Miller Wins Second Tour Race at Bowman Gray
Burt Myers moves through field to challenge Miller but finishes second.

L.W. Miller receives his Strutmasters.com 199 victory trophy in Winner’s Circle. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) L.W Miller of Dushore, PA made history tonight, becoming the first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competitor to win the annual Strutmasters.com 199 twice in a row at Bowman Gray Stadium. Miller also drew the cheers and boos of the crowd as he successfully held off local racer Burt Myers of Walnut Cove.
            George Brunnhoelzl III of West Babylon, NY qualified on the pole and shot out into the lead as the green flag waved. He stuck to the inside and was able to defend his position successfully for the first half of the race.
            But a bump from L.W. Miller on lap 97 sent him spinning, giving Miller the chance to steal the lead away. “I didn’t want to be in second. I didn’t want to have those outside restarts,” said Miller. “I pushed him up going into corner down there and drove under him - and then just ran like heck for the rest of the race.”
            Brunnhoelzl gave some stiff shots to the bumper of Miller in an attempt to reclaim the lead, but the #09 car of Brunnhoelzl couldn’t shake him. That left Brunnhoelzl in the vulnerable position of starting on the outside front row for double-file restarts.
            Burt Myers had slipped out of second place after a run-in with John Smith of Mount Airy sent him sliding to a stop. Myers began to climb his way through the field lap-by-lap until he found himself in third – on the inside row behind Miller. Myers slipped to the inside of Brunnhoelzl to secure the bottom groove and second place.
            Miller didn’t want to see the #1 car of Myers behind him. “I thought ‘Oh boy, here we go. This is going to be a replay of last year only in reverse. Burt’s going to put the bumper to me,’” said Miller, referencing last year’s Strutmasters.com 199 where Miller bumped Myers out of the lead.
            Myers began to close in on Miller, looking for any opportunity to nudge him out of the way. The #1 car of Myers gave Miller a few good shots but was unable to get the chance he wanted.
            “When I got back in line on the last restart, the 09 [of Brunnhoelzl] actually got into me a little bit and lifted me up,” said Myers. “That let L.W. get away from me just a little bit.”
            Myers went on to finish second. “We had to battle back from the adversity coming through the field, so second’s not too bad, I guess,” said Myers. “I would say that we’re not satisfied, but we’re happy with where we finished.”
            Miller claimed the checkered, with Brunnhoelzl coming in third.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Michael Adams of Yadkinville brought home the win in the night’s 40-lapper. After Kenny Bost of Kernersville and Bryant Robertson of Lexington took each other out as they fought for the lead, Adams was able to avoid the situation and grab the checkered. Luke Fleming of Mount Airy finished second, with Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem taking third.
            After the time limit expired in the Q104.1 Street Stock Series, Darren Cotner of King claimed the victory. Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem and Johnny Arnder of Mount Airy finished second and third.
            In the Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series, Jimmy Absher of Rural Hall won the first 15-lapper, with Travis Brewer of Germanton taking the checkered in the second 15-lap race.

 

Race Results

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Strutmasters.com 199: 199 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

36

L.W. Miller

Dushore, PA

2

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

3

09

George Brunnhoelzl III

West Babylon, NY

4

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

5

Randy Butner

Winston-Salem, NC

6

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

7

0

Greg Butcher

Mocksville, NC

8

11

Andy Seuss

Hampstead, NH

9

02

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

10

79

Derrick Hill

Westfield, NC

11

2

Josh Nichols

Winston-Salem, NC

12

40

Frank Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

13

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

14

8

Jonathan Kievman

Deerfield Beach, FL

15

31

Austin Pack

Winston-Salem, NC

16

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Webb Heating and A/C Co. Sportsman Series:
Sportsman Race: 34 of 40 laps completed (time limit expired)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

2

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

3

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

4

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

5

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

6

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

7

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

8

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

9

16

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

10

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

11

30

Cody Evans

King, NC

12

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

13

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

14

0

Steve Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

15

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

16

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

17

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

18

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

19

05

Kyle Edwards

King, NC

20

6

Kirk Sheets

Winston-Salem, NC

21

99

T.J. Moran

Yadkinville, NC

22

22

Todd Gray

Lexington, NC

23

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

24

1

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

25

38

Chris Hedgecock

Winston-Salem, NC


Q 104.1 Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 19 of 20 laps completed
(time limit expired)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

2

98

Billy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

3

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

4

27

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

5

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

6

14

Randy Larimore

Walkertown, NC

7

32

Craig West

Walkertown, NC

8

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

9

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

10

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

11

0

Richard Brannock

Tobaccoville, NC

12

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

14

2

Willie Wall

Lexington, NC

15

96

Terry Sink

Winston-Salem, NC

16

94

Jeffery Wood

Southmont, NC

17

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

18

00

Donnie Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

19

47

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

20

39

David Thomas

Walkertown, NC

21

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

22

23

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

 

Freeman’s Auto Center Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock A Race: 14 of 15 laps completed
(time limit expired)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

39

Jimmy Absher

Rural Hall, NC

2

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

3

21

Michael Wells

Walkertown, NC

4

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

5

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

6

34

Chris Lawing

King, NC

7

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

8

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

9

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

10

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

11

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

12

93

Robert Collins

Winston-Salem, NC

13

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

14

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

15

1H

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

16

56

Johnny Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

17

58

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC

18

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

19

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

20

23

Kenny Dixon

Pfafftown, NC

21

81

Chuck Wall

Clemmons, NC

 

Stadium Stock B Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

18

Travis Brewer

Germanton, NC

2

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

3

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

4

16

Stephen Sanders

Midway, NC

5

48

Bobby Smith

Lexington, NC

6

98

T.J. Cox

Winston-Salem, NC

7

33

Gary Brewer

Germanton, NC

8

05

Dave Surry

Winston-Salem, NC

9

3

Rik Newsome

East Bend, NC

10

64

Ricky Wall

East Bend, NC

11

24

Dale Barneycastle

Mocksville, NC

12

86

Tyler Ziglar

Kernersville, NC

13

20

Bobby Harrison

Lexington, NC

14

96

Casey Kirkman

Winston-Salem, NC

15

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC