Brown and Myers Grab Wins at Bowman Gray


Tim Brown stands in Winner’s Circle after his Modified victory.


Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers smiles with family as he receives his victory trophy.


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After grabbing the win in the Sportsman 100, Tommy Neal celebrates in Winner’s Circle.


Eric Hylton Photography

Tim Brown won last year’s championship at Bowman Gray Stadium. He’s taken every pole so far in 2016. But it had been almost a year since the 10-time champ had celebrated in Winner’s Circle.

Brown broke that streak on Saturday, taking the victory in the first 25-lapper for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series.

One of the strengths of Tim Brown’s team has been their 2016 qualifying performance, and Brown was able to continue his dominance in time trials. He started on the pole after turning the fastest lap.

But at the Stadium, a car that qualifies well doesn’t necessarily perform well in race conditions – and Brown had to work to keep his machine ahead of Burt Myers of Walnut Cove. Myers delivered some stout shots to the bumper of Brown but was unable to shake him.

“I’ll be honest: the car was fast, but it didn’t drive well,” said Brown. “It was getting into the turn – and if Burt would’ve hit me just a little bit harder, he would’ve passed me.”

Myers finished right on his bumper in second, with Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem taking third.

The “Madhouse Scramble” draw put Jason Myers of Walnut Cove on the pole for the start of the second race. The younger of the Myers brothers dominated Victory Lane last season, and a little luck from the draw helped him get in position to take the win on Saturday.

“I rubbed my wife’s stomach last year when she was pregnant,” said Myers, who continued his good luck ritual now that his son has been born. “Before I left the house tonight, I rubbed his head.”

Last season, Jason Myers had the fastest lap of the season and 10 poles – more than any other competitor in 2015. However, Myers’s qualifying has suffered this season. He started 11th in the first race and climbed up to eighth.

Starting on the pole for the second race, he led every lap to take the checkered.

“After qualifying 11th in a 25-lapper, I tell you it’s pretty awesome to come out with a win tonight,” said Myers. “It’s tough, because our car is really good in practice. It’s just that qualifying is a little off.”

John Smith of Mount Airy was able to apply some pressure to Myers, but Smith had to settle for a second place finish. Dean Ward of Winston-Salem finished third.

The Yates Grading and Paving Sportsman Series had a huge event for them on Saturday – the Whelen Sportsman 100.

Michael Adams of Yadkinville was the fastest qualifier, but second-fastest Tommy Neal of Walkertown drew the pole after the top six qualifiers drew for position. Neal had to fight on the initial start plus six double-file restarts,

battling off outside-row challenges from Michael Adams, Taylor Branch of Lewisville, John Holleman of Winston-Salem, Noah Triplett of Lexington, and Michael Tilley of Winston-Salem.

Neal held strong to take the checkered. But behind him raged a wild battle between Zack Clifton of Walkertown, John Holleman, and Michael Adams. Aggressive racing left some cars damaged and some tempers triggered, but Neal was able to steer clear of it all.

Noah Triplett avoided the carnage to take second, with Ryan Robertson of Winston-Salem coming in third.

The Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series competed in the Whelen Street Stock 50, their longest race of the season. Taylor Robbins of Winston-Salem came back fresh off the heels of winning in the previous event to drive the fastest qualifying lap for the Street Stock cars. A redraw put Spencer Martin of Winston-Salem on the pole.

Martin crossed the finish line first but was disqualified after failing post-race technical inspection. Blake Shupe of Mount Airy was declared the victor.

In the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, Randy McElveen of Winston-Salem and Wesley Thompson of Advance each won a 15-lapper.

Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series

1st Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC

2 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC

3 04 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC

4 50 Michael Clifton Walkertown, NC

5 77 Lee Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

6 71 Dean Ward Winston-Salem, NC

7 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC

8 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC

9 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC

10 2 Joseph Brown Lewisville, NC

11 79 David Calabrese Toms River, NJ

12 22 Jonathan Brown Winston-Salem, NC

13 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC

14 27 Joe Ryan Osborne Kannapolis,NC

15 76 Scott Gordon Lewisville, NC

16 87 Mike Speeney King, NC

17 18 Daniel Yates Lexington, NC

18 16 William Smith Mount Airy, NC

19 40 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC

20 01 Jimmy Wallace Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC

2 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC

3 71 Dean Ward Winston-Salem, NC

4 77 Lee Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

5 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC

6 50 Michael Clifton Walkertown, NC

7 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC

8 2 Joseph Brown Lewisville, NC

9 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC

10 79 David Calabrese Toms River, NJ

11 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC

12 76 Scott Gordon Lewisville, NC

13 87 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC

14 40 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC

15 18 Daniel Yates Lexington, NC

16 27 Joe Ryan Osborne Kannapolis,NC

17 22 Jonathan Brown Winston-Salem, NC

18 16 William Smith Mount Airy, NC

19 01 Jimmy Wallace Winston-Salem, NC

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series

Whelen Sportsman 100: 100 laps completed

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 21 Tommy Neal Rural Hall, NC

2 70 Noah Triplett Lexington, NC

3 31 Ryan Robertson Winston-Salem, NC

4 26 Michael Tilley Winston-Salem, NC

5 40 Jordan Fleming Mount Airy, NC

6 7 Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC

7 81 Zack Clifton Belews Creek, NC

8 4 John Holleman Winston-Salem, NC

9 3 Jeff Garrison Clemmons, NC

10 0 Michael Adams Yadkinville, NC

11 22 Kevin Neal Walkertown, NC

12 68 Robbie Brewer Winston-Salem, NC

13 86 Taylor Branch Lewisville, NC

14 11 Wayne Hill Winston-Salem, NC

15 19 Rob Dixon Winston-Salem, NC

16 92 Kyle Southern King, NC

17 28 Billy Gregg Lexington, NC

18 14 Les Miranda Manassas, VA

19 12 Justin Taylor King, NC

20 55 Zack Ore Winston-Salem, NC

21 41 Terry Thompson Winston-Salem, NC

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series

Whelen Street Stock 50: 50 laps completed

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 30 Blake Shupe Mount Airy, NC

2 22 Brian Wall Lexington, NC

3 20 Derrick Rice Kernersville, NC

4 0 Kirk Sheets Hornytown, NC

5 7 Jamie Byrd Mount Airy, NC

6 50 Austin Edwards Winston-Salem, NC

7 16 Brad Lewis Winston-Salem, NC

8 81 Robert Lawson Winston-Salem, NC

9 69 Gerald Robinson Jr Winston-Salem, NC

10 9 Darren Cotner King, NC

11 24 Chris Thomas East Bend, NC

12 19 Tommy Zachary Yadkinville, NC

13 49 Phillip Jones Lexington, NC

14 40 Taylor Robbins Winston-Salem, NC

15 13 Kevin Gilbert Mocksville, NC

16 10 Zach Linville Kernersville, NC

17 1 Jasper Sumner Trinity, NC

18 14 Aaron Hylton Kernersville, NC

19 17 Jeremiah Simonis Germanton, NC

20 29 Bradley Potts Clemmons, NC

21 58 Berry Edwards Winston-Salem, NC

22 94 Jeffery Wood Winston-Salem, NC

23 52 Fletcher Whaley Advance, NC

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series

1st Stadium Stock Race: 13 of 15 laps completed (race ended early due to time limit expiration)

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 77 Randy McElveen Winston-Salem, NC

2 62 Kevin Hedgecock Thomasville, NC

3 29 Cody Arrington Mount Airy, NC

4 71 Auston McElveen Winston-Salem, NC

5 91 Coty Crews Greensboro, NC

6 17 Andy Southern Lexington, NC

7 10 David Hopkins Winston-Salem, NC

8 09 Tim Evans Clemmons, NC

9 27 Austin Cates Tobaccoville, NC

10 14 Ken Bridges King, NC

11 88 Ronnie Cranfill Mocksville, NC

12 90 Robert Strmiska Lexington, NC

13 38 Christian Joyce Winston-Salem, NC

14 7 Barry Wilson Stokesdale, NC

15 81 Chuck Wall Lexington, NC

2nd Stadium Stock Race: 7 of 15 laps (race ended early due to time limit expiration)

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 02 Wesley Thompson Advance, NC

2 76 Billy Cameron Jr Salisbury, NC

3 8 Shane Southard Yadkinville, NC

4 49 P-Nut Vernon Walkertown, NC

5 97 Bryan Sykes Lexington, NC

6 24 A.J. Sanders Mocksville, NC

7 30 Stephen Sanders Lexington, NC

8 83 Shane Tuttle Tobaccoville, NC

9 06 Derek Sheets Walkertown, NC

10 31 Zack Staley Lexington, NC

11 22 Adam Thomas Winston-Salem, NC

12 0 Carlos Clifton Germanton, NC

13 6 Dale Patterson Winston-Salem, NC

14 54 Justin Owens Walnut Cove, NC

15 99 Dustin McClure Mooresville, NC

16 48 Junior Smith Lexington, NC

17 68 Tyler Bush Clemmons, NC

18 40 Brandon Brendle Winston-Salem, NC

Tim Brown stands in Winner’s Circle after his Modified victory.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_BrownWC.jpgTim Brown stands in Winner’s Circle after his Modified victory. Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers smiles with family as he receives his victory trophy.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_MyersWC.jpgJason Myers smiles with family as he receives his victory trophy. Eric Hylton Photography

After grabbing the win in the Sportsman 100, Tommy Neal celebrates in Winner’s Circle.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_NealWC.jpgAfter grabbing the win in the Sportsman 100, Tommy Neal celebrates in Winner’s Circle. Eric Hylton Photography
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