Championships Decided this Saturday at Bowman Gray
 

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) It all comes down to Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium.
        The entire 2016 season has built up to this point: one final night of racing where all the champions are crowned. Double the normal number of points are on the line, too, so the tension will be at the boiling point.
        It’s not a surprise to Stadium fans that the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series points battle once again comes down to a rivalry between Burt Myers of Walnut Cove and Tim Brown of Tobaccoville. The two titans seem to always be close to the front whether they’re battling for the checkered flag or the Modified crown.
        At this point last season, Brown had a lead on Myers – and he ended up taking the title. Now, Myers is the one leading the way.
        But it’s hard to say that Tim Brown has had anything but an amazing season. He’s grabbed more wins than anyone else. He’s earned more poles. He’s turned the fastest lap of the season so far and has led almost twice as many laps as any other driver. But he’s had a few run-ins with bad luck, and that’s all that it took to derail him from the drive for the championship.
        Myers, on the other hand, hasn’t had a flashy season – but he has had a consistent one. The worst finish he’s had all year was only eighth. He’s taken the checkered twice – perhaps a disappointing number for Myers. However, he’s finished second an amazing seven times.
        Myers now leads Brown by 71 points. With double points on the line in Saturday's Carolina Farm Credit 150, Brown would have to finish 18 positions ahead of Myers to steal away the crown.
        And in case horrible luck were to afflict both Myers and Brown, Jason Myers of Walnut Cove and Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg are just a few points behind and would be more than ready to pounce.
        In the Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, veteran Tommy Neal of Walkertown is on the hunt for the championship. He’s been close many times but has yet to clinch the title. Years ago, Neal may have been known for his aggression and hard-driving style. But now, Neal says time has mellowed him somewhat. With the 2016 Sportsman season being characterized by wrecks, rivalries, and dented fenders, Neal has steered clear of it all. And although he’s only taken one victory, it was the one that counted the most – the Sportsman 100 on a double points night.
        Close on the heels of Neal is last year’s defending champion, Zack Clifton of Walkertown. Clifton has had his share of high moments in 2016 but has also struggled with some low points. He’s tied with Michael Adams of Yadkinville for the most wins so far, and he took the 2016 Sportsman Hard Charger Award. But wrecks and mishaps have also taken their toll on his points total.
        Clifton is currently 29 points behind Neal, needing to finish eight positions ahead of Neal to walk away with the Sportsman championship. John Holleman of Winston-Salem sits third on the points ladder, 23 points under Clifton.
        Derrick Rice of Kernersville has a slim lead over Brian Wall of Winston-Salem in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. Wall is only a mere eight points behind Rice, needing to finish just two positions ahead of Rice to be the champion.
        And in the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville leads Billy Cameron, Jr. of Salisbury by 12 points. If Cameron were to finish four positions ahead of Sanders, he would claim his first Stadium Stock title.
        The action breaks loose this Saturday night with the Carolina Farm Credit 150 for the Modifieds and one final race for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions.
        Gates open at 6:00 for practice, and the first race begins at 8:00. 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 610
43
2 83 Tim Brown 539
41
3 4 Jason Myers 531
37
4 77 Lee Jeffreys 529
41
5 53 John Smith 517
42
6 04 Brandon Ward 464
40
7 5 Randy Butner 408
37
8 50 Michael Clifton 404
40
9 66 Ronnie Clifton 365
28
10 18 Daniel Yates 326
29
11 87 Mike Speeney 299
30
12 16 Chris Fleming 278
32
13 27 Joe Ryan Osborne 275
0
14 14 Jonathan Brown 262
43
15 2 Joseph Brown 260
0

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series Current Points Standings

RANK CAR DRIVER POINTS
GAINED LAST EVENT
1 21 Tommy Neal 594
40
2 81 Zack Clifton 565
47
3 4 John Holleman 542
47
4 0 Michael Adams 540
35
5 68 Robbie Brewer 525
47
6 07 Kevin Neal 522
15
7 28 Billy Gregg 492
47
8 7 Dylan Ward 491
34
9 55 Zack Ore 440
40
10 26 Michael Tilley 393
0
11 3 Jeff Garrison 381
36
12 86 Taylor Branch 282
16
13 12 Justin Taylor 225
17
14 41 Terry Thompson 187
28
15 70 Noah Triplett 185
0

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK CAR DRIVER POINTS
GAINED LAST EVENT
1 20 Derrick Rice 568
40
2 22 Brian Wall 560
48
3 50 Austin Edwards 522
44
4 30 Blake Shupe 496
36
5 19 Tom Zachary 444
42
6 40 Taylor Robbins 424
30
7 97 Jeremy Warren 396
38
8 13 Kevin Gilbert 378
46
9 69 Gerald Robinson Jr 374
32
10 14 Aaron Hylton 370
28
11 1 Jasper Sumner 364
24
12 16 Brad Lewis 298
0
13 0 Kirk Sheets 296
0
14 7 Jamie Byrd 288
0
15 12 Doug Wall 284
0

 

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings

RANK CAR DRIVER POINTS
GAINED LAST EVENT
1 24 A.J. Sanders 536
46
2 76 Billy Cameron Jr 524
38
3 97 Bryan Sykes 516
44
4 8 Shane Southard 498
48
5 30 Stephen Sanders 470
36
6 62 Kevin Hedgecock 434
26
7 02 Wesley Thompson 420
50
8 06 Derek Sheets 418
28
9 10 David Hopkins 396
32
10 81 Chuck Wall 380
34
11 09 Tim Evans 374
50
12 38 Christian Joyce 360
30
13 40 Brandon Brendle 358
42
14 22 Adam Thomas 354
48
15 27 Austin Cates 334
36