Bowman Gray Stadium’s final month of racing for 2016 begins with its biggest weekend of the season, with two straight nights of Modified racing. Leading off Friday is Bowman Gray’s own stars from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for 100-laps and then Saturday the stars of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour square off for 199 laps in one of the most anticipated events on the schedule.
The biggest star to watch for in both divisions is the same driver, Burt Myers who leads the points at both BGS and on the Southern Modified Tour. It is the kind of weekend that Myers enjoys the most, plenty of racing and an added bonus of being right at home the entire time.
“This is right up our alley, we’re used to racing sometimes twice a weekend,” Myers told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Every time we go to a race we consider it a big event, but the fact that we got two shows at one track, Bowman Gray points on Friday night and Tour points on Saturday, that adds something special to it.”
Myers also hopes to do the enthusiastic BGS crowd proud by being the first driver not originating from a Northern state to win the Tour race since 2009 when Luke Fleming took the checkers.
But another Northerner, two-time and defending Southern Tour champion Andy Seuss looks to join the likes of L.W. Miller, George Brunnhoelzl III, Ryan Preece, and Danny Bohn, all of whom are northern drivers who have won at BGS recently.
“I’m always excited to go there and hopefully get a chance to check off getting a win there, so that would be good,” said Seuss. “We went and tested two weeks ago with our brand new LFR chassis. I think the guys put a good setup underneath it. I was very confident leaving there, more confident than I ever have been.”
Though Seuss knows that both Burt and brother Jason Myers will be tough with their experience, he believes there are a few factors that could negate that advantage.
“They have an advantage with as many laps as they have had there. But I think with the small rule changes that they have, the confidence of home track advantage gets thrown off. They probably go with the same setup they have for weekly racing, but with the tire and rear-end rules it can throw them off a little bit. They also go from racing weekly guys to running against the best Modified drivers in the South,” Seuss explained.
While Burt Myers knows the rule changes will bring some differences, he knows just how to deal with them.
“In the longer races at Bowman Gray, we got a cone to deal with. I wish we had a cone on the Southern Modified Tour, it would make it a lot more interesting I’m sure. The tires and the difference in the rear end is the main thing. It makes it a little harder to pass with the 15 inch tire and the rear end than in the weekly show.”
On the other side of the equation, Seuss predicts that the different field and rules won’t take away any of the Bowman Gray aggression.
“Restarts will be huge, track position’s very tough there,” explained Seuss. “The outside grove you can make moves on, but you can also get shuffled back so guys on the outside are very quick to get to the bottom. It can be aggressive for sure, it’s a track where the bumper will come into play.”
Speed51.com will be at Bowman Gray both nights with Trackside Now coverage on Friday and NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com coverage on Saturday.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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