Brown Capture first Twenty-Five Lap Event At BGS

 

(Winston Salem,NC 7/16/11) - The unpleasant fact that he finished outside the top five in six of the first seven races this season is becoming an increasingly distant memory for Tim Brown .

Brown , who had snapped a seven-race winless drought a week earlier, came out on top again Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium . He led all the way in the first of two 25-lap races for the featured Modified Division .

"Before last week, we took this car apart and went through it and found some stuff we wanted to do differently and make better," said Brown , an eight-time Bowman Gray champion who registered his 57th career victory. "That made a difference, plus my guys never give up.

"Two weeks ago we had won just one race and now we've won three."

Jason Myers recovered from a qualifying mishap and won the second Modified race.

Gary Ledbetter and Taylor Branch won 20-lap races in the Sportsman Division . David Sumner won a 20-lap Street Stock race, and Jason Keaton was the winner in the 15-lap "A" race for the Stadium Stock Division .

Brown won the pole position for the first race with a qualifying lap of 13.298 seconds (67.7 mph) on the quarter-mile track. It was the fifth time in eight tries this season that Brown has been the fastest.

He fended off Burt Myers in a side-by-side battle in the first lap, and again survived pressure from runner-up Myers in the closing laps. Jonathan Brown finished third.

In the second Modified race, Jason Myers , who had a night of ups and downs, finished on a definitive upswing.

He spun out near the end of his qualifying lap coming to a stop just a few yards from the finish line and had to start next-to-last in the 24-car field in the first race. He worked his way to a 14th-place finish, then landed in the pole position for the inverted start of the second race when Brown pulled the No.?14 in a draw.

He then led every lap on the way to his first victory of the season and 10th of his career.

"I tried too hard in qualifying to make up some time and put this thing on the front row, and it just got away from me," he said.

"At that point, if you had told me then that I would start 23rd, finish 14th and then win the second race, I'd have said you're crazy. But that's why this place fills up in the grandstands and why we have a good car count . A man can come over here and crash in qualifying, keep his head up and still come out with a trophy."

Chris Fleming finished second, after slipping past a sliding Brad Robbins in the eighth lap. Robbins finished third after picking up two spots by bumping and squeezing past Austin Pack and Steven Truell in the opening laps.

Burt Myers was eighth in the second race and Tim Brown ninth, maintaining Myers' 28-point lead margin in the standings.

Ledbetter led all the way in the first 20-lap Sportsman race and won for the third time in the past four races. Robbie Brewer finished second and Kyle Edwards was third.

In the second Sportsman race, Branch picked up his first victory of the season after a last-lap crash that claimed front- runner Derek Stoltz and points leader Kyle Edwards .

Branch loosened Stoltz on a restart heading into the final lap, and Stoltz , trying to regain control, swerved into Edwards . Branch went on to victory, holding off Ledbetter , who just missed a rare doubleheader sweep and has finished in the top three his past five races.

Brewer finished third and closed to seven points behind Edwards in the standings.

Sumner won for the second time this season in the Street Stock Division . John McNeal maintained his sizable lead in Street Stock standings.

Keaton , the defending champion in the Stadium Stock Division , registered his first victory this season. Drew Moffitt kept his lead in Stadium Stock standings with a fifth-place finish.

By Tommy Bowman
Published: May 22, 2011

tbowman@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7320

 

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