When the gates open at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) for the 2017 season, many of the Modified drivers in the pit area will be searching for their first “Madhouse” championship. Meanwhile, Burt Myers will enter another season at the Winston-Salem, N.C. track seeking his eighth career championship.
Myers claimed his seventh title two weekends ago at the famed track to pass Junior Miller in the record books for most career championships, and now he trails only Ralph Brinkley (8) and Tim Brown (10).
“It’s the passion that drives us,” said Myers who has 15 career championships overall. “It’s not just me and my team, but Jason’s as well. God put this drive in my family and in myself to keep us going. It’s not a question if we are going to race, but a question of when we are going to race.”
Outside of Bowman Gray is where Myers’ legacy gains strength. He’s leading the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship standings, looking to dethrone Andy Seuss who has won the last two titles. Myers of course has a Tour title back in 2010, but a second would keep pushing him up the ladder into the argument of being the top dog in the south.
“We have won a lot of championships and they have all been special,” Myers said. “This one here at Bowman Gray is special because it’s the seventh. When we won the race and the NASCAR Tour title at Charlotte in 2010 after coming from 40 something points behind to get the job done. That was memorable.”
If things work out for Myers on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, the feat would match his accomplishment in 2010 when he won at the Stadium and on the Tour. In addition, there is a new series this year, the Southern Modified Racing Series, which has him second in the points with a few races to go. That has Myers in a position to challenge for a trifecta and make Modified history.
Elsewhere in history, Myers has a pair of ASA Modified titles, a SMART Tour title, a pair of KOMA Modified titles as well as two NASCAR State Championship honors for weekly racing.
“This is what we do,” said Burt Myers. “We don’t have boats, jet skis, or motorcycles. We have race cars. We joke that we plan babies around racing, weddings around racing and everything. We don’t put racing on this pedestal, but it’s what drives us and what our passion is.”
Junior Miller, known as the King of the Southern Modifieds, is a 15-time champion in the south between the Stadium, touring series and outlaw shows. Myers recently eclipsed Miller’s mark for championships at Bowman Gray, as has 10-time track champion Tim Brown.
Between the three drivers, the debate of best Modified racer in the south continues to rage on. With Myers’ accomplishments and a long career still ahead of him, there’s no denying that he now belongs in that conversation.