Myers eyes sixth Bowman Gray title

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 09:27 PM

The recent wet weather has been a boon to Burt Myers and the other three points leaders at Bowman Gray Stadium.

That’s because the showers that fell the past two Saturday nights washed out racing, leaving just Saturday night’s double-point program as the only one left in the quarter-mile track’s 65th season.

The rainouts put Myers in a strong position to win a sixth Modified championship that would be his third in four years. He leads his brother, Jason, and John Smith by 27 points and needs to finish no more than six positions behind them to take the title.

Tim Brown, who won a record ninth title last season, is the only driver with any kind of realistic mathematical chance. A whopping 71 points out of the lead, he needs to finish within 18 spots of Burt Myers and 11 within the other two.

Should circumstances result in either Jason Myers or Smith winning the championship, it would be the track’s first champion other Burt Myers or Brown since Junior Miller in 2006, and the first champion outside of Myers, Brown or Miller since 1995.

Mack Little, the 2012 Caraway Speedway champion from Kernersville, has the upper hand in the Sportsman division. Little holds a 44-point lead over Zack Clifton, a difference of 11 positions. Jeff Garrison trails Little by 55 points and needs to finish 14 spots ahead of Little and four in front of Clifton. Taylor Branch has an outside chance, trailing Little by 80 points and would be eliminated of less than 20 cars start. 

In the Street Stock division, Doug Wall leads John Holleman by 38 points and needs to finish with nine positions of Holleman and no more than 12 behind John McNeal, who trails by 51. No one else is a mathematical possibility.

The closest battle is in Stadium Stock, with Chuck Wall holding a 24-point advantage over Jason Keaton, a difference of six points.

If a full field of 24 cars starts, five other drivers have mathematical chances but the closest of those needs to finish at least 19 points ahead of Wall to win.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Caraway Speedway switches to Friday night this week, as it tries to avoid conflict with Saturday night’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Two 40-lap races for the featured Late Model division headline the card.

The Late Model points race remains a two-driver affair as Ryan Wilson of Randleman leads Dan Moore of Bear Creek by 22 points. No one else is within 116 point of Wilson.

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Before battling for the championship at Bowman Gray on Saturday night, the Myers brothers, Smith (who works for Richard Childress Racing) and Brown will be among the NASCAR Southern Modified regulars competing in the 150-lap race for NASCAR’s two Modified Tours tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Southern Modified contingent is led by defending champion and points leader George Brunnhoelzl III, who has a 21-point lead over Kyle Ebersole with Burt Myers trailing by six more points. Brunnhoelzl has been the top finishing driver from the Southern Tour in the Bristol event the past two seasons.

The Modified race is the opener in a doubleheader that features a NASCAR Truck series race. The Modified event is to be the first race show on the new Fox Sports 2 channel that was formerly the Fuel channel.

 

SPARK PLUGS

The NASCAR Pro East Series makes its first visit Saturday to the Virginia International Raceway road course just across the state line from Milton, N.C.