Myers Wins Season Opener at Bowman Gray

 The opening weekend at Bowman
Gray Stadium put defending champion Burt Myers to the test. But over 200
laps later, Myers showed that he was up for the challenge.
    The weekend started with qualifying for the Hayes Jewelers 200 on
Friday. Myers turned the fastest lap for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified
Series and was set to start on the pole on Saturday. “You want to come
out here and make your mark the first race of the year. This is the
biggest race,” said Myers on Friday. “Hopefully this can set the tone
for your season. Last year we were able to win this race and come away
with the championship. Hopefully if we can continue that pattern, we’ll
set the pace this year too.”
    Starting beside Myers was rival Tim Brown of Tobaccoville, with Brandon
Ward of Winston-Salem starting the race in third. Ward leaped up to
second place during the first few laps and set his sights on passing
Myers for the lead.
    For 11 double-file restarts, Ward took to the outside. But he couldn’t
make the pass stick. “Track position means a lot over here, and Burt –
he’s been a great car all weekend. I feel like we’ve had two of the best
cars – us and him,” said Ward. “We battled door to door there on a
couple of them but I just couldn’t ever get him cleared.”
    While Ward and Myers were battling up front, wrecks were creating havoc
throughout the rest of the field. Tim Brown collided with Bobby Measmer
of Concord as they fought for third. Brown also was caught on the slick
outside groove and collided with the guard rail. But turning the night
around, Brown was able to steer back up to a third place finish.
    Chris Fleming of Mount Airy at one point fought up to second place. He
bumped into Measmer, sending him spinning. Fleming then later collided
with Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem in a thunderous impact.
    Burt Myers went on to take the checkered, while Ward finish behind him
in second. “I had to work my butt off man, I’ll tell you. Brandon and
his car were probably a little bit better than we were, but I was still
able to maintain position. He never went away. I really thought that I
was going to ease away from him, and he just stayed right there,” said
Myers.
    Tim Brown finished in third. Frank Fleming of Mount Airy took fourth.
    The Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series put on a show. Michael
Adams of Yadkinville, Derek Stoltz of Walkertown, and John Holleman of
Winston-Salem traded the lead back and forth. But while Holleman and
Stoltz battled for the top spot, Dylan Ward slipped inside and stole the
lead and the win away.
    Billy Gregg of Lexington won in a packed 28-car field for the Law
Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series. And in the Q104.1 Stadium
Stock Series, Chase Hunt of Lexington and Wesley Thompson of Advance
each brought home a victory.
Race Results
Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
Hayes Jewelers 200: 210 laps completed (race extended due to caution)
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    1    Burt Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
2    04    Brandon Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
3    83    Tim Brown    Tobaccoville, NC
4    40    Frank Fleming    Winston-Salem, NC
5    5    Randy Butner    Pfafftown, NC
6    75    Lee Jeffreys    Wallburg, NC
7    44    Daniel Beeson    Kernersville, NC
8    92    Brody Jones    Statesville, NC
9    79    George Brunnhoelzl III    Mooresville, NC
10    16    Chris Fleming    Mount Airy, NC
11    14    Bobby Measmer Jr.    Concord, NC
12    18    Daniel Yates    Lexington, NC
13    27    Jeremy Gerstner    Wesley Chapel, FL
14    4    Jason Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
15    12    Mike Norman    Lewisville, NC
16    22    Jonathan Brown    Winston-Salem, NC
17    65    Danny Bohn    Huntersville, NC
18    53    John Smith    Mount Airy, NC
Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series
Sportsman Race: 40 laps
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    70    Dylan Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
