Ward Takes First Ever Win, Myers Grabs Seventh Title at Bowman Gray
 

Brandon Ward (04) and Jason Myers (4) battle for the lead during the Carolina Farm Credit 150. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) The dust is settling on the 2016 racing season at Bowman Gray Stadium. The last night of racing capped off Burt Myers’s season with a championship – and it gave Brandon Ward his first ever Modified victory at the Madhouse.
            Ward was the fastest qualifier the previous week and returned once again on Saturday to turn the fastest lap in time trials for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. The feat put him on the pole for the start of the Carolina Farm Credit 150.
            Jason Myers of Walnut Cove started right to the outside of Ward and contend strongly for the lead during the initial start. Myers then challenged from the outside for the next six restarts. But each and every time Ward was able to hold him off to maintain the lead.

Brandon Ward smiles in Winner’s Circle after winning the Carolina Farm Credit 150, his first win ever at the Madhouse. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            “We felt like being able to start heads-up tonight would help us, because a clear track means a lot over here,” said Ward. “We were a little concerned those last couple restarts – that they were going to be a little better than us and be able to get us worked up off the bottom. But once we got about four or five laps, the car was really good – the best it’s been all year.”
The victory made Ward the 132nd driver to win a featured event at Bowman Gray Stadium, adding his name to the legendary list of winners – such as Richard Petty, Ralph Earnhardt, Glen Wood, and Junior Johnson.
“It feels good to finally get a win here at Bowman Gray, to win in our first full season over here. It took us all year to do it,” said Ward. “I’ve run touring divisions all over this country for my whole life. To finally come and spend a whole season at a weekly track, run every race, and to do it here – right here at Bowman Gray Stadium in our hometown – was pretty cool.”
But while Jason Myers battled with Ward at the head of the pack, brother Burt Myers was quietly making his way forward, avoiding wrecks on his way to the points championship. After an incredibly strong year, Myers only had to finish in the top 18 to clinch his seventh Modified title.

Burt Myers is joined by a crowd of supporters in celebration of Myers’s 2016 Modified championship – his seventh title. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            “Your goal starting at the beginning of the year is to come over and win every race you can. We didn’t have the fastest car every week, but we had a great car all year – by far the most consistent season I’ve ever had. And it showed,” said Myers. “We didn’t have the car we needed to win the race tonight, but we came home champions. And that’s what we wanted. Man, this is an awesome feeling.”
            In the Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, John Holleman of Winston-Salem fought his way forward to grab the checkered flag in Saturday’s 40-lapper. Tommy Neal of Walkertown finally achieved a long-standing goal of his: to grab the Sportsman championship. The veteran driver has been close many times but got the job done in 2016, taking his first ever title.
            Taylor Robbins of Winston-Salem brought home the checkered in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, giving her more wins than any other Street Stock driver in 2016. Derrick Rice of Kernersville won the championship by the slimmest of margins. Had Rice finished one position lower, the title would have belonged to Brian Wall of Winston-Salem.
            Wesley Thompson of Advance claimed victory in the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, with A.J. Sanders of Mocksville taking the championship.
           
                

 

2016 FINAL POINTS STANDINGS

 

 Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series Final Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

1

Burt Myers

698

88

2

83

Tim Brown

631

92

3

4

Jason Myers

627

96

4

77

Lee Jeffreys

605

76

5

53

John Smith

565

48

6

04

Brandon Ward

564

100

7

50

Michael Clifton

476

72

8

5

Randy Butner

472

64

9

66

Ronnie Clifton

433

68

10

18

Daniel Yates

386

60

11

87

Mike Speeney

379

80

12

14

Jonathan Brown

346

84

13

16

Chris Fleming

330

52

14

2

Joseph Brown

304

44

15

27

Joe R Osborne

275

0

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series Final Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

21

Tommy Neal

690

96

2

81

Zack Clifton

649

84

3

4

John Holleman

642

100

4

68

Robbie Brewer

617

92

5

0

Michael Adams

612

72

6

7

Dylan Ward

579

88

7

07

Kevin Neal

566

44

8

28

Billy Gregg

540

48

9

55

Zack Ore

504

64

10

3

Jeff Garrison

449

68

11

26

Michael Tilley

393

0

12

86

Taylor Branch

362

80

13

12

Justin Taylor

301

76

14

70

Noah Triplett

225

40

15

41

Terry Thompson

219

32

                                                                                       

