Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, Jason Myers of Walnut Cove had the perfect combination for a victory: a fast car, a little luck, and a long stretch of green flag racing.
After turning the fastest qualifying lap for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, Myers drew the pole for his start when the top six qualifiers plucked their starting position randomly. He battled side by side with Randy Butner of
Pfafftown and eventually secured the lead.
Then, Myers went as hard as he could for 50 clean and green laps. Danny Bohn of Huntersville moved up to second and started to chase down Myers as they caught up to lapped traffic. “You’ve got to have a real good race car to
win races, but you’ve got to be lucky too,” said Myers. “Who would’ve thought we’d run 50 laps without a caution? Luckily I had enough lead on the 53 [of Bohn] – I could see him back there but I knew when we caught traffic he’d be on
me real quick. Five more laps and it’d probably have been a mess.”
It’s quite unusual to see fifty laps at the Stadium without a caution, but it played right into Myers’s hands. “Anytime you’re in the lead and you’ve got a straightaway, you never want to see a caution. Even if you’re just right in front
of the guy – with the double-file restarts you never want to see a caution,” said Myers.
Bohn finished right behind Myers in second. Older brother Burt Myers of Walnut Cove came in third.
The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown to the pole with Dean Ward of Winston-Salem starting right beside him. Ward slammed the gas as they entered turn one, nearly losing control of his car. Clifton looked
like he might pull ahead into the lead, but Ward was able to steer back into the groove and move to the head of the pack.
Clifton tried to take back the top spot during two double-file restarts, with Tommy Neal of Walkertown trying his hand at an outside row challenge on the third restart. Ward held strong each time to maintain his position, going
on to grab the checkered flag.
“We started off today not even knowing if we were going to make it over here tonight,” said Ward, who added that his team has been blessed recently. “We started out our season really going downhill but things have just turned
The biggest concern for Ward was pacing himself. “I just didn’t want to run it too hard because I was afraid we’d have a bunch of restarts – and I didn’t want to use up my tires,” said Ward. “I’m the world’s worst at burning tires off.
I don’t know how to save tires. Never have.”
Lee Jeffreys of Winston-Salem finished in second, with Tommy Neal taking third.