2    55    Zack Ore    Winston-Salem, NC
3    19    Michael Adams    Yadkinville, NC
4    2    Andrew Durham    Winston-Salem, NC
5    4    John Holleman    Winston-Salem, NC
6    07    Kevin Neal    Walkertown, NC
7    05    Tony Black    Lexington, NC
8    86    Taylor Branch    Lewisville, NC
9    18    Kenny Bost    Winston-Salem, NC
10    12    Justin Taylor    Kernersville, NC
11    02    Derek Stoltz    Walkertown, NC
12    38    Mitch Gales    Thomasville,NC
13    30    Tanner Tilley    Mount Airy, NC
14    01    Amber Lynn    Walkertown, NC
15    21    Tommy Neal    Walkertown, NC
16    25    Matt Bodenheimer    Wallburg, NC
17    62    Bubba Tilley    Mount Airy, NC
18    92    Kyle Southern    Rural Hall, NC
19    68    Robbie Brewer    Winston-Salem, NC
20    48    Phillip Jones    Lexington, NC
21    6    Shane Tuttle    Winston-Salem, NC
22    3    Jeff Garrison    Arcadia, NC
23    14    Terry Thompson    Winston-Salem, NC
Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 8 of 20 laps completed (race ended early due to
curfew)
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    28    Billy Gregg    Lexington, NC
2    1    Christian Joyce    Trinity, NC
3    72    Bryon Robertson    Dobson, NC
4    5    Spencer Martin     Winston-Salem, NC
5    30    Blake Shupe    Mount Airy, NC
6    13    Kevin Gilbert    Mocksville, NC
7    97    Jeremy Warren    Winston-Salem, NC
8    22    Brian Wall    Winston-Salem, NC
9    99    Bryan Sykes    Winston-Salem, NC
10    49    Steven Berrier    Germanton, NC
11    15    Nick Wall    Pfafftown, NC
12    16    Brad Lewis    Winston-Salem, NC
13    98    Nate Gregg    Lexington, NC
14    66    Mike Evans    King, NC
15    14    Aaron Hylton    Kernersville, NC
16    40    Taylor Robbins    Winston-Salem, NC
17    69    Gerald Robinson Jr    Winston-Salem, NC
18    52    Fletcher Whaley    Advance, NC
19    11    Hunter Hutchens    Boonville, NC
20    51    Raleigh Grant    Welcome, NC
21    62    Kevin Hedgecock    Thomasville, NC
22    33    Dennis Lanier    Lexington, NC
23    29    Bradley Potts    Clemmons, NC
24    77    James Allison    Mocksville, NC
25    08    Jacob Creed    Dobson, NC
26    6    Austin Powell    Concord, NC
27    09    David Creed    Mount Airy, NC
28    7    Kenneth Stimpson    Lewisville, NC
Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series
1st Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    13    Chase Hunt    Lexington, NC
2    8    Shane Southard    Yadkinville, NC
3    24    A.J. Sanders    Mocksville, NC
4    33    DJ Dean    Thomasville, NC
5    47    Tyler McDonald    Thomasville, NC
6    1    Grayson Keaton    Mocksville, NC
7    35    Johnny Baker    Randleman, NC
8    04    Josh Broome    Thomasville, NC
9    76    Billy Cameron Jr    Salisbury, NC
10    54    Justin Owens    Walnut Cove, NC
11    49    Shawn Hayes    Lenoir, NC
12    18    Michael Lowery    Sophia, NC
13    83    T.J. Whaley    Germanton, NC
14    75    Jeffery Burrow    Thomasville, NC
15    26    K.C. Myers    Winston-Salem, NC
16    7    Joel Stewart    Mocksville, NC
17    0    Carlos Clifton    Germanton, NC
18    34    Steven Stoneman    Asheboro, NC
19    69    Brandon Crotts    Winston-Salem, NC
Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series
2nd Stadium Stock Race: 15 laps
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    02    Wesley Thompson    Advance, NC
2    81    Chuck Wall    Lexington, NC
3    68    Tyler Bush    Clemmons, NC
4    27    Austin Cates    Tobaccoville, NC
5    01    Chris Allison    Mocksville, NC
6    23    Andy Spears    Lexington, NC
7    60    Brad Mickalowski    Mocksville, NC
8    00    Daryl Bryant    Pilot Mountain, NC
9    22    Adam Thomas    Winston-Salem, NC
10    6    Dale Patterson    Mocksville, NC
11    3    Kyler Staley    Reedy Creek, NC
12    20    Scarlett Dahmer    Kernersville, NC
13    28    Robert Mabe    Germanton, NC
14    91    David Houck    New London, NC
15    37    Josh Osborne    Salisbury, NC
16    10    David Hopkins    Winston-Salem, NC
17    15    Dwayne Bryant    Pilot Mountain, NC
18    2X    Brandon Brendle    Winston-Salem, NC
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