With 10 championships and the all-time wins lead at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC), there’s not much that Tim Brown had left to accomplish in Modified racing in North Carolina.  But entering Friday night, Tim Brown had yet to win a Southern Modified Racing Series event.  At the end of 125 laps at Caraway Speedway (NC), “The Rocket” had crossed that goal off of the list too.


For much of the race it was Jeremy Gerstner out front.  At one point Gerstner had a lead of almost half a lap and was knocking on the back bumper of Brown to put him a lap down.


300x250 Easter Bunny 150Brown managed to stay on the lead lap and made the strategy to save tires for as long as possible pay off when the final competition caution came out with less than 25 laps to go.


Brown’s No. 83 team managed to get him off of pit road in the top three, behind Danny Bohn and Jason Myers.


Bohn managed to hold off Myers and Brown for two restarts, but when it mattered most, Bohn made a mistake.


The New Jersey native missed a shift on the final restart, and that allowed Brown to slip by and into the lead.  Myers made his way by Bohn and into second, and then went after Brown.


Myers closed right up on the rear nerf bar of Brown’s bright orange machine.  He was close enough to give his Bowman Gray rival a couple of taps to the back bumper, but one slip off of turn four by Myers was enough for Brown to escape to the win.


Brown held off Myers, Gerstner, Bobby Measmer Jr., and Brandon Ward, ending Ward’s win streak at three races.


“This was a really good night for us,” Brown told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane. “You’ve got to be good at Caraway since Renee Hackett owns this track and owns this tour.  I had a great car tonight.  It’s been a pretty dismal year up until this point.  We’ve had good cars but we haven’t had good luck.  But tonight we just put it all together.”


Bohn is another driver who has had bad luck all year long so far, and one could say that his luck bit him again on this night.


“We had a really good car and I nailed all of the other restarts until the last one that counted,” said Bohn.  “I guess it’s just kind of been my luck. Lately we just can’t put a whole race together.  I feel really bad for all of my guys.  We had a car that we could have won with.  That’s how luck rolls.  We had a good restart every other restart except that one.  I don’t know if it got stuck between gears or something.  I thought the transmission broke.  It finally went into gear down in turn one, but by that time we were already sixth or seventh.”


For Jason Myers, it was another night at Caraway where victory seemed like it was within reach to only have it slip away.  Earlier this year it happened thanks to another car.  On Friday night it was a result of a self-made slip-up in turn four.


“I just spun the tires that one time real good and I lost all of my forward drive and the last five laps I was just hanging on,” said Myers.  “I was eight laps from winning that race the first time we were here.  I was five laps from winning that Myrtle Beach race earlier this year.  Five laps away tonight.  I don’t know man, I’m just real tired of coming up short.”


The Southern Modified Racing Series will go on its spring recess until July 1 when the series returns to Hickory Motor Speedway.


For an on-demand replay of Friday night’s Trackside Now coverage presented by Jerico Performance, click here.


Speed51.com will have more from Caraway Speedway including race highlights and video interviews still to come on the Speed51 Network powered by JEGS.


-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com


Southern Modified Racing Series

Caraway Speedway, Sophia, North Carolina

Unofficial Results

1 83 Tim   Brown
2 4 Jason Myers
3 15 Jeremy   Gerstner
4 14 Bobby Measmer Jr
5 19 Brandon   Ward
6 40 Danny Bohn
7 1 Burt   Myers
8 25 John Smith
9 5 Tom   Buzze
10 22 Jimmy Wallace
11 2 JR   Bertuccio
12 02 Austin Thompson
13 12 Mike   Norman

10-Time Champion Tim Brown Now a First-Time Winner