Burt Myers Claims Pole Start at Bowman Gray
Myers hopes to start season with victory in Hayes Jewelers 200.

Burt Myers preparing to start his qualifying run. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC)  Burt Myers turned the fastest lap in last night’s qualifying session for the Hayes Jewelers 200. He’ll start on the pole for the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series.
            There have been a few changes to Myers’s team in 2012: his former crew chief, Scott Widener, went to work for a Sprint cup team. But Myers was unphased. “Scott was crew chief by title. But it’s my team, and most of the stuff passes by me anyway,” said Myers.
            Starting order for tonight’s 200-lapper is decided strictly by qualifying, so competitors were working all Friday to prepare for their time trials.
            But while other race teams took practice lap after practice lap in an effort to fine tune their cars, Myers took a different approach. “I think a lot of people were putting on new tires and making mockup runs, and we never did that. We basically went off of what we did last year,” said Myers.
            Ironically, that worked out to his advantage. “I think the biggest thing that really helped us was this afternoon - the track was really greasy. And we didn’t spend a lot of time on the track.”
            Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg will start on the outside front row beside Myers. George Brunnhoelzl from Babylon, NY made the trip from New York to try his hand at Modified racing at Bowman Gray Stadium. He qualified third. Jason Myers of Walnut Cove will start fourth, with Tim Brown of Rural Hall starting in fifth.
            Like other long-distance races at Bowman Gray Stadium, the Hayes Jewelers 200 will use the double-file restart rule, meaning that Myers and the other front-runners will have to fight constantly to defend their positions. “There will be plenty of restarts with a full field of cars – there’s going to be a lot of cautions,” predicted Myers.
            “You need to stay in the front – hopefully that’s the safest place,” said Myers. “But I’ve been coming over here long enough to know that you can’t make a plan.”
            The top 10 qualifiers locked in their starting position last night. There will be another round of qualifying tonight to determine positions 11 through 24. Competitors may choose to stand on their times from last night or scrap their time and requalify tonight.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington turned the fastest qualifying lap for tonight’s 40-lap Sportsman race.
            Ticket gates open at 6:00 for practice. The first race starts at 8:00. For more information, visit www.bowmangrayracing.com.

 

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
April 27 Qualifying Results for the Hayes Jewelers 200.
The top 10 positions are locked in. Remaining competitors have the option of requalifying tonight.

RANK

TIME

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

13.250

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

2

13.282

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

3

13.364

09

George Brunnhoezl III

West Babylon, NY

4

13.372

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

13.422

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

6

13.465

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

7

13.471

75

Robert Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

8

13.478

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

9

13.491

20

Jeremy Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

10

13.493

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

11

13.577

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

12

13.614

28

Mike Adams

Winston-Salem, NC

13

13.648

53

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

14

13.658

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

15

13.659

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

16

13.713

40

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

17

13.762

04

Kevin Powell

Winston-Salem, NC

18

13.780

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

19

13.897

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

20

13.921

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

21

13.968

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

22

13.976

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

23

14.006

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

24

14.013

05

Tony Black

Lexington, NC

25

14.066

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

26

14.230

2

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

27

14.262

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

28

14.284

37

Thomas Ferrando

Rians, France

           

Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series
April 27 qualifying results for tonight’s 40-lapper to determine which drivers would compete. Starting lineup yet to be determined by random draw.

RANK

TIME

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

14.889

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

2

15.105

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

3

15.175

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

4

15.252

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

5

15.254

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

6

15.303

79

John Lain

Germanton, NC

7

15.306

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

8

15.342

7

Ronnie Barron

Lexington, NC

9

15.370

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

15.409

31

Ryan Nelson

Winston-Salem, NC

11

15.456

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

12

15.458

8

Bobby Reed

Winston-Salem, NC

13

15.470

0

Rich Hunter

Winston-Salem, NC

14

15.488

20

Jake Creed

Ararat, NC

15

15.498

03

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

16

15.543

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

17

15.650

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

18

15.700

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

19

15.950

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

20

16.269

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

21

16.271

18

Kenny Bost

Kernersville, NC

22

16.284

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

23

16.553

52

David Sell

Winston-Salem, NC

24

17.010

5

Billy Jack

Winston-Salem, NC

25

18.124

14

Rudy Ruddock

High Point, NC

26

33.573

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC