In a race that saw 19 KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series drivers all trying to go as slow as possible for the majority of its 125 laps, Zach Brewer showed the speed necessary to go to victory lane when he needed it.
While Spencer Davis and Burt Myers dominated most of the tire-conservation endurance test at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina, Brewer made the most of his fresh tires late in the “Gobble Til Ya Wobble 125” Saturday night. Brewer rocketed past Myers, who settled for not pitting for fresh tires late in the race, on lap 88 and never looked back for his second KOMA Series victory of the 2014 season.
“I can’t believe we won this race,” said Brewer in victory lane. “I was worried about pit strategy all night. I wasn’t sure what to do, but my dad has made great pit calls and made great pit stops all year. When (Myers) didn’t come down pit road, I knew it was ours. He’s been so good this year. He’s had an awesome year. Just to be able to out-run him with this small team, as big as some of these teams are (is great).
“If you only knew what it took to get to the track. If we tore up one week, we wouldn’t be back. But we just keep winning. It’s awesome.
Myers won the pole in qualifying earlier in the day at Myrtle Beach, but let 15-year-old Modified rookie Spencer Davis set the pace early on. While much of the field was noticeably easing off the throttle all around the track in an effort to save tires at the notoriously abrasive coastal track, the pace for the first half of the event was quite a bit slower than the 600-horsepower groundpounders would normally produce.
Myers pitted on lap 63, but a stagger issue on his new right-rear tire plus a lengthy red flag to reset the field following a glitch in the series’ scoring system, kept him from holding off Brewer in the closing stages.
“Of course we wanted to win the race, but we had talked in practice that Zach’s car was really good,” said Myers, who finished second and clinched the inaugural KOMA Series championship. “Our change tire was just way too big and we lost stagger. We were just a small adjustment away from being able to beat him. We got about 10 to go and I had gotten into the frame of mind that we were not going to be able to beat Zach, so we went into ‘be safe’ mode to try to win this championship.”
With the title, Myers now has won championships in the ASA Southern Modified Race Tour, SMART Tour, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) and now the KOMA Series, giving him a grand total of 15 crowns in his Southern Modified career. Speed51.com will have more on Myers’ run to the KOMA title in the coming weeks.
But the night at Myrtle Beach belonged to Brewer, who won his first race since daughter Avery was born in August. Already a winner at Hickory back in July, Brewer once again was quick to point out how his career has been resurrected in 2014 after a few seasons on the Modified sidelines.
“Before I got this deal and put this deal together, I didn’t have a ride,” added Brewer. “Scott (Rigney) put this deal together and I never would’ve thought that I would’ve won two races. I got this car that had been sitting for four years and ran nine races and haven’t even put a front bumper on it.”
Behind Brewer and Myers, Bobby Sheffield, Bobby Measmer, Jr. and Jason Myers rounded out the top five.
To replay the Speed51.com Trackside Now coverage from Myrtle Beach, click here.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield
– Photo credit: Speed51.com