BrownWins "Great Clips 100"

By Mason Linker / JOURNAL REPORTER

Tim Brown won last night's caution-filled 100-lap Modified Division race at Bowman Gray Stadium, but he made up very little ground on Burt Myers, who continues to stand between Brown and a third straight points championship.

On a night when celebrated Modified driver Ted Christopher ran his first race at Bowman Gray, Brown led all but one of the final 33 laps to grab his third win of the year. Double points were awarded last night.

Brown slid into second place in the points standings with 444, but he gained only seven points on Myers, who finished third and still leads with 499.

"Its really been a struggle this year with the blue 83, it just hasn't been the year we expected with the people we have and the equipment and the fans," Brown said. "But we posted our sixth pole of the year and third win and out of 10 races, and that's pretty stout."

Brown won the pole last night but that was of little consequence by race time because the drivers were lined up for the start on a random draw. And so the pole went to Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., and he led the first 24 laps before being passed by Jonathan Brown.

Jonathan Brown would later be wrecked and limped home in 18th place, but there were plenty of fireworks around Christopher, who tangled with Junior Miller on the 79th lap and sent Miller to the pits.

Miller finished the race in 19th and wasn't very pleased with Christopher.

"We had a shot at winning this race and that weasel from up North came in here and just flat wrecked us there at the end," Miller said. "I was pushing (Brown) when (Christopher) came across the hood and tore the front end off.

"He has as much as experience as I have. He's 50 years old and has been running his whole life. He just felt bad this old man passed him and he just wrecked us. At least that's the way I see it."

Christopher, known as one of the top drivers on the Whelen Modified Tour, said that he would like to race at Bowman Gray again.

"At least I can say I led at Bowman Gray," said Christopher, who finished 15th. "I tried to race with Junior and those guys and that guy has to be the biggest idiot in the world. He should probably retire.

"I don't mind and everybody says they move people and stuff but he damn threw the whole car at me and planted me hard and I said, ‘Oh well, I can play at that game.'

"It must be a Bowman Gray thing, I don't know. It's a pretty fun place."

Tim Brown said in the two weeks since he last raced, and his crew tore his car completely down.

"It helps anytime you can put a win on the board and my guys work so hard and my sponsors are so dedicated," Brown said. "It was a great night for racing and with all the cautions and all the double-file restarts it had to be a heck of a show for the fans because it sure was from the driver's seat.

"Teddy is a good race-car driver and me and him carry on. I would like to see him come back in something different then the car he was in, they don't like me that good, the car doesn't, but the feeling is mutual there. He is a championship race-car driver and he is as good as it gets in the Modified. Jonathan Brown led, I led, Teddy led … it was a lot of fun."

It was also a big night for the Clifton family. Zack Clifton notched his first-ever stadium win in the Street Stock Division, and his father, Ronnie Clifton, grabbed his second win of the year in the Sportsman Division's second race.

In the first Sportsman Division race, Robbie Brewer, who had two second-place finishes this season, wound up in the winner's circle for the first time.

In the Stadium Stock Division, Brandon Brendle won the first race and Jordan Fleming won the nightcap.

MODIFIED DIVISION
104-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Tim Brown (Cana, Va.) $1,900

2. Brian Loftin (Lexington) 1,080

3. Burt Myers (Walnut Cove) 855

4. Rupert Sink (Lexington) 690

5. Dean Ward (W-Salem) 640

6 Brent Elliott (Denton) 605

7. Jeremy Stoltz (Walkertown) 570

8. Kevin Powell (W-Salem) 535

9. Brad Robbins (W-Salem) 505

10. Randy Butner (Pfafftown) 485

11. Alfred Hill (Jonesville) 430

12. Austin Pack (Walkertown) 410

13. Jason Myers (Walnut Cove) 490

14. Matt Caldwell (Lexington) 370

15. Ted Christopher (Plainville, Conn.) 350

16. Bobby Reed (Clemmons) 330

17. Mike Adams (W-Salem) 320

18. Jonathan Brown (Kernersville) 310

19. Junior Miller (Danbury) 300

20. Lee Jeffreys (High Point) 395

STREET STOCK DIVISION
20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Zack Clifton (Walkertown) $285

2. Billy Gregg (W-Salem) 235

3. David Sumner (Trinity) 155

4. John McNeal (W-Salem) 190

5. Jody Fritts (W-Salem) 80

6. Matt Cotner (Rural Hall) 170

7. Doug Wall (Pfafftown) 65

8. Kenneth Stimpson (Lewisville) 60

9. Reggie Doub (Germanton) 155

10. Jerry Helms (W-Salem) 50

11. Darren Cotner (King) 25

12. Brian Wall (W-Salem) 25

13. Willie Wall (Lexington) 25

14. Kris Hoots (Mocksville) 25

15. Spencer Martin (W-Salem) 25

16. Hal Seats (Yadkinville) 25

17. Frank Fritts (Kernersville) 20

18. Tim Vaden (Kernersville) 20

19. Daniel Fishel (Greensboro) 20

20. John Gregg (Wallburg) 20

SPORTSMAN DIVISION
FIRST 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Robbie Brewer (W-Salem) $405

2. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) 205

3. Kyle Edwards (King) 265

4. Steven Truell (Midway) 135

5. Ronnie Barron (Lexington) 120

6. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) 185

7. Ryan Robertson (W-Salem) 175

8. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) 65

9. Jim Shoaf (Lexington) 55

10. Kevin Neal (Walkertown) 50

11. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) 45

12. Jeff Garrison (Clemmons) 40

13. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) 35

14. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) 205

15. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) 25

16. Chad Brooks (W-Salem) 25

17. Steven Berrier (Germanton) 25

18. Ryan Nelson (W-Salem) 25

19. Cody Evans (King) 25

20. Bryant Robertson (Lexington) 25

21. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) 25

22. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) 25

23. Mitch Gales (Thomasville) 75

24. David Adams (Yadkinville) 25

25. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) 25

SPORTSMAN DIVISION
FIRST 20-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Ronnie Clifton (Walkertown) $305

2. Taylor Branch (Lewisville) 205

3. Kevin Neal (Walkertown) 165

4. Kyle Edwards (King) 135

5. Barry Edwards (Pinnacle) 120

6. Robbie Brewer (W-Salem) 85

7. Steven Berrier (Germanton) 75

8. Bryant Robertson (Lexington) 65

9. Luke Fleming (Mount Airy) 55

10. Tommy Neal (Walkertown) 50

11. Cody Evans (King) 45

12. Mitch Gales (Thomasville) 40

13. Derek Stoltz (Walkertown) 35

14. Kenny Bost (Kernersville) 30

15. Daniel Beeson (Kernersville) 25

16. Michael Adams (Yadkinville) 25

17. Ronnie Barron (Lexington) 25

18. Jeff Garrison (Clemmons) 25

19. Jim Shoaf (Lexington) 25

20. Chad Brooks (W-Salem) 25

21. Steven Truell (Midway) 25

22. David Adams (Yadkinville) 25

23. Ryan Robertson (W-Salem) 25

24. Keith McMichael (Belews Creek) 25

25. Ryan Nelson (W-Salem) 25

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION
FIRST 15-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Brandon Brendle (W-Salem) $130

2. Gerald Robertson (Germanton) 105

3. Shane Southard (Yadkinville) 80

4. Johnny Burke (Midway) 70

5. Charlie Curry (Lexington) 65

6. A.J. Sanders (Mocksville) 160

7. Jason Keaton (Mocksville) 155

8. Gene Adams (Lexington) 55

9. Wayne Hill (Kernersville) 155

10. Dale Barneycastle (Mocksville) 150

11. Rob Young (W-Salem) 25

12. Chris Lawing (King) 25

13. Jimmy Absher (Rural Hall) 125

14. Adam Baker (W-Salem) 20

15. Derek Taylor (Yadkinville) 20

16. Andrew Sanders (Mocksville) 20

17. Ted Mickalowski (Mocksville) 20

18. Tyler Burke (W-Salem) 20

19. Kenny Dixon (Pfafftown) 20

20. Drew Moffitt (W-Salem) 20

21. Matt Brelsford (Salisbury) 20

22. Ray Forrest (W-Salem) 20

23. Stephen Sanders (Midway) 20

24. 1Andy Southern (W-Salem) 20

STADIUM STOCK DIVISION
SECOND 15-LAP RACE

Driver (Hometown) Money

1. Jordan Fleming (Mount Airy) $130

2. Archie Sanders (Mocksville) 105

3. Wesley Thompson (Mocksville) 80

4. Kevin C. Neal (Danbury) 70

5. Tyler Ziglar (Kernersville) 65

6. Jose Gonzalez (W-Salem) 60

7. Cody Arrington (Mount Airy) 55

8. Brandon Crotts (King) 55

9. Travis Brewer (Germanton) 55

10. Steve Myers (Pfafftown) 50

11. Mike McKnight (Pfafftown) 25

12. Wes Athan (W-Salem) 25

13. Phillip Wright (King) 25

14. Bobby Yountz (Clemmons) 20

15. Ken Bridges (King) 20

16. Chad Hopkins (W-Salem) 20

17. Cody Adams (Lexington) 20

18. T.J. Cox (W-Salem) 20

19. Jeremy Stainback (W-Salem) 20

20. Joseph Swanson (Rural Hall) 20

21. Perry Haynes (Advance) 20

22. Brian Harb (High Point) 20

23. Kyle Southern (King) 20

24. Jason Tutterow (Advance) 20

 

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