WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Aug. 6, 2005) – Burt Myers was clearly the fastest for the second straight night.
Myers backed up a qualifying victory on Friday night by sailing to victory in last night's Advance Auto Parts 199 for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Bowman Gray Stadium.
But, in typical Burt Myers fashion, he made it exciting in the end - and had to hold off win-hungry Tim Brown.
Myers took the lead from Brown in the 138th lap and had smooth sailing from that point - until a late caution period extended the race to 207 laps and set up a green-white-checkered finish.
Myers clipped the inside lip of the South turn and gave Brown an opening, but hung on in the final lap for his second tour victory of the season.
"On these big tires, you get a lot of rubber buildup," Myers said. "It's bad to slide. So the more racetrack you use, the less it's going to wash. I did that, but I hit off the middle and it pushed me high; but the main thing is I took the checkered flag."
The victory was the second on the Southern Modified Tour for Myers this season, and fourth at Bowman Gray Stadium, but he said that it was his best win yet.
"I wanted to win this race more than any all year long," said Myers, who overtook third-finishing Junior Miller in season standings for the tour. "I've never won the 199. I've been in position to win it three times late in the race, but we didn't win. My car is always good in long races and I think that's where we thrive.
"Also, this being the inaugural tour race (at the stadium), and with a lot of NASCAR people here, it couldn't have been a better night to win."
Brown, the stadium's defending champion, was after his first victory of the season but came up short again.
"At least it lifted a burden off our shoulders in that we've had a string of bad finishes lately," Brown said. "At least we're back to second."
Miller, also trying for his first stadium victory of the season, appeared to have a shot at victory with 30 laps left, but couldn't quite overtake Brown and My-ers.
"The cautions killed us," Miller said. "My car got loose when the tires cooled off. We were real good after about five or 10 laps."
Jay Hedgecock started from the pole position and led the first 71 laps, but suffered misfortune that he said has been all too familiar for him this season.
In the five Southern Modified Tour races this season, Hedgecock has started up front three times but has experienced problems in four of the races. His car's engine failed after leading 28 laps of the season opener; he started up front in the second race but didn't lead a lap as result of electrical failure; and, in the fourth race he ran out of gas while leading in the closing laps.
Last night, Hedgecock's run at the front ended in the 72nd lap after a Gene Pack spin into the infield sprayed dirt onto the track. Hedgecock, barreling out of the final turn, skidded in the dirt and careened into the guardrail.
"That's about the way it's gone," said Hedgecock, who finished fourth. "If they had thrown the caution flag a lap earlier, when there was enough dirt out there to fill half a dump truck, we would have been OK. The second time it was just scattered and I was the first one there. It just shot the front end into the wall."
Tim Brown zipped past Hedgeock and into the lead and stayed there until the 137th lap, when Myers squeezed inside and completed the pass.
"When I got under Tim he gave me just enough room and it was one of those take it then or maybe not get another chance," Myers said.
"Tim ran me clean. He crowded me but didn't pinch me. I knew once we got out front I could sail."
Myers was the fastest in qualifying on Friday, but drew the fifth starting position.
"I thought we had the fastest car," Myers said. "I wasn't sure about Hedgecock. And Tim was running hard. And (Bobby) Hutchens was strong. I just bided my time and made my move when I had a chance."
The Tour's next stop is Martinsville ( Va. ) Speedway , for the Sept. 3 “Made in America Whelen 300”, which will be a combination race with the Northeastern-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The race will also be Martinsville 's first-ever nighttime race.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Bowman Gray Stadium , August 6th, 2005
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 13 mins, 7 secs - Average Speed: 42.466 mph
BUD POLE AWARD: Burt Myers, 1 DMC Auto Exchange / Triad Land Surveying Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD : Burt Myers, 1 DMC Auto Exchange / Triad Land Surveying Chevrolet
POWERADE "POWER MOVE OF THE RACE" AWARD: Brian Crammer, 89 Ling Trucking / JT Motorsports Chevrolet
Caution Flags: 20-23; 28-31; 63-68; 73-77; 79-81; 105-108; 113-116; 143-146; 178-184; 197-205. 10 for 50 laps.
Lap Leaders: Jay Hedgecock 1-71, Tim Brown 72-137, Burt Myers 138-207
Total Laps Led: Jay Hedgecock 71, Burt Myers 70, Tim Brown 66. 2 changes involving 3 drivers