It’s the best early season start for Burt Myers and his LFR Chassis which may spell trouble for the rest of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified world. Myers used an unlucky flat tire to his advantage to score his first win of the 2015 season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA on Saturday night.
“It was a blessing in disguise,” said Myers after his 16th career win. “We had a plan to come in with the leaders around lap 90 or where the cautions fell. We put on an emergency flat tire thinking we might still come get the sticker later. We never needed it as the laps wore off and we had the lead.”
The victory also made Myers the first repeat winner at Langley in a total of seven tour races. Myers won last fall making him the winner in the last two events.
“I knew we could start up right where we finished last year,” said Myers who won four of the final seven races in 2014. “We were a bit off in the first few, but now I feel like we are right where we need to be. This is one of the earliest wins I have had in a NASCAR touring season. It’s great to be heading to the break as the point leader.”
Unofficially he hold a nine point lead over JR Bertuccio.
The victory was not in hand until the checkered flag flew. On lap 137 a timely caution flew giving Kyle Ebersole a chance to change a right rear tire and advance from fifth as only five cars were on the lead lap. He was the last among the leaders, other than Myers to take on rubber. Ebersole made quick work to get to second, but he ran out of time as he finished right on Myers’ back bumper.
“We knew we had to do something different,” said Ebersole. “It almost backfired on us. We got to second as it took me one too many laps to get around George (Brunnhoelzl). I guess one more lap, one more turn, one more spot. It was short, but still a good finish and with a car that has no scratches on it.”
Myers knew the charge was coming but the 150 laps came just in time.
“I knew it was a no brainier for Ebersole to come in,” said Myers. “We had a car that could win so a tire that late was not going to make a difference. He got close, but he ran out of laps.”
Pole sitter George Brunnhoelzl, III finished third after leading a race high 66 laps. It was the first finish inside the top five this season for the four-time series champion.
Andy Seuss was fourth and Frank Fleming logged a fifth-place finish in his 100th career start.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is now idle until the July 4th race at Caraway Speedway (NC).
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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