Pressley on Pole for Army Strong 150 at Bowman Gray
Robert Johnson qualifies third in his first ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC)\The drivers didn’t know what to expect last night at Bowman Gray Stadium. And they don’t know what to expect tonight – other than that the Army Strong 150 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is going to be a race you don’t want to miss.
The 150-lapper will be the first time that the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has ever competed at Bowman Gray Stadium. None of the drivers have any experience driving around the track, and their teams have no experience on how to tweak their car setups.
During qualifying sessions last night, Coleman Pressley turned the fastest lap, placing him on the pole for the start of tonight’s Army Strong 150.
“When I hit my lap, I knew it was a solid lap. We didn’t get too loose, drove it in nice and easy, and cut the center well,” said Pressley, who’s looking forward to tonight’s race. “It’s probably one of the most fun tracks I’ve been on to race, so far. It’s one of those tracks you just have to muscle around.”
A track as tight as Bowman Gray Stadium rewards aggressive driving styles, but Pressley says he’ll feel right at home. “It definitely suits my characteristics,” said Pressley. “Getting into the corner, you’re going to have to force the issue a little more than you would at most tracks.”
Pressley’s teammate, Matt DiBenedetto, will start in second. And starting in third will be an unexpected wild card: Robert Johnson, the son of racing legend Junior Johnson, qualified third fastest. It was an impressive performance considering tonight will be Robert’s first ever race in the K&N Pro Series East.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that good when we went out,” said Robert Johnson. “The car came around the second lap, and it was a good run for us. I didn’t expect anything like that.”
“I’m going to try and play my cards right and stay in there until the end - and then go for it,” said Robert Johnson, who adds that his father has been giving him a few pointers. “I told him how I’d run it, and what he’s going to be putting up with. He’s gotta have a lot of patience and pick his spots to get by people,” said Hall of Famer Junior Johnson. “We don’t intend to stay in third place.”
            The Army Strong 150 for the K&N Pro Series East starts at 8:00 tonight, followed by a 100-lapper for the GMAC Insurance Modified Series. There will also be a 109 U-Pull-It Chain Race – and it will be Two Dollar Ladies’ Night: Women get in to see the action for only two dollars!
            In last night’s Webb Heating & A/ Co. Sportsman Series, Ryan Robertson of Winston-Salem took checkered in the first race, with Kyle Edwards of King claiming victory in the second Sportsman race.
            Jerry Helms of Winston-Salem won the 20-lapper for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series.
            And in the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville won the first race. Kenny Dixon of Pfafftown brought home victory in the second 15-lapper.

 

Qualifying and Race Results

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Qualifying Results for the Army Strong 150 Qualifying Session

RANK

QUALIFYING

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

14.772

14

Coleman Pressley

Asheville, NC

2

14.798

15

Matt DiBenedetto

Grass Valley, CA

3

14.858

11

Robert Johnson

Hamptonville, NC

4

14.908

00

Brett Moffitt

Grimes, IA

5

14.972

4

Sergio Peña

Winchester, VA

6

14.975

18

Max Gresham

Griffin, GA

7

14.988

9

Chase Elliott II

Dawsonville, GA

8

15.000

51

Brandon Haley

Lavonia, GA

9

15.015

6

Darrell Wallace Jr

Mobile, AL

10

15.044

46

Brandon Gdovic

Yorktown, VA

11

15.089

96

Ben Kennedy

Daytona Beach, FL

12

15.105

2

Ryan Gifford

Winchester, TN

13

15.112

07

Corey LaJoie

Concord, NC

14

15.117

66

Benny Gordon

DuBois, PA

15

15.118

32

Dale Quarterley

Westfield, MA

16

15.129

98

Chad Boat

Phoenix, AZ

17

15.161

16

Alex Bowman

Tucson, AZ

18

15.172

37

D.J. Shaw

Conway, NH

19

15.225

62

Andrew Smith

Pooler, GA

20

15.249

64

Rick Gdovic

Pittsburgh, PA

22

15.281

71

Eddie MacDonald

Rowley, MA

23

15.293

03

Cody Hodgson

Escalon, CA

21

15.260

8

Michael Cherry

Valrico, FL

25

15.472

27

Cale Conley

Vienna, WV

24

15.293

12

Chad Finchum

Knoxville, TN

26

15.556

08

Clay Campbell

Martinsville, VA

27

15.606

33

Kevan Combs

Oak Ridge, NC


Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series
1st Sportsman Race - 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

23

Ryan Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

2

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

3

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

4

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

5

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

6

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

7

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

8

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

9

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

10

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

11

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

12

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

13

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

14

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

15

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

16

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

17

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

18

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

19

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

20

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

21

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

22

1

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

23

60

Jeff McCrary

Linwood, NC

24

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

25

6

Kirk Sheets

Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Sportsman race – 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

2

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

3

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

4

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

5

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

6

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

7

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

8

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

9

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

10

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

11

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

12

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

13

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

14

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

15

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

16

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

17

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

18

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

19

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

20

60

Jeff McCrary

Linwood, NC

21

6

Kirk Sheets

Winston-Salem, NC

22

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

23

23

Ryan Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

24

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

25

1

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

 

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series
Street Stock race – 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

15

Jerry Helms

Winston-Salem, NC

2

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

3

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

4

16

Allen Henkel

Trinity, NC

5

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

6

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

7

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

8

00

Donnie Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

9

11

Richard Reeves

Cooleemee, NC

10

23

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

11

32

Craig West

Walkertown, NC

12

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

13

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

14

39

David Thomas

Walkertown, NC

15

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

16

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

17

98

Billy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

18

10

Jody Fritts

Winston-Salem, NC

19

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

20

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

21

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

 

Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series
1st Stadium Stock race – 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2

16

Stephen Sanders

Midway, NC

3

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

4

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

5

34

Chris Lawing

King, NC

6

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

7

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

8

33

Gary Brewer

Germanton, NC

9

95

Billy Cameron Jr.

Lexington, NC

10

1

Shane Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

11

54

Jeremy Smith

Rural Hall, NC

12

84

Jason Smith

Winston-Salem, NC

13

05

Dave Surry

Winston-Salem, NC

14

86

Tyler Ziglar

Kernersville, NC

15

1H

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

16

37

Steve Smith

Kannapolis, NC

17

58

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC

18

66

Eric Hockett

Thomasville, NC

19

36

William Chilton

Eden, NC

20

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

21

03

Ray Forrest

King, NC

22

56

Johnny Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

23

96

Casey Kirkman

Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Stadium Stock race – 10 of 15 laps completed (Race Ended due to Time Limit)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

23

Kenny Dixon

Pfafftown, NC

2

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

3

81

Chuck Wall

Clemmons, NC

4

21

Michael Wells

Walkertown, NC

5

18

Travis Brewer

Germanton, NC

6

48

Bobby Smith

Lexington, NC

7

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

8

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

9

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

10

27

Joey Long

Midway, NC

11

75

Brent Brown

Thomasville, NC

12

39

Jimmy Absher

Rural Hall, NC

13

6

Dale Patterson

Winston-Salem, NC

14

90

Brandon Crotts

King, NC

15

46

Allan Lipford

Lexington, NC

16

38

Wes Athan

Winston-Salem, NC

17

64

Ricky Wall

East Bend, NC

18

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

19

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

20

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

21

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

22

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

23

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC