Thirteen points and 150 laps are all that separates Walnut Cove, North Carolina’s Jason Myers from a first Modified division championship at Bowman Gray Stadium.
For the second-straight season, Myers enters the final event of the season, Saturday’s double-points Carolina Farm Credit 150 at the quarter-mile dubbed “The Madhouse” with a shot at the title. Last year, he trailed brother Burt Myers by 27 markers. This time, it’s just 13 between point leader Lee Jeffreys and Myers.
Myers has been in this position before, but on the heels of four poles and four wins this season, he knows what he has to do in one final 150-lapper if he’s going to add his name to the BGS championship record books.
“We’ve got a little less of a bridge to cross to get a championship this year,” Myers told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “The only thing we can do now, since we’re far enough behind, is try and go out there and qualify on the pole and win the race. That’s all we can do. That’s just how it works.”
Myers’ brother Burt has six Bowman Gray Modified championships, including last year’s. The Myers family has 10 Modified division championship altogether, with Jason and Burt’s grandfather Billy Myers having three titles and their great-uncle Bobby Myers with one. Jason himself is a former Street Stock titlist, but adding a new Myers family name to the record books will take some doing Saturday night.
“We put ourselves in a big hole earlier in the year by having bad luck on a double-points night,” said Myers. “We’ve had several DNFs. We’ve had a super-fast racecar and won a lot races, but if we would’ve had the season last year that we had this year, we wouldn’t have had to even start the last race and we’d be champions. A lot of that is luck.
“We’ve got a super-fast racecar. We’ve got four poles and four wins. That’s saying a lot for Bowman Gray.”
Much has been made about the rivalries developed or maintained from years’ past this season at Bowman Gray. With the earlier announcement that nine-time track champion Tim Brown returning to “The Madhouse” for the first time in more than a month following an altercation with Burt Myers, plus some bad blood from last week’s race between Bohn and Chris Fleming (click here for more), Jason Myers will be on his toes Saturday night.
“That’s the biggest thing you’ve got to watch, but you can’t worry about it. If I can sit on the pole, lead every lap and win the race and I don’t win the championship, then I can’t be disappointed at all. If I have to put up with somebody’s shenanigans, then they’re going to see a Jason Myers they’ve never seen before. All you’ve got to do is keep on keepin’ on. It’s Bowman Gray.”
“I’ve never done anything to anybody. I’m one of the cleanest racecar drivers that ever walked into the doors of that place. But you’ve got a lot of people that are jealous of people that win races. You’ve got a lot of crazy people in these racecars, too.”
The double-points aspect of Saturday night’s 150-lap Modified feature puts every position at a premium. Myers must finish four positions ahead of Jeffreys and at least one ahead of Bohn to clinch his first championship. Will Myers lose any sleep over such a tight point battle heading into Saturday’s finale?
“I’m not, but I’m sure a lot of people will. I’m sure there’s been people that haven’t slept in a couple weeks about it.”
Speed51.com will have live Trackside Now coverage presented by Citrusafe of the Bowman Gray Stadium finale Saturday beginning at 6pm ET.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director, Twitter: @MattKentfield. Photo credit: Speed51.com