Winston-Salem, NC — It had been a long time coming for Burt Myers, but he’s happy to finally get there.


Nearing the halfway point in the season at Bowman Gray Stadium, Myers had yet to qualify on the pole or win a race. All that changed in Saturday’s Twin 50s for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series as Myers turned in a dominant performance.


“We’ve been working really hard with this car and it’s been there. It’s been right there – we just lacked that little bit,” said Myers. “We were so close, and it was just one minor adjustment that set this car on fire.”


The #1 car of Myers ran the fastest qualifying lap, fought forward to win the first race, and then made his way through the field to finish well in the second race. “The car was as good tonight as it has been all year, and I think it showed.”


After the top six qualifiers redrew for position, Myers started third. On the initial start, Myers slipped past Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem to take over second. He then set his sights on moving by pole-starter Lee Jeffreys of Winston-Salem to take the lead.


Lee Jeffreys was hard to beat, holding off Myers for three double-file restarts. Jeffreys was racing for more than just the trophy. He wanted to cheer up his hospitalized father, racing legend Robert Jeffreys.


But the fourth restart gave Myers the opportunity he needed to finally power past Jeffreys on the outside. “I knew I could get around him, but it was tough. Lee had a great car,” said Myers.


Myers claimed his first win of the 2016 season. Jeffreys finished in second with Tim Brown of Tobaccoville coming in third.


The “Madhouse Scramble” draw put northern invader James Civali of Meridan, CT on the pole for the start of the second race. He claimed the initial lead but spun on a restart, allowing Dean Ward of Winston-Salem to take over the lead.


Ward then had to contend with John Smith of Mount Airy who was quickly pressuring his bumper. But disaster struck for Ward as he approached lapped traffic and ended up colliding with the slower car of William Smith of Mount Airy. John Smith grabbed the lead away.


“Dean had bad luck with the 16 car when we came up to lap him,” said John Smith. “I don’t know if he slowed down quicker than he thought.”


Jason Myers of Walnut Cove, who at one time was sixth in the race, took over second place and the pursuit of the lead. He battled side-by-side for several laps with Smith on double-file restarts, but was unable to seal the deal. Jason Myers even tried a few stiff shots to the bumper of Smith, but Smith wasn’t shaken.


“Jason and I had a heck of a race there. He about got me there – it was two or three laps side-by-side,” said Smith. “We were racing hard. That’s about as hard as you can race. We were beating nerf bars a little bit, and that’s just how you do it.”


Myers finished on Smith’s bumper, while Smith claimed the victory.


In the Yates Grading and Paving Sportsman Series, Kevin Neal of Walkertown won the first 20-lapper. The second 20-lapper was a wild race with John Holleman of Winston-Salem and Zack Clifton of Walkertown trading the lead back and forth with plenty of rubbing fenders and dented sheet metal involved as well. Clifton collided with Michael Tilley of Winston-Salem and slammed the guard rail. Holleman went on to win.


The Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series was an endurance contest of a race as wreck after wreck took out much of the field. Fletcher Whaley of Advance was there at the end to take the win.


And in the McDowell Heating and Air Stadium Stock Series, Billy Cameron, Jr. of Salisbury and David “P-Nut” Vernon of Walkertown won.


-Bowman Gray Stadium Press Release

-Photo Credit: Eric Hylton Photography


1st Modified Race: 50 laps

1       1       Burt Myers      Walnut Cove, NC
2       77      Lee Jeffreys    Winston-Salem, NC
3       83      Tim Brown       Tobaccoville, NC
4       27      Joe Ryan Osborne        Kannapolis,NC
5       53      John Smith      Mount Airy, NC
6       4       Jason Myers     Walnut Cove, NC
7       66      Ronnie Clifton  Walkertown, NC
8       71      Dean Ward       Winston-Salem, NC
9       87      Mike Speeney    King, NC
10      79      James Civali    Meridan, CT
11      18      Daniel Yates    Lexington, NC
12      11      Junior Miller   Winston-Salem, NC
13      5       Randy Butner    Pfafftown, NC
14      16      William Smith   Mount Airy, NC
15      04      Brandon Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
16      28      Jimmy Zacharias Candor, NY
17      12      Mike Norman     Lewisville, NC
18      44      Daniel Beeson   Kernersville, NC
19      76      Scott Gordon    Lewisville, NC
20      01      Jimmy Wallace   Lexington, NC
21      75      Al Hill Jonestown, NC

2nd Modified Race: 50 laps

1       53      John Smith      Mount Airy, NC
2       4       Jason Myers     Walnut Cove, NC
3       04      Brandon Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
4       1       Burt Myers      Walnut Cove, NC
5       83      Tim Brown       Tobaccoville, NC
6       27      Joe Ryan Osborne        Kannapolis,NC
7       66      Ronnie Clifton  Walkertown, NC
8       77      Lee Jeffreys    Winston-Salem, NC
9       87      Mike Speeney    King, NC
10      5       Randy Butner    Pfafftown, NC
11      79      James Civali    Meridan, CT
12      18      Daniel Yates    Lexington, NC
13      44      Daniel Beeson   Kernersville, NC
14      16      William Smith   Mount Airy, NC
15      71      Dean Ward       Winston-Salem, NC
16      01      Jimmy Wallace   Lexington, NC
17      11      Junior Miller   Winston-Salem, NC
18      12      Mike Norman     Lewisville, NC
19      75      Al Hill Jonestown, NC

Myers Breaks Winless Streak at Bowman Gray