First Female Winner in Years at Bowman Gray
 

Taylor Robbins celebrating in Winner’s Circle with family. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Bowman Gray Stadium is known for its rich history and the legacy of winners such as Richard Petty, Glen Wood, and Junior Johnson. And the history continues to be made in every event – such as last Saturday when Taylor Robbins of Winston-Salem became the first female to win a race since 1998.
            Robbins had been close to a victory on several occasions before – once even losing the lead on a heart-breaking white flag lap. But in Saturday’s 20-lapper for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, she finally was able to hold on.
            Drawing the outside front row as her start, Robbins shot out of the gate to beat pole-sitter Doug Wall of Pfafftown for the early lead. She pulled even further ahead of Wall as the laps ticked by. But it wasn’t long until last year’s champion, Derrick Rice of Kernersville, was closing in on Robbins’s bumper.
            Rice waited patiently for Robbins to make a mistake, stalking her and looking for any opening or opportunity to pass. But 21-year-old Taylor gave him no chance. A caution on lap 19 pushed the race past the 20-minute time limit, and the checkered flag waved for Robbins.
            Her father, Modified competitor Brad Robbins, is no stranger to Winner’s Circle, having won four times in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series and even claiming victory in the season-opening 200-lapper in 2002. But the family’s excitement level for Taylor’s win eclipsed anything previous.
            The crowd stood on their feet and cheered, perhaps filled with little girls inspired by seeing Taylor take on the men and come out victorious. “It’s awesome – just go for it,” said Robbins as a message to them all.
            But Robbins wasn’t the only one who walked away on top on Saturday. Burt Myers of Walnut Cove moves into the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series points lead after a second place finish. Joe Ryan Osborne of Kannapolis came in eighth on Saturday, putting him right behind Myers with a second place ranking.
            In the Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, Zack Clifton of Belews Creek grabbed the checkered for the second week in a row – putting him into a strong points lead. “Tiger” Tommy Neal of Walkertown currently ranks second.
            Last year’s champ in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, Derrick Rice, leads the way so far in the points standings this season. Relative newcomer Tommy Zachary of Yadkinville sits second on the points ladder.
            And in the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville is the man to beat so far in 2016.
            This Saturday, Taylor Robbins and her fellow Street Stock competitors face their biggest test of 2016: It’s the Whelen Street Stock 50. The Street Stock cars will qualify for position and duke it out in their longest race of the season. Plus there will be racing for the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Stadium Stock Divisions – as well as another wild 109 U-Pull-It Chain Race.
            Gates open at 6:00 for practice, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM – this Saturday night. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.

 

POINTS

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

1

Burt Myers

92

48

2

27

Joe Osborne

84

36

3

53

John Smith

80

30

4

77

Lee Jeffreys

78

40

5

04

Brandon Ward

72

46

 

4

Jason Myers

72

32

7

2

Joseph Brown

66

44

8

50

Michael Clifton

58

28

9

16

Chris Fleming

56

50

 

87

Mike Speeney

56

38

11

83

Tim Brown

54

34

 

5

Randy Butner

54

20

 

18

Daniel Yates

54

26

14

22

Jonathan Brown

50

42

15

65

Danny Bohn

46

0

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

81

Zack Clifton

145

47

2

21

Tommy Neal

122

30

3

4

John Holleman

119

45

 

55

Zack Ore

119

43

5

26

Michael Tilley

116

30

6

31

Mike Robertson

112

28

7

28

Billy Gregg

110

42

8

07

Kevin Neal

109

43

9

0

Michael Adams

106

34

 

68

Robbie Brewer

106

42

11

7

Dylan Ward

94

30

12

70

Noah Triplett

89

25

13

3

Jeff Garrison

88

42

 

11

Wayne Hill

88

24

15

12

Justin Taylor

75

33

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

20

Derrick Rice

98

48

2

19

Tom Zachary

94

46

3

40

Taylor Robbins

88

50

4

50

Austin Edwards

86

42

5

97

Jeremy Warren

84

44

6

7

Jamie Byrd

66

38

7

1

Jasper Sumner

60

14

8

22

Brian Wall

56

26

9

24

Chris Thomas

54

20

10

14

Aaron Hylton

52

34

11

30

Blake Shupe

48

40

 

69

Gerald Robinson Jr

48

32

13

52

Fletcher Whaley

46

10

 

29

Bradley Potts

46

24

15

58

Steven Berrier

42

0

 

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

24

A.J. Sanders

100

50

2

97

Bryan Sykes

96

50

3

17

Andy Southern

90

46

 

30

Stephen Sanders

90

44

5

81

Chuck Wall

88

40

6

76

Billy Cameron Jr

86

42

7

02

Wesley Thompson

82

42

8

48

Junior Smith

80

38

9

10

David Hopkins

76

48

 

62

Kevin Hedgecock

76

44

 

38

Christopher Joyce

76

40

12

40

Brandon Brendle

74

24

13

7

Barry Wilson

72

36

14

71

Auston McElveen

70

46

 

31

Zack Staley

70

28