JASON ADDS HIS NAME TO FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS By Jeremy Troiano
Another Myers Adds His Name To 199 Trophy At Bowman Gray
They say “if you are going to win, win with style.” On Saturday night, Jason Myers won with style.
The youngest and maybe the most overlooked member of the Myers family, Jason has often raced in the shadows of his legendary father Gary and brother Burt, one of the most loved and hated drivers in the Southern Modified ranks.
Finally, at least for one night, Jason was able to breakout of the shadows by picking up the biggest win of his career, winning Saturday night’s annual Advance Auto Parts 199 at the historic Bowman Gray Stadium. In addition, it marked Jason’s first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and first win of the year at Bowman Gray.
“To go all year without a win, its worth it to come over here and win this one,” said Myers. “This is my first Tour win as well and I’m surprised it came here at the Stadium. We’ve had some seconds and thirds, but we’ve never been able to pull off the win. So with the history that we’ve got over here, I’m just tickled that this is the first one.”
Jason Myers is joined by his father Gary in victory lane Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium (51 Photos)
By winning the 199, Jason added his name to the list of 199 trophy winners, which includes both his father and brother.
“Any time you add your name to the record books over here, it is special. I think they said that is 105 wins for the Myers family here (at Bowman Gray Stadium) now. They’ve had two Tour races here now since NASCAR took over and a Myers has come away with the pole and victory in both of them. What else can you say?”
Not only was Jason at a loss for words, so was brother Burt, who won the pole for the event but was taken out of contention after a crash on the first corner of the first lap that put him over 30 laps off of the pace for the rest of the night.
“I’m so excited I can’t see straight,” said Burt, a two-time Bowman Gray Stadium champion and last year’s winner of the 199. “The last 20 laps, all I talked about on the radio was Jason. Being that many laps down, the last thing I wanted to do was get my car all tore up. So I just kept dropping down and dropping to the back of the field and asking where Jason was and how he was doing. I was worried about him than myself.
“I am so happy for him I can’t see straight. This is his first tour win and his first win here this year. I told him that winning this race for me last year was the biggest win of my career and now he can experience that himself. I’m just so tickled for him and my mom and dad. It is just like I’m sitting there too. We all enjoy this stuff together. That is one hell of a night.”
Brother Burt (left) also celebrated with Jason after the race.
FULL FIELD RESULTS
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Advance Auto Parts 199
14Jason MyersWalnut Cove, NC
236L.W. MillerMooresville, NC
314Bobby HutchensLexington, NC
469Junior MillerPine Hall, NC
583Tim BrownCana, VA
650Michael CliftonWalkertown, NC
704Kevin PowellWinston-Salem, NC
817Brian KingGibsonville, NC
989Brian CrammerHowell, NJ
1007Frank FlemingMount Airy, NC
1131Gene PackWalkertown, NC
1244Brandon HireWinston-Salem, NC
1300Jonathan BrownWinston-Salem, NC
1425John SmithMount Airy, NC
1534Mike HermanKannapolis, NC
1626J. Wesley SwartoutStroudsburg, PA
171Burt MyersWalnut Cove, NC
185Randy ButnerPfafftown, NC
1975Lee JeffreysHigh Point, NC
2053Jay FoleyStuart, VA
2152Brian PackWalkertown, NC
2241Jay HedgecockHigh Point, NC
2379John SuttonHarrisburg, NC
2470Alfred HillJonesville, NC
258Jay MizeClemmons, NC
Getting from lap one to lap 199 was interesting. Lee Jeffreys started from the pole after the redraw and took off. In fact, at times, he was leading by more than five seconds. However, the story lines started on the first lap.
Burt Myers, the pole sitter, got into with LW Miller and slid into the turn one wall, knocking him out of the race and out of contention for two-straight 199 wins (Burt returned later, 30-plus laps down).
Jeffreys continued to set a dominating pace, with Jason Myers and Miller second and third.
“This is my dad’s car. We put it together in the shop. It is a good car. I might have run 25 laps in the car before I started the race tonight. I know the car is good, that is the main thing.
“That is racing. You just never know until the last lap.”
Miller finished second, with Bobby Hutchins a close third.
And it wasn’t just adding his name to the 199 trophy that gave Jason Myers a little added motivation. That actually came before the race.
racecar driver with a good racecar, but tonight, I think you could have put anyone behind me and I don’t think they would have had anything for me. It might be different next time, but I had it tonight.”
Jeffreys was subdued by his run of bad luck.
“I think we blew a head gasket,” said Jeffreys, whose career-best Mod Tour finish was 10th, coming last season at Ace Speedway. “We were just sitting there riding and it started skipping a bit. I was just trying to get out of everyone’s way and not cause a pileup. I started noticing it about four laps before I pulled it in.
However, on lap 157, after leading the entire race, Jeffreys pulled off the track while in first under green with terminal engine problems, hanging the lead to Jason Myers.
“I thought we were going to have some problems getting around the #75 (Jeffries),” said Jason. “I didn’t know he was having problems. I knew he had a really good racecar. We talked before the race. We were both going to just ride it out, try to get away from everyone and then me and him could race it out there at the end. Unfortunately, his car didn’t make it until the end and mine did. A lot of time in these longer races, that is what it’s all about.
“LW (Miller) was behind me and I know he is a good
Needless to say, Lee Jeffreys was disappointed after the race.
Jason Myers leads a pack of cars around Bowman Gray Stadium.
“They spoke to Tim Brown before the race and during driver introductions and Tim said that he had LW, Burt and Junior (Miller) to worry about. I looked at Tim and said ‘you ain’t worried about the 4? You aught to be.’ I never saw the 83 car, I don’t know.
“I know the 4 car was the one to beat tonight though.”