WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – It was a clash of the titans on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium, as Burt Myers tussled with Tim Brown for victory in the Hayes Jewelers 200 for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series.
Myers qualified on the pole with Brown starting on the outside front row. Myers shot out into the lead as the green flag waved and held on for 35 laps and two double-file restarts.
But on the third double-file restart, Brown slammed the gas and powered ahead of Myers to steal away the lead heading into turn one. Brown then turned his efforts towards nursing his tires – but Myers had other ideas.
Myers began delivering strong taps to the rear of Brown, even attempting to pass by Brown on the outside. “I hated to drive Tim as rough as I did, but he jumped me and he knew it,” Myers said. “I wanted my spot back.”
Keeping his eye on the long game, Brown relinquished the lead to Myers. “I basically just wanted to run him hard and use his stuff up – I didn’t want to lead the race,” Brown said. “He came there knocking me sideways and wanting to run hard, so I just let him go.”
Brown then bided his time while Jason Myers moved up to take on brother Burt for the lead.
For the final 10 laps, Brown was hammering the rear bumper of Burt Myers, nearly turning him sideways on occasion, but Myers was able to hold on and take the checkered flag.
“I think I had the better car there. We saved our stuff for the very end,” said Brown. “I probably could’ve wrecked him but I don’t race that way. It’s just heartbreaking. I gave it everything I had there.”
Myers realized that he was going to have his work cut out for him while maintaining the lead. “I knew his car was better than mine, and I knew I better play some defense if I was going to hold him off,” said Myers about protecting his spot from Brown. “I don’t know if I could’ve gone another five laps. I’m glad we didn’t have to find out.”
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