The 2016 racing season is one that Burt Myers will not soon forget. Myers won three championships during the season including his second on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, the inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series title and his seventh Modified title at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC). But with all the points racing out of the way, Myers is heading south from North Carolina to Myrtle Beach, S.C. with hopes of putting one more trophy on the wall in 2016.
Myrtle Beach Speedway is inviting all Tour-type Modified competitors for 125 laps of excitement on Saturday as a part of the UNOH Battle at the Beach weekend, and Myers sees it as a chance to go end the season with some momentum.
“It would be the perfect way to go into the offseason, that’s for sure. We had our first DNF the last race at Concord, so we’re looking forward to going out on a high note there,” Myers told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
While Myers was consistent in 2016, he felt that he could have done better in the column of the stat sheet that includes race wins. Saturday’s race will give him one last shot to add to that column before calling it a season.
“As far as on paper across the board, absolutely (had a good season.) Just one DNF and three championships. We didn’t get as many wins as we wanted, but you can’t win them all,” Myers stated. “The fact our teams was able to get those championships in the same year is something we take a lot of pride in.”
Myrtle Beach is a track that Modifieds don’t get to visit often. Myers does have one victory at the track, but that victory came during the SMART Tour days back in 1999. Seventeen years later, he feels that this is the time to get back to victory lane at “The Beach.”
“I feel good, the last two races I’ve run there I finished second, so I don’t see any reason why we can’t go in there and win.”
Though Myers is a fan of running Myrtle Beach, he knows that the key to victory won’t be out running the field over the entire 125 laps. Instead, it will be about surviving on the track and conserving equipment.
“I like the track, but it’s different. The way you have to race the race is all tire management,” Myers explained. “I don’t care how fast your car is, if it won’t last all race you’re just backing up. It makes it fun because some guys will run harder than they should, where other guys are going to lay back just a little bit, it should be a fun race.”
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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