Tim Brown Soars in Qualifying for GMAC Insurance 200 at Bowman Gray
The 83 team begins fighting for their ninth championship.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Tim Brown and his crew put a lot of work into a single lap last night at Bowman Gray Stadium. But it was an important lap – a qualifying run that placed Brown on the pole for the start of the GMAC Insurance 200 tonight for the GMAC Insurance Modified Series.
            “We didn’t sleep last night because we were trying to put the perfect final touches on this car,” said Brown. “It’s all my fault. Everything has got to be absolutely perfect. Put it together, take it apart, put it together, take it apart, put it together, look at it for an hour, then take it apart and put it back together again – until I get it like I want it.”
            And there was a lot for the team to look at – Brown will compete in 2011 with a brand new race car and motor package. “I work for Michael Waltrip racing - and if you’re running the same Cup car today that you were running six months ago, you’re getting beat,” said Brown. “Our deal is the same way. If you’re running the same exact car right now that you ran last year, you’re getting beat.”
            “We unloaded the car today, and I drove it for the first few laps - I knew that we had something special there with that racecar,” said Brown.
            The car performed so well that Brown turned the fastest lap despite getting into the dirt in turn three and sliding a little. “I ran through the grass, it slid out, and I’m like ‘Gosh, I just gave the pole away,’” said Brown. “When I saw the time come up, I was like ‘What?!’”
            But Brown realizes last night was only one lap. The real test will come tonight in the GMAC Insurance 200 – a 200-lap endurance contest for driver and car alike. “This is one of the toughest places I’ve ever been to race,” said Brown. “You have to race yourself here along with other competitors. These things have so much power, you can go out there and burn your tires off in the first 25 laps – and you’ve still got 175 more to go. Or you can sit there and ride for 180 laps and leave yourself only 20 to try to get the front - and you didn’t leave yourself enough.”
            Sure, Brown wants to qualify on the pole and win the race – but he’ll tell you his main goal is winning the championship. With 8 championships in the GMAC Insurance Modified Series, one more would shatter Ralph Brinkley’s record and give Brown more championships than any other driver in the 63-year history of Bowman Gray Stadium.
            The 2011 season will be well over 1,000 laps at Bowman Gray Stadium for Tim Brown – but the first lap has him excited to get started racing tonight. “The weather’s supposed to be beautiful, I’m grinning from ear to ear, and I can’t wait,” said Brown.
            Lee Jeffreys of High Point will be starting on the outside front row. Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem starts in third with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove lining up in fourth. These competitors will be itching to utilize the Double File “Choice” Restart Rule to claim the lead for themselves.
            The top 10 qualifiers locked in their starting position last night. There will be another round of qualifying tonight to determine positions 11 through 24. Competitors may choose to stand on their times from last night or scrap their time and requalify tonight.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Tommy Neal of Walkertown turned the fastest qualifying lap for tonight’s 40-lap Sportsman race.
            Ticket gates open at 6:00 for practice. The first race starts at 8:00. For more information, visit www.bowmangrayracing.com.

 

GMAC Insurance Modified Series
April 29 Qualifying Results for the GMAC Insurance 200

RANK

TIME

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

13.257

83

Tim Brown

Cana, VA

2

13.329

77

Lee Jeffreys

High Point, NC

3

13.416

53

Jonathan Brown

Kernersville, NC

4

13.421

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

13.450

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

6

13.490

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

7

13.497

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

8

13.506

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

9

13.520

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

10

13.550

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

11

13.577

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

12

13.618

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

13

13.625

7

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

14

13.642

04

Kevin Powell

Winston-Salem, NC

15

13.685

28

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

16

13.711

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

17

13.720

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

18

13.779

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

19

13.788

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

20

13.819

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

21

13.895

6

Kevin Wilson

Elkin, NC

22

13.936

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

23

13.975

27

Jeremy Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

24

14.101

45

Lee Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

25

14.277

51

Stan Welborn

Germanton, NC

26

14.602

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

27

14.620

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

           

Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series
April 29 Qualifying Results for tonight’s 40-lapper

RANK

TIME

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

15.093

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

2

15.218

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

3

15.247

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

4

15.255

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

5

15.271

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

6

15.274

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

7

15.275

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

8

15.292

3

Jeff Garrison

Walkertown, NC

9

15.304

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

10

15.337

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

11

15.347

23

Ryan Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

12

15.397

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

13

15.424

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

14

15.446

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

15

15.453

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

16

15.522

7

Ronnie Barron

Lexington, NC

17

15.547

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

18

15.568

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

19

15.656

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

20

15.676

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

21

16.180

60

Jeff McCrary

Linwood, NC

22

16.741

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC