Hard Night for Brown at Bowman Gray
Strong start but disastrous end for the reigning champ on Double Points Night.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) After taking the championship last season, Tim Brown of Cana, VA started his 2010 season with one major goal in mind: to take the championship again this season. The accomplishment would give him nine Modified titles, breaking the record for most championships ever in Bowman Gray Stadium’s Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Series.
            Although Brown’s year started off strongly with a victory in the Tucson 200, he quickly began to suffer from a string of poor finishes and involvement in wreck after wreck. He found himself uncharacteristically low on the points ladder.
            With Saturday being a Double Points Night, Brown was hoping that this fateful night would be when his luck would turn around. And it seemed like everything was going perfectly at first. Brown qualified on the pole, led every lap, and claimed the win in the first 25-lap race for the Modifieds.
            Burt Myers of Walnut Cove and Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg, who were first and second in the points entering the event, finished well behind Brown in 10th and 11th. When the Four Season Home Improvement “Madhouse Scramble” determined the field for the start of the second race, Brown drew an “eight” in a further stroke of good luck. This would put Myers and Jeffreys behind him in the second race lineup, giving Brown a major opportunity to gain serious ground in the points race.
            Brown quickly climbed up to fourth place. But Stadium newcomer James Civali of Meriden, CT delivered a thunderous shot to the bumper of Brown, spinning Brown out of fourth place in a cloud of smoke. In a split second, the entire field had passed by Brown – and his hopes of a strong points finish evaporated. A few laps later, Brown retaliated by shoving Civali into the fence, ending the night for both race teams.
            To add to his win in the first race, Brown finished 20th in the second race – keeping him fourth in the points but increasing the gap that separates him from the lead.
            Burt Myers, despite a mediocre qualifying lap for the first race, finished 10th and fourth, strengthening his points lead. Lee Jeffreys finished right on the bumper of Myers in both races, maintaining his close second place spot in the points.
            Zach Brewer of Winston-Salem keeps the third spot on the points ladder. Brewer was far up in the field for the start of the second race, but an entanglement during the opening lap dropped him back to a 21st place finish.
            The winner of the second Modified race on Saturday, Brian Loftin of Lexington, moves from eighth up to fifth in the points as a result of his win – just one point under Tim Brown.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Derek Stoltz of Walkertown had a rough night of his own. In addition to being a Double Points Night, Saturday was the Center for Clinical Research Sportsman 100 – the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Sportsman cars. Stoltz had a run-in with the guard rail as he fought for position, damaging his car and forcing him to pit. He finished a disappointing 23rd, dropping him from the points lead down to seventh.
            Ryan Robertson of Winston-Salem moves up to the points lead to take over the spot formerly held by Stoltz. Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem finished second, moving up to second in the points – just one point under Robertson.
            The stage was set for fireworks in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series on Saturday as points rivals Matt Cotner of Rural Hall and John McNeal of Winston-Salem started on the front row together. McNeal, who was second in the points entering the event, fought hard to pass by Cotner – but the two ended up colliding. McNeal fell back to an 11th place finish, dropping him from second to fifth in the points.
            Cotner’s car was damaged after the incident, but he was able to barely hold on to the lead and take the win. The victory strengthened his points lead, putting him 48 points ahead of second-place Doug Wall of Pfafftown.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, it wasn’t a good night for points leader Gerald Robertson. Involvement in an on-track incident gave him a finish towards the back of the pack. Although the official results are still forthcoming, inevitably Robertson has taken a severe drop in the points race.
            This Saturday is the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series – it’s the Craftsman Stadium Stock 50. Plus there will be racing for the Modified, Sportsman, and Street Stock Divisions.
            Gates open at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 6:00, 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.           

 

Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

1

Burt Myers

290

76

2

77

Lee Jeffreys

265

72

3

11

Zach Brewer

231

52

4

83

Tim Brown

229

62

5

23

Brian Loftin

228

86

6

69

Junior Miller

216

68

7

4

Jason Myers

205

62

8

40

Brad Robbins

186

48

9

75

Robert Jeffreys

184

60

10

13

Chris Fleming

182

92

11

5

Randy Butner

180

64

11

70

Alfred Hill

180

60

13

53

Jonathan Brown

167

16

14

71

Dean Ward

165

46

15

25

John Smith

157

92

 

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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

23

Ryan Robertson

270

80

2

68

Robbie Brewer

269

96

3

05

Kyle Edwards

256

88

4

50

Barry Edwards

243

84

5

66

Ronnie Clifton

230

68

6

86

Taylor Branch

224

76

7

02

Derek Stoltz

216

12

8

18

Kenny Bost

213

72

9

70

Gary Ledbetter

197

100

10

72

Bryant Robertson

184

56

11

38

Mitch Gales

178

36

11

21

Tommy Neal

178

8

13

64

Steven Truell

177

28

14

13

Luke Fleming

174

32

15

17

Kevin Neal

173

92

 

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

27

Matt Cotner

280

100

2

12

Doug Wall

232

80

3

04

Reggie Doub

228

96

4

98

Billy Gregg

220

76

5

99

John McNeal

218

60

6

81

Zack Clifton

198

56

7

07

Kenneth Stimpson

186

92

8

1

David Sumner

174

72

9

18

Tim Vaden

172

88

9

9

Darren Cotner

172

68

11

22

Brian Wall

162

24

12

10

Jody Fritts

160

84

13

44

Daniel Fishel

148

20

14

78

K.C. Myers

146

64

15

11

Richard Reeves

134

48

 

Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

Points information will be forthcoming. Results from June 5 are still unofficial.