Brown’s Bowman Gray status remains unclear
As of late Thursday, NASCAR was waiting for payment of a $500 fine from Tim Brown to give him approval to race in Saturday night’s 200-lap Modified season opener at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Brown’s status officially remained in limbo because he is suspended until the fine in paid. The fine was levied as penalty for spinning George Brunnhoelzl III after the checkered flag waved at the end of Saturday night’s NASCAR Southern Modified race at Caraway Speedway.
Brunnhoelzl moved Brown out of the lead coming though turns three and four on the final lap to win. As they headed into turn one after the checkered, Brown ran into the rear of Brunnhoelzl’s car, causing Brunnhoelzl to spin into the outside wall.
A NASCAR release said the penalty was for “an altercation with another competitor on the race track after the race had concluded.”
NASCAR spokesman Jason Christley said Thursday evening that the fine had not been received and that the suspension for nonpayment extended to any NASCAR Series including weekly tracks. Christley also said Brown would be eligible to race if he files a notice of appeal but that the sanctioning body had not received one as of Thursday evening. Brown was also put on probation until Aug. 28.
Action at Bowman Gray is to begin today with practice for all four divisions and qualifying to determine the first 10 starting positions in Saturday night’s Modified race.
The race had been billed as the start of Brown’s push to become the all-time winningest featured division driver at the quarter-mile track, after winning a record ninth Bowman Gray championship last season.
Brown is currently No. 2 on the track’s victory list with 66 wins and sits five behind leader Junior Miller, who is still active.
A message left for Brown was not returned.
ALSO AT CARAWAY
Ryan Moore won the 50-lap Late Model feature at Caraway, with Dan Moore second and former Wallburg area resident Robert Tyler third. Jay Payne of Thomasville was sixth.
Ryan Brown won a Limited Late Model race with Carl Auman of High Point second. Austin Thompson of High Point prevailed in the Southern Modified Lite feature. Other winners included Justin Smith (Hornet), William Byron (Legends Cars), Jason Tutterow (Mini-Stock) and Sean Grant (U-Car).
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