Myers and Butner Benefit from Lead Battles at Bowman Gray


After winning the second Modified race, Randy Butner receives his victory trophy.


Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers and family smile in Winner’s Circle after his victory in the first Modified race.


Eric Hylton Photography

A race can change in an instant at Bowman Gray Stadium, and one wrong move can mean the difference between winning and wrecking.

Jason Myers of Walnut Cove had to fight hard but was able to keep his lead and win the first 25-lapper for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. In the second race, Randy Butner of Pfafftown claimed the

checkered after the hard-racing front runners took each other out.

The evening’s competition started out on a strong note for Myers: he turned the fastest qualifying lap, giving him a pole-position start. But the day’s practice sessions didn’t go so smoothly. “The radiator was

leaking before practice, so we had to really bust hind end and get the radiator changed out in it,” said Myers. “We barely made it out to practice, but the car was good. We made our adjustments and everything

worked out.”

Starting on the outside front row beside Jason was Defending Champion Tim Brown of Tobaccoville. The initial start was a dramatic battle for the lead as the two collided repeatedly, eventually sending Brown

wide and causing him to fall back through the field.

“Tim was banging nerf bars. I gave him the whole outside. He hit my nerf bar getting into three, he hit my nerf bar taking off of four, and he hit me getting into one. So if he’s asking himself why he ended up

in the marbles, he can watch the video,” said Myers. “I’ve got the preferred line, there’s no need for me to try to run over him.”

“That’s how you’ve got to win over here,” continued Myers. “Tim was doing what he had to do to win, and so was I. I’m not just going to lay down and let him have it.”

Once Myers clinched the pole and defended his lead, he led a cautionless 25 laps to claim the checkered flag. Brother Burt Myers of Walnut Cove finished on his bumper in second.

The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem to the pole for the start of the second race, with Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown on the outside front row.

Clifton and Brown tangled for the lead, sending Clifton careening into the turn four guardrail. Moving up to second in his place was brother Michael Clifton of Walkertown. The battle picked up as the two fought

for the lead – this time, both Joseph Brown and Michael Clifton were taken out as a result of the hard racing.

Seizing on the opportunity, Randy Butner of Pfafftown rocketed from third up to take over the lead and the win. “All of those guys are hungry. We all want to win,” said Butner. “You see them get together – they’re

running these cars to the absolute limit, and they’re going to occasionally get together and wreck.”

The victory was welcome to a team that was losing morale. “We’ve been struggling all year. We’re having chassis handling problems, and we’ve been working on it. Sometimes I think we’re about to get it, and then

we lose the handle on it,” said Butner, who hadn’t been in Victory Lane in over three years. “You get to racing so long without a win, you think I’m never going to win again. And then on a night you feel you’re

really not at your best, something happens and you break through and win.”

Daniel Yates of Lexington came in second behind Butner, with Junior Miller of Winston-Salem finishing third.

In the Yates Grading and Paving Sportsman Series, Kevin Neal of Walkertown was the man to beat in Saturday’s 60-lapper. Over seven double-file restarts, he battled with Gary Ledbetter of Winston-Salem, Michael

Adams of Yadkinville, Zack Clifton of Walkertown, John Holleman of Winston-Salem, and Michael Tilley of Winston-Salem – yet Neal emerged victorious every time. He claimed the checkered with Holleman

finishing second.

Brian Wall of Lexington brought home the win in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. In the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, Billy Cameron, Jr. of Salisbury and Rob Strmiska of Lexington each

won a 15-lapper.

Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series

1st Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC

2 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC

3 04 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC

4 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC

5 77 Lee Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

6 87 Mike Speeney King, NC

7 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC

8 69 Junior Miller Winston-Salem, NC

9 50 Michael Clifton Walkertown, NC

10 18 Daniel Yates Lexington, NC

11 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC

12 2 Joseph Brown Lewisville, NC

13 14 Bobby Measmer Jr.

