

18. Billy Cameron Jr. (Salisbury) 20

19. Phillip Wright (King) 20

20. Brandon Crotts (King) 20

21. Chad Hopkins (Winston-Salem) 20

 

 

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