Preece Adds His Name to Legendary Winners’ List at Bowman Gray
 

Ryan Preece (41) defending his lead against the outside row challenge of Burt Myers (1 – outside row). photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour gives competitors from all over the East Coast the chance to race at the legendary track where weekly racing was born. And on Saturday, Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT not only raced at Bowman Gray Stadium, but he won – adding him to the famed list of featured event winners at the Madhouse.
            The day started on an exhausting note for Preece as he rode over 700 miles in an all-night trip, making it to the Stadium just a few hours before qualifying. But it didn’t take long for Preece to feel that the trouble was worth it: He qualified on the pole for the start of the Kevin Powell Motorsports 199.
            Preece sailed ahead at the front of the pack, receiving some outside row challenges from the #73 of Cole Powell of Mt. Brydges, Ontario and local racer Burt Myers of Walnut Cove.
            “The 73 machine was a threat all day long,” said Powell, who ended up running into trouble when cautions forced him to take to the outside for the restart. “I would’ve liked to not see as many cautions at the end. We were running second and I really thought we had something for the 41, but I got on the outside and just couldn’t make her stick.”
            Burt Myers found himself in a similar predicament. “With these Tour tires, everybody hugs the bottom through the corner. So when you get to the outside, there’s just no grip,” said Myers. “So playing that outside groove on a restart is the key - being able to get back in line.”
            The constant double-file restarts took a toll on Myers’s tires and made it difficult for him to pressure Preece. “I lacked just a little bit of forward grip,” said Myers. “Ryan looked like he could get a really good bite up off the corner, and that was the difference.”
            After leading every lap, Preece started to become teary-eyed in Winner’s Circle as he began to contemplate winning at such a historic and legendary track. “I don’t think anybody here in the Stadium knows how much this means to me and my family,” said Preece. “Emotionally - I started crying out there. And I’m not an emotional person.”

Ryan Preece (left) celebrates in Winner’s Circle after grabbing the checkered in the Kevin Powell Motorports 199. Presenting the trophy is racing legend and NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee Jerry
Cook (right). photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            “This one just really got to me,” said Preece. “There’s just so much history involved in a place like this.”
            Preece became the 127th winner of a featured event at Bowman Gray Stadium, adding his name to the legendary list of Stadium winners including Richard Petty, Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, and Glen Wood. In fact, Preece’s trophy was presented to him by NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee Jerry Cook, who is also a past winner at the Madhouse.
            Myers finished in second, with Powell coming in third. Stadium regulars rounded out the top six: Danny Bohn of Huntersville in fourth, Tim Brown of Rural Hall in fifth, and John Smith of Mount Airy in sixth.
            Right before the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour took to the track, the Classic Muscle Sportsman Series competed. For the first time ever, Burt Myers decided to try his hand at racing in the Sportsman Division.
            In a stroke of luck he drew the pole – then he held on for 40 laps to grab the checkered. Mack Little of Kernersville, Jacob Creed of Ararat, and Taylor Branch of Lewisville gave Myers a run for his money on double-file restarts, but Myers held strong.
            “If you would have told me this would happen, I would have never believed you,” said Myers about his Sportsman victory. “These guys are no joke. If I’d had started in the back, I’d have never won this race. Starting in the front row is what won this race for me.”
            In the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, Justin Taylor of King crossed the finish line first – but Taylor was penalized after post-race technical inspection. Aaron Hylton of Kernersville was declared the winner.
            Chase Hunt of Lexington grabbed the final checkered flag of the night, winning the 15-lapper for the Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series.

 

Race Results

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Kevin Powell Motorsports 199: 199 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

41

Ryan Preece

Berlin, CT

2

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

3

73

Cole Powell

Mt. Brydges, ON

4

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

5

02

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

6

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

7

70

Jeremy Gerstner

Wesley Chapel, FL

8

40

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

9

77

Gary Putnam

Concord, NC

10

11

Andy Seuss

Hampstead, NH

11

5

Kyle Eversole

Hummelstown, PA

12

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

13

80

Cody Ware

Greensboro, NC

14

28

George Brunnhoelzl III

West Babylon, NY

15

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

16

2

J.R. Bertuccio

Centereach, NY

17

97

Bryan Dauzat

Alexandria, LA

18

04

David Calabrese

Toms River, NJ

19

79

Woody Pitkat

Stafford, CT

20

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

 

Classic Muscle Sportsman Series
Sportsman race: 40 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

54

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

2

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

3

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

4

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

5

76

Mack Little

Kernersville, NC

6

20

Jacob Creed

Ararat, NC

7

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

8

09

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

9

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

10

50

Thomas Ferrano

Rians, France

11

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

12

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

14

32

Zack Staley

Lexington, NC

15

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

16

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

17

83

Bubba Gale

Mocksville, NC

18

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

19

03

Kenny Mitchell

Winston-Salem, NC

20

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

21

70

Noah Triplett

Tyro, NC

22

6

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

14

Aaron Hylton

Kernersville, NC

2

20

Derrick Rice

Kernersville, NC

3

99

John McNeal

Winston-Salem, NC

4

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

5

9

Tommy Zachary

Yadkinville, NC

6

50

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

7

30

Blake Shupe

Mount Airy, NC

8

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

9

22

David Creed

Ararat, NC

10

61

Richard Hoots

Mocksville, NC

11

40

Taylor Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

12

77

Ulysse Delsaux

Germain, France

13

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

14

23

Kris Hoots

Mocksville, NC

15

88

Evan Ingleston

Pfafftown, NC

16

54

Dakota Ratcliff

Cornelius, NC

17

98

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

18

92

Casie Doub

Germanton, NC

19

1

Mike Evans

Pfafftown, NC

20

11

Clifton Richardson

Mocksville, NC

21

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

 

Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

13

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

2

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

3

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

4

11

A.J. Quakenbush

Winston-Salem, NC

5

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

6

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

7

40

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

8

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

9

44

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

10

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

11

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

12

69

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

13

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

14

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC