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Ward Battles His Way to Win; Myers Takes Title at Bowman Gray

Sunday, Aug 18 1949

The fans were on their feet and the air was thick with tension as the championships were decided on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium. The legendary quarter mile is called the Madhouse for a reason.

Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem claimed the checkered in the Carolina Farm Credit 150 after a roller coaster ride of a race. Burt Myers of Walnut Cove walked away with the title in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series – his 10th championship.

Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg turned a blazingly fast lap – the quickest of the entire 2019 season. That placed him on the pole, with second-fastest qualifier Brandon Ward starting on the outside front row.

Jeffreys claimed the lead on the initial start, but a caution in the first few laps gave Ward another shot. This time, the outside row seemed superior as Ward smoothly motored into the lead as the two fought side by side for turn after turn.

Ward defended the lead against Tim Brown until Brown was able to get a good run on the outside and move past Ward in a similar manner. But Brown’s lead was short-lived – Ward reclaimed the top spot just a few laps later.

Defending champion and points leader Burt Myers made his way up to challenge Ward for the lead. Myers tried time and time again unsuccessfully, until he finally made the pass stick on lap 135.

But while Myers and Ward were battling for the lead, much of the field was opting to pit and put on fresh tires. Points contender James Civali did just that – but with some good usage of the double-file restart, Civali was soon back up in the fight for the lead.

Civali held nothing back as he pressured Burt Myers on his way to the front – but Myers opted to let Civali pass by and instead concentrate on securing the points title. Civali then moved up to hammer the bumper of Ward, slipping by him on lap 155 as the race extended due to caution.

Not to be outdone, Ward banged bumpers with Civali as the white flag waved. Ward slipped under Civali as the two slid across the finish line. Ward was out front, giving him the win.

“These guys got to pit and take on tires. You’re kinda vulnerable when you’re leading this thing over here in these long races. You can’t pit from the lead,” said Ward. “Me and Burt were sitting here with older tires than everybody else.”

Myers finished in third, taking the championship for the fourth straight year in a row. “When you’re in the hunt for the championship, this is the most stressful week of your life – period,” said Myers, who was pleased with his decision to avoid any confrontation with Civali “The 79 [of Civali] had new tires. I knew he was going to be too much for us. I banked on that championship.”

In the McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series, Justin Taylor of Kernersville took his first ever championship. Tommy Neal of Walkertown claimed the checkered in the season-ending 40-lapper.

Billy Gregg of Lexington left with the title for the Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series. Gregg finished three positions ahead of points contender Jeremy Warren of Winston-Salem – had he finished one position further back, Warren would have taken the title. David Creed of Mount Airy took the victory.

And in the Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series, Brandon Brendle of Winston-Salem battled forward to claim the checkered – with Chuck Wall of Lexington winning the championship.

Final Points Standings

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series Points Standings

RANK    CAR     DRIVER  POINTS  GAINED
LAST EVENT
1       1       Burt Myers      649     92
2       79      James Civali    626     96
3       83      Tim Brown       606     56
4       04      Brandon Ward    554     100
5       22      Jonathan Brown  549     48
6       4       Jason Myers     517     84
7       18      Daniel Yates    508     80
8       75      Lee Jeffreys    507     76
9       16      Chris Fleming   502     44
10      5       Randy Butner    484     32
11      53      John Smith      437     20
12      44      Daniel Beeson   324     0
13      65      Danny Bohn      310     88
14      81      Zack Clifton    275     12
15      8       Darin Redmon    257     36


McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series Points Standings

RANK    CAR     DRIVER  POINTS  GAINED
LAST EVENT
1       12      Justin Taylor   708     88
2       21      Tommy Neal      676     100
3       7       Dylan Ward      658     96
4       19      Michael Adams   620     80
5       92      Kyle Southern   613     64
6       31      Chase Robertson 531     72
7       22      Wesley Thompson 509     84
8       2       Amber Lynn      502     60
9       55      Zack Ore        485     92
10      4       John Holleman   477     0
11      02      Derek Stoltz    410     0
12      30      Blake Shupe     404     44
13      07      Kevin Neal      344     0
14      3       Jeff Garrison   300     68
15      03      Sterling Plemmons       297     56



Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series Points Standings

RANK    CAR     DRIVER  POINTS  GAINED
LAST EVENT
1       98      Billy Gregg     690     88
2       97      Jeremy Warren   688     76
3       08      Jacob Creed     656     40
4       02      David Creed     642     100
5       22      Brian Wall      610     92
6       19      Corey Rose      604     72
7       1       Christian Joyce 596     96
8       99      Bryan Sykes     540     64
9       69      Gerald Robinson Jr      518     68
10      28      Nate Gregg      488     56
11      40      Taylor Robbins  462     84
12      16      Brad Lewis      460     20
13      33      Dennis Lanier   422     52
14      2       Willie Wall     410     60
15      13      Kevin Gilbert   350     48



Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series Points Standings

RANK    CAR     DRIVER  POINTS  GAINED
LAST EVENT
1       81      Chuck Wall      666     88
2       24      A.J. Sanders    650     80
3       43      Brandon Brendle 628     100
4       1       Grayson Keaton  600     92
5       47      Tyler McDonald  586     84
6       01      Chris Allison   520     96
7       16      Stephen Sanders 498     52
8       51      Junior Snow     496     64
9       80      Luke Smith      480     72
10      69      Brandon Crotts  452     48
11      3       K.C. Myers      446     68
12      60      Brad Mickalowski        442     12
13      68      Tyler Bush      400     76
14      27      Austin Cates    396     16
15      10      David Hopkins   362     60



Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
Carolina Farm Credit 150: 166 laps (race extended due to caution)

FINISH  CAR     DRIVER  HOMETOWN
1       04      Brandon Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
2       79      James Civali    Davidson, NC
3       1       Burt Myers      Walnut Cove, NC
4       65      Danny Bohn      Huntersville, NC
5       4       Jason Myers     Walnut Cove, NC
6       18      Daniel Yates    Lexington, NC
7       75      Lee Jeffreys    Wallburg, NC
8       77      Susan Harwell   Jonesville, NC
9       34      George Brunnhoelzl III  Mooresville, NC
10      41      Chris Williams  Martinsville, VA
11      78      Jody Fritts     Winston-Salem, NC
12      83      Tim Brown       Tobaccoville, NC
13      24      Andrew Harrah   Greensboro, NC
14      22      Jonathan Brown  Winston-Salem, NC
15      16      Chris Fleming   Mount Airy, NC
16      69      John Holleman   Winston-Salem, NC
17      8       Darin Redmon    Walnut Cove, NC
18      5       Randy Butner    Pfafftown, NC
19      30      Steven Lane     Winston-Salem, NC
20      2       Joseph Brown    Winston-Salem, NC
21      53      John Smith      Mount Airy, NC
22      17      Zack Staley     Winston-Salem, NC
23      81      Zack Clifton    Walkertown, NC
24      51      Drew Moffitt    Lexington, NC
25      31      Zach Brewer     Winston-Salem, NC
26      66      Ronnie Clifton  Walkertown, NC
27      36      Cory Lovette    Walnut Cove, NC


McDowell Heating 7 Air Sportsman Series
Sportsman Race: 40 laps completed

FINISH  CAR     DRIVER  HOMETOWN
1       21      Tommy Neal      Walkertown, NC
2       7       Dylan Ward      Winston-Salem, NC
3       55      Zack Ore        Winston-Salem, NC
4       12      Justin Taylor   Kernersville, NC
5       22      Wesley Thompson Mocksville, NC
6       19      Michael Adams   Yadkinville, NC
7       4       Spencer Martin  Wallburg, NC
8       31      Chase Robertson Winston-Salem, NC
9       3       Jeff Garrison   Arcadia, NC
10      92      Kyle Southern   Rural Hall, NC
11      2       Amber Lynn      Walkertown, NC
12      03      Sterling Plemmons       Winston-Salem, NC
13      66      Tim Giesen      Mocksville, NC
14      80      Brian Shupe     Winston-Salem, NC
15      30      Blake Shupe     Mt Airy, NC
16      38      Mitch Gales     Thomasville, NC
17      27      Coy Beard       Lexington, NC


Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 20 laps

FINISH  CAR     DRIVER  HOMETOWN
1       02      David Creed     Mount Airy, NC
2       1       Christian Joyce Trinity, NC
3       22      Brian Wall      Winston-Salem, NC
4       98      Billy Gregg     Lexington, NC
5       40      Taylor Robbins  Winston-Salem, NC
6       09      Trevor Ward     Winston-Salem, NC
7       97      Jeremy Warren   Winston-Salem, NC
8       19      Corey Rose      Trinity, NC
9       69      Gerald Robinson Jr      Winston-Salem, NC
10      99      Bryan Sykes     Winston-Salem, NC
11      2       Willie Wall     Winston-Salem, NC
12      28      Nate Gregg      Lexington, NC
13      33      Dennis Lanier   Lexington, NC
14      13      Kevin Gilbert   Mocksville, NC
15      91      Austin Harris   Yadkinville, NC
16      08      Jacob Creed     Dobson, NC
17      62      Kevin Hedgecock Thomasville, NC
18      15      Clay Jones      Goldsboro, NC
19      31      Brandon Butner  East Bend, NC
20      6       Austin Powell   Concord, NC
21      16      Brad Lewis      Winston-Salem, NC
22      23      Andy Spears     Lexington, NC


Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock race: 15 laps

FINISH  CAR     DRIVER  HOMETOWN
1       43      Brandon Brendle Winston-Salem, NC
2       01      Chris Allison   Mocksville, NC
3       1       Grayson Keaton  Mocksville, NC
4       81      Chuck Wall      Lexington, NC
5       47      Tyler McDonald  Thomasville, NC
6       24      A.J. Sanders    Mocksville, NC
7       68      Tyler Bush      Clemmons, NC
8       80      Luke Smith      Advance, NC
9       3       K.C. Myers      Winston-Salem, NC
10      51      Junior Snow     King, NC
11      10      David Hopkins   Winston-Salem, NC
12      40      Kenny Dixon     Pfafftown, NC
13      16      Stephen Sanders Midway, NC
14      69      Brandon Crotts  Winston-Salem, NC
15      31      Junior Smith    Lexington, NC
16      44      Justin Whitaker Elon, NC
17      76      Billy Cameron Jr        Salisbury, NC
18      33      DJ Dean Thomasville, NC
19      14      Ken Bridges     King, NC
20      20      Scarlett Dahmer Kernersville, NC
21      03      Cody Gum        Winston-Salem, NC
22      27      Austin Cates    Tobaccoville, NC
23      60      Brad Mickalowski        Mocksville, NC
24      23      Blake Spears    Lexington, NC
25      54      Justin Owens    Walnut Cove, NC

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