Jonathan Brown Hopeful about Qualifying at Bowman Gray
The young competitor hopes to make a run for the 2011 championship.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem is determined to show that there’s a new force to be reckoned with in the GMAC Insurance Modified Series at Bowman Gray Stadium.
            Brown started off his season with a series of strong finishes, proving the ability of both driver and car. But there’s one crucial area of performance that bothered Brown: his qualifying efforts.
            On a tight quarter-mile, laps tick by at breakneck speeds, and starting position is vitally important. Even though Brown was able to finish high, he had qualified third, seventh, and then eighteenth for the first three events. He knew he needed to improve if he were to have a shot at the championship.
            “Qualifying means so much over here,” said Brown, whose frustration was evident two weeks ago after qualifying 18th: “We’ve really been struggling on qualifying. We’ve thrown everything we can at it. Now, we’re just going to go back to basics.”
            Brown didn’t have much time to step it up. Saturday’s twin 25-lappers were one of the most important qualifying sessions of the season. Lineup for the first race was decided strictly by qualifying, and each position was worth double the normal points.
            But the #53 car soared during qualifying sessions, turning the second fastest lap of the night. “I’m really proud of this team. We tried some stuff, just a shot in the dark, on qualifying - and it worked out well,” said Brown.
            From the outside pole, Brown was able to fight with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove for the lead in the first few laps of last event’s first Modified race. Brown tucked back into second, unable to complete the pass. He gave Myers a few shots to the bumper but finished behind him in second.
            In the second Modified race, Brown was able to gain more position than Myers, giving him a net point gain for the event. Myers maintains the points lead, but Brown moves to only two points behind Myers.
            Brown was content with chipping away at Myers’s lead. “It’s really easy to come into a double points night and lose points. It’s incredibly hard to come in and gain them,” said Brown.
“We want to win races, but the big goal for us is to win the championship,” said Brown, who was most excited about his qualifying run. “If we keep our qualifying up like we got it, they’re in trouble the rest of year – I can tell you that,” said Brown.
            Brian Loftin of Lexington slips down to third in the points standings, with Jason Myers of Walnut Cove moving from fifth up to fourth.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Tommy Neal of Walkertown strengthens his points lead by finishing second in Saturday’s Whelen Sportsman 100. His nephew, Kevin Neal of Walkertown, took the checkered – rocketing him from 11th up to 5th. Bryant Robertson of Lexington and Kyle Edwards of King hold on to second and third in the points.
            Matt Cotner of Rural Hall takes over the points lead for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. John McNeal of Winston-Salem drops to second. Darren Cotner of King spun as a result of a collision but still climbed back up to finish seventh, keeping him third in the points.
            In the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series, Jordan Fleming of Mount Airy maintains the points lead. Michael Wells of Yadkinville moves up from sixth into second after winning on Saturday. Jason Tutterow of Mocksville ties Wells for second in the points after finishing third.
            This Saturday is a special two-day event at Bowman Gray Stadium when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competes at the Madhouse for the first time ever.
            On Friday night, regular adult admission is just five dollars. It will be the Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn ICE Epilepsy Night, featuring racing for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will qualify for starting position for Saturday’s Army Strong 150.
            And on Saturday, it’s $2 Ladies’ Night, with women being admitted for only two dollars (no escort required). In addition to the Army Strong 150, the GMAC Insurance Modified Series will duke it out in a 100-lapper. And the night will end with the always wild 109 U-Pull-It Chain Race.
Gates open at 6:00 for practice and the first race is at 8:00 – on both Friday and Saturday nights. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.

 

GMAC Insurance Modified Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

1

Burt Myers

215

78

2

53

Jonathan Brown

213

80

3

23

Brian Loftin

205

68

4

4

Jason Myers

197

80

5

25

John Smith

195

70

6

50

Michael Clifton

189

76

7

83

Tim Brown

183

72

8

13

Chris Fleming

173

68

9

81

Austin Pack

172

78

10

71

Dean Ward

142

76

11

48

Brad Robbins

130

34

12

66

Ronnie Clifton

126

76

13

28

Joseph Brown

124

74

14

5

Randy Butner

121

46

15

64

Steven Truell

110

64

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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

21

Tommy Neal

232

96

2

72

Bryant Robertson

209

88

3

05

Kyle Edwards

200

80

4

13

Luke Fleming

193

76

5

17

Kevin Neal

185

100

6

68

Robbie Brewer

184

72

7

86

Taylor Branch

176

84

8

50

Barry Edwards

174

68

9

02

Derek Stoltz

173

64

10

18

Kenny Bost

141

24

11

19

Michael Adams

129

44

12

38

Mitch Gales

127

56

13

3

Jeff Garrison

121

36

14

12

Evan Duggins

113

16

15

30

Cody Evans

99

48

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

27

Matt Cotner

228

92

2

99

John McNeal

226

88

3

9

Darren Cotner

202

76

4

32

Craig West

184

84

5

22

Brian Wall

182

100

6

00

Donnie Martin

176

96

7

4

John Holleman

164

80

8

25

Johnny Arnder

154

64

9

66

Whitney Clifton

146

52

10

23

Kris Hoots

124

72

11

21

Justin Taylor

120

44

12

39

David Thomas

110

40

13

55

Stephen Baker

102

68

14

1

David Sumner

96

0

15

13

Kevin Gilbert

94

56

Freeman's Auto Center Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

13

Jordan Fleming

242

96

2

21

Michael Wells

230

100

 

22

Jason Tutterow

230

92

4

58

Brandon Brendle

206

76

5

95

Billy Cameron Jr

204

88

6

39

Jimmy Absher

196

100

 

24

A.J. Sanders

196

80

 

6

Dale Patterson

196

80

9

56

Johnny Burke

192

56

10

69

Drew Moffitt

190

56

11

26

Derek Taylor

188

72

12

34

Chris Lawing

180

96

13

23

Kenny Dixon

178

92

 

61

Charlie Curry

178

84

15

81

Chuck Wall

174

32