Lee Jeffreys was happy to qualify on the pole for K&N Filters Night, happy to lead every lap, and happy to take the checkered flag.
But the thing that really put a smile on his face was reminding all the fans that he’s as much a force to be reckoned with as the often-mentioned names of Burt Myers and Tim Brown. “Brown and Myers – that’s all you heard last year,” said Jeffreys. “We’re going to see if we can’t get our name out there several times.”
Jeffreys knew that qualifying would be the key to victory entering Saturday’s twin 25-lap races. With the starting lineup for the 25-lappers for the Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Series determined strictly by qualifying, these short, intense races are often won or lost with the qualifying laps. “That’s 90% of it – getting your qualifying lap in. It’ll make you or break you,” said Jeffreys.
Starting beside Jeffreys would be Randy Butner of Pfafftown, with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove starting in third and Michael Clifton of Walkertown in fourth. Jeffreys shot out to the lead as the green flag fell – while Myers took advantage of his inside lane position to slip into second.
Myers began putting the pressure on Jeffreys, giving him a few taps to the rear – but Jeffreys was unshaken. Despite several caution restarts, the #77 of Jeffreys stayed up front until the end.
The #1 car of Myers came in second. Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem finished third, with Randy Butner of Pfafftown finishing fourth.
Junior Miller of Danbury started off his night with a streak of bad luck. First, he was unable to compete in his primary racecar as he waited on purchased parts to come in. Then, Miller’s back-up car had problems during practice. “We thought it was ready to go, because in practice two weeks ago it ran fine,” said Miller. “When we went out to practice today, it just ran flat.”
The crew of Miller worked feverishly to get the car running again, but they were unable to do so in time for the #69 to make a qualifying attempt. Miller would make the field based on a provisional start – but he would be forced to lineup at the very rear of the field in 24th. The former champion climbed his way through the pack until a tight-racing incident dropped him back to a 16th place finish.
When the time came for the Four Seasons Home Improvement “Madhouse Scramble” to shake up the starting lineup for the second race, Miller was placed on the pole. It seemed at first like a chance of redemption for the Miller team – until raindrops began to fall right as the cars were being rolled out to start the second race.
“If my motor would’ve run, we would’ve had a cake walk for that second race,” said Miller. But instead, the second 25-lapper is cancelled and Miller just has to chalk up his lost opportunity to bad luck.
The K&N Filters Street Stock 50 for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series has been postponed until next Saturday due to rain. Zack Clifton of Walkertown, Rookie of the Year for last season, qualified on the pole for the 50-lapper: the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Street Stock Division.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Scott Hall of Walkertown took the checkered in the first 20-lap race. Reigning Champ Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown brought home the win in the second 20-lapper.
In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, veteran Johnny Burke of Midway claimed victory in the first scheduled 15-lap race. The second race was postponed due to rain.