Tension Rises with Double Points at Bowman Gray
 

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) The eye of the storm has passed at Bowman Gray Stadium, and now the thunder picks up at its heaviest as the Madhouse picks up racing this Saturday night.
            As part of a tradition to honor our nation, there was no racing at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, July 2. Competitors had the week off to repair and hone their machines in preparation for what was to come this weekend: Double Points Night.
            There is no easing in after the fourth of July break. The Madhouse slams the gas on the season with the second of three Double Points Nights. All races award double the normal amount of points, so the stakes are twice as high.
            In the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, Burt Myers of Walnut Cove has been able to keep his distance over the rest of the field. He enters Saturday’s race with a 39-point lead.
            But it only takes one bad night to spell doom for your points total. Such was the case in last event for John Smith of Mount Airy. He entered the night ranked second in the points but ran into trouble, dropping him down to fifth in the points standings.
            Moving up to take Smith’s place is a man who is no stranger to the points battles at the legendary quarter mile: Tim Brown of Tobaccoville. He claimed the championship last season but has started off 2016 on shaky ground with 16th and 9th place finishes in the first two races.
            Tying Brown for second place is Jason Myers of Walnut Cove. The younger of the Myers brothers has a particular appreciation for the pressure of a Double Points Night. Last season, Myers grabbed the most wins, led the most laps, and earned the most poles – yet he didn’t claim the championship due in large part to wrecking during a double points night early in the season.
            To add to the mix, Saturday’s event will be the O’Reilly Auto Parts 100 – one of the infamous 100-lappers that set the field with a random draw for starting position. The fastest cars may start in the rear and have to fight their way to the front. The double-file restart cone will be their greatest tool as they strategically make their way forward.
            Plus there’s another ingredient to mention: 9,000 of them, to be exact. The Fans’ Challenge will be in play for Saturday’s race, giving the top four qualifiers the option of starting in the rear in order to attempt a high finish and earn the $9,000 prize pool.
            Zack Clifton of Walkertown currently leads the way in the Yates Grading and Paving Sportsman Series. The newly married competitor comes back from his honeymoon to battle in twin 20-lappers, hoping to hold on to the lead. Tommy Neal of Walkertown is just a slim two points behind him in second.
            In the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, Derrick Rice of Kernersville maintains his points lead. And Billy Cameron, Jr. won in last event, giving him the top spot on the points ladder for the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series.
            The action commences this Saturday. The Modifieds battle in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 100 with racing for all other divisions.
            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

329

46

2

83

Tim Brown

290

42

3

4

Jason Myers

290

48

4

77

Lee Jeffreys

284

40

5

53

John Smith

272

20

6

04

Brandon Ward

248

44

7

5

Randy Butner

235

50

8

27

Joe Ryan Osborne

214

0

9

66

Ronnie Clifton

202

32

10

87

Mike Speeney

198

38

11

50

Michael Clifton

182

28

12

2

Joseph Brown

180

26

13

18

Daniel Yates

173

34

14

71

Dean Ward

165

0

15

22

Jonathan Brown

126

0

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

81

Zack Clifton

346

46

2

21

Tommy Neal

343

38

3

4

John Holleman

310

48

4

07

Kevin Neal

305

50

5

26

Michael Tilley

303

32

6

0

Michael Adams

299

40

7

68

Robbie Brewer

290

44

8

7

Dylan Ward

283

24

9

28

Billy Gregg

254

42

10

3

Jeff Garrison

251

36

11

55

Zack Ore

238

34

12

70

Noah Triplett

185

0

13

12

Justin Taylor

153

30

14

31

Mike Robertson

152

22

15

11

Wayne Hill

136

0

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

20

Derrick Rice

320

46

2

50

Austin Edwards

282

40

3

19

Tom Zachary

274

48

4

22

Brian Wall

270

50

5

30

Blake Shupe

254

36

6

7

Jamie Byrd

238

16

7

40

Taylor Robbins

222

44

8

97

Jeremy Warren

206

42

 

0

Kirk Sheets

206

20

10

14

Aaron Hylton

200

38

11

16

Brad Lewis

194

22

12

1

Jasper Sumner

186

26

13

69

Gerald Robinson Jr

178

30

14

13

Kevin Gilbert

170

34

15

52

Fletcher Whaley

160

18

 

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

76

Billy Cameron Jr

320

50

2

24

A.J. Sanders

312

42

3

97

Bryan Sykes

294

36

4

8

Shane Southard

280

44

5

62

Kevin Hedgecock

268

34

6

02

Wesley Thompson

264

48

7

81

Chuck Wall

256

40

8

30

Stephen Sanders

252

38

9

40

Brandon Brendle

248

46

10

71

Auston McElveen

242

26

11

06

Derek Sheets

240

48

12

10

David Hopkins

236

28

13

77

Randy McElveen

234

32

14

38

Christian Joyce

226

30

15

09

Tim Evans

220

26