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series Final Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

20

Derrick Rice

660

92

2

22

Brian Wall

656

96

3

50

Austin Edwards

586

64

4

30

Blake Shupe

584

88

5

40

Taylor Robbins

524

100

6

19

Tom Zachary

520

76

7

13

Kevin Gilbert

458

80

8

97

Jeremy Warren

452

56

9

69

Gerald Robinson Jr

442

68

10

14

Aaron Hylton

430

60

11

1

Jasper Sumner

416

52

12

12

Doug Wall

368

84

13

16

Brad Lewis

342

44

14

10

Zach Linville

322

72

15

0

Kirk Sheets

296

0

 

 McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series Final Points Standings

RANK

CAR

DRIVER

POINTS

GAINED
LAST EVENT

1

24

A.J. Sanders

628

92

2

76

Billy Cameron Jr

620

96

3

97

Bryan Sykes

596

80

4

8

Shane Southard

574

76

5

30

Stephen Sanders

530

60

6

02

Wesley Thompson

520

100

7

06

Derek Sheets

490

72

8

62

Kevin Hedgecock

470

36

9

81

Chuck Wall

468

88

10

09

Tim Evans

438

64

11

38

Christian Joyce

428

68

12

10

David Hopkins

420

24

13

22

Adam Thomas

398

44

14

40

Brandon Brendle

386

28

15

27

Austin Cates

386

52


RACE RESULTS

 

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
Carolina Farm Credit 150: Modified Race – 150 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

04

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

2

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

3

83

Tim Brown

Tobaccoville, NC

4

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

27

Jonathan Brown

Winston-Salem, NC

6

87

Mike Speeney

King, NC

7

77

Lee Jeffreys

Winston-Salem, NC

8

50

Michael Clifton

Walkertown, NC

9

66

Ronnie Clifton

Walkertown, NC

10

5

Randy Butner

Pfafftown, NC

11

18

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

12

16

William Smith

Mount Airy, NC

13

40

Chris Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

14

53

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

15

2

Joseph Brown

Lewisville, NC

16

75

Al Hill

Jonesville, NC

17

10

Mike Robertson

Winston-Salem, NC

18

01

Jimmy Wallace

Lexington, NC

19

14

Jason Tutterow

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series
Sportsman Race – 40 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

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

5

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

6

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

7

22

Justin Taylor

King, NC

8

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

9

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

10

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

11

75

Andrew Durham

Winston-Salem, NC

12

8

Kyle Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

13

18

Kenny Bost

Tyro, NC

14

28

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

15

31

Kevin Neal

Walkertown, NC

16

70

Noah Triplett

Lexington, NC

17

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

18

41

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

 

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

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

40

Taylor Robbins

Winston-Salem, NC

2

22

Brian Wall

Lexington, NC

3

20

Derrick Rice

Kernersville, NC

4

30

Blake Shupe

Mount Airy, NC

5

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

6

13

Kevin Gilbert

Mocksville, NC

7

19

Tommy Zachary

Yadkinville, NC

8

10

Zach Linville

Kernersville, NC

9

69

Gerald Robinson Jr

Winston-Salem, NC

10

50

Austin Edwards

Winston-Salem, NC

11

14

Aaron Hylton

Kernersville, NC

12

97

Jeremy Warren

Winston-Salem, NC

13

58

Jasper Sumner

Trinity, NC

14

2

Willie Wall

Lexington, NC

15

16

Brad Lewis

Winston-Salem, NC

16

49

Phillip Jones

Lexington, NC

17

5

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

 

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock Race – 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

02

Wesley Thompson

Advance, NC

2

76

Billy Cameron Jr

Salisbury, NC

3

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

4

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

5

90

Robert Strmiska

Lexington, NC

6

97

Bryan Sykes

Lexington, NC

7

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

8

06

Derek Sheets

Walkertown, NC

9

38

Christian Joyce

Winston-Salem, NC

10

09

Tim Evans

Clemmons, NC

11

16

Stephen Sanders

Lexington, NC

12

68

Tyler Bush

Clemmons, NC

13

27

Austin Cates

Tobaccoville, NC

14

78

Robert Mabe

Germanton, NC

15

22

Adam Thomas

Winston-Salem, NC

16

14

Ken Bridges

King, NC

17

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

18

01

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

19

40

Brandon Brendle

Winston-Salem, NC

20

11

David Hopkins

Winston-Salem, NC