Brown Breaks Record; Wins Pole for Hayes Jewelers 200 at Bowman Gray
 

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) It was just one lap - but Tim Brown of Tobaccoville hopes it will set the stage for his 2016 season at Bowman Gray Stadium.
            In the Friday night qualifying session for Saturday’s Hayes Jewelers 200 for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, Brown turned a lap in 12.965 seconds. The blistering time was the fastest ever at the Stadium, breaking the previous record set by Brown in 2008.
            And it wasn’t even the best that Brown thinks he could do. “We ran a lot faster than that in practice. Obviously if you saw that qualifying lap, I about wrecked it off of turn four and still broke the record,” said Brown. “I had to get off the gas and cram the brakes on.”
            “These things have so much power when they’re hooked up like that,” said Brown. “It wanted to hold, but it broke the front loose and it headed for the fence. I had to cram the brakes on, get off the gas, and then set it down.”
            Brown’s feat of speed was due to a hard-working crew and a new car that he’s piloting for the 2016 season. So the #83 team is hopeful that their dominance in qualifying sessions will translate to a dominant season.
            Of course, Brown is starting that season off right. The qualifying lap earned Brown the pole for the Hayes Jewelers 200, putting him in the prime place for the biggest race of the season on opening night at the Madhouse.
            “We’ve still got to fine tune it some. The race tomorrow is a long distance race - it’s 200 laps. The pole is just a one-lap shootout,” said Brown. “But we’re really pleased with it. I think it will go a couple tenths quicker than what I just did.”
            But in cars as powerful as the Modifieds, sometimes extra power brings with it a new set of issues. “The car is fast and makes a lot of grip. Grip makes heat, so you’ve got to be careful with the tires,” said Brown. “I hope I can get out there and set the pace, save the tires, and win this thing. If my car burns the tires up, I’ll pit – it’s that simple. I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to win.”
            Jason Myers of Walnut Cove qualified the second-fastest, turning an impressive 12.980 himself. Danny Bohn of Huntersville was third fastest, with John Smith of Mount Airy qualifying fourth.
            The top ten qualifiers have locked in their positions tonight. There will be a second round of qualifying before the race on Saturday night. Drivers will have the option of throwing out their time tonight and requalifying during that session. Then the remaining positions (11-24) will be determined strictly by qualifying times with the faster cars up front.
            With the double-file restart rule and 200 laps, there will be plenty of opportunities for those who didn’t qualify well tonight to make up position. And of course there will be plenty of trials where the top cars have to defend their turf.
            Tommy Neal of Lexington was the fastest qualifier for the Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, turning in a time of 14.140. Now that the field is set, the Sportsman cars will redraw for starting position Saturday night.
Gates open at 6:00 for practice, the second round of qualifying begins at 7:10, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM on Saturday night, April 30. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.

 

Qualifying Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
Qualifying for the Hayes Jewelers 200

RANK

QUALIFYING

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

12.965

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

2

12.980

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

3

13.093

65

Danny Bohn

Huntersville, NC

4

13.103

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

5

13.162

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

6

13.185

11

Junior Miller

Winston-Salem, NC

7

13.215

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

8

13.223

15

Jeremy Gerstner

Wesley Chapel, FL

9

13.265

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

13.268

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

11

13.291

16

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

12

13.295

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

13

13.335

40

Brad Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

14

13.387

2

Joseph Brown

Lewisville, NC

15

13.399

27

Joe Ryan Osborne

Kannapolis,NC

16

13.478

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

17

13.605

76

Scott Gordon

Lewisville, NC

18

13.608

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

19

13.668

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

20

13.714

87

Mike Speeney

King, NC

21

13.839

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

22

13.860

79

David Calabrese

Toms River, NJ

23

13.932

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series
Qualifying for Opening Night 40-lap race

 

RANK

QUALIFYING

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

14.140

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

2

14.677

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

3

14.763

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

4

14.844

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

5

14.879

31

Mike Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

6

14.909

07

Kevin Neal?

Winston-Salem, NC

7

14.937

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

2

14.989

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

8

15.211

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

9

15.211

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

10

15.215

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

11

15.276

12

Justin Taylor

King, NC

12

15.295

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

13

15.320

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

3

15.339

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

14

15.431

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

15

15.468

22

Robert Lawson

Winston-Salem, NC

16

15.493

13

Jordan Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

17

15.572

51

Rob Knabel

Tobaccoville, NC