Tim Brown Dominates Great Clips 100

 

(Winston Salem,NC 7/9/11)The gap between victories was longer than Tim Brown cared for, but he ended the wait Saturday night in the Great Clips 100 at Bowman Gray Stadium.

Brown, an eight-time champion trying to prevent an eight-race winless string, which would have matched his longest since 2006, fended off two other drivers hungry for a victory Junior Miller and Michael Clifton.

"It was our second win of the year, but it seemed like it was forever coming," said Brown, who led every lap and got his 56th career victory but his first in two months in the stadium's featured Modified Division.

Gary Ledbetter and Robbie Brewer won 20-lap races for the Sportsman Division. John McNeal survived and won a wild 18-lap Street Stock race that reached a 20-minute time limit. Drew Moffitt won the 15-lap "A" race for Stadium Stock cars.

Brown, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Wednesday, kicked off the second half of the season in impressive fashion, and trimmed some of Burt Myers' lead in the season standings on a double-points night.

But Myers, who broke a part in pre-race practice and got his car repaired just in time, came out in relatively good shape with a fourth-place finish. Brown managed to cut Myers' lead from 40 to 28 points.

Brown was the fastest in qualifying for the fourth time this season, with a lap of 13.331 seconds (67.5 mph) on the quarter-mile track. He drew the No. 2 starting position.

"It was just a good night overall," Brown said. "The car was great and this motor is awesome, we were fastest in qualifying, we got a good draw and we were able to gain some points on Burt."

Clifton, looking for his first victory since 2009, drew the pole position but couldn't hold off Brown at the start.

Miller started third and was able to challenge Brown from the outside on the final four double-file restarts, but couldn't catch him in the late stages.

"This is the best run I've had this year," said Miller, who finished second and just missed his first victory since 2009. "I was good as Brown was for about 30 laps, and then the stagger grew and I couldn't get on the gas. I pedaled as hard as I could, but just came up short."

Chris Fleming, who made it through a heated exchange with Jonathan Brown in the closing laps, finished third. Myers drew the seventh starting spot and managed to work his way to fourth.

"Considering I almost didn't make the race, we came out OK," Myers said. "We broke a gear inside the carrier of the rear end. It was just a freak thing. We had to go back to the shop for the part and scrambled to fix it. Robert Jeffreys was going to let us drive his car if we couldn't get it together, but we made it."

Ledbetter led all the way in the first Sportsman race and got his second straight victory. Brewer led every lap in the second race for his second win of the season.

Defending Sportsman champion Kyle Edwards stretched his lead in the season standings with fourth- and seventh-place finishes.

McNeal stretched his season lead in the Street Stock Division with his second victory of the season. McNeal slipped past a spinning David Sumner in the next-to-last lap and hung on from there.

Matt Cotner and Billy Gregg were lead swapping until the 12th lap, when Gregg sent Cotner spinning. Cotner retaliated by slamming into and sidelining Gregg's car during a caution period, and Sumner got the lead.

Moffitt won for a division-leading third time in the Stadium Stock Division.

Two 25-lap Modified races will be the scheduled featured events next Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium.

By Tommy Bowman
Published: May 22, 2011

tbowman@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7320

 

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