Myers Takes First 2009 Win at Bowman Gray
After a string of bad luck, Myers takes home the checkered.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) It must have been destiny. On May 16, 1998, Burt Myers of Walnut Cove won his first race at Bowman Gray Stadium. Exactly 11 years later to the day, Myers took the checkered again on Saturday  – ending the dry spell that has plagued the three-time champion so far in the 2009 season.
            Myers had a streak of fluke mechanical problems for the first few races of the season, giving him an 18th, 9th, and a 3rd place finish. “You start doubting – is it the team? Is it me?” said Myers. “I know better. These guys stand behind me. My family stands behind me.”
            In Saturday’s USG Modified 50 for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series, the top 6 qualifiers drew for starting position to see which of the 6 starting spots would be theirs. Myers barely made the cutoff, qualifying in sixth. But Myers was the lucky one to pluck the pole as his starting position.
            As the green flag fell, Myers jumped into the lead with Tim Brown of Cana, Va. taking over second place. Brown gave a few taps to the rear bumper of the #1 car of Myers, but Myers defended his lead.
            Myers’ first real challenge for the lead came on lap 19 when a caution flag caused the first double-file restart. Tim Brown chose to take the outside lane, putting him on the outside front row beside Myers. Brown has two wins so far and is the points leader in 2009 by a fair margin, so Brown’s #83 car was surely one of the last ones Myers wanted to see pull up beside him.
            Myers beat Brown into turn one to defend the lead. Robert Jeffreys of Winston-Salem got a nose to the inside of Brown, but Brown was able to narrowly defend his position and stay behind Myers in second.
            Jason Myers of Walnut Cove, the younger of the Myers brothers, was not so fortunate and ended up getting caught on the outside lane. As Jason Myers tried to make his way back to the inside, he got a little too close for comfort with Jonathan Brown. The #53 car of Jonathan Brown lost control and hit the guard rail with a thunderous impact.
            The incident triggered the second caution and another chance for Tim Brown to go outside and challenge Burt Myers for the lead. Tim Brown, however, chose to play it safe and stay in the inside lane. The top five cars did the same, allowing Junior Miller of Danbury to jump from sixth to the outside front row.
            Miller has been a vocal advocate of the double-file restarts at Bowman Gray Stadium, and the Modified veteran has declared his intention to aggressively use his bumper to make the most of his position on the outside lane. Myers had to be worried about Miller refusing to budge – even if it meant wrecking both cars.
            As Miller and Myers played mind games with each other over the start, Miller stayed back as Myers hit the gas. Perhaps Miller was thinking that the green flag wouldn’t be thrown and that he would be the one to get the jump in the next restart. But the green flag did indeed fall, and Miller was left in turn four while Myers easily claimed the lead.
            Myers led the rest of the way to take the checkered with Tim Brown finishing in second and Robert Jeffreys in third.
            In the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series, Saturday night was the annual USG Street Stock 50 – the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Street Stock cars. Doug Wall of Pfafftown started out in the lead, relinquishing the lead to John McNeal of Winston-Salem on lap 39. But as Wall battled McNeal to reclaim the lead with just a few laps left, McNeal was sent spinning. Doug Wall took over the lead as the caution flag came out, with Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem behind Wall in second.
            The restart came on lap 49, leaving one final lap for Joseph Brown and Doug Wall to fight it out. Brown nearly spun Wall as they entered turn one, but the effort allowed Allen Henkel of Trinity to give a stout tap to the bumper of Brown. The #69 car of Brown was actually sideways as it skidded down the backstretch being pushed by the advancing car of Henkel.
            Somehow Joseph Brown was able to steer back in the right direction and maintain second place. Doug Wall soared ahead to take the lead and the win, with Allen Henkel finishing in third.
            Mike Evans of King won the first 20-lapper for the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series. Steven Berrier of Germanton and Kyle Edwards of King came in second and third. Derek Stoltz of Walkertown won the second Sportsman race, with Tommy Neal of Walkertown claiming second and Luke Fleming of Mount Airy taking third.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Glenn Hamilton of Winston-Salem won the first 15-lapper – one week after his car was totaled in a brutal collision at the Stadium. A.J. Sanders of Mocksville won the second 15-lap race on Saturday, Sanders’ third win this season.
            Race Director John Horton has suspended John McNeal for one event after McNeal’s temper got the best of him on track after he lost the lead in the 50-lap Street Stock race.

Race Results

Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series
USG Modified 50: 50 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

2

83

Tim Brown

Cana, VA

3

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

4

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

5

77

Lee Jeffreys

High Point, NC

6

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

7

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

8

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

9

70

Alfred Hill

Jonesville, NC

10

3

Terry Gaither

Walkertown, NC

11

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

12

40

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

13

31

Gene Pack

Walkertown, NC

14

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

15

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

16

53

Jonathan Brown

Kernersville, NC

17

45

Lee Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

 

Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series
1st Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

30

Mike Evans

King, NC

2

79

Steven Berrier

Germanton, NC

3

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

4

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

5

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

6

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

7

77

Keith McMichael

Belews Creek, NC

8

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

9

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

10

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

11

3

Jeff Garrison

Winston-Salem, NC

12

5

Brad Smith

Winston-Salem, NC

13

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

14

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

15

10

Tate Henley

Winston-Salem, NC

16

64

Steve Truell

Midway,NC

17

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

18

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

19

28

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

20

00

Shaun Cockerham

East Bend, NC

21

75

Chad Brooks

Winston-Salem, NC

22

38

Mitch Gales

Lexington, NC

23

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

24

23

Scott Hall

Walkertown, NC

2nd Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

2

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

3

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

4

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

5

77

Keith McMichael

Belews Creek, NC

6

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

7

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

8

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

9

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

10

79

Steven Berrier

Germanton, NC

11

30

Mike Evans

King, NC

12

3

Jeff Garrison

Winston-Salem, NC

13

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

14

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

15

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

16

28

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

17

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

18

38

Mitch Gales

Lexington, NC

19

64

Steve Truell

Midway,NC

20

5

Brad Smith

Winston-Salem, NC

21

00

Shaun Cockerham

East Bend, NC

22

75

Chad Brooks

Winston-Salem, NC

23

23

Scott Hall

Walkertown, NC

24

10

Tate Henley

Winston-Salem, NC

 

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series: 50 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

2

69

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

3

16

Allen Henkel

Trinity, NC

4

06

Leon Hutchens

Winston-Salem, NC

5

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

6

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

7

22

Willie Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

8

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

9

14

Randy Larimore

Walkertown, NC

10

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

11

15

Jerry Helms

Winston-Salem, NC

12

11

Richard Reeves

Cooleemee, NC

13

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

14

97

Hal Seats

Yadkinville, NC

15

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

16

13

Kevin Gilbert

Mocksville, NC

17

3

Michael Nichols

Trinity, NC

18

20

Donnie Martin

Wallburg, NC

19

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

20

60

Ethan Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

21

17

Brian Doty

Winston-Salem, NC

22

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

 

Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series
1st Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

68

Glenn Hamilton

Winston-Salem, NC

2

39

Jimmy Absher

Rural Hall, NC

3

22

Dale Barneycastle

Mocksville, NC

4

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

5

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

6

44

Michael Wells

Yadkinville, NC

7

32

Roger Vogler

Winston-Salem, NC

8

67

Jason Asbury

King, NC

9

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

10

78

K.C. Myers

Lexington, NC

11

3

Mike McKnight

Pfafftown, NC

12

50

David Conner

Sandy Ridge, NC

13

28

Robert Mabe

Winston-Salem, NC

14

36

William Chilton

Eden, NC

15

86

Tim Smith

Kernersville, NC

16

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

17

73

April Myers

Lexington, NC

18

83

A.J. Quakenbush

Winston-Salem, NC

19

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

20

20

Jack Rash

Clemmons, NC

21

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

2nd Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2

11

Wayne Hill

Kernersville, NC

3

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

4

99

Matt Hill

Yadkinville, NC

5

56

Johnny Burke

Midway, NC

6

23

Kenny Dixon

Pfafftown, NC

7

00

Adam Baker

Winston-Salem, NC

8

70

D.J. Moore

Germanton, NC

9

71

Archie Sanders

Mocksville, NC

10

41

Bobby Yountz

Clemmons, NC

11

98

T.J. Cox

Winston-Salem, NC

12

21

Kevin L. Neal

Walkertown, NC

13

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

14

30

Tommy Stewart

Winston-Salem, NC

15

77

Randy McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

16

95

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

17

72

Gerald Robertson

Germanton, NC

18

49

Rodney Sears

Lexington, NC

19

90

Brandon Crotts

King, NC

20

79

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

21

2

Nolan Marshall

Tobaccoville, NC

22

03

Ray Forrest

Winston-Salem, NC