Smith, Fleming shine at Bowman Gray


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The winner of the second Modified race, John Smith, celebrates in Winner’s Circle.


Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers takes his celebratory victory lap after winning last event’s first 50-lapper.


Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers and his family celebrate in the winner’s circle.


Eric Hylton Photography

WINSTON-SALEM — Mount Airy races John Smith and Chris Fleming put together back-to-back top 10 finishes in the two 50-lap races at Bowman Gray Stadium last week.

Running in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, Fleming finished third and Smith sixth in the first race. Then in the second, Smith came out on top with Fleming in seventh.

A third local man also put on a great show. Blake Shupe brought home the trophy in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series

Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, took the checkered in the first 50-lapper on Saturday. He qualified second but started on the pole after the top six qualifiers drew for starting position.

Starting on the outside row beside him was Chris Fleming of Mount Airy.

It was a situation reminiscent of one week earlier – when Jason Myers started on the pole and brother Burt Myers started in second. As the two played mind-games, Burt got the jump on Jason, taking the lead and going on to win.

This time, however, Jason Myers made sure to secure the lead from Fleming during the initial start.

“He stuck me last week,” said Jason about being passed by his brother. “He took me to school, but we’re driving the school bus this week.”

Jason Myers had to defend the lead one other time during a double-file restart, but the race remained cautionless after that.

“When you’re in front, you don’t want to see cautions,” said Myers. “It could’ve stayed green for 50 laps, and I would’ve been tickled to death.”

It was the fourth win of the season for Jason Myers. “We had a good night: We won the race, in the second race we didn’t tear it up – what else can you ask for?”

The “Madhouse Scramble” put Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown on the pole for the start of the second race. Clifton was an unstoppable juggernaut as a Sportsman competitor, but he’s still hoping for that first Modified win.

Clifton grabbed the lead in the opening lap and held off Dean Ward of Winston-Salem during two double-file restarts. But making his way through the field was John Smith.

“I was starting ninth in the second race,” said Smith. “I got to racing and I got one or two, the next restart I got one or two more, and I thought that I got a shot at this thing.”

Smith moved to the outside to make an attempt at stealing the lead away during the third caution on lap 13. On the restart, Clifton faltered and Smith bolted out to take the top spot.

“I know Ronnie was hungry — and if anybody could’ve won, I’d want to see him win if it wasn’t me,” said Smith. “I timed that restart perfectly. I don’t know if he missed a shift.”

The remainder of the race was caution-free, and Smith pulled away from the field. The iconic #53 of Smith grabbed the checkered flag, with Ronnie Clifton finishing in second.

Modified Series

1st Race: 50 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC

2 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC

3 13 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC

4 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC

5 18 Cale Gale Winston-Salem, NC

6 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC

7 92 Brody Jones Statesville, NC

8 77 Lee Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

9 2 Joseph Brown Lewisville, NC

10 71 Dean Ward Winston-Salem, NC

11 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC

12 3 Danny Propst Waxhaw, NC

13 44 Daniel Beeson Kernersville, NC

14 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC

15 75 Robert Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

16 16 Mike Norman Lewisville, NC

2nd Race: 50 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC

2 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC

3 77 Lee Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

4 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC

5 71 Dean Ward Winston-Salem, NC

6 2 Joseph Brown Lewisville, NC

7 13 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC

8 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC

9 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC

10 18 Cale Gale Winston-Salem, NC

11 92 Brody Jones Statesville, NC

12 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC

13 3 Danny Propst Waxhaw, NC

14 44 Daniel Beeson Kernersville, NC

15 75 Robert Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC

16 16 Mike Norman Lewisville, NC

The winner of the second Modified race, John Smith, celebrates in Winner’s Circle.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_SmithWC1.jpgThe winner of the second Modified race, John Smith, celebrates in Winner’s Circle. Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers takes his celebratory victory lap after winning last event’s first 50-lapper.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_MyersVL1.jpgJason Myers takes his celebratory victory lap after winning last event’s first 50-lapper. Eric Hylton Photography

Jason Myers and his family celebrate in the winner’s circle.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_MyersWC1.jpgJason Myers and his family celebrate in the winner’s circle. Eric Hylton Photography

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