Myers, Brown race to Modified victories

By Tommy Bowman/JOURNAL REPORTER

Published:June 6, 2009

 

Burt Myers made it through unscathed last night and won the first of two 25-lap Modified races at Bowman Gray Stadium.

Myers said that winning is a lot easier not being stuck in the guardrail -- which happened last week when he received a retaliatory slam from Brad Robbins that knocked him from the lead.

"With all the trouble we've had this year, to come back and win this race is great," said Myers, who said he got an apology from Robbins and settled for a belated victory celebration last night.

"This should have been about our fifth win this year if you think about it with the mechanical failures we've had and with what happened last week... We've really worked to win these 25-lap races."

Jonathan Brown, who cracked the victory column in the Modified Division last week, won the second 25-lap race after Junior Miller was black-flagged and eventually not scored for jumping too early on a restart.

Brown started from the pole, with Miller on the outside for the second race. The two, who both drive cars maintained by veteran owner Melvin "Puddin'" Swisher, battled side-for-side before a caution in the opening lap necessitated a restart.

On the restart, Miller was ruled to have accelerated before the green flag. Brown sailed on to his second win in two weeks.

Brown said that he was surprised that Miller was black-flagged. "Junior went a little early but I wouldn't have called it," Brown said. "I stayed right there with him pretty good so I didn't think it was a big jump. It's misfortune on his part and good fortune on my part."

Miller said: "If they don't want me to run over here they just need to tell me. I've started up there for 37 years and I've never had a problem until tonight. I've won 71 races, but I had one taken away from me last year (as result of a mechanical disqualification) and they gave one to Jonathan tonight. I guess they want a different winner. But I'd rather for Jonathan to get it than anybody else."

Myers won the pole position for the first race with a lap of 13.401 seconds (67.2 mph) on the quarter-mile track.

Myers led all the way, getting two reminder taps from Tim Brown with about 10 laps left but had no issues otherwise on the way to his second victory of the season and 34th of his career.

"We really tried to work on this car to where it would really run these 25-lap races," Myers said. "To come over and sit on the pole, win the race and then Junior Miller getting black-flagged for jumping in the second race… it couldn't have been much better."

Tim Brown finished second in the first race and added a fourth-place finish in the second to maintain a 46-point lead in season standings.

Kenny Bost and Gary Ledbetter won 20-lap races for the Sportsman Division. Joseph Brown won a 20-lap Street Stock race. Dale Barneycastle won a 56-lap race for four-cylinder Stadium Stock cars, marking the second straight year that he has won the longest-distance event of the season for that division.

Bost led all the way in the first Sportsman race and grabbed his second victory of the season.

Ledbetter, who held onto his lead in season standings for the Sportsman Division, won for the third time. He took the lead from Jeff Garrison in the 18th lap. Garrison took the lead after Bryant Robertson was ruled to have jumped too quickly at the start and was black-flagged.

Joseph Brown, the brother of Jonathan Brown, registered his first Street Stock victory of the season.

MODIFIED DIVISION FIRST 25-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) $800

2. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) 750

3. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) 475

4. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) 425

5. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) 500

6. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) 275

7. Junior Miller (Danbury) 360

8. Jonathan Brown (Kernersville) 345

9. Gene Pack (Walkertown) 230

10. Terry Gaither (Walkertown) 220

11. Chris Fleming (Mount Airy) 310

12. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) 200

13. Brent Elliott (Denton) 195

14. Matt Caldwell (Lexington) 190

15. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) 185

16. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) 280

MODIFIED DIVISION SECOND 25-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Jonathan Brown (Kernersville) $700

2. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) 450

3. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) 375

4. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) 325

5. Gene Pack (Walkertown) 300

6. Terry Gaither (Walkertown) 275

7. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) 260

8. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) 245

9. Brad Robbins (Winston-Salem) 230

10. Robert Jeffreys (Winston-Salem) 220

11. Chris Fleming (Mount Airy) 210

12. Brent Elliott (Denton) 200

13. Junior Miller (Danbury) 195

14. Michael Clifton (Walkertown) 190

15. Matt Caldwell (Lexington) 185

16. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) 180

STREET STOCK DIVISION 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Joseph Brown (W-Salem) $160

