Brandon Ward is a veteran racer in the Southeast part of the US. He’s won in both Late Model and Modified competition, as well as the ol’ Goody’s Dash and Pro Cup Series. And sometimes the older you get, the smarter you become.
Ward used that veteran savviness to put himself into position during the early stages of the 125-lap Southern Modified Racing Series event at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC. He then capitalized on a quick pitstop during the competition caution to pass the rest of his competitors. For Ward, it was his first SMRS victory.
“That pit stop was real important; I can’t thank those guys enough,” said the 36 year-old Ward, who’s team changed a right rear tire on his stop. “Pitstops are crucial in this deal because it’s all about making the right adjustments and also about getting on and off pit road as quick as you can. You can lose a lot of spots on pitroad, but we got it done tonight.”
Ward entered pitroad sixth on the lap 75 competition caution, which is thrown after 40-consecutive green flag laps are run. When he exited, Ward found himself the leader of the race. The rest is history.
Danny Bohn dominated the first 75 laps of the race. He paced the field from the drop of the green until the competition caution. After his pitstop, Bohn found himself in sixth.
The third-generation driver muscled his way through the field as quick as he could, but without the aid of a timely caution, he was unable to erase the huge lead Ward had built up. Bohn finished second in the Frank Fleming owned number-40.
“We made a ton of improvements with this brand new car from where we were last week,” said Bohn, who drives a Troyer RaceCar. “Hate to come up one spot short. We were really good early, but then got too tight at the end. We’ll just build on this for next week.”
There was plenty of thrilling racing behind Ward throughout the late stages of the race, including a couple of ‘Slide-Jobs” and “Cross-Over Moves” by James Civali and Jimmy Zacharias.
Bobby Measmer Jr. and Jeremy Gerstner prove to be the most consistent on the series after two races. Gertsner posted a third in the season opener at Caraway Speedway last week and a fifth place finish at OCS. Measmer was second and sixth respectively.
SMRS now heads to Concord Speedway in North Carolina this Saturday, April 1 for the Spring Explosion.
Story By: Bob Dillner, CEO – Speed51.com – Twitter: @bobdillner
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SMRS Modifieds – Orange County Speedway – 125 laps
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