No matter the tour or the track, it’s tough to beat Burt Myers these days in the Southern Modified ranks.
After winning four of the final seven NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races of the 2014 season, Myers earned his second KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series feature win of the year Saturday night at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina.
The win gave Myers five wins in his last nine touring Modified series starts and solidified his place as the current standard-bearer for Southern Modified racing.
“I love winning these KOMA races and I’ve never won at Orange County,” said Myers, of Walnut Cove, North Carolina. “To end the season on this streak we’re having and to be able to have those four Tour stickers on this A-post, that means a lot. Then to come here to a different track, different strategy and different tires and be able to back it up, that’s pretty gratifying.”
Myers took the lead from Zach Brewer on lap 105 and went unchallenged to the checkered flag. It may have looked like the six-time Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) Modified track champion cruised to victory, it was anything but an easy drive inside the cockpit.
“I’m not sure what’s going on with this thing, but I’ve been having some power steering problems,” added Myers. “About lap 30, it started getting tight and about the last 20 laps I had to grab two handfuls like Cale Yarborough used to. I just had to go for it and here we are in victory lane.”
Brewer, the KOMA Series winner in July at Hickory (NC), inherited the lead when early race dominator Spencer Davis hit the wall as a result of a blown right-front tire. Brewer tried holding off Myers down the stretch, but wasn’t able to muster enough speed to keep Myers’ car behind his.
“He just out-motored me,” said Brewer. “I tried to take his line away, but he knows what I can do and I know what he can do. I knew the 1 (Burt Myers) and the 4 (Jason Myers) were coming, so when it was the 9 (Bobby Sheffield) and 79 (Spencer Davis) ahead of me, I was trying to save a little bit. I knew he was coming and I was going to hold him off, but it’s so cool when you can race people that can get up on the wheel and put on a show.”
Myers admitted that he did have the power to get by Brewer in the final laps, but it wasn’t all motor that put him in victory lane.
” It looks like motor, but it’s the car. I can turn and get in the gas and the car hooks up. The spec engine is a good motor, but the car makes the motor look really good. I thought I had enough, I just needed green flag laps to do it.”
Fifteen-year-old Modified rookie Spencer Davis took the lead on lap four and led through the leaders’ pit stops at lap 66. Although Bobby Sheffield beat Davis off pit road, Davis led the restart lap and continued to show the way until a right-front tire went down on lap 88.
“It started to happen under caution, it just started breaking,” said Davis. “We went off into one and I slid up high. I got nerfed a bit too. We went into three after just a couple more laps and the whole car dropped at the end of the back stretch and went straight into the wall. There was nothing I could do.”
Jason Myers finished third behind older brother Burt and second-place Zach Brewer.
On this night, nothing kept Burt Myers from keeping his place as the current driver-to-beat in the Southern Modified ranks.
“Victory lane is victory lane. I feel like God gave me the talent to drive the racecar and he puts me on this stage to shine the light for Him. You’re only as good as your team and your car and right now everything’s working for us and we’ll try to keep the ball rolling.”
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield
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