Smith Battles Loftin for Win at Bowman Gray
 

John Smith smiling in Winner’s Circle. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) “It’s been a long time coming,” said John Smith about his victory in Saturday’s Kevin Powell Motorsports 100 at Bowman Gray Stadium. It had been nearly five years since Smith had taken the checkered in the GMAC Insurance Modified Series.
            But Smith seemed at home as he sailed ahead of the pack.
            “We had a really great car tonight,” said Smith, a resident of Mount Airy. After drawing the pole as his starting position, Smith never relinquished the lead – holding off outside row challenges from Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg, Dean Ward of Winston-Salem, and Brian Loftin of Lexington.
            Loftin did make Smith sweat, though. “Everything was good until we caught those lapped cars with about 10 laps to go,” said Smith. The #25 of Smith had to navigate the slower traffic while Loftin was looking for any weakness to pounce on.
            “I thought I was going to ride behind the lapped cars – but when Brian hit me, I realized I had no time. I had to make a move. It was really hairy those last few laps,” said Smith.

Brian Loftin (23) trying to cut to the inside of John Smith (25) to grab the lead. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

           “I was just trying to use what I could,” said Loftin about his strategy around the lapped cars. “He had a good enough race car to win, and we were just trying to use every outlet we could to get that checkered flag.”
            “I’m a little frustrated because I wanted to win - but coming from 17th to 2nd isn’t exactly a bad night,” said Loftin, who utilized the double-file “choice” restarts to climb through the field. “I like to go to the outside every time I can - I think on every restart we went forward.”
            Tim Brown of Rural Hall, who qualified on the pole, drew 18th for his starting position and charged up to a seventh place finish. Michael Clifton of Walkertown moved from 14th up to 3rd, and Defending Champ Burt Myers climbed from 22nd to 4th.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, the results were unofficial pending technical inspections. The results stood, and Derek Stoltz of Walkertown and Kevin Neal of Walkertown each claimed the checkered on Saturday.
            Darren Cotner of King had a dream night in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. After dealing with mechanical issues in practice, Cotner and team turned things around – qualifying on the pole and taking the checkered in the USG Street Stock 50. “It was looking bad and it’s like pulling a miracle out of a hat,” said Cotner about victory in the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Street Stock cars.
            His brother, Matt Cotner of Rural Hall, finished right behind him in second. David Sumner of Trinity and Jody Fritts of Winston-Salem came in third and fourth.
            In the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series, Chuck Wall of Clemmons brought home the win in the first 15-lapper with Jordan Fleming of Mount Airy winning the second race.

 

Race Results

GMAC Insurance Modified Series
Kevin Powell Motorsports 100: 100 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

2

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

3

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

4

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

6

53

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

7

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

8

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

9

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

10

6

Kevin Wilson

Elkin, NC

11

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

12

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

14

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

15

28

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

16

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

17

59

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

18

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

19

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

20

45

Lee Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

21

7

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

22

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

23

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

24

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

 

Webb Heating and A/C Co. Sportsman Series:
First Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

2

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

3

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

4

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

5

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

6

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

7

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

8

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

9

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

10

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

11

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

12

1

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

13

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

14

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

15

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

16

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

17

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

18

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

19

16

Matt Hill

Yadkinville, NC

20

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

21

60

Jeff McCrary

Linwood, NC

22

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

23

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

24

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

Second Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

2

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

3

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

4

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

5

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

6

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

7

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

8

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

9

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

11

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

12

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

13

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

14

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

15

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

16

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

17

1

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

18

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

19

16

Matt Hill

Yadkinville, NC

20

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

21

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series
USG Street Stock 50 – 58 laps
(race extended due to caution)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

2

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

3

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

4

10

Jody Fritts

Winston-Salem, NC

5

00

Donnie Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

6

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

7

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

8

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

9

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

10

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

11

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

12

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

13

39

David Thomas

Walkertown, NC

14

32

Craig West

Walkertown, NC

15

31

Brad Lewis

Stanleyville, NC

16

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

17

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

18

14

Randy Larimore

Walkertown, NC

19

28

Jimmy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

20

11

Richard Reeves

Cooleemee, NC

21

50

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

22

23

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

 

Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series
First Stadium Stock race – 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

81

Chuck Wall

Clemmons, NC

2

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

3

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

4

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

5

6

Dale Patterson

Winston-Salem, NC

6

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

7

95

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

8

27

Joey Long

Midway, NC

9

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

10

48

Bobby Smith

Lexington, NC

11

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

12

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

13

77

Randy McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

14

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

15

37

Steve Smith

Kannapolis, NC

16

93

Robert Collins

Winston-Salem, NC

17

05

Dave Surry

Winston-Salem, NC

18

54

Jeremy Smith

Rural Hall, NC

19

66

Eric Hockett

Thomasville, NC

20

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

21

46

Allan Lipford

Lexington, NC

2nd Stadium Stock race - 12 laps of 15 completed (due to 15-minute time limit)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

2

56

Johnny Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

3

58

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC

4

1H

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

5

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

6

34

Chris Lawing

King, NC

7

21

Michael Wells

Walkertown, NC

8

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

9

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

10

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

11

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

12

86

Tyler Ziglar

Kernersville, NC

13

64

Ricky Wall

East Bend, NC

14

96

Casey Kirkman

Winston-Salem, NC

15

23

Kenny Dixon

Pfafftown, NC

16

20

Bobby Harrison

Lexington, NC

17

16

Stephen Sanders

Midway, NC

18

39

Jimmy Absher

Rural Hall, NC

19

92

Kadi Murphy

Kernersville, NC

20

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

21

75

Brent Brown

Thomasville, NC

22

36

William Chilton

Eden, NC

23

90

Ike Roberts

Pinnacle, NC