14 76 Scott Gordon Lewisville, NC

15 15 Jeremy Gerstner Wesley Chapel, FL

16 01 Jimmy Wallace Lexington, NC

17 75 Al Hill Jonestown, NC

18 74 Marty Edwards

19 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC

2nd Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC

2 18 Daniel Yates Lexington, NC

3 69 Junior Miller Winston-Salem, NC

4 87 Mike Speeney King, NC

5 77 Lee Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

6 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC

7 04 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC

8 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC

9 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC

10 14 Bobby Measmer Jr. Concord, NC

11 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC

12 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC

13 2 Joseph Brown Lewisville, NC

14 76 Scott Gordon Lewisville, NC

15 15 Jeremy Gerstner Wesley Chapel, FL

16 50 Michael Clifton Walkertown, NC

17 01 Jimmy Wallace Lexington, NC

18 74 Marty Edwards King, NC

19 75 Al Hill Jonestown, NC

Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series

Sportsman Race: 60 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 07 Kevin Neal Walkertown, NC

2 4 John Holleman Winston-Salem, NC

3 81 Zack Clifton Belews Creek, NC

4 68 Robbie Brewer Winston-Salem, NC

5 28 Billy Gregg Lexington, NC

6 0 Michael Adams Yadkinville, NC

7 21 Tommy Neal Rural Hall, NC

8 3 Jeff Garrison Clemmons, NC

9 55 Zack Ore Winston-Salem, NC

10 26 Michael Tilley Winston-Salem, NC

11 12 Justin Taylor King, NC

12 22 Taylor Branch Lewisville, NC

13 71 D.J. Moore Walnut Cove, NC

14 19 Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC

15 31 Mike Robertson Winston-Salem, NC

16 70 Gary Lettbetter Winston-Salem, NC

17 7 Rob Dixon Winston-Salem, 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 22 Brian Wall Lexington, NC

2 19 Tommy Zachary Yadkinville, NC

3 20 Derrick Rice Kernersville, NC

4 40 Taylor Robbins Winston-Salem, NC

5 97 Jeremy Warren Winston-Salem, NC

6 50 Austin Edwards Winston-Salem, NC

7 14 Aaron Hylton Kernersville, NC

8 30 Blake Shupe Mount Airy, NC

9 13 Kevin Gilbert Mocksville, NC

10 12 Doug Wall Pfafftown, NC

11 69 Gerald Robinson Jr Winston-Salem, NC

12 17 Jeremiah Simonis Germanton, NC

13 1 Jasper Sumner Trinity, NC

14 10 Zach Linville Kernersville, NC

15 16 Brad Lewis Winston-Salem, NC

16 0 Kirk Sheets Hornytown, NC

17 52 Fletcher Whaley Advance, NC

18 7 Jamie Byrd Mount Airy, NC

McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series

Stadium Stock A Race: 15 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 76 Billy Cameron Jr Salisbury, NC

2 02 Wesley Thompson Advance, NC

3 40 Brandon Brendle Winston-Salem, NC

4 8 Shane Southard Yadkinville, NC

5 24 A.J. Sanders Mocksville, NC

6 81 Chuck Wall Lexington, NC

7 16 Stephen Sanders Lexington, NC

8 97 Bryan Sykes Lexington, NC

9 62 Kevin Hedgecock Thomasville, NC

10 77 Randy McElveen Winston-Salem, NC

11 38 Christian Joyce Winston-Salem, NC

12 10 David Hopkins Winston-Salem, NC

13 71 Auston McElveen Winston-Salem, NC

Stadium Stock B Race: 15 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 90 Robert Strmiska Lexington, NC

2 06 Derek Sheets Walkertown, NC

3 83 Shane Tuttle Tobaccoville, NC

4 14 Ken Bridges King, NC

5 78 Robert Mabe Germanton, NC

6 68 Tyler Bush Clemmons, NC

7 88 Ronnie Cranfill Mocksville, NC

8 22 Adam Thomas Winston-Salem, NC

9 6 Dale Patterson Winston-Salem, NC

10 48 Junior Smith Lexington, NC

11 17 Andy Southern Lexington, NC

12 27 Austin Cates Tobaccoville, NC

13 09 Tim Evans Clemmons, NC

14 54 Justin Owens Walnut Cove, NC

After winning the second Modified race, Randy Butner receives his victory trophy.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ButnerWC.jpgAfter winning the second Modified race, Randy Butner receives his victory trophy. Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers and family smile in Winner’s Circle after his victory in the first Modified race.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_MyersWC-2-.jpgJason Myers and family smile in Winner’s Circle after his victory in the first Modified race. Eric Hylton Photography
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