Brown Holds off Miller at Bowman Gray
“The Rocket” breaks a two-month winless streak.

Tim Brown (83) fighting for the lead with Junior Miller (69 – outside row).photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) On Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium, Tim Brown not only fended off Junior Miller but also shook the monkey off his back. Brown claimed the checkered for the Great Clips 100 – the first time he had visited Winner’s Circle in two months.
            Brown, a resident of Rural Hall, was the fastest qualifier for the GMAC Insurance Modified Series. In a stroke of good luck, he plucked second as his starting spot when the entire field randomly drew for the beginning lineup.
            Michael Clifton of Walkertown started on the pole but was quickly passed by the #83 of Brown when the green flag waved. It wasn’t long, though, until a caution came out, and Brown had to defend his lead in a double-file restart.
            Junior Miller of Danbury took to the outside to threaten Brown, but the “King of the Modifieds” was unable to grab the lead away. But Miller tried again – and again and again – as multiple restarts gave him repeated chances to slip by Brown.
            “You can’t win the race running third,” said Miller. “But you get on the outside and you’ve got a shot at winning the race.”
            Miller gave a few stout taps to Brown in the early parts of the race but knew that car problems would most likely keep him from taking the checkered himself. “We had a good car the first thirty laps. Then the swagger messed up and we had a second place car,” said Miller.
            Almost as nerve-wracking as Junior Miller on your bumper, Tim Brown also had to deal with a great deal of lapped traffic. “They’re racing too - but once the leader catches you, you shouldn’t race them that hard for that long,” said Brown, referring to extended battles with competitors trying to stay on the lead lap.
            But Brown weathered it all to lead every lap and take the checkered. “You always worry with those double file restarts and lapped traffic. It’s never over until you take that checkered flag,” said Brown.

Tim Brown receiving his Great Clips 100 Victory Trophy in Winner’s Circle. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            The #83 team is hopeful that this is the start of greater things to come for the rest of 2011. “It’s a brand new car. It’s a little bit different even though it came from the same chassis manufacturer. It likes a little different stuff than what I’ve been used to running over here, so we’ve had to play with it some,” said Brown. “After tonight, I think we’ll leave it.”
            Miller, who has also been plagued with bad luck this season, finished second right behind Brown. “You’re never happy unless you win the race, but it’s the best finish we’ve had this year,” said Miller.
            Chris Fleming of Mount Airy finished third, with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove taking fourth.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington won the first race. Taylor Branch of Lewisville and Tommy Neal of Walkertown finished second and third. Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem held on to win the second 20-lapper, with Derek Stoltz of Walkertown claiming second. Gary Ledbetter of Lexington finished third.
            After the leaders wrecked each other in a heated battle, John McNeal of Winston-Salem grabbed the win for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. Rookie John Holleman of Winston-Salem finished in second. K.J Stimpson of Lewisville was third.
            In the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series, Drew Moffitt of Winston-Salem and Ted Mickalowski of Mocksville each won a 15-lapper.

 

Race Results

GMAC Insurance Modified Series
Great Clips 100: 100 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

2

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

3

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

4

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

6

3

Terry Gaither

Walkertown, NC

7

28

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

8

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

9

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

10

59

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

11

53

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

12

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

17

Johnny Sutton

Harrisburg, NC

14

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

15

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

16

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

17

11

Ricky Knapp

Denver, NC

18

04

Kevin Powell

Winston-Salem, NC

19

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

20

7

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

21

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

22

6

Kevin Wilson

Elkin, NC

23

63

David Beck

Clemmons, NC

24

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

25

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

2

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

3

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

4

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

5

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

6

16

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

7

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

8

78

Jim Shoaf

Lexington, NC

9

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

10

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

11

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

12

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

13

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

14

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

15

23

Mike Robertson

Lexington, NC

16

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

17

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

18

50

Steven Berrier

Germanton, NC

19

18

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

20

0

Steve Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

21

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

22

6

Kirk Sheets

Winston-Salem, NC

23

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

24

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

25

1

Ronnie Bassett, Jr

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Second Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

2

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

3

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

4

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

5

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

6

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

7

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

8

16

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

9

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

10

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

11

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

12

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

13

50

Steven Berrier

Germanton, NC

14

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

15

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

16

23

Mike Robertson

Lexington, NC

17

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

18

18

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

19

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

20

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

21

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

22

78

Jim Shoaf

Lexington, NC

23

0

Steve Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

24

6

Kirk Sheets

Winston-Salem, NC


104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 18 laps of 20 completed
(time limit expired)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

2

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

3

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

4

14

Randy Larimore

Walkertown, NC

5

05

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

6

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

7

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

8

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

9

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

31

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

11

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

12

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

13

32

Craig West

Walkertown, NC

14

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

15

98

Billy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

16

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

17

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

18

00

Donnie Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

19

28

John Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series
First Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

2

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

18

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

3

39

Jimmy Absher

Rural Hall, NC

15

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

12

1H

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

5

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

10

56

Johnny Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

17

05

Dave Surry

Winston-Salem, NC

7

23

Kenny Dixon

Pfafftown, NC

19

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

6

81

Chuck Wall

Clemmons, NC

11

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

9

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

4

21

Michael Wells

Walkertown, NC

8

34

Chris Lawing

King, NC

20

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

16

2

Stephen Sanders

Midway, NC

13

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

14

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

 

2nd Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

2

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

3

33

Gary Brewer

Germanton, NC

4

93

Robert Collins

Winston-Salem, NC

5

66

Eric Hockett

Thomasville, NC

6

18

Travis Brewer

Germanton, NC

7

51

Matt Brelsford

Salisbury, NC

8

24

Dale Barneycastle

Mocksville, NC

9

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

10

7

James Allison

Mocksville, NC

11

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

12

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

13

96

Casey Kirkman

Winston-Salem, NC

14

20

Ronald Moser

Yadkinville, NC

15

46

Allan Lipford

Lexington, NC

16

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

17

03

Ray Forrest

King, NC

18

80

Dalton Seat

King, NC

19

64

Ricky Wall

East Bend, NC

20

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC