The look on Jason Myers’ face was priceless. After holding the provisional pole throughout much of Friday’s qualifying for the North-South Shootout, older brother Burt Myers topped his qualifying time to secure the number-one starting spot for Saturday’s Tour-type Modified race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).
Rolling out near the middle portion of qualifying, younger brother Jason shot to the top of the board with a fast lap of 14.379 seconds. He remained there for most of the session, surviving fast laps from other contenders such as Matt Hirschman, Patrick Emerling and others.
However, Jason’s time at the top expired when brother Burt rolled onto the track and turned a lightning fast 14.236 second lap under cool temperatures at the historic oval.
“A lot of hard work. We changed everything on this car today,” Burt Myers told Speed51. “We bought a set of stickers for practice and cut a right front early, so we had to put on a mismatch set of tires for practice. We weren’t very good all day on the watch but we knew we had a good race car. We threw some stuff at it, and I told them if we can get it to turn we’ll be in good shape. When I come into turn three it turned, I matted it and it stuck. The guys worked hard, everybody has endured this cold weather. We’re pretty happy about it.”
“He was off a little bit in practice today,” Jason Myers said of his brother. “I knew that he’d qualify good, but it was kind of a bummer that he beat me right at the end, the next to last car to go out. He gets the middle finger when that happens, every time that’s part of the deal. We had a good car, I just left a little bit out there off of two.
With only one car remaining to qualify, it was shaping up to be an all-Myers brothers front row for the 17th Annual North-South Shootout before defending race winner Jon McKennedy broke up the family party. McKennedy edged Jason Myers’ time to put himself on the outside of the front row for Saturday’s 150-lap race.
“We were really close. Tommy and the guys worked really hard today. We changed a bunch,” McKennedy said. “Front row is good, though. Burt laid down an awesome lap, so congratulations to Burt on the pole. We’re starting second, front row and the car has great speed. I think tomorrow in the race we’ll have a really good package for the long run. That’s something we worked on all throughout practice, 50-60 lap runs. I thought we were the best car on the long run, so I think we have a really good car for tomorrow.”
Completing the top five in qualifying with identical lap times of 14.398 seconds were familiar foes Patrick Emerling and Matt Hirschman.
In the PRA Super Late Model division, Tate Fogleman recorded the fastest lap of the 18 cars to record a qualifying lap. Teammate and 2019 ValleyStar 300 winner Josh Berry qualified in the second position as he chases his first career Super Late Model win.
Full qualifying results for both divisions can be viewed at the bottom of this story.
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-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Content Manager – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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Tour-type Modified Unofficial Qualifying Results
Super Late Model Unofficial Qualifying Results
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