In the Modified division we have the never-ending story of pure greatness. Both Tim Brown and Burt Myers keep adding their names into the record books each and every week and each season.
Now the stage is set and nowhere in the country has anyone ever seen two 10-time track champions enter the final race separated by just one spot. Tim Brown leads Burt Myers, 448 to 444, and with the double points it comes down to one spot. Both drivers will be racing hard for a record-breaking 11th championship.
Normally in the last race, one driver has a lead that they are trying to protect. This is simply beating the other man. Burt Myers could beat Tim Brown by one spot, but Brown would have the tie-breaker most wins on the season. It will be gut check time as each driver will have to race towards the front of the 150-lap race to put pressure on the other man.
For Tim Brown, his 94 career wins are the most in stadium history and he has had to wait two year for a chance to push his championship total back in front of Burt Myers, who was the 2019 champion. The motivation has been building up for over 700 days.
For Burt, a title would push him past Brown and put the Myers name on top of the championship list for the first time since 1959, when Pee Wee Jones passed the late Billy Myers.
Jason Myers is on the outside looking in. If both front men have big problems then Jason Myers could make up the 42 points from third and steal the title. It would be his first and 15th for the family.
After Jason Myers won two weeks ago, the Myers family now has 195 career wins at the stadium. There is a chance that even with a 196th win for the family, that the title could still reside in the Tim Brown camp.
Who will be on the top when the dust settles?
In the support classes we see much of the same.
It’s hard to imagine, with all the races that Tommy Neal has won at the Madhouse, that he’s only on the verge of his second Sportsman title and fourth overall. Before we crown him the champion, he will have to fend off Zack Ore, who is 12 points back, and Amber Lynn lurking in third just 18 markers back.
In Street Stocks, Billy Gregg is in the driver’s seat with a 30 point lead, the most in any class heading into the final night. Gregg is seeking back-to-back titles as he was the champion in 2019 in the Street Stock division. Christan Joyce would need to make up 30 and Jeremy Warren and Taylor Robbins are 42 and 44 points back. Robbins joined Amber Lynn in victory circle two weeks back marking the first time two women had won at the stadium on the same night.
Over 50 guys have raced in the Stadium Stock Series this year, but the final night the focus will be on just a few names. Brandon Brendle leads Grayson Keaton by a margin of 454 to 450. Those two should be left to settle the title, but if they have problems, then Robert Strimiska is just 24 points back with Luke Smith 14 behind him. Chuck Wall is fifth, some 44 points off the lead. Wall would need a lot of help, but it’s double points for a reason.
Despite the short season the finale is destined to be one of those memorable nights.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo / Will Bellamy