Fresh off a victory at Orange County Speedway (NC), Brandon Ward knew he would have a fast car Saturday afternoon at Concord Speedway (NC). That proved to be true when he pulled his No. 19 Modified into Victory Lane following the Southern Modified Racing Series “Spring Explosion” at the North Carolina tri-oval.

 

The win was Ward’s second Southern Modified Racing Series victory of the 2017 season after going winless in 10 previous starts.

 

Ward qualified on the pole for the 125-lap feature event and stayed within the top five for almost the entire race.

 
300x250 51 Network 2017(2)Bryan Dauzat led a majority of the opening laps but dropped to sixth after surrendering the lead to Bobby Measmer Jr.  That set up a battle for the lead between Ward and Measmer throughout the race.

 

A lot of the strategy played into the pit stops that took place. The competition caution was thrown twice throughout the race after the field went caution free for a total of 84 laps.

 

Two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss, driving the Brady Bunch No. 00, made up most his ground on the final pit stop.  When the entire field decided to pit, Seuss exited pit road as the leader of the race.

 

Ward didn’t allow Seuss to lead for too long, taking the lead back after a few laps. Measmer wasn’t far behind as he made sure to stay within Ward’s rear view mirror, letting him know he would be there if Ward slipped up.

 

Both Burt and Jason Myers found their way up through the field after qualifying outside of the top five. Going into the final laps they would be running third and fourth putting on a brotherly battle of their own but would fall short of making it a Myers 1-2 finish.

 

In the end, consistency was key as Brandon Ward played all of his cards correctly and ended up right where he was planning to be in the winner’s circle.

 

Now two-for-three in 2017 Southern Modified Racing Series competition, Ward is off to a strong start as he holds the points lead early on in the season.

 

SMRS returns to competition on Saturday, April 8 when they make the trip to Southern National Motorsports Park (NC).

 

An on-demand Trackside Now replay of Saturday’s race can be seen by clicking here.

 

-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

 

Southern Modified Racing Series Unofficial Results

Concord Speedway (NC) – April 1, 2017

Pos # Driver
1 19 Brandon   Ward
2 14 Bobby   Measmer Jr
3 1 Burt Myers
4 4 Jason   Myers
5 25 John Smith
6 00 Andy   Seuss
7 17t Tyler Truex
8 22b Kyle   Bonsignore
9 2 JR Bertuccio
10 40b Danny   Bohn
11 22 Jimmy Wallace
12 15 Jeremy   Gerstner
13 5e Kyle Ebersole
14 77 Gary   Putnam
15 83 Tim Brown
16 12 Mike   Norman
17 5 Tom Buzze Jr
18 97 Bryan Dauzat

Ward Conquers Concord Tri-Oval for Second SMRS Victory