Winston-Salem, NC — Tim Brown of Tobaccoville took the checkered for the second week in a row at Bowman Gray Stadium. But the victory didn’t happen in the race or even in qualifying sessions. The real battle happened in pre-race practice.
The historic quarter-mile has been extra fickle in 2016. Saturday’s racing was in the midst of heat wave, while just a few short weeks ago temperatures dipped down into the 50s. That and constantly changing rubber conditions have had competitors on their toes.
“It’s challenging. The track is just different every week. My car was really good last week in practice, and we came out here today in our two five-minute practices and we changed a lot of stuff on it,” said Tim Brown. “The weather has a lot to do with it. The really hot weather draws oils out of the track. If you look out there, the rubber’s building up on the track.”
But Brown’s adjustments did the trick. After drawing the pole in a stroke of luck, Brown led every lap to grab the checkered in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 100. There were still a few nerve-wracking moments for the #83 team, such as Michael Clifton of Walkertown colliding with Brown as they fought for the lead.
“We fired off and drove down in the corner there, and he hit me with his left front pretty hard and shot himself out,” said Brown. “Michael’s a hard racer and you expect that stuff. At that point, you’re racing for the win.”
Burt Myers of Walnut Cove made his from seventh up to second, pressuring Brown’s rear bumper and trying to shake him out of the lead. “We had a good car – we were just a little bit off,” said Myers. “I think we were better on restarts, but he was just getting away from me on the greens.”
“Me and the 83 have been doing this for a long time. We know when to play offense and when to play defense. It’s two guys that know each other’s tricks – you just gotta hope the other one makes a mistake,” said Myers.
Myers delivered a few good shots to the bumper of Brown, almost moving him out of the inside groove in the final laps of the race. “I gave him a shot up off the corner,” said Myers. “But he tied it down getting back into three to play defense, and there was nothing I could do.”
The #1 car of Myers finished in second, with brother Jason Myers of Walnut Cove taking third.
In the Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, Michael Adams of Yadkinville slipped by Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem to grab the lead and the win in the first 20-lapper. Zack Clifton of Walkertown was able to stay out of trouble to win a wild second 20-lap race.
Taylor Robbins of Winston-Salem led the first few laps of the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series race, but car troubles reared up at the worst time to force her to the pits. Aaron Hylton of Kernersville took over the lead and held off Jeremy Warren of Winston-Salem to claim the victory.
The McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series raced in their biggest event of the season – the Winston-Salem Journal Stadium Stock 50. Brandon Brendle of Winston-Salem was the fastest qualifier and started second after the top six qualifiers redrew for position. Brendle made his way past Shane Southard of Yadkinville to win the 50-lapper.
-Bowman Gray Stadium Press Release
-Photo Credit: Eric Hylton Photography