WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Burt Myers and Chris Fleming grabbed emotional victories at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, proving that getting to the front isn’t the hard part – it’s staying there.
Myers turned the fourth fastest qualifying lap in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, but Lady Luck gave him a boost up to a pole position start when the top six qualifiers redrew for starting position.
“After we were docked 100 points, we made a bunch of changes on the car. And in practice today, we were terrible,” said Myers. “We drew the pole, and I said that we were just going to throw some stuff at it. We changed everything but the number and the driver. And we ended up having a heck of a race car and a heck of a night for us.”
On the initial start, Myers bolted past outside pole-starter Danny Bohn. Bohn settled into second but was immediately giving a few stout shots to the rear bumper of Myers. The No. 53 of Bohn had another chance in three double-file restarts, but Bohn couldn’t seal the deal.
Myers grabbed the checkered, with Bohn finishing second. The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Junior Miller to the pole for the start of the second Modified 50-lapper – a race which would have some of the toughest battles for the lead seen all season at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Miller tussled with second-place-starter Tony Black, banging fenders to secure the lead. Austin Pack moved up to challenge but was repeatedly blocked by a persistent Miller. The No. 69 of Miller was turned sideways many times by a bump to his rear, but the six-time champion maintained the lead.
Danny Bohn battled up from ninth to second to have his try at passing Miller. Bohn was bumped into the infield and fell back in the pack. Miller and Pack went at it again, taking each other out – and opening the door for Chris Fleming to grab the lead away.