WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Burt Myers and Junior Miller dueled like old times in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series race on Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Chris Fleming of Mount Airy started on the pole and shot into the lead during the early parts of the 100-lapper. Near the halfway point, Fleming and Kyle Ebersole collided and spun into the guard rail. Miller slipped by to claim the lead with John Smith taking over second.
The battle between Miller and Smith then took center stage. During a restart 20 laps later, Smith and Miller fought furiously for the lead, refusing to give each other an inch. The two banged fenders and Smith was sent spinning.
In Smith’s absence, Myers moved into second. It was a front row reminiscent of the intense Miller and Myers rivalries from the past.
Myers, who had climbed up from starting near the rear, was willing to set old grudges aside and finish behind Miller.
“For once, I was halfway content with second place because I came from 22nd,” said Myers. “I saw him wreck John Smith, and I didn’t want to give him the opportunity to wreck me – so I got behind him.”
But on the final lap, plans changed for Myers. With Tim Brown on Myers’ bumper, Myers gave a stiff shot to Miller in turn four. Miller spun in a cloud of smoke, while Myers moved by to grab the checkered.
“I thought we had the race won. But when the caution came out I knew it was going to be hard to hold Burt off,” said Miller. “I figured he’d wait until the last lap to do it, and that’s what he did.”
“He’s straight up dirty. We’ll just get as dirty as he is, and we’ll settle it that way,” said Miller. “Payback’s rough when you’re the points leader.”
Myers, on the other hand, says that the hit to Miller was unintentional and was brought about by Tim Brown shoving the No. 1 car of Myers into Miller.
“Anybody that was watching us was watching Tim try to knock me into Junior,” said Myers. “We went into the corner, and he stopped out there. Did I turn him around? I sure did. But he stopped. I got hit. This is Bowman Gray racing. My front bumper doesn’t look like that coming from 22nd because everyone else played nice.”
Lee Jeffreys finished in second, with Ebersole taking third.