Holleman Grabs Win before Storms Hit at Bowman Gray
 

Zack Clifton (81) and Justin Taylor (18 – outside row) tangle, creating a pileup and allowing John Holleman to move into the lead. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Rain storms unfortunately ruined most of the racing action at Bowman Gray Stadium – but they didn’t stop John Holleman’s intense battle to the front.
            In the season-opening 40-lapper for the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series, John Holleman of Winston-Salem grabbed the checkered. Holleman was the fastest qualifier in Friday night qualifying sessions to determine who would be allowed to race. Then after the field was determined, the redraw for position had Holleman starting 12th.
            A wild caution on the first lap gave Holleman the opportunity to exploit the double-file restart cone. The #4 of Holleman went to the outside to fight his way forward. But instead of gaining a few position, an even greater opportunity presented itself.
            As Zack Clifton of Walkertown and Justin Taylor of King battled for the lead, they collided and sent each other slamming into the guard rail. Holleman slipped to the far inside edge of the track to take over the lead.
            Holleman then held off Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem and Derek Stoltz of Walkertown to maintain the lead. On lap 29, the skies opened up and Holleman was declared the winner. Stoltz finished second, with Taylor Branch of Lewisville taking third.

John Holleman (4) and Derek Stoltz (02) battle for the lead during the final laps of the Sportsman race. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            The competitors in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series will have to wait another week to begin their season. The Hayes Jewelers 200 is postponed until Saturday night, April 29. Burt Myers of Walnut Cove and Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg will start first and second, trying to kick off their season with a victory.
            Also on the schedule is another 40-lapper for the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series, a 20-lapper for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, and one or two 15-lappers for the Law Offices of John Barrow Stadium Stock Series. Rain checks from April 22 will be honored then.
Gates open at 6:00 for practice, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.


           

 

                

 

Race Results

Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series: 29 of 40 Laps complete
(race ended early due to inclement weather)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

2

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

3

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

4

81

Zack Clifton

Belews Creek, NC

5

21

Tommy Neal

Rural Hall, NC

6

2

Joseph Brown

Lewisville, NC

7

68

Robbie Brewer

Winston-Salem, NC

8

18

Justin Taylor

King, NC

9

98

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

10

70

Shane Southern

Winston-Salem, NC

11

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

12

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

13

3

Jeff Garrison

Clemmons, NC

14

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

15

14

Terry Thompson

Winston-Salem, NC

16

7

Dylan Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

17

6

Shane Tuttle

Winston-Salem, NC

18

47

Eddie Collins

Winston-Salem, NC

19

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC