Cool Track Benefits Fleming at Bowman Gray
 

Chris Fleming (16) maintains his lead despite threats from Brandon Ward (04). photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) A grieving Chris Fleming of Mount Airy entered Saturday’s Kevin Powell Motorsports 100 as a man on a mission at Bowman Gray Stadium. “It was going to be hard to deny me, because I had one thing on my mind – and that was winning,” said Fleming.
            The veteran Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series driver was still reeling over the news that his pastor had suffered the previous night from the loss of a child. Fleming set out to take the win in his honor – and that’s just what he did.
            After qualifying fifth fastest, Fleming plucked the pole as his start when the full field randomly drew for starting position. But he had his work cut out for him: Starting on the outside front row was fourth fastest qualifier Burt Myers of Walnut Cove.
            On the initial start, Fleming surged forward to leap out to an early lead. In short order, Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem had moved up from fifth to knock on Fleming’s bumper. Ward tried the outside in two double-file restarts, pushing Fleming to the limit – but the #16 of Fleming held strong.
            The second restart put Ward in a vulnerable outside-row position. Myers capitalized to take over second place around the halfway point of the race, but that was as close as Myers got. Fleming coasted ahead during a clean-and-green final 50 laps, leaving Myers trailing behind.

Chris Fleming celebrates in Winner’s Circle after winning the Kevin Powell Motorsports 100. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            A combination of a brand new car and an unusually cool track handicapped Myers as he tried to challenge Fleming. “We set it up just like we did last week, and the track was just different tonight. The car was way too free. The 16 [of Fleming] had a good car. He had a good race. We just came up a little short,” said Myers. “The track was way off. His car was tight, so that helped him at the end of the race - where my car was neutral early, so I got loose.”
            Fleming, on the other hand, had his machine dialed in. “I went with a new setup on my car this year, and I think I came up on something,” said Fleming. “The car just kept getting faster and faster and faster.”
            “Everybody drove me clean tonight,” said Fleming. “We ran hard, we raced like men, and hopefully the crowd loved it.”
            It was the first victory for Fleming since 2014. “Everybody wants to win at Bowman Gray Stadium,” said Fleming. “This place has been mean to me - but when it’s sweet, it’s the sweetest place in the world.”
            Myers finished in second, Brandon Ward took third, and Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Lewisville came in fourth.
           Dean Ward of Winston-Salem was the only top four qualifier to accept the Fans’ Challenge. Unfortunately he was forced to pit early in the race and missed out on winning the $3,000 prize pool. That amount will roll over to the next 100-lapper, leading to a Fans’ Challenge prize pool of $6,000.
           In the Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, Zack Clifton of Belews Creek took the checkered for the second week in a row. Zack Ore of Winston-Salem won the second Sportsman race.
           The crowd was on their feet in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series as Taylor Robbins of Winston-Salem claimed her first ever Stadium victory. The daughter of Modified driver Brad Robbins, Taylor is the first female winner at Bowman Gray Stadium in decades.
           In the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville and Bryan Sykes of Lexington each won a 15-lap race.



Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
Kevin Powell Motorsports 100: 100 laps completed

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

16

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

2

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

3

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

4

2

Joseph Brown

Lewisville, NC

5

22

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

6

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

7

87

Mike Speeney

King, NC

8

27

Joe Ryan Osborne

Kannapolis,NC

9

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

10

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

11

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

12

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

14

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

15

11

Junior Miller

Winston-Salem, NC

16

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

17

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series
1st Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

2

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

3

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

4

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

5

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

6

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

7

07

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

8

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

9

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

10

12

Justin Taylor

King, NC

11

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

12

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

13

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

14

31

Mike Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

15

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

16

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

17

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

18

14

Darren Jordan

Winston-Salem, NC

19

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

20

19

Rob Dixon

Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

2

07

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

3

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

4

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

5

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

6

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

7

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

8

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

9

12

Justin Taylor

King, NC

10

31

Mike Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

11

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

12

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

13

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

14

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

15

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

16

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

17

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series
19 of 20 laps completed (race ended earlier due to time limit expiration)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

40

Taylor Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

2

20

Derrick Rice

Kernersville, NC

3

19

Tom Zachary

Yadkinville, NC

4

97

Jeremy Warren

Winston-Salem, NC

5

50

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

6

30

Blake Shupe

Mount Airy, NC

7

7

Jamie Byrd

Mount Airy, NC

8

13

Kevin Gilbert

Mocksville, NC

9

14

Aaron Hylton

Kernersville, NC

10

69

Gerald Robertson Jr

Winston-Salem, NC

11

2

Willie Wall

Lexington, NC

12

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

13

22

Brian Wall

Lexington, NC

14

29

Bradley Potts

Clemmons, NC

15

49

Phillip Jones

Lexington, NC

16

24

Chris Thomas

East Bend, NC

17

5

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

18

16

Brad Lewis

Winston-Salem, NC

19

1

Jasper Sumner

Trinity, NC

20

10

Zach Linville

Kernersville, NC

21

52

Fletcher Whaley

Advance, NC

22

0

Kirk Sheets

Hornytown, NC

23

17

Jeremiah Simonis

Germanton, NC

 

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series
1st Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2

10

David Hopkins

Winston-Salem, NC

3

17

Andy Southern

Lexington, NC

4

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

5

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

6

38

Christopher Joyce

Winston-Salem, NC

7

48

Junior Smith

Lexington, NC

8

68

Tyler Bush

Clemmons, NC

9

22

Adam Thomas

Winston-Salem, NC

10

23

Andy Spears

Lexington, NC

11

27

Austin Cates

Tobaccoville, NC

12

83

Shane Tuttle

Tobaccoville, NC

13

54

Justin Owens

Walnut Cove, NC

2nd Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

97

Bryan Sykes

Lexington, NC

2

77

Randy McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

3

71

Auston McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

4

30

Stephen Sanders

Lexington, NC

5

02

Wesley Thompson

Advance, NC

6

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

7

09

Tim Evans

Clemmons, NC

8

7

Barry Wilson

Stokesdale, NC

9

06

Derek Sheets

Walkertown, NC

10

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

11

88

Ronnie Cranfill

Mocksville, NC

12

31

Zack Staley

Lexington, NC

13

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

14

40

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC