On Saturday, fans were reminded why Bowman Gray Stadium is known as “The Madhouse.” Experienced veterans tangled with talented rookies, many fans were on their feet for more laps than not – and although Burt Myers of Walnut Cove won the race, the real star of the night was the Double-File “Choice” Restart Rule.
Saturday’s Bill Plemmons RV World 100 was the first 100-lapper of the season for the Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Series – and like all 100-lap races, the field was determined by random draw. Junior Miller of Danbury drew the pole with Brian King of Gibsonville starting on the outside front row. Although King is a rookie to Bowman Gray Stadium, he’s far from a novice driver – so he pulled no punches as he battled with Miller, known as “the King of the Modifieds,” for the lead.
As the green fell, neither driver would budge. The #69 car of Miller and the #17 car of King collided, spinning King around and bringing out the caution. Although Miller was able to maintain the lead, his car was badly damaged as a result of the incident.
“We ran down there, and the 17 just turned in - I guess he thought he had us cleared,” said Miller. And although he fought his best and fended off several challenges, Miller knew it was only a matter of time until someone grabbed the lead away from him and his ailing car.
That’s exactly what Tim Brown of Cana, VA did less than 30 laps later, jumping up to the outside during a double-file restart and powering past Junior Miller on the outside. Brown stayed up front despite hard nudges from Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem and several outside-row challenges from Junior Miller.
Burt Myers, who had been steadily climbing his way up from a 16th place start, was able to move up to the outside front row during a double-file restart at just a little over the halfway point. Brown was nudged by Zach Brewer of Winston-Salem as he tried to hold onto the top spot. The tap was just enough to get him off the pace and allow Myers to steal away the lead.
“I knew that when I got to pull up to the outside of Tim that we had a shot at it,” said Myers. “I cleared him into turn one and then it was clear sailing.”
Brewer gave another hard tap to the rear of Tim Brown on the next lap, sending Brown heading off towards the guard rail. Brewer went on to pass, while Brown fell back several positions.
Myers held onto the lead for the remainder of the race. Brown fought forward during the final laps to salvage a fifth place finish. Brian Loftin of Lexington finished in second, with Brent Elliott of Denton taking third.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Bryant Robertson claimed the checkered in the first 20-lapper – his first win ever at the Stadium. Ryan Nelson of Winston-Salem held off Derek Stoltz of Walkertown to win the second 20-lap race.
Matt Cotner of Rural Hall brought home the victory in the 20-lapper for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem grabbed the lead away from Cotner during a restart, but a bump from Cotner sent Gregg spinning. Cotner reclaimed the lead and was able to hang on the rest of the way. John McNeal of Winston-Salem and Allen Henkel of Trinity finished in second and third.
In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Kenny Dixon of Pfafftown took the checkered in the first 15-lap race, with Ted Mickalowski of Mocksville winning the second 15-lapper.