Ward Takes Historic Win at Bowman Gray
Veteran racer takes first Mod win.

Dean Ward (71) and Michael Clifton (50 – outside row) battling for the lead in Saturday’s 100-lap Modified race. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Dean Ward of Winston-Salem made history on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium, and he had to work for it every second.
            Ward claimed the checkered in Saturday’s 100-lapper for the GMAC Insurance Modified Series, making him the 121st competitor to win a featured event in Bowman Gray Stadium’s 63-year history. The accomplishment places him in the record books next to names like Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison, and Richard Petty.
            “We left here undefeated in the Stadium Stock Division, and that didn’t mean anything because it wasn’t written down,” said Ward. “I’m 45 years old – it’s about time I get my name in the record books.”
            When the competitors drew for starting position, Ward drew the outside front row, with Michael Clifton of Walkertown starting on the pole. Clifton jumped out to an early lead but was quickly confronted with a determined Dean Ward. The #71 of Ward hammered the bumper of Clifton, but Clifton held strong.
            On a double-file restart on lap 26, Ward slammed the gas from the outside to take over the lead. Clifton tried to reclaim the top spot during a later double-file restart – but as he fought with Ward for position, the two collided. Clifton was sent spinning and fell to the rear. Ward held on to the lead.
            That was just the beginning of the trials for Ward. Robert Jeffreys of Winston-Salem, Brian Loftin of Lexington, Danny Bohn of Mooresville, and Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem each tried their hand at challenging Ward from the outside. But each and every time, Ward was able to hold his own.
            After five years of Modified competition at Bowman Gray Stadium, Ward claimed his first win on Saturday. “If you have bad luck, the clock’s going to keep ticking and it will come around,” said Ward. “I was really happy for my guys – they deserve it more than I do.”
            Joseph Brown finished in second, and Brian Loftin took third.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem claimed the checkered in the first 20-lapper. Tommy Neal of Walkertown held the lead for most of the race until a flat tire and a bump from the rear caused him to lose control. Zack Clifton of Walkertown finished behind him in second. Michael Adams of Yadkinville won the second Sportsman race, his first win ever at the Stadium.
            Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem brought home the win in a wild race for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. David Sumner of Trinity finished in second, while Jerry Helms of Winston-Salem finished third.
            Drew Moffitt of Winston-Salem won the Craftsman Stadium Stock 50 on Saturday – the largest and most prestigious race of the season for the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series. Chuck Wall of Clemmons and Johnny Burke of Winston-Salem came in second and third.

Race Results

GMAC Insurance Modified Series
Modified Race: 100 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

2

28

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

3

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

4

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

6

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

7

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

8

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

9

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

17

Johnny Sutton

Harrisburg, NC

11

6

Kevin Wilson

Elkin, NC

12

59

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

13

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

14

63

David Beck

Clemmons, NC

15

53

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

16

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

17

7

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

18

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

19

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

20

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

21

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

22

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

23

3

Terry Gaither

Walkertown, NC

24

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

25

2

Johnny Johnson

Tobaccoville, NC

26

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Webb Heating and A/C Co. Sportsman Series:
FIrst Sportsman Race: 25 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

2

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

3

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

4

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

5

30

Mike Evans

King, NC

6

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

7

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

8

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

9

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

10

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

11

16

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

12

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

13

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

14

23

Mike Robertson

Lexington, NC

15

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

16

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

17

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

18

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

19

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

20

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

21

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

22

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

23

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

24

1

Robert Lawson

Winston-Salem, NC

25

99

T.J. Moran

Yadkinville, NC

 

Second Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

2

16

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

3

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

4

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

5

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

6

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

7

30

Mike Evans

King, NC

8

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

9

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

10

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

11

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

12

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

13

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

14

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

15

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

16

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

17

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

18

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

19

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

20

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

21

23

Mike Robertson

Lexington, NC

22

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

23

17

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 16 laps of 20 completed
(time limit expired)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

98

Billy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

2

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

3

15

Jerry Helms

Winston-Salem, NC

4

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

5

28

Jimmy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

6

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

7

16

Allen Henkel

Trinity, NC

8

96

Terry Sink

Winston-Salem, NC

9

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

10

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

11

00

Donnie Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

12

11

Richard Reeves

Cooleemee, NC

13

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

14

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

15

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

16

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

17

39

David Thomas

Walkertown, NC

18

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

19

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

20

23

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

21

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

22

31

Brad Lewis

Stanleyville, NC

23

32

Craig West

Walkertown, NC

 

Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series
Craftsman Stadium Stock 50: 58 laps
(race extended due to caution)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

2

81

Chuck Wall

Clemmons, NC

3

56

Johnny Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

4

34

Chris Lawing

King, NC

5

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

6

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

7

1H

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

8

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

9

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

10

86

Tyler Ziglar

Kernersville, NC

11

4

Stephen Sanders

Midway, NC

12

05

Dave Surry

Winston-Salem, NC

13

95

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

14

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

15

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

16

21

Michael Wells

Walkertown, NC

17

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

18

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

19

58

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC

20

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

21

39

Jimmy Absher

Rural Hall, NC

22

27

Joey Long

Midway, NC

23

23

Kenny Dixon

Pfafftown, NC

24

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

25

48

Bobby Smith

Lexington, NC