Winston-Salem, NC — Bowman Gray Stadium is known for its rich history and the legacy of winners such as Richard Petty, Glen Wood, and Junior Johnson. And the history continues to be made in every event – such as last Saturday when Taylor Robbins of Winston-Salem became the first female to win a race since 1998. Robbins had been close to a victory on several occasions before – once even losing the lead on a heart-breaking white flag lap. But in Saturday’s 20-lapper for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, she finally was able to hold on.
Drawing the outside front row as her start, Robbins shot out of the gate to beat pole-sitter Doug Wall of Pfafftown for the early lead. She pulled even further ahead of Wall as the laps ticked by. But it wasn’t long until last year’s
champion, Derrick Rice of Kernersville, was closing in on Robbins’s bumper.
Rice waited patiently for Robbins to make a mistake, stalking her and looking for any opening or opportunity to pass. But 21-year-old Taylor gave him no chance. A caution on lap 19 pushed the race past the 20-minute time
limit, and the checkered flag waved for Robbins.
Her father, Modified competitor Brad Robbins, is no stranger to Winner’s Circle, having won four times in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series and even claiming victory in the season-opening 200-lapper in 2002. But the family’s
excitement level for Taylor’s win eclipsed anything previous.
The crowd stood on their feet and cheered, perhaps filled with little girls inspired by seeing Taylor take on the men and come out victorious. “It’s awesome – just go for it,” said Robbins as a message to them all.
But Robbins wasn’t the only one who walked away on top on Saturday. Burt Myers of Walnut Cove moves into the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series points lead after a second place finish. Joe Ryan Osborne of Kannapolis came in
eighth on Saturday, putting him right behind Myers with a second place ranking.
In the Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, Zack Clifton of Belews Creek grabbed the checkered for the second week in a row – putting him into a strong points lead. “Tiger” Tommy Neal of Walkertown currently ranks second.
Last year’s champ in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, Derrick Rice, leads the way so far in the points standings this season. Relative newcomer Tommy Zachary of Yadkinville sits second on the points ladder.
And in the McDowell Heating & Air Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville is the man to beat so far in 2016.
This Saturday, Taylor Robbins and her fellow Street Stock competitors face their biggest test of 2016: It’s the Whelen Street Stock 50. The Street Stock cars will qualify for position and duke it out in their longest race of the season.
Plus there will be racing for the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Stadium Stock Divisions – as well as another wild 109 U-Pull-It Chain Race.
Gates open at 6:00 for practice, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM – this Saturday night. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.
-Bowman Gray Stadium Press Release
-Photo Credit: Eric Hylton Photography