The most famous short track in all of America celebrated its biggest milestone yet. Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium ran its 1,000th race program on Saturday night, headlined by two 50-lap Modified features.
In front of a packed grandstand, Jason Myers quickly jumped out into the lead, seeking his sixth win of the 2015 season.
But the real story was Jason’s older brother, Burt, as he charged from the 16th starting position all the way to third before the halfway point.
A solo spin in turn one set up a restart that enabled him to restart second on the inside line. The elder Myers brother dove to the inside of points leader Tim Brown and wrestled away the second position.
Burt Myers then had to chase his brother down from about 10 car lengths back. Jason got caught behind a lapped-car and that allowed big-brother Burt to close in. Jason shoved the lapped-car that was ahead of him, and in turn received an even harder shove from Burt. Jason got sideways and Burt drove by on the outside.
From there it was all Burt Myers to the end as he picked up his fourth win of the 2015 season, and 65th of his career at the Madhouse.
“Jason has been kicking our butts lately,” said Burt Myers on the FansChoice.tv broadcast, “so this feels really good.”
The Myers family has tons of history throughout the years at Bowman Gray Stadium, so a win on the 1,000th night was extra special for Myers.
“I’ve been sitting right here (in the stands) since I was a kid,” said Myers. “Whether it was 1,000 or 2,000 our goal was to win. But to be a part of the history of this place, how could I be more proud?”
But the second race was not as kind to Burt Myers. He stood to gain a lot of ground in the points as he ran in the top four when Tim Brown suffered a lot of damage in a chain-reaction crash at the midway point.
However, as the cars circulated under caution, Myers’ car came to a stop. He had to be pushed to the pit area by a track vehicle and did not return. Meanwhile, Brown finished just outside the top five.
Jason Myers battled for the win once again in the second race, but just like in the first race it was someone else taking the win.
Dean Ward took a bunch of shots to the rear end from Myers, including a hard one going into turn three on the final lap of the race.
“I don’t blame him,” said Ward on the FansChoice.tv broadcast. “I’d have beat on me too.”
It was an emotional win for Ward as his brother is in the hospital. After the race he asked for prayers from those in attendance.
“This one is for him,” Ward said. “He needs all the prayers he can get. I can’t be without him.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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