In 2016, Burt Myers won the inaugural championship with the Southern Modified Racing Series. In 2017, Myers has been forced to make a life decision that will result in his absence from the SMRS season opener.
Myers entered the 2017 year with a plan in place to defend his championship. A poor forecast led series officials to postpone the season-opener at Caraway Speedway (NC) to March 19 from the originally scheduled date of March 12. The postponement has now forced Myers to miss the first race of the season.
The Walnut Cove, North Carolina native announced in a post on his Facebook page that he will be missing the first event of the season to go on a cruise that he had booked in advance with his family.
“We have a cruise scheduled to leave Sunday the 19th for Slate’s spring break,” Myers wrote. “After lots of prayer, talks with my family, friends, crew and sponsors, I have decided to miss the race at Caraway to take my family on the trip they deserve. They support my racing in every aspect and sacrifice everything for this lifestyle, including Kim telling me she would understand if I went to the race. Well… It’s my turn.”
Myers scored two wins in 10 races last season to win the championship.
He will be at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday to run the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event, but wanted to clarify that skipping Sunday’s SMRS event at Caraway had nothing to do with one series versus the other but was a personal decision.
Myers also went on to say that although he will not regret making this decision, he will not enjoy missing taking the green flag on Sunday.
“Make no mistake, it is a very hard decision,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll picture myself taking the green flag as we board the boat, but if I was taking the green flag I would regret, even more, that I wasn’t with my family.”
Myers, a big New England Patriots fan, said that he doesn’t believe missing Sunday’s race will hurt him too much in his quest to repeat as champion because it will add extra motivation.
“If anything, this will motivate my team to rebound with the best year we’ve had yet,” he said. “On a lighter note, Tom Brady gave them a four-game head start last year.”
The season-opener for the Southern Modified Racing Series will take place on Sunday, March 19 at Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway. Speed51.com powered by JEGS will be on-hand with live Trackside Now coverage of the event. Speed51.com will also have our cameras at Caraway Speedway to capture highlights of Sunday’s race.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: PASS Photo