Myers Wins GMAC Insurance 200 at Bowman Gray
A well-timed pit stop gives the defending champ a good start to the 2011 season.

Burt Myers celebrating in Winner’s Circle after winning the GMAC Insurance 200. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) A few weeks ago, Burt Myers of Walnut Cove was lying in a hospital bed. But on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium, Myers was standing in Winner’s Circle.
            Myers took the checkered in the season-opening GMAC Insurance 200, the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the GMAC Insurance Modified Series.
            A recent accident in competition outside of the Bowman Gray Stadium racing season left Myers with broken ribs and a potentially ruined 2011 championship. But after some quick healing and clearance from doctors, Myers is back at the Stadium to defend his Modified title. “The stuff I’ve been through in the last couple weeks, it’s just been overwhelming,” said Myers.
            The 200-lapper started off with Tim Brown of Cana, VA on the pole after a blistering lap in qualifying sessions. Brown traded the lead back and forth with Lee Jeffreys of High Point during the early double-file restarts.
            Brian Loftin of Lexington used the outside lane in restarts to climb his way up from a seventh place start, challenging Jeffreys for the lead on lap 47. The two battled side-by-side for almost two laps until Loftin was able to complete the pass and slip by Jeffreys.
            John Smith of Mount Airy took to the outside during a restart to make his own claim for the top spot. Smith got ahead of Loftin but lost control as the cluttered cars at the front of the pack bumped him coming out of the turn.
            At about the 150-lap mark, Burt Myers made the decision that led to his victory: he pitted to put on a pair of fresh tires. “We had about 50 to go, and I said ‘You know what - let’s get two,” said Myers. “It set me on fire.”

Burt Myers (1) taking over the lead from Brian Loftin (23 – outside row. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            Myers took advantage of the double-file restarts to race back towards the front, giving Loftin a good fight for the lead. The 23 car of Loftin’s held off Myers the first time, but Myers’s fresh tires allowed him to pull ahead a few laps later.
            “It was a little frustrating giving up a win like that,” said Brian Loftin. “I felt like we had the best car. The tires fell right for Burt, and he was able to get back up there quickly. Our car was great. I don’t know anything we could’ve done to make it better.”
            Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem moved up to put the heat on the bumper of Myers. The number 53 of Brown delivered a few good shots to Myers but was unable to grab the win.
            Myers took the checkered with Jonathan Brown finishing in second. Brian Loftin claimed third, and John Smith took fourth. Tim Brown, who qualified on the pole, finished 11th after a last-lap confrontation with Jason Myers.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Luke Fleming of Mount Airy won the 40-lap race. Pole qualifier Tommy Neal of Walkertown finished second, with Kenny Bost of Kernersville finishing in third.
            David Sumner of Trinity brought home the victory in the 20-lapper for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. John McNeal of Winston-Salem and Randy Larimore of Walkertown finished second and third.
            In the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series, Wesley Thompson of Mocksville took the checkered in the first race. The second race was postponed due to curfew.

 

Race Results

GMAC Insurance Modified Series
GMAC Insurance 200 : 202 laps completed (race extended due to caution)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

2

53

Jonathan Brown

Kernersville, NC

3

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

4

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

5

77

Lee Jeffreys

High Point, NC

6

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

7

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

8

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

9

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

10

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

11

83

Tim Brown

Cana, VA

12

27

Jeremy Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

13

59

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

14

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

15

04

Kevin Powell

Winston-Salem, NC

16

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

17

6

Kevin Wilson

Elkin, NC

18

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

19

28

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

20

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

21

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

22

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

23

7

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

24

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

 

Webb Heating and A/C Co. Sportsman Series:
Sportsman race: 40 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

2

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

3

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

4

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

5

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

6

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

7

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

8

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

9

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

10

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

11

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

12

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

13

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

14

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

15

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

16

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

17

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

18

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

19

7

Ronnie Barron

Lexington, NC

20

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

21

60

Jeff McCrary

Linwood, NC

22

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

23

23

Justin Boyles

Winston-Salem, NC


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series
Street Stock race – 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

2

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

3

14

Randy Larimore

Walkertown, NC

4

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

5

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

6

32

Craig West

Walkertown, NC

7

98

Billy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

8

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

9

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

10

22

Willie Wall

Lexington, NC

11

23

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

12

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

14

5

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

15

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

16

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

17

31

Brad Lewis

Stanleyville, NC

18

17

Brian Doty

Winston-Salem, NC

19

39

David Thomas

Walkertown, NC

20

15

Jerry Helms

Winston-Salem, NC

21

00

Donnie Martin

Wallburg, NC

22

05

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

23

04

Reggie Doub

Germanton, NC

24

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

 

Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series
1st Stadium Stock race – 8 of 15 laps completed
(race ended early due to curfew)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

2

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

3

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

4

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

5

81

Chuck Wall

Clemmons, NC

6

95

Billy Cameron Jr.

Salisbury, NC

7

77

Randy McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

8

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

9

54

Jeremy Smith

Stuart, VA

10

6

Dale Patterson

Winston-Salem, NC

11

93

Robert Collins

Winston-Salem, NC

12

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

13

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

14

66

Eric Hockett

Thomasville, NC

15

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

16

20

Dennis Weaver

East Bend, NC

17

19

Jeremy Stainback

Winston-Salem, NC

18

48

Bobby Smith

Lexington, NC

19

27

Joey Long

Midway, NC

20

05

Dave Surry

Winston-Salem, NC

21

46

Allan Lipford

Lexington, NC

22

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

23

37

Steve Smith

Kannapolis, NC

24

53

Kacey Phillips

Thomasville, NC

 

2nd Stadium Stock race – postponed until next event