Fleming Coasts, Brown Works for Win at Bowman Gray
 

Chris Fleming (16) defending his lead against Jason Myers (4 – outside row) during Saturday’s first Modified 50-lapper. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) He may refer to himself as a semi-retired racer, but Chris Fleming of Mount Airy showed on Saturday night that he still knows how to get it done at Bowman Gray Stadium.
            Fleming was the third-fastest qualifier for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series on Saturday, with Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem and Jason Myers of Walnut Cove being slightly faster. But when the top six competitors redrew for starting position, Fleming was the fortunate one to pluck the pole for his start. “I was lucky enough tonight – everything went in my favor,” said Fleming.
            When the green flag dropped, Fleming powered out to the lead and never looked back. He fought off four outside-row challenges from Jason Myers, but Fleming said there was never a point where he was sweating it.
            “I was just riding - the car is just so fast,” said Fleming. “All you’ve got to do is get it pointed down the straight away. It does all the work for you.”

After grabbing the victory in the first Modified 50-lapper, Chris Fleming celebrates in Winner’s Circle. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            Fleming was quick to attribute the victory to the support and dedication of car owner William Smith. “The car’s just unreal,” said Fleming. “It makes me look like Superman, but I’m the same old Chris Fleming that used to run eighth and tenth.”
            The “Madhouse Scramble” had Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown starting on the pole for the second race with Pffaftown’s Randy Butner on the outside front row. Butner motored into the lead at the beginning of the race and put on a driving clinic as he held off Clifton and Stadium legend Junior Miller of Danbury.
            Disaster struck for Miller as he passed lapped traffic and collided, sending him to the pits. But Miller’s bad luck was good luck for Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem, moving Brown up to second and allowing him to challenge Butner from the outside during the restart.
            Brown came within inches of overtaking Butner but couldn’t make the pass stick. The victory-hungry driver then tried a different strategy: giving a few stiff shots to the rear bumper of Butner. With just two laps to go, Brown finally moved Butner out of the groove enough to allow the 27 car of Jonathan Brown to slip inside and grab the win.

In the second Modified 50-lap race, Jonathan Brown (27) tries unsuccessfully to take away the lead from Randy Butner (5) with an outside-row challenge. Brown would end up claiming the lead later after a stiff bump to Butner’s bumper. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            “Obviously I had to run Randy as hard as I could because he’s got a good car,” said Brown. “His stuff is just that good, and Randy’s a good, smart driver. He knew if he held that bottom there was no way I could get by. So I kept having to work it.”
            “Finally, I had the bumper to him getting in and washed him up where I knew I could make my move,” said Brown. “I drove him as cleanly as I could drive him but as hard as I could drive him because I knew he would drive me the same way.”
            The victory was a welcome relief to Brown, who hadn’t claimed the checkered in over four years. Butner finished in second, with Brandon Ward taking third.
            The Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series had one of the wildest nights in memory, with hard collisions setting the tone for the night’s racing. Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem and Zack Clifton of Walkertown traded the lead back and forth. But as Clifton fought with Dylan Ward of Winston-Salem for position, a hard-hitting chain reaction was set off that caught six cars in a massive pileup.

Jonathan Brown smiles in Winner’s Circle after taking the checkered in the second Modified 50-lapper. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            Robbie Brewer went on to claim the checkered for the first race, with John Holleman of Winston-Salem coming in second.
            Zack Clifton’s crew went to work repairing their car and amazingly got it into racing shape by the start of the second race. Clifton tangled with John Holleman in another fight for the race lead, but Clifton was ahead when the checkered flag fell – leading to an emotionally charged Victory Lane for the racer who went from a wreck in the first race to the win in the second race. “All I can say is that you can take one away from me, but you can’t take them all. I don’t care how hard you try,” said Clifton.
            Steven Berrier of Germanton held off Brian Wall of Winston-Salem to win the 20-lapper for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series.
            And in the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, Wesley Thompson of Advance and Tim Evans of Clemmons each claimed a win.
           
                

 

Race Results

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

16

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

2

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

3

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

4

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

5

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

6

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

7

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

8

27

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

9

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

10

69

Junior Miller

Winston-Salem, NC

11

87

Mike Speeney

King, NC

12

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

14

01

Jimmy Wallace

Lexington, NC

15

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

16

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

17

15

Greg Butcher

Mocksville, NC

18

75

Al Hill

Jonesville, NC

19

10

Mike Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

20

13

William Smith

Mount Airy, NC

21

14

Jason Tutterow

Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Modified race: 50 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

27

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

2

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

3

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

4

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

5

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

6

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

7

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

8

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

9

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

10

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

11

87

Mike Speeney

King, NC

12

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

13

44

Daniel Beeson

Kernersville, NC

14

15

Greg Bucher

Mocksville, NC

15

69

Junior Miller

Winston-Salem, NC

16

16

William Smith

Mount Airy, NC

17

10

Mike Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

18

75

Al Hill

Jonesville, NC

19

13

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

20

14

Jason Tutterow

Winston-Salem, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

2

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

3

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

4

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

5

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

6

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

7

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

8

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

9

22

Justin Taylor

King, NC

10

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

11

07

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

12

0

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

13

8

Dean Blevins

Kernersville, NC

14

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

15

47

Eddie Collins

Winston-Salem, NC

16

19

Rob Dixon

Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

2

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

3

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

4

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

5

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

6

22

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

7

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

8

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

10

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

11

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

59

Steven Berrier

Germanton, NC

2

22

Brian Wall

Lexington, NC

3

13

Kevin Gilbert

Mocksville, NC

4

50

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

5

19

Tommy Zachary

Yadkinville, NC

6

20

Derrick Rice

Kernersville, NC

7

97

Jeremy Warren

Winston-Salem, NC

8

30

Blake Shupe

Mount Airy, NC

9

9

Darren Cotner

King, NC

10

69

Gerald Robinson Jr

Winston-Salem, NC

11

40

Taylor Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

12

14

Aaron Hylton

Kernersville, NC

13

2

Willie Wall

Lexington, NC

14

1

Jasper Sumner

Trinity, NC

15

49

Phillip Jones

Lexington, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

02

Wesley Thompson

Advance, NC

2

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

3

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

4

97

Bryan Sykes

Lexington, NC

5

40

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC

6

01

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

7

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

8

16

Stephen Sanders

Lexington, NC

9

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

10

11

David Hopkins

Winston-Salem, NC

11

38

Christian Joyce

Winston-Salem, NC

12

06

Derek Sheets

Walkertown, NC

13

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

2nd Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

09

Tim Evans

Clemmons, NC

2

22

Adam Thomas

Winston-Salem, NC

3

78

Robert Mabe

Germanton, NC

4

74

Hayden Hall

Siloam, NC

5

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

6

0

Carlos Clifton

Germanton, NC

7

88

Gene Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

8

27

Austin Cates

Tobaccoville, NC

9

1

Grayson Keaton

Mocksville, NC

10

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

11

68

Tyler Bush

Clemmons, NC

12

48

Junior Smith

Lexington, NC

13

56

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

14

6

Dale Patterson

Winston-Salem, NC