Myers takes USG Modified win

Double-file restarts, cautions abound at Bowman Gray

By Tommy Bowman/ JOURNAL REPORTER

Burt Myers went low tech to win his second race of the season at Bowman Gray Stadium.

After a botched restart attempt, Myers unplugged a computer chip from his dashboard that prevents the engine from over-revving. He took off from that point to win last night's USG Modified 50.

John McNeal won a 50-lap Street Stock race, the longest-distance event of the season for that division.

Taylor Branch and Gary Ledbetter won 20-lap Sportsman races. A.J. Sanders and Jimmy Absher won 15-lap races for the Stadium Stock Division.

Myers, who got his 41st victory in Bowman Gray's featured Modified Division, strengthened his early-season lead in the standings by leading all the way.

But he had to withstand 10 double-file restarts to do it.

"It seemed like every time we'd get the green, we'd run two laps and get a caution," Myers said. "Even though I had the preferred line on the inside, you've still got to do everything just right.

"But the car was on a rail. The guys changed some things with shock adjustment that I was a little reluctant about, because if it's not broke don't fix it, but the car was awesome. It does show that sometimes change is good."

Myers started on the outside of the front row and took the lead from his brother and pole-sitter Jason Myers on the first lap. From that point, there were only two stretches of more than six laps without a caution period, which necessitate a double-file restart.

That fact benefitted challengers such as Bobby Loftin, who had eight attempts to take the lead from Myers on restarts, but Myers never relinquished his grip. Zach Brewer finished second, Loftin was third and hard-charging Alfred Hill finished fourth.

Myers stretched his lead in the season standings after four races from one to 19 points over Lee Jeffreys. Brown, who entered tied with Jeffreys just one point out of the lead, suffered a 12th-place finish and slipped to third, tied with Brewer, 23 points behind.

Brown took a short-lived lead in the eighth lap after a restart, zipping past Myers, who said he was a victim of a too-sensitive computer chip that threatened to stall his engine.

"It keeps you from over-revving your engine," Myers said. "It kicked in on the restart, when I was in low going to high, and that let Tim get the jump on me. After that, I pulled the chip out."

Myers recovered with a stiff shot to Brown's rear bumper. That loosened Brown, and Myers shot past to retake the lead by the ninth lap.

"He went into the corner and his car pushed, and I was able to get a bumper to him enough to drive back by him," said Myers, who said he didn't want to bide his time. "My car was good enough to where I wanted to be out front. I thought I could keep it out front."

Brown's night got worse, as he got caught to the outside on one of the restarts and then lost more ground after a bumper-crumpling jolt from Jonathan Brown. Brown declined comment afterward.

Race Results

Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Series
USG Modified 50: 50 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

2

11

Zach Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

3

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

4

70

Alfred Hill

Jonesville, NC

5

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

6

53

Jonathan Brown

Kernersville, NC

7

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

8

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

9

7

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

10

77

Lee Jeffreys

High Point, NC

11

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

12

83

Tim Brown

Cana, VA

13

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

14

40

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

15

17

Brian King

Burlington, NC

16

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

17

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

18

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

19

36

Rupert Sink

Lexington, NC

20

33

Matt Caldwell

Lexington, NC

21

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series
First Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

2

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

3

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

4

23

Ryan Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

5

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

6

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

7

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

8

1

Brad Smith

Winston-Salem, NC

9

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

10

64

Steven Truell

Midway,NC

11

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

12

26

Jim Shoaf

Lexington, NC

13

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

14

7

Ronnie Barron

Lexington, NC

15

69

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

16

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

17

79

Steven Berrier

Germanton, NC

18

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

19

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

20

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

21

16

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

22

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

23

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

24

71

D.J. Moore

Germanton, NC

2nd Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

2

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

3

1

Brad Smith

Winston-Salem, NC

4

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

5

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

6

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

7

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

8

23

Ryan Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

9

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

10

7

Ronnie Barron

Lexington, NC

11

64

Steven Truell

Midway,NC

12

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

13

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

14

79

Steven Berrier

Germanton, NC

15

69

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

16

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

17

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

18

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

19

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

20

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

21

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

22

26

Jim Shoaf

Lexington, NC

23

16

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

24

71

D.J. Moore

Germanton, NC

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series
K&N Filters Street Stock 50: 50 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

2

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

3

04

Reggie Doub

Germanton, NC

4

07

Kenneth Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

5

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

6

98

Billy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

7

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

8

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

9

16

Allen Henkel

Trinity, NC

10

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

11

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

12

23

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

13

01

Donnie Martin

Wallburg, NC

14

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

15

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

16

97

Hal Seats

Yadkinville, NC

17

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

18

78

K.C. Myers

Linwood, NC

19

89

John Gregg

Wallburg, NC

20

3

Michael Nichols

Trinity, NC

21

15

Jerry Helms

Winston-Salem, NC

22

05

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series
First Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2

16

Stephen Sanders

Midway, NC

3

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

4

34

Chris Lawing

King, NC

5

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

6

89

Joseph Swanson

Rural Hall, NC

7

03

Ray Forrest

Winston-Salem, NC

8

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

9

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

10

41

Bobby Yountz

Clemmons, NC

11

04

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

12

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

13

19

Jeremy Stainback

Winston-Salem, NC

14

77

Randy McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

15

6

Dale Patterson

Winston-Salem, NC

16

97

Todd Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

17

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

18

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

19

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

20

3

Mike McKnight

Pfafftown, NC

21

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2nd Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

39

Jimmy Absher

Rural Hall, NC

2

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

3

72

Gerald Robertson

Germanton, NC

4

56

Johnny Burke

Midway, NC

5

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

6

11

Wayne Hill

Kernersville, NC

7

98

T.J. Cox

Winston-Salem, NC

8

00

Adam Baker

Winston-Salem, NC

9

23

Kenny Dixon

Pfafftown, NC

10

22

Dale Barneycastle

Mocksville, NC

11

09

Gene Adams

Lexington, NC

12

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

13

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

14

84

Ben Brown

Westfield,NC

15

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

16

91

Zack Bralley

Asheboro, NC

17

49

Rodney Sears

Lexington, NC

18

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

19

0

Cody Adams

Lexington, NC

20

38

Wes Athan

Winston-Salem, NC

21

1X

Ben Badger

Lexington, NC

22

7

James Allison

Mocksville, NC

23

43

Tony Meadows

Clemmons, NC

 

 

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