Jeffreys wins before rain descends
Hall, Clifton claim Sportsman victories; Burke captures win
By Tommy Bowman/ JOURNAL REPORTER
Lee Jeffreys said last night that he wanted to show that somebody not named Brown or Myers could win a Modified race at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Jeffreys made good on the effort with a victory in the first of two scheduled 25-lap races. Rain was the winner of the scheduled second Modified race, as a sudden downpour forced cancellation of the remaining schedule.
A 50-lap Street Stock race, the longest of the year for that division, will be held next Saturday night.
Scott Hall and Ronnie Clifton won 20-lap races for the Sportsman Division, and Johnny Burke won a 15-lap Stadium Stock race, before the rains came.
Jeffreys was the fastest in qualifying with a lap of 13.433 seconds (67.0 mph) on the quarter-mile track, and he started from the pole position in the first Modified race as a result.
Jeffreys led all the way for his 15th career victory. Burt Myers finished second, Jonathan Brown third, Randy Butner fourth and Tim Brown fifth.
"Brown and Myers, that's all you heard last year," Jeffreys said. "We're going to see if we can't get our name in there several times this year with them."
Jeffreys led for a while in the season-opener May 1 but couldn't quite hang on. Brown went on to that victory, and Myers followed up with a win in Week 2.
"Tim and Burt, that's the best of the crop over here," Jeffreys said. "If you keep them behind you, you're doing something right."
The key to doing that was Jeffreys' qualifying effort, which, at first, he didn't feel would stand up.
"That will make you or break you," Jeffreys said. "I knew (the lap) felt good but when I saw the time on the board I came in and said, ‘Hey boys, that's all we had. I hate it that it was no faster than that.' They said, ‘right now, it's the fastest time.' "
Myers took a slim one-point lead in the season standings against Brown and Jeffreys.
Junior Miller, Bowman Gray's all-time leader in feature-race wins, failed to qualify as result of engine problems and started at the rear of the 24-car field with a former champion's provisional.
He finished 16th and seemed to have caught a break when Jeffreys drew a "16" for the inverted start of the second race, but then rain resulted in cancellation of what would have been a start from the pole position for Miller.
"We had bad luck all night," Miller said. "The car wasn't running and we didn't get to qualify. We were actually lucky to finish 16th (in the first race) and then they drew 16th. Then it rained and they called the race.
"If the motor had been up to par we would have had a cakewalk the second race. As it was, we probably would have got spun out or whatever. We would have liked to have tried it anyway."
Hall, making his first appearance of the season, led all the way in the first Sportsman race.
Clifton, who has won eight straight Sportsman titles, started on the pole for the second Sportsman race as the result of a draw and led every lap.
Derek Stoltz worked his way to a second-place finish in the second race and kept his lead in the Sportsman standings.
Race Two postponed due to rain