Myers Chips Away at Brown’s Points Lead
Can Myers do enough damage to take the championship?

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Burt Myers of Walnut Cove and his team are grinning ear to ear over the results their new Ford motor has brought them. Myers has notched a win in each of the last three weeks, giving him six total wins in the 2009 season – more than any other competitor at the Stadium.
            Yet, some wonder if Myers’ new horsepower will be too little, too late in his quest for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series championship. The three-time champ has had a relatively strong season but has had a few poor finishes early in the season when mechanical problems and plain old bad luck plagued the #1 team.
            Myers continued his recent winning streak, taking the checkered on Saturday in the first Modified race. Unfortunately for Myers, right behind him in second was Tim Brown of Cana, VA – the current points leader and last year’s defending champion. Brown made sure that Myers’ points gain was kept to a minimum.
            In the second Modified race, the “Madhouse Scramble” inversion put Myers behind Brown for the start of the race. Myers delivered some stout taps to the bumper of Brown, eventually passing him to climb up one more valuable position.
            At the end of the night, Myers had gained two points on Brown.
            “We still want to come back and win this championship,” said Myers. “That’s the plan. We’re going to have to chip away more than two points a week to do it, but we’re starting in the right direction. On these 25-lappers, if you can get a handful of points, you’re doing something. That’s two more we won’t have to get later.”
            Randy Butner of Pfafftown stays in the third spot on the points ladder, close on the heels of Myers. Jonathan Brown of Kernersville held his own to maintain fourth in the points.
            With only three weeks left, there’s not much time for points contenders to try and overtake Brown. But with a double points night and also a double-file “choice” restart race left on the schedule, Brown will still have his work cut out for him as he defends his points lead.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, points leader Gary Ledbetter of Lexington encountered some bad luck on Saturday. Involvement in a collision in the second race ate away much of his points lead – leaving him only 16 points ahead of the rest of the pack.
            Defending Champion Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown had a consistent performance on Saturday, keeping him in second in the points and moving him closer to taking the championship again this season. Derek Stoltz of Walkertown also finished well, maintaining his third place standing.
            David Sumner of Trinity finished in fifth in the 20-lap race for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series on Saturday. Sumner moves up to tie Matt Cotner of Rural Hall for the points lead. Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem is not far behind in the third place spot on the points ladder.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, points contender A.J. Sanders of Mocksville took the checkered on Saturday. However, points leader Dale Barneycastle of Mocksville finished right behind him in second – keeping Barneycastle in the points lead for another week. Jimmy Absher’s fifth place finish maintains his second place standing, and Sanders, unable to capitalize on the win, stays in third.
            After Luke Fleming claimed victory in the second Sportsman race of last event, another competitor lodged a formal technical protest against Fleming’s car. Post-race technical inspection of the car has revealed that the engine was illegally modified. Fleming’s motor was a “crate” motor – a style of motor that is supposed to remain unmodified and sealed to prevent tampering. Altering the engine, therefore, is a serious infraction.
            Fleming has been disqualified from both Sportsman races on Saturday and stripped of his win in the second Sportsman race. Kyle Edwards of King has been declared the winner.
            Additionally, Fleming and his car have been suspended from the remaining events in the 2009 season at Bowman Gray Stadium. Fleming’s car owner has been fined $500.00 which will be added to the point fund distributed to drivers at the season’s conclusion.
            This weekend is Advance Auto Parts Weekend: a two-day event with racing on both Friday and Saturday. Friday is Advance Auto Parts Night, with racing for the Modifieds, Stadium Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros, and Classic Modifieds. There will also be qualifying for Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts 199 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. You can see all the action on Friday for only $1.99 with a ticket from area Advance Auto Parts locations.
            On Saturday, it’s the Advance Auto Parts 199 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, plus racing for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions. Gates open on both nights at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 7:20, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM – this Friday and 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

626

43

2

1

Burt Myers

579

45

3

5

Randy Butner

574

41

4

53

Jonathan Brown

565

44

5

4

Jason Myers

513

34

6

40

Brad Robbins

468

43

7

70

Alfred Hill

465

32

8

69

Junior Miller

454

42

9

50

Michael Clifton

444

11

10

13

Chris Fleming

443

6

11

75

Robert Jeffreys

429

42

12

77

Lee Jeffreys

414

44

13

72

Brent Elliott

390

20

14

31

Gene Pack

362

7

15

45

Lee Stimpson

253

18


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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

532

18

2

66

Ronnie Clifton

516

37

3

02

Derek Stoltz

509

39

4

18

Kenny Bost

495

42

5

50

Barry Edwards

490

31

6

21

Tommy Neal

464

29

7

23

Scott Hall

430

40

8

68

Robbie Brewer

424

21

9

79

Steven Berrier

416

18

10

30

Mike Evans

413

21

11

77

Keith McMichael

412

24

12

44

Daniel Beeson

386

28

13

13

Luke Fleming

369

0

14

86

Taylor Branch

363

23

15

05

Kyle Edwards

358

41


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

27

Matt Cotner

614

34

 

1

David Sumner

614

42

3

69

Joseph Brown

598

48

4

15

Jerry Helms

546

46

5

25

Johnny Arnder

544

32

6

12

Doug Wall

490

12

7

11

Richard Reeves

468

16

8

00

Donnie Martin

440

36

9

2

Willie Wall

426

26

10

44

Daniel Fishel

402

24

11

13

Kevin Gilbert

400

22

12

18

Tim Vaden

392

50

13

81

Zack Clifton

388

44

14

04

Reggie Doub

382

28

15

16

Allen Henkel

372

10


Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

22

Dale Barneycastle

606

48

2

39

Jimmy Absher

576

42

3

24

A.J. Sanders

560

50

4

21

Kevin L. Neal

484

14

5

1

Rob Young

476

30

6

11

Wayne Hill

448

40

7

00

Adam Baker

442

38

8

44

Michael Wells

440

44

9

4

Andrew Sanders

416

46

10

68

Glenn Hamilton

406

2

11

23

Kenny Dixon

394

36

12

56

Johnny Burke

380

24

13

72

Gerald Robertson

360

22

14

70

D.J. Moore

358

12

15

26

Derek Taylor

318

32