Competitors Prepare for Double Points at Bowman Gray
Saturday brings the biggest test yet for championship contenders

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) This Saturday night you’ll hear the words that some drivers dread to hear and others just can’t say enough: “Double Points Night.” With each race giving twice as many points as normal, the points leaders are going to have to work twice as hard to maintain their positions – and their challengers will have twice the opportunity to take the lead for themselves.
            In the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series, Michael Clifton’s win on Saturday boosts him from tenth in the points up to fifth. The Walkertown resident has literally come a few feet from winning the championship before, and he has declared his intention to vie for the crown in 2009.
            Finishing right behind him in second on Saturday was three-time Champion Burt Myers of Walnut Cove. The performance moves him from fifth on the points ladder up to second – right behind points leader Tim Brown of Cana, Va. Brown finished right on the bumper of Myers on Saturday, maintaining his points lead and keeping Myers’ gains to a minimum.
            For the 2007 championship, Tim Brown and Burt Myers were the top two competitors entering the final event. Burt Myers emerged victorious as the 2007 Champion. Myers and Brown again were one and two entering the final 2008 event – although then Tim Brown was the one leaving with the title.
            So it’s not completely unexpected to see Myers and Brown on top of the points ladder again this season. Myers, however, is surely not pleased with the 36 point gap separating the two. The gap is due almost solely to mechanical problems which prematurely took Myers out of the season-opening Tucson 200. Without that event, Myers would only be a mere two points under Brown. In fact, had Myers gone on to claim the victory for that event – which he believes he would have – he would be tied with Brown or even leading the points race right now.
            For the last few events, Myers has been gradually whittling away at Brown’s points lead. This Saturday will give him the greatest chance yet to gain some serious ground.
            Other competitors will be bringing their “A” game too, including Stadium veteran Alfred Hill of Jonesville. Hill entered Saturday’s event at second in the points, but involvement in a collision relegated him to a 17th place finish. He drops down to fifth in the points.
            Randy Butner of Pfafftown enters this Saturday in the third spot on the points ladder, only one point under Myers. Jason Myers of Walnut Cove remains fourth in the points.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington ran into a little misfortune on Saturday. First, he got caught in an incident in the first Sportsman race, finishing in 11th. Ledbetter’s bad luck continued when the rain storms caused the cancellation of the second Sportsman race after only a few laps had been completed. Ledbetter was leading at the time and may have gone on to win – instead, the race was cancelled and no points were awarded. Ledbetter drops out of the points lead into second on the points ladder.
            Barry Edwards of Pinnacle was there to take advantage of the situation. The former Sportsman champ finished fourth and claimed the points lead. However, Edwards has a scant two point lead over Ledbetter, so this Saturday will be a huge deciding factor in the race.
            And that’s doubly true this Saturday, since the Sportsman competitors will race in the MESCO Building Solutions Sportsman 100. It’s the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Sportsman Division, and for the first time ever the Double File “Choice” Restart Rule will be in effect for the Sportsman Series.
            Doug Wall of Pfafftown stays on top of the points ladder for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. The #12 car of Wall spun early in the race, but Wall was able to remain focused and power himself back into a seventh place finish. Matt Cotner of Rural Hall maintains his second place points ranking, with Johnny Arnder of Mount Airy moving up to tie Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem for third in the points.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, rain forced the cancellation of the two 15-lappers that were scheduled for last Saturday. Therefore, the points standings remain unchanged for the Stadium Stock competitors.

In addition to the MESCO Building Solutions Sportsman 100, this Saturday will also feature a full bill of racing for the Modifieds, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions. And the night will conclude with another exciting 109 U-Pull-It Chain Race. Gates open at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 6:50, 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

236

46

2

1

Burt Myers

200

48

3

5

Randy Butner

199

40

4

4

Jason Myers

192

34

5

50

Michael Clifton

178

50

 

70

Alfred Hill

178

18

7

53

Jonathan Brown

174

28

8

40

Brad Robbins

172

36

9

69

Junior Miller

163

44

10

77

Lee Jeffreys

155

14

11

13

Chris Fleming

146

0

12

72

Brent Elliott

136

32

13

31

Gene Pack

127

16

14

75

Robert Jeffreys

126

20

15

45

Lee Stimpson

112

26


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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

50

Barry Edwards

172

22

2

70

Gary Ledbetter

170

15

3

77

Keith McMichael

160

14

4

05

Kyle Edwards

151

21

5

18

Kenny Bost

150

19

6

86

Taylor Branch

147

12

7

66

Ronnie Clifton

143

24

8

30

Mike Evans

140

9

9

79

Steven Berrier

139

25

 

21

Tommy Neal

139

17

11

68

Robbie Brewer

138

13

12

19

Michael Adams

136

3

13

02

Derek Stoltz

135

11

14

13

Luke Fleming

129

18

15

23

Scott Hall

122

20


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

12

Doug Wall

224

38

2

27

Matt Cotner

200

40

3

25

Johnny Arnder

180

36

 

69

Joseph Brown

180

22

5

15

Jerry Helms

156

34

6

1

David Sumner

152

46

 

14

Randy Larimore

152

44

8

99

John McNeal

144

0

 

2

Willie Wall

144

28

10

11

Richard Reeves

142

26

11

16

Allen Henkel

134

42

12

81

Zack Clifton

130

16

13

13

Kevin Gilbert

126

20

14

18

Tim Vaden

120

50

 

44

Daniel Fishel

120

14


Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

1

24

A.J. Sanders

198

2

22

Dale Barneycastle

180

 

23

Kenny Dixon

180

 

39

Jimmy Absher

180

5

44

Michael Wells

176

6

1

Rob Young

174

7

99

Matt Hill

164

8

11

Wayne Hill

160

9

68

Glenn Hamilton

150

10

21

Kevin L. Neal

148

 

70

D.J. Moore

148

12

01

Jason Keaton

146

13

0

Adam Baker

136

14

26

Derek Taylor

132

15

60

Ted Mickalowski

124