In the blink of an eye a win streak and cinderella story came to an end at Bowman Gray Stadium. Two-time defending race winner Danny Bohn was seeking his third win at “The Madhouse” while first-time pole sitter Kyle Ebersole was going after his first win at the famed Bowman Gray Stadium. The two had an epic battling going as they had traded the lead and dominated the Strutmasters.com 199 on Saturday night.
That blink of an eye came when Bohn and Ebersole got together on a lap 161 restart and wrecked in front of the field. Ebersole lost the lead and Bohn ended up on the hook paving way for Burt Myers to lead the final 30 odd laps and score the win.
“I went down into turn one and they just started wrecking,” said Burt Myers in victory lane. “I saw daylight down there and I just went. Anytime the Myers brothers can run one-two over here it’s a good night. The competition is so tough that it’s hard to pull thing off like this so we’ll enjoy and go to Bristol.
The victory was the 19th career win for Myers on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. It was also his third tour win at Bowman Gray Stadium and 68th overall career win at the Stadium in a Modified.
After the race Speed51.com caught up with the two drivers who had them covered before the tangle for the lead.
“I felt I gave him a lane,” said Ebersole. “It was just hard racing and I didn’t intend to wreck us both. It’s a shame as we had the two best cars in the race and neither of us won.”
Ebersole limped around and got back to fourth before pulling in 16 laps before the finish to post tenth in the final rundown.
Bohn, like Ebersole was upset, but not with his fellow driver.
“It’s Bowman Gray,” said Bohn. “He got into me and I got into the wall. I spun the tires on the previous restart and he got the lead. The restarts are tough here and it just bit me. We will get it fix and the next race is Bristol.”
Following Burt Myers across the line was younger brother Jason, making it a one-two sweep for the Walnut Cove, NC family. For Jason it was an impressive recovery after spinning into the dirt on lap two and dropping to the tail end of the field.
“We always want to finish one-two, but when you get out run by the guy who works in the same shop as you, means you are going to hear about it until next Saturday,” said Jason Myers. “I have raced over hear enough to know you can’t just have a fast race car, you have to be good and lucky and tonight we got lucky with the spin and not getting messed up in another wreck.”
Finishing third was Andy Seuss who had never been on the podium at Bowman Gray Stadium. The two-time defending series champion is still chasing a third title, but says winning is key to that.
“We were looking pretty bad at lap 50 and then we made a pit stop and rebounded,” said Seuss after he wheel hoped a car after a restart. “It ended up being a lot better night than we thought. Lots of bumper tagging tonight and we got our best finish here.”
Bobby Measmer Jr. and Gary Putnam rounded out the top five as the only other cars on the lead lap. Only nine cars finished the race.
Shortly after the 50-lap mark a restart crash took four-time series champion George Brunnhoelzl, III. He was evaluated on site by medical staff and left the track on his own will to seek further evaluation.
– Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
– Photo credit: Speed51.com
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Bowman Gray Stadium – 8/6/16
|4||74||Bobby Measmer, Jr.|
|9||14||Trey Hutchens III|
|14||28||George Brunnhoelzl, III|