2. Matt Cotner (Rural Hall) 110

3. David Sumner (Trinity) 80

4. Richard Reeves (Cooleemee) 65

5. Allen Henkel (Trinity) 55

6. Jerry Helms (Winston-Salem) 45

7. Daniel Fishel (Greensboro) 40

8. Johnny Arnder (Mount Airy) 35

9. Zack Clifton (Walkertown) 30

10. Michael Nichols (Trinity) 25

11. Kevin Gilbert (Mocksville) 25

12. Willie Wall (Winston-Salem) 25

13. John McNeal (Winston-Salem) 25

14. Leon Hutchens (Winston-Salem) 25

15. Doug Wall (Pfafftown) 75

16. Tim Vaden (Kernersville) 25

17. Justin Taylor (King) 20

18. Donnie Martin (Wallburg) 20

19. Jody Fritts (Winston-Salem) 20

SPORTSMAN DIVISION FIRST 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) $280

2. Scott Hall (Walkertown) 180

3. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) 140

4. Mitch Gales (Lexington) 110

5. Kyle Edwards (King) 95

6. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) 85

7. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) 75

8. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) 65

9. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) 135

10. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) 50

11. Mike Evans (King) 45

12. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) 40

13. Bryant Robertson (Lexington) 35

14. Jeff Garrison (Winston-Salem) 30

15. David Sell (Winston-Salem) 25

16. Ryan Nelson (Winston-Salem) 25

17. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) 25

18. Shaun Cockerham (East Bend) 25

19. Steven Berrier (Germanton) 25

20. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) 25

21. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) 25

22. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) 25

23. Chad Brooks (Winston-Salem) 25

24. Steve Truell (Midway) 25

SPORTSMAN DIVISION SECOND 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Gary Ledbetter (Lexington) $280

2. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) 180

3. Jeff Garrison (Winston-Salem) 140

4. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) 110

5. Robbie Brewer (Winston-Salem) 95

6. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) 85

7. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) 75

8. Mike Evans (King) 65

9. Scott Hall (Walkertown) 55

10. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) 50

11. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) 45

12. Mitch Gales (Lexington) 40

13. Ryan Nelson (Winston-Salem) 35

14. Chad Brooks (Winston-Salem) 30

15. Shaun Cockerham (East Bend) 25

16. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) 25

17. Kyle Edwards (King) 25

18. David Sell (Winston-Salem) 25

19. Bryant Robertson (Lexington) 25

CRAFTSMAN STADIUM STOCK DIVISION 56-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Dale Barneycastle (Mocksville) $255

2. Johnny Burke (Midway) 185

3. Jimmy Absher (Rural Hall) 145

4. Michael Wells (Yadkinville) 120

5. A.J. Sanders (Mocksville) 100

6. Matt Hill (Yadkinville) 80

7. Rob Young (Winston-Salem) 70

8. Adam Baker (Winston-Salem) 60

9. Glenn Hamilton (Winston-Salem) 50

10. Chris Allison (Mocksville) 50

11. Gary Brewer (Germanton) 40

12. Kevin L. Neal (Walkertown) 40

13. Phillip Wright (King) 40

14. Andrew Sanders (Mocksville) 40

15. D.J. Moore (Germanton) 40

16. Ted Mickalowski (Mocksville) 30

17. Wayne Hill (Kernersville) 30

18. Gerald Robertson (Germanton) 30

19. Kenny Dixon (Pfafftown) 30

20. A.J. Quakenbush (Winston-Salem) 30

21. Archie Sanders (Mocksville) 30

22. Bobby Yountz (Clemmons) 30

23. T.J. Cox (Winston-Salem) 30

24. Jason Keaton (Mocksville) 30

25. Jason Asbury (King) 30

26. Tommy Stewart (Winston-Salem) 30

 

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