Ward Grabs Hard-Won Victory at Bowman Gray
Brent Elliott wins second Modified race; A.J. Sanders wins Craftsman Stadium Stock 50.

Dean Ward taking his victory lap after winning the first Modified race. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) It may have seemed like just another checkered flag to the fans at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, but Dean Ward’s win in the first Modified race was a pinnacle moment in his racing career.
            Ward, of Winston-Salem, qualified on the pole and led all the way in the 25-lapper for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. “We’ve won three races now, but the others have been because we drew up there,” said Ward. “We’ve earned them any way we could get them, but this one I can really say we earned.”
            The key to victory on Saturday was Ward’s fastest qualifying lap – the first time that he had ever claimed the pole. “We’ve been inching up on it. I think we’ve finally got a few things together,” said Ward.
            After securing the lead on the initial restart, Ward never looked back. With no caution, he sailed ahead for 25 green flag laps to grab his third career win.

Brent Elliott (72) defending his lead from Chris Fleming (40). photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            And Ward was happy to not see a caution: he had extra driving challenges due a broken thumb. “I really didn’t want a restart,” said Ward, who had to compensate for the injury by driving and switching gears with his right hand.
            “On the initial start, I had my broken thumb up on the steering wheel so I could shift gears. And when I jerked it down, I hit the seat,” said Ward. “And then it just throbbed. I just thought, ‘Don’t miss your mark – forget the pain.’”
            Tim Brown of Rural Hall finished second, with Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg taking third.
            The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Brent Elliott of Denton to the pole for the start of the second race. Chris Fleming of Mount Airy started on the outside front row. Fleming, who was bumped out of the lead just one week prior, was hoping to turn around his luck and land up in Victory Lane.
            When the green flag dropped, Elliott and Fleming battled side-by-side for over a lap until Fleming decided to settle into second place. The #40 of Fleming immediately began delivering strong taps to the rear bumper of Elliott.
            Lap after lap, Fleming applied the pressure to Elliott. But Elliott, a veteran Stadium driver, held off Fleming for 25 laps to bring home the win. “I made sure I got right in the corner and checked up good – as long as you do that, it’s hard to spin a man out,” said Elliott.
            Fleming finished right behind him in second. Junior Miller of Danbury finished in third.

A.J. Sanders in Winner’s Circle after winning the Craftsman Stadium Stock 50. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            In the first 20-lap race for the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Zack Clifton of Walkertown took his first win ever in the Sportsman Division. He soared ahead of Rich Hunter of Winston-Salem, who finished in second, and Evan Duggins of Rural Hall, who claimed third.
            In the second race, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington bumped Michael Tilley of Winston-Salem out of the lead in the final laps of the race. Ledbetter went on to win with Jeff Garrison of Arcadia coming in second. “He blocked for 19 laps.  I figured that was enough,” said Ledbetter about Tilley. “We didn’t come over here to make friends.”
            15-year old John Holleman of Winston-Salem claimed victory in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. David Sumner of Trinity finished second.
            Saturday was the Craftsman Stadium Stock 50 – the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series. Charlie Curry qualified on the pole, but it was A.J. Sanders who climbed his way forward to take the win.
            Sanders took the lead with a daring outside-row challenge on lap 25. And when the checkered flag waved, emotions rushed over him. “If you know what happened last year, I didn’t get to run this race. I about got killed,” said Sanders, who was struck by a car near his home last year and was hospitalized. “This means a lot,” said Sanders.

 

Race Results

Brad's Golf Cars Modified Series
First Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

2

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

3

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

4

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

5

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

6

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

7

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

8

53

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

9

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

10

2

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

11

40

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

12

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

13

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

14

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

15

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

16

05

Tony Black

Lexington, NC

17

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

18

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

19

75

Robert Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

20

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

21

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

22

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

23

3

Danny Propst

Monroe, NC

 

Second Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

2

40

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

3

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

4

2

Joseph Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

5

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

6

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

7

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

8

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

9

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

10

05

Tony Black

Lexington, NC

11

53

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

12

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

13

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

14

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

15

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

16

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

17

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

18

66

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

19

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

20

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

21

3

Danny Propst

Monroe, NC

22

75

Robert Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

2

71

Rich Hunter

Winston-Salem, NC

3

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

4

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

5

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

6

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

7

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

8

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

9

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

10

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

11

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

12

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

13

03

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

14

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

15

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

16

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

17

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

18

99

T.J. Moran

Yadkinville, NC

19

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

20

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

21

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

 

Second Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

2

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

3

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

4

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

5

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

6

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

7

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

8

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

9

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

10

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

11

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

12

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

13

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

14

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

15

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

16

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

17

03

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

18

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

19

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

20

71

Rich Hunter

Winston-Salem, NC

21

99

T.J. Moran

Yadkinville, NC


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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

2

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

3

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

4

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

5

98

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

6

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

7

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

8

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

9

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

10

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

11

88

Nick Brill

Lewisville, NC

12

33

David Thomas

Walkertown, NC

13

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

14

26

Frank Myers

Haram, GA

15

16

Allen Henkel

Trinity, NC

16

00

Donnie Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

17

94

Jeffery Wood

Southmont, NC

18

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

 

Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series
Craftsman Stadium Stock 50: 50 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

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

5

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

6

31

Zack Staley

Lexington, NC

7

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

8

89

Joseph Swanson

Rural Hall, NC

9

3

Rik Newsom

East Bend, NC

10

59

Shane Tuttle

Winston-Salem, NC

11

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

12

1H

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

13

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

14

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

15

72

Roger Vogler

Winston-Salem, NC

16

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

17

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

18

16

Stephen Sanders

Winston-Salem, NC

19

13

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

20

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

21

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

22

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

23

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

24

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

25

44

Andrew Durham

Mocksville, NC