Jonathan Brown Shakes Up Points Ladder at Bowman Gray
Incidents with Points Leaders Paves the Way for Victory.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) It was only a few short weeks ago that Jonathan Brown of Kernersville claimed his first Modified win ever at Bowman Gray Stadium. But how quickly things change at the historic quarter-mile.
            Brown claimed the checkered in last event’s 50-lapper for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series – his third victory of the season. The feat also boosted Brown from fourth in the points up to second.
            But Jonathan Brown’s night didn’t start off so strongly – he qualified a disappointing 11th. Things didn’t get better for Jonathan as he got mixed up in an incident between Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg and Bobby Hutchens of Lexington. The brief contact left him with a slowly leaking tire which required a mid-race pit stop.
            The #53 team knew they had one factor in the favor: the Double-File “Choice” Restart Rule. Jonathan chose the outside again and again, working his way up to the front row to challenge Burt Myers of Walnut Cove for the lead.
            Myers had started on the pole with Tim Brown of Cana, VA on the outside front row. Myers grabbed the lead as the green dropped – but knocked Tim Brown a little wide as they raced. The #83 of Tim Brown fell back to third.
            Many would think that Tim Brown’s best bet would be to focus on the points race and just settle for second. But Tim Brown put it all on the line to challenge Myers again for the lead - even though he had to know in the back of his mind that Myers would be itching to do some rough racing with the #83 in the hopes that Brown would falter and lose ground.
            Tim Brown was unable to take the lead and opted for the next few double-file restarts to settle into the inside lane.
            Several laps later when Jonathan Brown challenged Burt Myers for the lead, Tim Brown would congratulate himself on the decision. Jonathan Brown and Myers got a little too close for comfort as they each tried to move into the lead spot. Both spun, and Myers saw his hopes at victory go up in smoke. What seemed like a chance for Myers to gain a few valuable points on Tim Brown turned into a potentially disastrous situation where Myers would lose serious ground in the points race.
            But ironically, Jonathan Brown would end up helping out Myers in the points race. Charging through the field on the outside, Jonathan Brown was nudging the bumper of race leader Tim Brown. With just three laps to go, an especially strong tap turned Tim Brown almost sideways.
            The crowd watched on breathlessly to see how Tim would recover. Fortunately for Tim Brown’s fans, the #83 managed to get back into the groove pretty quickly and fall into sixth.
            Jonathan Brown went on to victory, boosting him from fourth in the points up to second. “It’s almost unbelievable,” said Jonathan Brown. “If we would’ve started this year and somebody would’ve said we’d win three races and be second in the points with two left to go - I’d say they were crazy. But look, here we are.”
            Tim Brown finished sixth and Burt Myers finished eighth, giving Brown a four point gain on Myers as they head into the final two events. Burt Myers ties Jonathan Brown for second in the points rankings. Randy Butner of Pfafftown falls from third to fourth in the points after mechanical issues forced him to pit.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington finished third on Saturday. Ledbetter retains the points lead and increases his points lead to 22 points. Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown stays second in the points with a sixth place finish. Derek Stoltz of Walkertown finishes eighth to keep his third place spot on the points ladder.
            Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem brought home the win on Saturday in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. Brown moves up to second in the points standings. David Sumner of Trinity, who finished second, maintains the points lead. Matt Cotner of Rural Hall falls from being tied for the points lead to being tied for second.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Dale Barneycastle of Mocksville finished sixth to stay in the points lead. Jimmy Absher of Rural Hall is right on his tail in the second place spot on the points ladder. A.J. Sanders loses a little ground after finishing 16th – but Sanders keeps his third place ranking.
            This weekend is the Winston-Salem Journal $1 Ladies’ Night, where all female fans can get in to see the racing action for only one dollar. Racing for all four divisions is on the agenda, as well as the season’s final Demolition Derby. 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

666

40

2

1

Burt Myers

615

36

 

53

Jonathan Brown

615

50

4

5

Randy Butner

598

24

5

4

Jason Myers

547

34

6

40

Brad Robbins

510

42

7

69

Junior Miller

502

48

8

70

Alfred Hill

497

32

9

13

Chris Fleming

481

38

10

75

Robert Jeffreys

475

46

11

50

Michael Clifton

466

22

12

72

Brent Elliott

434

44

13

77

Lee Jeffreys

432

18

14

31

Gene Pack

392

30

15

45

Lee Stimpson

253

0


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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

578

46

2

66

Ronnie Clifton

556

40

3

02

Derek Stoltz

545

36

4

50

Barry Edwards

528

38

5

18

Kenny Bost

523

28

6

21

Tommy Neal

508

44

7

23

Scott Hall

464

34

 

79

Steven Berrier

464

48

9

68

Robbie Brewer

450

26

10

30

Mike Evans

437

24

11

44

Daniel Beeson

428

42

12

77

Keith McMichael

416

4

13

05

Kyle Edwards

408

50

14

86

Taylor Branch

393

30

15

13

Luke Fleming

369

0


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

1

David Sumner

662

48

2

69

Joseph Brown

648

50

 

27

Matt Cotner

648

34

4

15

Jerry Helms

586

40

5

25

Johnny Arnder

552

8

6

11

Richard Reeves

504

36

7

12

Doug Wall

490

0

8

00

Donnie Martin

482

42

9

2

Willie Wall

440

14

10

13

Kevin Gilbert

438

38

11

16

Allen Henkel

418

46

12

18

Tim Vaden

414

22

 

44

Daniel Fishel

414

12

14

81

Zack Clifton

412

24

15

04

Reggie Doub

400

18


Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED LAST EVENT

1

22

Dale Barneycastle

646

40

2

39

Jimmy Absher

612

36

3

24

A.J. Sanders

580

20

4

1

Rob Young

488

12

5

21

Kevin L. Neal

484

0

6

11

Wayne Hill

476

28

7

00

Adam Baker

466

24

8

68

Glenn Hamilton

456

50

9

4

Andrew Sanders

448

32

10

44

Michael Wells

440

0

11

56

Johnny Burke

428

48

 

23

Kenny Dixon

428

34

13

70

D.J. Moore

400

42

14

72

Gerald Robertson

378

18

15

34

Chris Lawing

334

38