Myers Stays in Points Race at Bowman Gray
A little luck keeps Myers from suffering major damage to his championship hopes.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) At Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday night, the racing action in the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series was a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs.
            At first, it seemed like Tim Brown of Cana, VA and Burt Myers of Walnut Cove – both contenders for champion – were as evenly matched as you can get. They tied for the fastest lap in qualifying, each turning a lap of 13.302 seconds. They started the race side by side on the front row.
            But as they entered turn one, Myers’ night took a turn for the worse. As the two fought for position, they collided briefly – and Myers was knocked into the guard rail.
            As the crowd cheered and booed, fans of Tim Brown were sure that he would be able to gain enough ground on Myers to end Myers’ championship hopes in one night. Myers fans looked on in horror as the #1 car of Myers went from the front row to the rear of the field in one lap.
            Brown took the checkered in the first race, while Myers finished 14th. Chances were that the “Madhouse Scramble” would place Brown far in front of Myers for the start of the second race, allowing him to gain 20 or more points on Myers.
            Instead, a lucky draw in the “Madhouse Scramble” sent Myers to the pole. Myers and his team knew that they had a shot at redemption, and they didn’t falter. Myers took the checkered for the second race. Brown finished in 11th.
            What could have been a disaster for Myers ended up being only a very minor loss in points. Brown earned 40 points, while Myers earned 37.
            Brown stays in the points lead, reinforcing his position with a slightly wider points margin. Myers’ win keeps him second in the points, 49 points behind Brown.
            Randy Butner of Pfafftown finishes right behind Brown in each race, maintaining third place in the points. Butner, who was two points behind Myers entering the event, moved up to only one point under Myers. Jonathan Brown of Kernersville finished sixth and seventh to stay in the fourth place spot on the points ladder.
            The opening lap incident between Myers and Brown caused a stir among fans and drivers. Myers was angered at Brown’s aggressive move, and Brown became upset at fans who thought that he drove Myers into the guard rail intentionally. In Victory Lane after Brown’s victory, Brown was riled by the booing fans and launched into a verbal tirade against his critics.
            Officials have penalized Tim Brown as a result of his comments made on the P.A. system. Brown has been placed on probation for the remainder of the 2009 season at Bowman Gray Stadium as per Section 12-4 A of the NASCAR Rule book, which allows for penalties for “Any Member who performs an act or participates in actions deemed by Track Officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR.” The probation will apply only to comments and public addresses made by Brown and not to actions in the midst of on-track racing competition.
            “We strive to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere, and we hope this penalty sends a message to drivers and crews that we are serious about doing so,” said Gray Garrison, promoter of Bowman Gray Stadium, who adds that this one incident should not overshadow a decades-long legacy of family-friendly entertainment.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, points leader Gary Ledbetter of Lexington crossed the finish line in second place during the first 20-lap race. Ledbetter was later penalized for failing to report in a timely manner to the weigh-in scales for routine post-race inspection. He was dropped back to a last place finish for the first race. Ledbetter finished in fifth for the second race, keeping him in the points lead but evaporating much of the points margin that separated him from the field.
            Derek Stoltz of Walkertown was second in the points entering the event. Stoltz looked to be in a strong position to gain some ground on Ledbetter in the points race. But instead, Stoltz was black-flagged for jumping a start late in the second race. Stoltz finished 8th and 16th, dropping him down to third in the points.
            Defending Champion Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown finished ninth and third to leap up to second in the points. Clifton is 35 points behind Ledbetter.
            Matt Cotner of Rural Hall maintains the points lead in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series, but David Sumner of Trinity finished in second during the 20-lapper on Saturday – keeping Sumner in second and reducing Cotner’s points lead to a mere eight points.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville was leading the way on Saturday. Sanders was on course to possibly reclaiming the points lead, but instead he was involved in a collision as he tried to pass lapped traffic. Sanders plummets down to third in the points, with Jimmy Absher of Rural Hall moving up to second to take Sanders’ place. Dale Barneycastle of Mocksville maintains the points lead with a second place finish.
            This Saturday is Bowman Gray Gear One Dollar Ladies’ Night, where all female fans get in to see the racing action for only one dollar. There will be racing for all four divisions, plus the season’s final 109 U-Pull-It Chain Race. Gates open at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 7:20, 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

583

40

2

1

Burt Myers

534

37

3

5

Randy Butner

533

38

4

53

Jonathan Brown

521

39

5

4

Jason Myers

479

39

6

13

Chris Fleming

437

36

7

50

Michael Clifton

433

40

7

70

Alfred Hill

433

40

9

40

Brad Robbins

425

23

10

69

Junior Miller

412

38

11

75

Robert Jeffreys

387

38

12

77

Lee Jeffreys

370

41

12

72

Brent Elliott

370

40

14

31

Gene Pack

355

20

15

45

Lee Stimpson

235

0


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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

514

24

2

66

Ronnie Clifton

479

40

3

02

Derek Stoltz

470

28

4

50

Barry Edwards

459

38

5

18

Kenny Bost

453

32

6

21

Tommy Neal

435

36

7

68

Robbie Brewer

403

38

8

79

Steven Berrier

398

43

9

30

Mike Evans

392

8

10

23

Scott Hall

390

33

11

77

Keith McMichael

388

35

12

13

Luke Fleming

369

37

13

44

Daniel Beeson

358

37

14

86

Taylor Branch

340

6

15

05

Kyle Edwards

317

41

16

3

Jeff Garrison

313

28


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

27

Matt Cotner

580

40

2

1

David Sumner

572

48

3

69

Joseph Brown

550

38

4

25

Johnny Arnder

512

42

5

15

Jerry Helms

500

46

6

12

Doug Wall

478

22

7

11

Richard Reeves

452

18

8

00

Donnie Martin

404

32

9

2

Willie Wall

400

24

10

44

Daniel Fishel

378

26

10

13

Kevin Gilbert

378

20

12

16

Allen Henkel

362

36

13

04

Reggie Doub

354

50

14

81

Zack Clifton

344

34

15

18

Tim Vaden

342

30

16

3

Michael Nichols

304

10

17

14

Randy Larimore

286

12


Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

22

Dale Barneycastle

558

48

2

39

Jimmy Absher

534

44

3

24

A.J. Sanders

510

14

4

21

Kevin L. Neal

470

40

5

1

Rob Young

446

36

6

11

Wayne Hill

408

50

7

00

Adam Baker

404

30

7

68

Glenn Hamilton

404

0

9

44

Michael Wells

396

46

10

4

Andrew Sanders

370

42

11

23

Kenny Dixon

358

22

12

56

Johnny Burke

356

18

13

70

D.J. Moore

346

34

14

72

Gerald Robertson

338

38

15

99

Matt Hill

316

0