Brown Gains Momentum at Bowman Gray
Michael Clifton wins a 25-lapper, and Derek Stoltz wins biggest Sportsman race of 2012.

Tim Brown taking his victory lap after winning the first Modified race of last event. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Although Tim Brown of Rural Hall has had a rough past few weeks, “The Rocket” seems to be hitting his stride now at Bowman Gray Stadium.
            Brown started off the season with some disappointing qualifying results, minor car issues, a few tough bumps from competitors – and to top it all off, a bout of pneumonia that lasted six weeks. But things have turned around: Brown’s qualified on the pole in the last two events and has begun racking up the victories in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series.
            “I definitely think our team has the momentum right now, and momentum’s a large part of racing,” said Brown. “We’ve won three out of the last four weekends, so I’m pretty proud about that.”
            After qualifying on the pole on Saturday, Brown led every lap in commanding fashion to take the checkered flag. “My car was really strong. Last weekend and this weekend too - it’s just been exceptionally strong,” said Brown.
            Danny Bohn finished in second, with Randy Butner of Pfafftown coming in third.
            The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Brad Robbins of Winston-Salem to the pole for the start of the second race. Tony Black of Lexington started beside him on the outside front row.

Michael Clifton in Winner’s Circle after winning the second Modified race of last event. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

             When the green flag waved, Robbins muscled his way into the lead. Michael Clifton of Walkertown moved up into second.
            Tommy Neal of Walkertown, who had a run-in with Robbins during the first Modified race of the evening, began to fall back through the field. As Robbins began to approach lapping Neal, the 21 car of Neal hugged the inside row, forcing Robbins to use the slower outside lane.
            After Robbins eventually passed by, Neal followed closely behind for a few laps – until ramming the rear bumper of Brad Robbins with just two laps to go. Robbins spun, and Michael Clifton capitalized on his chance to grab the lead.
            Clifton went on to take the checkered. “I didn’t really know what was going to happen – whether Tommy could get to him and do whatever he was going to do,” said Clifton. “We were just in the right place at the right time.”
            Robbins recovered quickly and held on to second place, finishing right behind Clifton. Jason Myers of Walnut Cove finished in third.

After winning the annual Whelen Sportsman 100, Derek Stoltz celebrates in Winner’s Circle. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

          Saturday was the Whelen Sportsman 100 for the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series – the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Sportsman competitors. Gary Ledbetter of Lexington qualified on the pole with a blistering time. When the top six redrew for position, Kenny Bost of Lexington plucked the pole as his starting spot with Ledbetter starting in second.
          Ledbetter grabbed the lead right off the bat and looked to be in a strong position to stay there the entire 100 laps. He successfully defended his lead during the first double-file restart, but disaster struck for the Ledbetter team during the second caution.
          While still under caution on lap 38, smoke began to pour from Ledbetter’s engine. His motor blew, taking him out of the lead and the race. Kenny Bost moved up to take his place.
          Bost fought against outside row challenges from Zack Clifton of Walkertown, Jeff Garrison of Arcadia, Ryan Robertson of Winston-Salem, and several attempts from Taylor Branch of Lewisville.
          But problems were in store for Bost as his left front tire began to lose air. Bost held on as long as he could for the final laps of the 100-lapper. But when the race was extended several extra laps due to cautions, Bost’s luck ran out.
          Taylor Branch began to power past Bost to claim the lead during a restart. As the two fought for the lead, they collided – allowing Derek Stoltz of Walkertown to take over the top spot. Stoltz went on to earn the victory.
“I told then on the radio it was going to happen,” said Stoltz, referring to the incident with Branch and Bost. “Kenny had a left front tire down, and it worked to my favor.”
          Kyle Southern of King, who started in the very rear of the field, finished in second. Michael Tilley of Winston-Salem took third.
          John Holleman of Winston-Salem brought home the win in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, with Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem finishing right behind him in second. Donnie Martin of Winston-Salem came in third.
          In the Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series, Chuck Wall of Lexington won the first 15-lapper, with Tyler Burke of Winston-Salem claiming the checkered in the second 15-lap race.

 

Race Results

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

2

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

3

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

4

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

5

75

Robert Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

6

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

7

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

8

53

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

9

40

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

10

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

11

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

12

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

13

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

14

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

15

05

Tony Black

Lexington, NC

16

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

17

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

18

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

19

3

Danny Propst

Monroe, NC

20

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

21

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

22

7

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

23

81

Austin Pack

Walkertown, NC

24

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

 

Second Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

2

48

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

3

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

4

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

5

05

Tony Black

Lexington, NC

6

77

Lee Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

7

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

8

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

9

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

10

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

11

40

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

12

53

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

13

75

Robert Jeffreys

Wallburg, NC

14

83

Tim Brown

Rural Hall, NC

15

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

16

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

17

64

Steven Truell

Winston-Salem, NC

18

72

Brent Elliott

Denton, NC

19

7

Matt Cotner

Rural Hall, NC

20

21

Tommy Neal

Walkertown, NC

21

69

Junior Miller

Danbury, NC

22

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

23

3

Danny Propst

Monroe, NC

 

Webb Heating and A/C Co. Sportsman Series:
Whelen Sportsman 100: 123 laps (race extended due to caution)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

2

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

3

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

4

31

Ryan Nelson

Kernersville, NC

5

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

6

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

7

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

8

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

9

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

10

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

11

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

12

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

13

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

14

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

15

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

16

1

Ryan Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

17

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

18

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

19

03

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

20

13

Luke Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

21

20

Jacob Creed

Ararat, NC

22

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

23

70

Gary Ledbetter

Lexington, NC

24

50

Barry Edwards

Pinnacle, NC

25

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, 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

98

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

3

00

Donnie Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

4

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

5

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

6

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

7

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

8

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

9

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

16

Allen Henkel

Trinity, NC

11

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

12

88

Nick Brill

Lewisville, NC

13

02

Bobby Whiteman

Pelham, NC

14

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

15

94

Jeffery Wood

Southmont, NC

16

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

17

22

Brian Wall

Winston-Salem, NC

18

05

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

19

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

 

Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series
First Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

2

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

3

44

Andrew Durham

Mocksville, NC

4

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

5

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

6

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

7

1H

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

8

74

Jose Gonzalez

Winston-Salem, NC

9

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

10

54

Jeremy Smith

Rural Hall, NC

11

72

Roger Vogler

Winston-Salem, NC

12

70

Tyler Lalone

Thomasville, NC

13

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

14

16

Stephen Sanders

Winston-Salem, NC

15

22

Jason Tutterow

Advance, NC

16

31

Zack Staley

Lexington, NC

17

69

Drew Moffitt

Winston-Salem, NC

18

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

19

66

Eric Hockett

Thomasville, NC

 

Second Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

2

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

3

02

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

4

17

Andy Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

5

13

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

6

7

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

7

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

8

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

9

39

Johnny Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

10

98

T.J. Cox

Winston-Salem, NC

11

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

12

19

Jeremy Stainback

Winston-Salem, NC

13

59

Shane Tuttle

Winston-Salem, NC

14

3

Rik Newsome

East Bend, NC

15

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

16

18

Gary Brewer

Germanton, NC

17

96

Casey Kirkman

Winston-Salem, NC

18

9

Robbie Shrewsbury

Walnut Cove, NC