Myers Breaks Winless Streak at Bowman Gray
 

Burt Myers (1) overpowers Lee Jeffreys (77) on the outside to take away the lead. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) It had been a long time coming for Burt Myers, but he’s happy to finally get there.
            Nearing the halfway point in the season at Bowman Gray Stadium, Myers had yet to qualify on the pole or win a race. All that changed in Saturday’s Twin 50s for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series as Myers turned in a dominant performance.
            “We’ve been working really hard with this car and it’s been there. It’s been right there – we just lacked that little bit,” said Myers. “We were so close, and it was just one minor adjustment that set this car on fire.”
            The #1 car of Myers ran the fastest qualifying lap, fought forward to win the first race, and then made his way through the field to finish well in the second race. “The car was as good tonight as it has been all year, and I think it showed.”

An early Father’s Day celebration as Burt Myers stands in Winner’s Circle with his father and his son. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            After the top six qualifiers redrew for position, Myers started third. On the initial start, Myers slipped past Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem to take over second. He then set his sights on moving by pole-starter Lee Jeffreys of Winston-Salem to take the lead.
            Lee Jeffreys was hard to beat, holding off Myers for three double-file restarts. Jeffreys was racing for more than just the trophy. He wanted to cheer up his hospitalized father, racing legend Robert Jeffreys.
            But the fourth restart gave Myers the opportunity he needed to finally power past Jeffreys on the outside. “I knew I could get around him, but it was tough. Lee had a great car,” said Myers.
            Myers claimed his first win of the 2016 season. Jeffreys finished in second with Tim Brown of Tobaccoville coming in third.
            The “Madhouse Scramble” draw put northern invader James Civali of Meridan, CT on the pole for the start of the second race. He claimed the initial lead but spun on a restart, allowing Dean Ward of Winston-Salem to take over the lead.
            Ward then had to contend with John Smith of Mount Airy who was quickly pressuring his bumper. But disaster struck for Ward as he approached lapped traffic and ended up colliding with the slower car of William Smith of Mount Airy. John Smith grabbed the lead away.
            “Dean had bad luck with the 16 car when we came up to lap him,” said John Smith. “I don’t know if he slowed down quicker than he thought.”

John Smith and car sponsors receive the trophy for the second Modified 50-lapper. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            Jason Myers of Walnut Cove, who at one time was sixth in the race, took over second place and the pursuit of the lead. He battled side-by-side for several laps with Smith on double-file restarts, but was unable to seal the deal. Jason Myers even tried a few stiff shots to the bumper of Smith, but Smith wasn’t shaken.
            “Jason and I had a heck of a race there. He about got me there – it was two or three laps side-by-side,” said Smith. “We were racing hard. That’s about as hard as you can race. We were beating nerf bars a little bit, and that’s just how you do it.”
            Myers finished on Smith’s bumper, while Smith claimed the victory.
            In the Yates Grading and Paving Sportsman Series, Kevin Neal of Walkertown won the first 20-lapper. The second 20-lapper was a wild race with John Holleman of Winston-Salem and Zack Clifton of Walkertown trading the lead back and forth with plenty of rubbing fenders and dented sheet metal involved as well. Clifton collided with Michael Tilley of Winston-Salem and slammed the guard rail. Holleman went on to win.
            The Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series was an endurance contest of a race as wreck after wreck took out much of the field. Fletcher Whaley of Advance was there at the end to take the win.
            And in the McDowell Heating and Air Stadium Stock Series, Billy Cameron, Jr. of Salisbury and David “P-Nut” Vernon of Walkertown won.


