Points Ladder Set to Shake On Saturday
100-Lapper will feature full-field draw and double-file restarts.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) With two weeks of racing completed at Bowman Gray Stadium, 2008 Defending Champion Tim Brown is right where he wants to be – on top of the points ladder once again. But with many, many events left to go, and with the Bowman Gray Gear 100 this Saturday, all eyes will be on the Cana, Va. resident to see if he can maintain his position.
            Brown finished 2nd and 8th in Saturday’s twin 25-lap races for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series, earning him more points than any other Modified competitor that night. But on his tail the whole time was Burt Myers of Walnut Cove, Brown’s long-standing points rival and the 2007 champion.
            Myers did his best to deliver some strong taps to the rear of Brown’s #83 car on Saturday, aware of the fact that his 18th place finish in the season-opening Tucson 200 gave him quite an initial disadvantage to overcome. Myers is known for his aggressive driving style, and he certainly was not going to let up on Brown. Scoring a 3rd and a 9th place finish, Myers jumped up to 10th in the points.
            Junior Miller of Danbury, the record holder for most career Modified wins, has declared his intentions to make 2009 his 7th championship season. Like Myers, Miller had some bad luck during the season-opening race, finishing 20th. On Saturday, Miller spun when encountering some dirt on the track during the first race, but a lucky draw from the “Madhouse Scramble” sent him to the front for the start of the second race. Miller took home the win in the second 25-lapper, moving him up eight slots in the points ladder to 12th place in the points.
            Chris Fleming of Mt. Airy entered the night with a second place standing in the points. Fleming was able to keep his rank, although Alfred Hill of Jonesville moved up from third to tie Fleming for the second spot on the points ladder.
            This Saturday should be a true test of mettle for the points contenders: it’s the Bowman Gray Gear 100 – the season’s first 100-lap event. The notorious 100-lap races have their starting lineup determined by random draw, and the addition of the Double-File “Choice” Restart Rule has added another element of strategy and racing action.
            A bad night for Brown could flatten the points race out considerably, possibly thrusting Fleming or Hill into the points lead. The #13 car of Fleming will be the one to watch on Saturday: Fleming has a reputation for choosing the outside lane at almost any chance he can get during the double-file restarts. In the season-opener, his riskiness earned him a second place finish, but Saturday may yield different results.
            The double-file restart will give cars like Myers and Miller the chance to climb through the field if they find themselves towards the rear. Myers has made good use of the double-file restart before to climb from the rear to the front after spinning in a 100-lapper. Miller, known for his fearless racing attitude, may intimidate his fellow competitors and squeeze his way into the inside lane on many occasions.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Gary Ledbetter’s win on Saturday boosts the Lexington resident into the points lead. Barry Edwards of Pinnacle ties Ledbetter for the top spot, having finished 2nd and 10th on Saturday. Scott Hall of Winston-Salem is in third, with Mike Evans of King in fourth.
            Doug Wall of Pfafftown leads the way in the points for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series with a win on Saturday and a 5th place finish in the season-opener. Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem ties Wall for the lead in the points. Brown has been a points challenger for the past few seasons, so it should be interesting to see what 2009 holds for the young competitor.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville retains the points lead with a 2nd place finish on Saturday. Wayne Hill of Kernersville stays in second. For the third spot in the points rankings, there’s a three-way tie between Dale Barneycastle, Kenny Dixon, and Rob Young.
            The action continues this Saturday night with the Bowman Gray Gear 100. Starting position is determined by random draw, and the infamous Double-File “Choice” Restart Rule will be in effect. The Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions will compete as well. Gates open at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 7:20, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.

Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

1

83

Tim Brown

92

2

13

Chris Fleming

86

 

70

Alfred Hill

86

4

4

Jason Myers

84

5

5

Randy Butner

81

6

40

Brad Robbins

78

 

53

Jonathan Brown

78

8

50

Michael Clifton

64

9

77

Lee Jeffreys

61

10

31

Gene Pack

59

11

1

Burt Myers

56

12

69

Junior Miller

51

13

72

Brent Elliott

50

14

45

Lee Stimpson

36

15

28

Mike Adams

34

Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

86

 

50

Barry Edwards

86

3

23

Scott Hall

80

4

30

Mike Evans

70

5

68

Robbie Brewer

66

6

02

Derek Stoltz

64

 

77

Keith McMichael

64

8

18

Kenny Bost

62

9

79

Steven Berrier

61

10

05

Kyle Edwards

58

11

64

Steve Truell

56

12

21

Tommy Neal

55

13

86

Taylor Branch

54

14

44

Daniel Beeson

53

15

19

Michael Adams

52

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

1

12

Doug Wall

92

 

69

Joseph Brown

92

3

25

Johnny Arnder

86

4

27

Matt Cotner

80

5

15

Jerry Helms

76

 

04

Reggie Doub

76

7

31

Ryan Nelson

74

8

99

John McNeal

66

9

81

Zack Clifton

64

10

20

Donnie Martin

62

11

13

Kevin Gilbert

50

 

11

Richard Reeves

50

13

06

Leon Hutchens

48

 

2

Willie Wall

48

15

16

Allen Henkel

46

Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

1

24

A.J. Sanders

98

2

11

Wayne Hill

94

3

22

Dale Barneycastle

92

 

23

Kenny Dixon

92

 

1

Rob Young

92

6

99

Matt Hill

90

7

44

Michael Wells

86

 

39

Jimmy Absher

86

9

77

Randy McElveen

74

 

68

Glenn Hamilton

74

 

26

Derek Taylor

74

12

70

D.J. Moore

72

 

21

Kevin L. Neal

72

 

47

Kevin C. Neal

72

15

00

Adam Baker

70