Points Battles Rage On at Bowman Gray
 

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) In his quest for a fourth championship in the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series, Burt Myers had some good news on Saturday and some bad news.
            The good news for the Walnut Cove resident is that his victory in the USG Modified 50 narrowed the points gap between him and Defending Champion Tim Brown of Cana, Va. The bad news is that, although Burt Myers won, Tim Brown finished in second – keeping the points gain for Myers to a minimum.
            Brown decided to play it safe during the second of two double-file restarts, choosing the inside lane instead of taking a risk on the outside lane. The outside lane would have put Brown right on the outside front row beside Myers, giving Brown a shot at stealing the lead away from Myers. But Brown instead opted for the sure thing of a second place finish.
            Myers’ victory moves him from eighth up to fifth in the points - 38 points behind Brown. Alfred Hill of Jonesville stays second in the points rankings with a ninth place finish. Randy Butner of Pfafftown is third in the points – only one point under Hill. Only one point under Butner is Jason Myers of Walnut Cove in fourth.
            Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem entered last Saturday tied for second in the points. But involvement in a wreck gave Brown a 16th place finish, dropping him down to sixth in the points.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, it appeared to be a two-person points race entering Saturday. Gary Ledbetter of Lexington was in the points lead with Barry Edwards of Pinnacle in second. Only two points separated the two competitors – but there was a considerable 21 points gap between them and the rest of the field.
            But that gap narrowed considerably on Saturday: Ledbetter finished 13th and 15th, and Edwards finished 18th and 13th. Keith McMichael of Belews Creek was able to take 7th and 5th on Saturday, keeping him in third on the points ladder and reducing the points gap separating him and Edwards to a mere four points.
            Taylor Branch of Lewisville moved up to fourth in the points by taking a 4th place and 9th place finish. The 9th place and 4th place finish of Michael Adams of Yadkinville bumps him up to fifth in the points rankings.
            The #68 car of Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem was unable to start the race on Saturday due to mechanical issues. Brewer hopped into another ride, although the car change forced him to start in the rear. Brewer finished 19th and 16th, dropping him from third in the points down to ninth.
            In addition to a Modified 50-lapper, Saturday was also the USG Street Stock 50, the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. Doug Wall of Pfafftown took the checkered, extending his points lead. Matt Cotner of Rural Hall moved into second with his sixth place finish.
            Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem gained ground on Saturday after one of the wildest white flag laps in Street Stock history. Brown was sideways down the backstretch of the final lap - but managed to keep his momentum, point the car in the right direction, and pull off a second place finish. The accomplishment boosts him from sixth in the points up to third.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville continues his near flawless performance. Out of four races in 2009, Sanders has three wins and one second place finish – giving him 198 points earned out of a possible 200. Needless to say, he maintains his points lead.
            Dale Barneycastle of Mocksville finishes third, Jimmy Absher of Rural Hall finishes second, and Kenny Dixon of Pfafftown finishes in sixth – placing all three drivers in a three-way tie for second in the points.
This Saturday night is the Whelen 100 One Dollar Ladies’ Night presented by 94.5 La Preciosa. All females get in for only one dollar, and the racing schedule will include the Whelen 100 for the Modifieds. The 100-lapper is the second Modified race of the season to have starting lineup determined by random draw, so prepare to see the fastest cars fight their way to the front. And the infamous Double-File “Choice” Restart Rule will be in effect. In addition there will be racing for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions. Gates open at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 7:15, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM – this Saturday night. 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

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

83

Tim Brown

190

48

2

70

Alfred Hill

160

34

3

5

Randy Butner

159

36

4

4

Jason Myers

158

40

5

1

Burt Myers

152

50

6

53

Jonathan Brown

146

20

 

13

Chris Fleming

146

38

8

77

Lee Jeffreys

141

42

9

40

Brad Robbins

136

28

10

50

Michael Clifton

128

44

11

69

Junior Miller

119

24

12

31

Gene Pack

111

26

13

75

Robert Jeffreys

106

46

14

72

Brent Elliott

104

30

15

45

Lee Stimpson

86

18


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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

155

24

2

50

Barry Edwards

150

21

3

77

Keith McMichael

146

40

4

86

Taylor Branch

135

39

5

19

Michael Adams

133

39

6

30

Mike Evans

131

40

 

18

Kenny Bost

131

39

8

05

Kyle Edwards

130

41

9

68

Robbie Brewer

125

17

10

02

Derek Stoltz

124

37

11

21

Tommy Neal

122

40

12

66

Ronnie Clifton

119

41

13

64

Steve Truell

115

17

14

79

Steven Berrier

114

40

15

13

Luke Fleming

111

41


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

12

Doug Wall

186

50

2

27

Matt Cotner

160

40

3

69

Joseph Brown

158

48

4

99

John McNeal

144

32

 

25

Johnny Arnder

144

8

6

15

Jerry Helms

122

30

7

04

Reggie Doub

118

0

8

2

Willie Wall

116

38

 

11

Richard Reeves

116

28

10

81

Zack Clifton

114

26

11

14

Randy Larimore

108

34

12

1

David Sumner

106

22

 

20

Donnie Martin

106

16

 

44

Daniel Fishel

106

36

 

13

Kevin Gilbert

106

20


Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

24

A.J. Sanders

198

50

2

22

Dale Barneycastle

180

46

 

23

Kenny Dixon

180

40

 

39

Jimmy Absher

180

48

5

44

Michael Wells

176

40

6

1

Rob Young

174

42

7

99

Matt Hill

164

44

8

11

Wayne Hill

160

48

9

68

Glenn Hamilton

150

50

10

21

Kevin L. Neal

148

28

 

70

D.J. Moore

148

36

12

01

Jason Keaton

146

46

13

0

Adam Baker

136

38

14

26

Derek Taylor

132

26

15

60

Ted Mickalowski

124

14