 

Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
1st Modified Race: 50 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

2

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

3

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

4

27

Joe Ryan Osborne

Kannapolis,NC

5

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

6

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

7

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

8

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

9

87

Mike Speeney

King, NC

10

79

James Civali

Meridan, CT

11

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

12

11

Junior Miller

Winston-Salem, NC

13

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

14

16

William Smith

Mount Airy, NC

15

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

16

28

Jimmy Zacharias

Candor, NY

17

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

18

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

19

76

Scott Gordon

Lewisville, NC

20

01

Jimmy Wallace

Lexington, NC

21

75

Al Hill

Jonestown, NC

2nd Modified Race: 50 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

2

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

3

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

4

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

6

27

Joe Ryan Osborne

Kannapolis,NC

7

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

8

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

9

87

Mike Speeney

King, NC

10

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

11

79

James Civali

Meridan, CT

12

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

13

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

14

16

William Smith

Mount Airy, NC

15

71

Dean Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

16

01

Jimmy Wallace

Lexington, NC

17

11

Junior Miller

Winston-Salem, NC

18

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

19

75

Al Hill

Jonestown, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

07

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

2

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

3

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

4

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

5

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

6

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

7

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

8

31

Braeden Havens

Winston-Salem, NC

9

70

Tony Black

Winston-Salem, NC

10

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

11

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

12

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

13

14

Les Miranda

Manassas, VA

14

91

Phillip Faircloth

Winston-Salem, NC

15

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

16

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

17

19

Rob Dixon

Winston-Salem, NC

18

22

Robert Lawson

Winston-Salem, NC

19

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

2

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

3

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

4

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

5

07

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

6

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

7

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

8

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

9

31

Braeden Havens

Winston-Salem, NC

10

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

11

22

Robert Lawson

Winston-Salem, NC

12

70

Tony Black

Winston-Salem, NC

13

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

14

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

15

91

Phillip Faircloth

Winston-Salem, NC

16

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

17

14

Les Miranda

Manassas, VA

18

19

Rob Dixon

Winston-Salem, NC

19

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 12 of 20 laps completed (time limit expiration)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

52

Fletcher Whaley

Advance, NC

2

50

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

3

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

4

30

Blake Shupe

Mount Airy, NC

5

13

Kevin Gilbert

Mocksville, NC

6

19

Tommy Zachary

Yadkinville, NC

7

20

Derrick Rice

Kernersville, NC

8

16

Brad Lewis

Winston-Salem, NC

9

5

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

10

97

Jeremy Warren

Winston-Salem, NC

11

7

Jamie Byrd

Mount Airy, NC

12

14

Aaron Hylton

Kernersville, NC

13

1

Jasper Sumner

Trinity, NC

14

22

Brian Wall

Lexington, NC

15

10

Zach Linville

Kernersville, NC

16

40

Taylor Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

17

0

Kirk Sheets

Hornytown, NC

18

17

Jeremiah Simonis

Germanton, NC

19

24

Chris Thomas

East Bend, NC

19

94

Jeffery Wood

Winston-Salem, NC

21

67

Susan Kimel

Shoals, NC

22

69

Gerald Robinson Jr

Winston-Salem, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

2

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

3

40

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC

4

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

5

97

Bryan Sykes

Lexington, NC

6

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

7

31

Zack Staley

Lexington, NC

8

77

Randy McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

9

02

Wesley Thompson

Advance, NC

10

06

Derek Sheets

Walkertown, NC

11

71

Auston McElveen

Winston-Salem, NC

12

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

13

10

David Hopkins

Winston-Salem, NC

14

30

Stephen Sanders

Lexington, NC

2nd Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

 

1

49

P-Nut Vernon

Walkertown, NC

2

38

Christian Joyce

Winston-Salem, NC

3

48

Junior Smith

Lexington, NC

4

09

Tim Evans

Clemmons, NC

5

91

Coty Crews

Greensboro, NC

6

22

Adam Thomas

Winston-Salem, NC

7

27

Austin Cates

Tobaccoville, NC

8

7

Barry Wilson

Stokesdale, NC

9

6

Dale Patterson

Winston-Salem, NC

10

78

Robert Mabe

Germanton, NC

11

68

Tyler Bush

Clemmons, NC

12

88

Ronnie Cranfill

Mocksville, NC

13

54

Justin Owens

Walnut Cove, NC