Saturday is the season’s last race at Bowman Gray

Saturday is the season’s last race at Bowman Gray




Modified driver Jason Myers has finished second the last two years in Bowman Gray Stadium’s championship chase. He might come up short again, after misfortune last week dampened his chances, but he said he’s glad just to be in the title picture entering Saturday’s final race of the season.

“We’ve had a good year in terms of wins and poles, four of each, which is awesome, but otherwise it hasn’t been that good of a year,” Myers said. “We’ve had a ton of DNF’s, and we tore the car up several times.

“We actually counted ourselves out of the points race earlier this year because we were pretty much out of it. But because of (penalties to front-runners Tim Brown and Burt Myers), we were kind of just put back in it. So I’m not going to be disappointed whatever happens.”

The Carolina Farm Credit 150 will determine the 2014 champion, and Lee Jeffreys is in prime shape to capture his first Bowman Gray title. Jason Myers and Danny Bohn — each also seeking his first title in the featured Modified Division — are in striking distance.

Jeffreys leads Jason Myers by 13 points and Bohn by 14 in the standings. He can secure the title by finishing in the top four, or finishing no more than three spots behind Myers and Bohn.

For Myers or Bohn to win the title, they would have to finish four spots ahead of Jeffreys in the double-points finale.

Either way, a different champion most likely will be crowned after seven straight years of dominance by Brown and Burt Myers.

Burt Myers, the defending Modified champion, is the only other driver with a mathematical chance, but he will need all three contenders to finish near the bottom. Brown plans to return tonight after sitting out since July 19.

If Jeffreys hangs on and wins the title, it would mark the first time that a father and son have been Bowman Gray champions. Lee Jeffreys’ father, Robert Jeffreys, won titles in 1994 and ’95.

“The game plan is to go run like I do every week,” Lee Jeffreys said. “I’m not going to take it easy. Every time I’ve ever done that, I wind up in a wreck, so I’ll just go to run the same race I do every week and see how it stacks up. You can’t go in trying to plan anything other than that. We’ve had a top-three or (top-)four car the whole year, but 150 laps is a long way.”

Bohn is in his fourth year racing at Bowman Gray, but it’s the first time he has competed in every race in a season.

For Jason Myers, he’ll have some work to do after finishing 18th in last Saturday’s second race of a doubleheader. He had to drop out then to prevent motor damage after running over a part from another car and puncturing his radiator.

“It was disappointing to have that good of a car and have to park because of uncontrollable circumstances,” said Jason Myers, who won a Street Stock title in 2001. “There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s just part of racing. And there’s nothing I can do to determine where Lee finishes, or Danny finishes. All I’m going to try to do is win the race.”

Championships also will be decided in Bowman Gray’s other three divisions.

Ryan Robertson has a 12-point lead (three finish positions) on Taylor Branch in the Sportsman standings. Chase Hunt leads Brian Wall by 28 points (seven finish positions) in Street Stock.

Chuck Wall, seeking a second straight Stadium Stock title, leads A.J. Sanders by eight points (two finish positions) in that division.

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