Ward’s Finesse Earns Him Win at Bowman Gray
 

Dean Ward (71) applying the pressure to race leader Tony Black (05). Ward would later pass and go on to win. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) A combination of heat, humidity, and summer rain storms left the track slick at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday. It led to a few wrecks and some sliding through the turns – and it played right into Dean Ward’s hands.
            Ward, a resident of Winston-Salem, claimed the checkered for the 100-lapper for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series on Saturday – his third victory of the season. “It’s really fun when the track is like this. It takes horsepower away. It takes some of your handling away. It’s how you finesse the car.”
            The starting lineup for the 100-lap race was determined by random draw, with Tony Black of Lexington drawing the pole. It was a great position for a rookie racer to be in – except for his surrounding competitors: veteran Junior Miller of Danbury was starting on the outside front row.
            Black leaped out into the lead at the initial start but was immediately pressured by Miller. The #69 of Miller delivered tap after tap to the rear bumper of Black, turning Black sideways. But the rookie held his own and maintained the lead.
            A particularly stout bump from Miller not only caused Black to slide a little but also caused Miller to fall slightly off the pace. Dean Ward saw his opportunity and darted to the inside to take over second.

Dean Ward receiving his trophy in Winner’s Circle. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            Ward then applied the pressure to Black, nudging his bumper and trying to force the rookie to make a mistake. Black held on for lap after lap – until Ward was able to steal the lead away on lap 32.
            But it was far from over for Ward. He then had to deal with repeated outside row challenges from Junior Miller during double-file restarts. Six times Miller took the outside – and six times Ward defended his lead.
            “We had our car setup to go inside, but we just had to run as hard as we can with what we had,” said Miller about his inability to capitalize from the outside.
            The win was Ward’s third victory this season. Miller finished in second, with Tim Brown of Rural Hall finishing in third.
            In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Kenny Bost of Lexington brought home the win in the first race. John Lain of Kernersville and Zack Clifton of Walkertown finished in second and third. Michael Adams of Yadkinville claimed victory in the second race. Jeff Garrison followed behind in second, with Zack Clifton of Walkertown finishing third yet again.
            Darren Cotner of King bumped Brian Wall of Winston-Salem out of the lead, grabbing the win for himself in the 20-lapper for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. Billy Gregg of Lexington and K.J. Stimpson of Lewisville finished in second and third.
            In the Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville and Shane Tuttle of Winston-Salem each won a 15-lapper on Saturday.

 

Race Results

Brad's Golf Cars Modified Series
Modified 100: 100 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

2

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

3

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

4

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

5

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

6

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

7

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

8

40

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

9

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

10

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

11

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

12

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

13

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

14

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

15

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

16

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

17

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

18

75

Robert Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

19

05

Tony Black

Lexington, NC

20

7

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

21

53

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

22

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

23

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

2

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

3

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

4

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

5

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

6

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

7

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

8

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

9

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

10

20

Jacob Creed

Ararat, NC

11

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

12

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

13

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

14

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

15

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

16

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

17

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

18

99

T.J. Moran

Yadkinville, NC

19

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

20

70

Noah Triplett

Tyro, NC

21

03

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

22

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

23

08

Wesley Thomason

Roanoke, VA

24

52

David Sell

Winston-Salem, NC

25

00

Corey Skidmore

Winston-Salem, NC

26

16

Junior Smith

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Second Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

2

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

3

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

4

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

5

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

6

70

Noah Triplett

Tyro, NC

7

03

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

8

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

9

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

10

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

11

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

12

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

13

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

14

16

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

15

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

16

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

17

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

18

99

T.J. Moran

Yadkinville, NC

19

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

20

20

Jacob Creed

Ararat, NC

21

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC


Q104.1 New Country 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

Lexington, NC

3

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

4

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

5

2

Willie Wall

Lexington, NC

6

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

7

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

8

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

9

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

11

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

12

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

13

92

Casie Doub

Germanton, NC

14

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

15

51

Chris Smith

Walkertown, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

3

89

Joseph Swanson

Rural Hall, NC

4

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

5

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

6

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

7

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

8

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

9

7

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

10

1H

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

11

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

12

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

13

13

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

14

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

15

16

Stephen Sanders

Winston-Salem, NC

16

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

17

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

18

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

19

44

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

 

2nd Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

59

Shane Tuttle

Winston-Salem, NC

2

98

T.J. Cox

Winston-Salem, NC

3

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

4

34

Aaron Hylton

Kernersville, NC

5

31

Zack Staley

Lexington, NC

6

86

Tyler Ziglar

Kernersville, NC

7

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

8

38

Wes Athan

Winston-Salem, NC

9

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

10

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

11

70

Tyler Lalone

Thomasville, NC

12

49

David Vernon

Lexington, NC

13

96

Casey Kirkman

Winston-Salem, NC

14

6

Dale Patterson

Winston-Salem, NC

15

53

Sharon Botts

Winston-Salem, NC

16

25

Pete Harris

Winston-Salem, NC

17

64

Ricky Wall

East Bend, NC