WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — What a difference a week can make if you’re Jason Myers.
Myers spun out as he was leading the race last week in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series at Bowman Gray Stadium, but found himself last night catching lucky break after lucky break to make his way to the checkered for the Camping World 100.
“You got to have some luck and tonight luck was definitely on our side,” said Myers. After drawing ninth when the full field drew for starting position, Myers steadily made his way forward. “Every restart worked out, I got by the
cars I needed to get by, and I was gradually working my way up,” said Myers, who particularly made good use of the double-file restarts. “If your line doesn’t go, you don’t have any control over it – you just try to make a hole. Every line
we got in tonight went. We made a hole. I think we passed a car on just about every restart.”
While Myers sat in third, Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg and Tommy Neal of Walkertown battled for the lead. Jeffreys qualified on the pole and then drew the pole for his start in a stroke of good luck, but Jeffreys’s luck ran out as he
tangled with Neal.
Jeffreys successfully defended his lead against the outside row challenge from Neal for four restarts. But as the two raced at the halfway point, they collided with each other and then rammed the guard rail and protective barrels in
“He was pushing me to the outside every time we tried to go green,” said Neal about Jeffreys. “We just got together coming out a little bit loose and we touched tires. We got back together again in the middle of the straightaway
and that was all they wrote.”
Jeffreys was frustrated at the way Neal raced with him. “I’ve watched Tommy Neal race for years and he’s pretty dirty,” said Jeffreys. “He wanted to pinch me going down the backstretch. That’s fine if he wants to race like that. He’ll
be back and I’ll be back – and I’ll show him the Jeffreys way.”
The tussle between Jeffreys and Neal paved the way for Jason Myers to grab the lead. “I got lucky I got by that wreck,” said Myers.
The good luck for Myers then continued as rain began to pour, awarding him the checkered flag before he had the burden of defending his lead against John Smith of Mount Airy and Danny Bohn of Huntersville behind him.
“I’m not one for hoping it rains while I’m leading but I sure was tonight. I really think we had a good enough car tonight to win the race anyway, but I’ll take them any way I can get them,” said Myers, who relished his good luck. “It
might be the opposite tomorrow night – but we’ll take this trophy home tonight, celebrate, and not have to work all night to get this thing ready for tomorrow.”
John Smith finished in second with Danny Bohn taking third.
In the Double D Construction Services Sportsman Series, Derek Stoltz grabbed the checkered flag. The victory was an emotional vindication for Stoltz, who was disqualified from the longest sportsman race of the season just one week earlier. Kenny Bost finished in second. Michael Tilley was third.
Donnie Martin won the street stock feature.