Myers Holds, Jeffreys Slips at Bowman Gray
Tim Brown moves up to second in the points to challenge Myers.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Double Points Night: just those three words are enough to get the pulse racing for drivers and fans at Bowman Gray Stadium. With twice the normal points on the line, the stakes are high for contenders looking to make their way up to the championship and for the current points leaders striving to defend their ranking.
            It seemed that the deck was stacked against points leader Burt Myers of Walnut Cove on Saturday. The Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Series randomly drew for starting position, and Myers plucked 20th as his starting spot.
            “Every time I come over here I want to win the race. But in my mind I was thinking we just had to survive tonight,” said Myers.
            Added to the mix was the double-file restart rule, which allowed competitors to choose their lane for caution restarts. Myers needed to take advantage of every double-file opportunity, but he just couldn’t catch a break for the first half of the race.
            “That cone is a cat and mouse where you have to make the best decision in a split second,” said Myers. “It seemed like the first four or five restarts I was in the wrong line every time. They would jam up in front of me, I got bounced off the wall, they knocked the front and the rear bumper off of it - I just tried to hang on and dodge as many bullets as I could.”
            Things started to turn around for Myers during the second half of the race as he made his way through the field. He managed to steer clear of incidents in front of him, and he used the double-file restarts to his advantage.
            Myers ended up finishing third, hanging on to his points lead. “To come from 20th to third on a double points night, it’s not too bad,” said Myers.
            Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg had been staying closely behind Myers in the recent points struggles. He entered the event ranked second in the points and needed only to finish three positions ahead of Myers to take over the points lead. Jeffreys drew 9th as his starting spot and drove a strong race, until disaster struck on lap 29. Mechanical problems sprung up and forced Jeffreys to pit and end his race early. He finished 21st and drops from second in the points down to fourth.
            Jeffreys’ misfortune opened the door for Tim Brown of Cana, VA. Brown took the checkered on Saturday and moves up to second in the points. The victory broke Brown’s recent streak of bad luck and mediocre performance, and the #83 team hopes that their season will begin to turn around.
            Brian Loftin of Lexington started the race in the same boat as Myers: Loftin drew dead last for his starting spot. But smooth racing and a little luck helped Loftin power his way up to the front. Loftin slipped by Brown to take over the lead in the later parts of the race but was unable to hold on to the top spot. Loftin finished an impressive second place, boosting him up to third in the points.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Ryan Robertson of Winston-Salem drops out of the points lead down to third after encountering some bad luck in the second race of last event. Kyle Edwards of King turned in a strong performance to move into the points lead. Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem, who claimed the checkered on Saturday, slides up to second.
            Matt Cotner of Rural Hall finished sixth to maintain his points lead in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem has been steadily chipping away at Cotner’s points lead and knocked off a few more points on Saturday, staying in second in the points and moving closer to passing Cotner. Zack Clifton of Walkertown grabbed the win on Saturday, boosting him up to third in the points.
            In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Jimmy Absher of Rural Hall and Wayne Hill of Kernersville entered Saturday tied for the lead in the points standings. Absher slipped on Saturday and finished 13th, dropping him down to fourth in the points. Wayne Hill keeps the top spot. Jason Keaton of Mocksville jumps up to second in the points, tying Dale Barneycastle of Mocksville.
            This Saturday, the sounds of crunching sheet metal will be heard all over Bowman Gray Stadium – it’s the annual East Coast Wings & Grill Night of Destruction presented by ABC45. There will be a Monster Truck Car Crushing exhibition, a 109 U-Pull-It Demolition Derby, and racing for the Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions.
            Gates open at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 7:10, 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

499

92

2

83

Tim Brown

444

100

3

23

Brian Loftin

434

96

4

77

Lee Jeffreys

416

24

5

4

Jason Myers

370

52

6

70

Alfred Hill

351

60

7

5

Randy Butner

332

64

8

53

Jonathan Brown

323

32

9

40

Brad Robbins

318

68

 

71

Dean Ward

318

84

11

69

Junior Miller

314

28

12

72

Brent Elliott

308

80

13

13

Chris Fleming

287

0

14

11

Zach Brewer

273

0

15

25

John Smith

248

0

 

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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

05

Kyle Edwards

460

90

2

68

Robbie Brewer

432

90

3

23

Ryan Robertson

428

44

4

50

Barry Edwards

408

90

5

66

Ronnie Clifton

403

74

6

02

Derek Stoltz

400

66

7

86

Taylor Branch

391

74

8

18

Kenny Bost

383

60

9

17

Kevin Neal

377

78

10

21

Tommy Neal

315

42

11

64

Steven Truell

291

54

12

38

Mitch Gales

283

34

13

72

Bryant Robertson

280

48

14

19

Michael Adams

258

50

15

44

Daniel Beeson

257

24

 

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

27

Matt Cotner

480

80

2

98

Billy Gregg

450

96

3

81

Zack Clifton

424

100

4

04

Reggie Doub

418

68

5

99

John McNeal

402

88

6

07

Kenneth Stimpson

384

72

7

1

David Sumner

378

92

8

12

Doug Wall

372

76

9

10

Jody Fritts

370

84

10

9

Darren Cotner

306

60

11

44

Daniel Fishel

288

28

12

22

Brian Wall

270

56

13

18

Tim Vaden

240

32

14

05

Spencer Martin

232

44

15

23

Kris Hoots

228

48

 

Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

11

Wayne Hill

476

68

2

01

Jason Keaton

470

76

 

22

Dale Barneycastle

470

64

4

39

Jimmy Absher

460

52

5

24

A.J. Sanders

458

80

6

72

Gerald Robertson

438

96

7

00

Adam Baker

404

48

 

26

Derek Taylor

404

44

9

56

Johnny Burke

402

88

10

58

Brandon Brendle

370

100

11

34

Chris Lawing

356

56

12

23

Kenny Dixon

350

28

13

8

Shane Southard

340

92

 

1

Rob Young

340

60

15

61

Charlie Curry

332

84