Burt Myers Dodges Bullets at Bowman Gray
 

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Bowman Gray Stadium is known for testing competitors’ reflexes. With so many cars on such a tight track, it seems that everything – from passes to wrecks – happens at an accelerated pace.
            And sometimes, events unfold so quickly that they’re impossible to miss. Traffic gets cluttered, and the only difference between winning and hitting the wall is good, old fashioned luck.
            In last event’s twin 50-lappers, Burt Myers of Walnut Cove combined good fortune and good driving to emerge with an increased points lead in the GMAC Insurance Modified Series. In the first race, Myers was leading and was bumped hard by Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem. Although Myers relinquished the lead, he maintained control of his car and was able to steer back into second place.
            In the second race, Myers fought forward from a 15th place start to finish third, luckily avoiding major collisions that took out several other competitors. “It’s obvious that right now we’ve got the best car out there – it’s just a matter of catching the right breaks,” said Myers. “Tonight we didn’t catch a break in the first race, but I think points-wise we came out pretty good in the second race.”
            “We come over here to win the race - not get a good points night. We ended up with a good points night, but we came out here to win both 50 lappers,” said Myers. “But all in all, no matter what happens finish-wise, I consider this team to be winners.”
            With just a few weeks left before the 2011 championships are concluded, Myers seems to only get stronger. After trying a new car setup for qualifying, he turned the fastest lap of the season two weeks ago. On Saturday, he grabbed the pole with another strong lap.
            But he knows that anything can still happen before the championship is decided. “You never know over here, you just have to race as hard as you can every week,” said Myers. “Everybody else out there to me is just another number. This is Bowman Gray Stadium, and you’ve got to get what you can get when you can get it. And we got what we could get tonight. We’ll go home and regroup.”
            Tim Brown of Rural Hall finished third in the first race, but involvement in a wreck relegated him to a 15th place finish in the second race. He maintains his second place points ranking, but the gap between him and Myers widens further. Chris Fleming of Mount Airy holds on to a third place points standing.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem finished second and eighth to maintain the points lead. Kyle Edwards of King moves up to only one point behind Brewer, with Tommy Neal of Walkertown currently ranked third.
            John McNeal of Winston-Salem held strong in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series, finishing 11th on Saturday to stay on top of the points ladder. Brothers Darren Cotner of King and Matt Cotner of Rural Hall rank second and third respectively.
            In the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series, Chuck Wall of Clemmons won on Saturday to boost him into the points lead, tying Drew Moffitt of Winston-Salem. Michael Wells of Mocksville drops down to a fourth place ranking, with Chris Lawing of King moving up to third.
            This weekend will be a double-dose of racing action – it’s Strutmasters.com weekend, with racing on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Modifieds race in twin 50-lappers, as well as racing for the Stadium Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros, and Classic Modifieds. And you can see the action for only $2 with a printed coupon: visit www.bowmangrayracing.com/coupon for details.
            Then on Saturday, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competes in the Strutmasters.com 199. The Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions will also duke it out, and there will be an on-track autograph session before the racing gets going. Regular adult admission for Saturday is $12 for adults, $1 for children 6-11, and free for children under 6.
            Gates open at 6:00 for practice, and the first race is at 8:00 on both Friday and Saturday. 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

573

47

2

83

Tim Brown

498

34

3

13

Chris Fleming

489

29

4

53

Jonathan Brown

486

35

5

4

Jason Myers

473

41

6

28

Joseph Brown

442

37

7

71

Dean Ward

396

29

8

23

Brian Loftin

363

0

9

81

Austin Pack

360

27

10

69

Junior Miller

348

26

11

48

Brad Robbins

337

6

12

25

John Smith

329

37

13

50

Michael Clifton

326

0

14

59

Danny Bohn

315

38

15

77

Lee Jeffreys

308

30

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

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

68

Robbie Brewer

517

42

2

05

Kyle Edwards

516

44

3

21

Tommy Neal

485

18

4

70

Gary Ledbetter

461

45

 

86

Taylor Branch

461

42

6

72

Bryant Robertson

440

29

7

13

Luke Fleming

423

40

8

02

Derek Stoltz

392

0

9

19

Michael Adams

388

42

10

18

Kenny Bost

374

44

11

3

Jeff Garrison

373

31

12

38

Mitch Gales

337

21

13

9

David Adams

308

30

14

50

Barry Edwards

301

0

 

12

Evan Duggins

301

29

104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

99

John McNeal

570

30

2

9

Darren Cotner

484

42

3

27

Matt Cotner

472

48

4

4

John Holleman

446

46

5

22

Brian Wall

440

6

6

00

Donnie Martin

420

40

7

25

Johnny Arnder

418

18

8

1

David Sumner

380

44

9

32

Craig West

372

22

10

98

Billy Gregg

370

50

11

66

Whitney Clifton

332

24

12

23

Kris Hoots

326

28

13

55

Stephen Baker

310

34

14

21

Justin Taylor

298

36

15

13

Kevin Gilbert

284

12

Freeman's Auto Center Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

69

Drew Moffitt

520

44

 

81

Chuck Wall

520

50

3

34

Chris Lawing

514

46

4

21

Michael Wells

510

32

5

39

Jimmy Absher

506

42

6

22

Jason Tutterow

500

28

7

01

Jason Keaton

486

22

8

61

Charlie Curry

440

48

9

13

Jordan Fleming

434

0

10

26

Derek Taylor

404

38

11

56

Johnny Burke

382

0

12

23

Kenny Dixon

378

24

13

55

Tyler Burke

362

40

14

1H

Chase Hunt

360

36

15

60

Ted Mickalowski

358

26