Jeffreys, Miller Take Wins at Bowman Gray
Bad luck last week turns into victories on Saturday.
(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) What a difference a week makes at Bowman Gray Stadium.
After last week’s Tucson 200, Lee Jeffreys and Junior Miller left the track with damaged cars, back-of-the-pack finishes, and frustrated attitudes. But on Saturday, they left the track as winners.
Lee Jeffreys of High Point started off his night in the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series by qualifying on the pole. “I knew the lap felt good, but you never know what anyone else is going to turn,” said Lee Jeffreys. Beside him on the outside-pole was Randy Butner of Pfafftown - making Butner the strongest qualifier at Bowman Gray Stadium with two second-place laps in each of the two qualifying attempts so far.
As the green fell, Jeffreys and Butner battled side-by-side for the entire first lap. Butner, however, was caught on the outside and dropped back. Tim Brown of Cana, Va. moved up to second place behind Jeffreys. Burt Myers of Walnut Cove claimed third.
Although Brown stayed close behind Jeffreys, the #77 car of Lee Jeffreys was able to maintain the lead. Jeffreys encountered a little trouble midway through the race when he caught up to lapped traffic. As he lapped a slower car, Burt Myers rammed Tim Brown in second, who in turn rammed Jeffreys. All three were able to keep control and hold on to their positions.
When the caution came out with one lap to go, Jeffreys once again had to sweat as he held off Brown and Myers for a one-lap shootout on the restart. “When you’ve got those guys behind you – they’ll run you clean but they’ll run you hard too,” said Jeffreys.
Jeffreys took the checkered flag with Brown and Myers coming in second and third behind him.
Junior Miller of Danbury spun in the first race and had some mechanical issues as he collided with another competitor as Miller tried to pass. The first race gave Miller a disappointing 12th place finish, but Lady Luck was kind to Miller.
The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Miller to the head of the pack for the start of the second race. But Michael Clifton of Walkertown was on the outside front row, so victory was far from assured for Miller.
“We ended up hanging on, and we got a good draw,” said Miller. “With Michael on the outside, I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Miller made sure that Clifton didn’t get a jump on him during the start. Then, Miller held on for the win. “We had a bad first race over here. I dug a hole last week and dug another one tonight, but we got close there at the end and took the win,” said Miller.
Brad Robbins of Winston-Salem finished in second. Michael Clifton came in behind Robbins in third.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Derek Stoltz of Walkertown claimed the checkered in the first race. Keith McMichael of Belews Creek had a long battle with Luke Fleming of Mt Airy over second place. But in the end, McMichael was able to stay in second with Fleming coming in third.
In the second 20-lapper, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington took his first ever win at the Stadium. Points contender Kenny Bost of Kernersville claimed second with Scott Hall of Walkertown finishing third.
Doug Wall of Pfafftown fought his way through the field to take the win in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series race. Donnie Martin of Wallburg and Allen Henkel of Trinity took second and third. David Sumner of Trinity had taken the checkered in third place but was later disqualified after he refused post-race technical inspection.
In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Matt Hill of Yadkinville claimed the win in the first 15-lapper. Bobby Yountz of Clemmons took second, with Wayne Hill of Kernersville finishing in third. In the second 15-lapper, Dale Barneycastle of Mocksville brought home the victory, with A.J. Sanders of Mocksville and Rob Young of Winston-Salem finishing second and third.