Myers and Brown Win twin Modified Races
By Tommy Bowman
Published: May 28, 2011
Burt Myers won for the 46th time at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday night. But it was rookie Joseph "Bobo" Brown who was even more thrilled about a personal victory total. He won for the first time.
Brown, who landed a ride with veteran car owner Bob Nelson and joined his brother, Jonathan Brown , in the Modified ranks this season, was all smiles after winning the second of two 25-lap races and becoming the 119th feature-division winner in 63 years of Bowman Gray Stadium racing.
"I'm a rookie, and I came over here to get seat time and not make anybody mad, but I do want to win," said Brown, who is the second rookie to win in the Modified Division this season — after Danny Bohn's breakthrough May 7.
"Coming down the stretch I swear I was about in tears," said Brown, 26, who began racing at 17 and has now won in all four of Bowman Gray's divisions. "I've won in a bunch of stuff over here, but to win in a Modified race…. They said I've got the heart, and I felt like I could do it, and we proved it tonight."
Myers became the featured Modified Division's first repeat winner this season. He opened the season with a victory and took his second Saturday in the first 25-lap race.
Kevin Neal was the winner of a 100-lap Sportsman race, the longest of the season for that division.
Brian Wall won a Street Stock race that was shortened from 20 to 16 laps because of a time limit. Jimmy Absher and Michael Wells won 15-lap races for the Stadium Stock Division .
Myers broke Tim Brown's string of qualifying victories by winning the pole position for the first 25-lap race with a lap of 13.354 seconds (62.7 mph) on the quarter-mile track. Brown , who had been the top qualifier in the season's first three qualifying sessions, was seventh.
"The car is really fast, the fastest it's been in a long time over here," said Myers , Bowman Gray's defending champion. "But being fastest doesn't always win the race for you. So, all in all, this was a good night."
Myers had to endure Jonathan Brown's side-by-side challenge from the outside pole position through the first two laps of the first Modified race but had smooth sailing from there and tied his car owner , Phililp Smith , for sixth place on Bowman Gray's all-time victories list.
Jonathan Brown finished second, and Brian Loftin , working his way from the sixth starting position, finished third.
In the second Modified race, Joseph Brown started from the pole position after finishing 14th in the first race and benefitting from a draw of No. 14 for an inverted starting lineup.
He led all the way in a caution-free race. Second-place Dean Ward and third-place Austin Pack had their best-ever finishes in the Modified Division .
Myers came out on top in the points race and has a two-point lead on Jonathan Brown .
Bryant Robertson started from the pole position in the Sportsman race as a result of a draw among the top six qualifiers. Tommy Neal was the fastest in qualifying, with a lap of 14.976 (60.1 mph), and started from the outside pole.
Tommy Neal , the winner of the annual 100-lap race in 2006, took the lead at the start and fended off all challenges until the 86th lap, when nephew Kevin Neal charged past on the outside. Kevin Neal led the rest of the way, registering his second victory in two weeks and becoming the seventh different winner in the last seven Sportsman 100-lappers.
Wall led all the way in the Street Stock race for his first victory of the season.
Two days of racing are scheduled next weekend. Sportsman , Street Stock and Stadium Stock races are scheduled Friday night, in addition to a qualifying session for NASCAR's touring K&N Pro Series East.
A 100-lap Modified race is set for Saturday night, along with the Army Strong 150 for the K&N Pro Series East.