Jonathan Brown Wins with New Team at Bowman Gray
 

Jonathan Brown celebrating in Winner’s Circle after his victory in the Kevin Powell Motorsports 100. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Change is difficult and often risky - but sometimes it’s worth it.
            Such was the case for Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem, who switched to a new race team and a new car for 2012. But the move paid off on Saturday as he soared to victory in the Kevin Powell Motorsports 100 for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series.
            Leaving the team of Modified legend Melvin “Puddin’” Swisher, Brown partnered with first-time car owners Darrell and Brandy Jones. “Sometimes you’ve got to move on in life. You’ve got to change things to get better,” said Jonathan Brown.
            Brown and team came to the early morning practice on Saturday and worked harder than ever trying to dial in the new car. “We’ve been over here all day,” said Jonathan Brown. “Before the race, we were literally in the trailer welding. We’ve worked on it all day non-stop.”
            With the full field drawing for starting position, Brown plucked the pole as his starting spot – just the boost of luck he needed to showcase his hard work back in the pits. Rookie Tommy Neal of Walkertown drew the outside pole for his start.
            As the green flag dropped, Brown and Neal raced side by side for a lap until Brown began to edge out Neal. The #21 car of Neal dropped back to second and began giving some nudges to the rear bumper of Brown, but the #22 of Brown was able to hold on.
            When the first double-file restart occurred, Neal opted to stay on the inside row behind Brown, giving John Smith of Mount Airy the opportunity to challenge from the outside row. Although Smith was unsuccessful at grabbing the lead, he did take over the second place spot from Neal.
            The situation repeated itself twice more: Smith challenging from the outside with Brown holding onto the lead. But on the fourth double-file restart, Smith was able to finally steal the top spot away.
            “I had a good car - a real good car,” said Smith. “Once I got the lead, I was hoping for no more cautions.” Unfortunately for Smith, that wasn’t the case. Although he was able to defend his position for one restart, Brown reclaimed the lead on the next one.

Jonathan Brown (22) retaking the lead from John Smith (25). photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            John Smith never got another chance to challenge from the outside. Brown was able to hold on and claim the checkered.
Brown credits his success in the restarts to his new car owners. “It really helps out that they’ve put me in top notch equipment,” said Jonathan Brown. “I don’t have to run the car as hard because I have better equipment.”
            That extra bit of horsepower in his new car was crucial to his win on Saturday. Brown was able to nurse his tires during the race, saving them for the double-file restarts.
            John Smith finished in second, with Michael Clifton of Walkertown in third and Danny Bohn of Huntersville in fourth.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Jacob Creed of Ararat won the first 20-lapper. John Lain of Kernersville won the second Sportsman race. It was the first victory at the Stadium for both drivers.
            Doug Wall of Pfafftown was able to hold off Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem to take the checkered for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series.
            In the Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series, Andrew Durham of Mocksville claimed victory in the first 15-lapper. A.J. Sanders of Mocksville won the second Stadium Stock race.

 

Race Results

Brad's Golf Cars Modified Series
Kevin Powell Motorsports 100: 100 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

2

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

3

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

4

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

5

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

6

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

7

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

8

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

9

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

10

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

11

05

Tony Black

Lexington, NC

12

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

13

53

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

14

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

15

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

16

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

17

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

18

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

19

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

20

75

Robert Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

21

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

22

04

Kevin Powell

Winston-Salem, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

20

Jacob Creed

Ararat, NC

2

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

3

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

4

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

5

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

6

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

7

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

8

0

Rich Hunter

Winston-Salem, NC

9

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

11

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

12

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

13

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

14

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

15

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

16

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

17

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

18

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

19

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

20

14

Rudy Ruddock

High Point, NC

21

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

22

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

 

Second Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

2

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

3

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

4

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

5

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

6

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

7

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

8

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

9

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

10

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

11

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

12

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

13

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

14

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

15

14

Rudy Ruddock

High Point, NC

16

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

17

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

18

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

19

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

20

20

Jacob Creed

Ararat, NC

21

0

Rich Hunter

Winston-Salem, NC


Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series
Street Stock race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

2

98

Billy Gregg

Winston-Salem, NC

3

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

4

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

5

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

6

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

7

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

8

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

9

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

10

16

Allen Henkel

Trinity, NC

11

15

Jerry Helms

Winston-Salem, NC

12

05

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

13

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

14

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

15

88

Nick Brill

Lewisville, NC

16

94

Jeffery Wood

Southmont, NC

17

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

18

02

Bobby Whiteman

Pelham, NC

 

Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series
1st Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

44

Andrew Durham

Mocksville, NC

2

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

3

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

4

16

Stephen Sanders

Winston-Salem, NC

5

72

Roger Vogler

Winston-Salem, NC

6

86

Tyler Ziglar

Kernersville, NC

7

3

Rik Newsome

East Bend, NC

8

54

Jeremy Smith

Rural Hall, NC

9

89

Joseph Swanson

Rural Hall, NC

10

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

11

13

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

12

59

Shane Tuttle

Winston-Salem, NC

13

25

Pete Harris

Winston-Salem, NC

14

05

Dave Surry

Winston-Salem, NC

15

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

16

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

17

1H

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

18

1X

Ben Badger

Lexington, NC

19

19

Jeremy Stainback

Winston-Salem, NC

20

93

Robert Collins

Winston-Salem, NC

 

2nd Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

3

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

4

31

Zack Staley

Lexington, NC

5

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

6

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

7

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

8

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

9

98

T.J. Cox

Winston-Salem, NC

10

7

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

11

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

12

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

13

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

14

20

Dennis Weaver

East Bend, NC

15

38

Wes Athan

Winston-Salem, NC

16

96

Casey Kirkman

Winston-Salem, NC

17

70

Tyler Lalone

Thomasville, NC

18

66

Eric Hockett

Thomasville, NC

19

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

20

64

Ricky Wall

East Bend, NC

21

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC