NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR SET TO VISIT
HISTORIC BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM
The rich racing history behind Bowman Gray Stadium in downtown
Winston-Salem, N.C., is truly the stuff of legend, not only for the
track itself, but the long list of legendary drivers that have raced
at the quarter-mile facility through the years.
Bowman Gray Stadium is the oldest track under NASCAR sanction
and is known as the ‘Home of the Hot Modifieds’ as well as ‘Bowman
Gray Stadium – A NASCAR Legend.’
The very first NASCAR race at Bowman Gray was held May 18,
1949 and was won by Fonty Flock. The open-wheel Modified cars are
the oldest form of NASCAR-sanctioned motorsports.
The list of drivers that have won at Bowman Gray through the
years is a long and legendary one: Curtis Turner, Ralph Earnhardt,
Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Tiny
Lund and Marvin Pauch.
The rich racing history and tradition at Bowman Gray isn’t
lost on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour drivers that will do
battle Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Advance Auto Parts 199. Qualifying is
slated for Aug. 3.
“I’ve been racing at Bowman Gray a long time,” said Junior
Miller, a six-time Modified track champion since he started at
Bowman Gray in 1975. “The track draws in more fans than any other
track I’ve ever raced at, as far as the Modified Tour goes. I don’t
know how many times I’ve been at Bowman Gray and a rainstorm will
move through and they will sit out in the rain until the track dries
“Bowman Gray has got to have the most loyal fans I’ve ever
seen. They are truly dedicated fans.”
Current drivers that compete in Bowman Gray’s weekly Modified
division that also compete in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour include all-time win leader Miller (67 wins), Tim Brown (37),
Burt Myers (27), Frank Fleming (21), Michael Clifton (14), Bobby
Hutchens (5), Brian Pack (1) and Brian Loftin (1).
One of the most alluring aspects of the close to 20,000 fans
that pack the grandstands on a weekly basis at Bowman Gray are the
rivalries that have developed through the years.
“They either love you or hate you at Bowman Gray,” Miller
said. “They are going to holler at you one way or the other to let
you know how they feel.”
NEWS & NOTES
Myers Success: The NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour will be racing at Bowman Gray for the third straight
year next Saturday night, and a pair of brothers share several
records during the brief stint.
Burt Myers holds both the record for a one-lap qualifying
speed at Bowman Gray last August.
Jason Myers is the most recent record-holder in the Whelen
Southern Modified Tour at Bowman Gray, which is his first and only
career victory on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour last August.
The younger of the Myers brothers won last year’s Advance
Auto Parts 199 at a time of one hour, six minutes and 13 seconds.
The average speed was 45.079 mph.
Standing Alone: Jay Hedgecock is the only
Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver to post a top-five finish in
each race so far at Bowman Gray Stadium. Hedgecock finished fourth
in 2005 and fifth last season.
August Birthdays: The month of August is
quickly approaching and several members of the Whelen Southern
Modified Tour racing family will be celebrating birthdays.
They are listed in alphabetical order, with
their upcoming birthdays in parentheses: April Biggs (1st), Bob
Brewer (20th), Marty Butner (18th), Natalie Byrd (24th), Michael
Collins (3rd), Jeffrey Deminck (21st), Skip Fox (22nd), Chris Heegen
(3rd), Irvin Holley (1st), Joey Mancari (30th), Tim Mansfield
(13th), Paul Mecca (17th), Jason Mitchell (14th), Jason Olsen (15th,
Gene Pack (11th), Stephen Raynor (12th), Steve Seuss (28th), Bobby
Sparks (9th), Jason Trinchere (11th) and Jeff York (1st).
King of Qualifiers: Burt Myers has been a
man on a mission this year in Whelen Southern Modified Tour
competition as far as qualifying goes. He has won the Bud Pole Award
in the first five events of the 2007 season and heads back to Bowman
Gray looking to extend his record for six straight poles this year.
What: Advance Auto Parts 199
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Race: # 6 of 12
Where: Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
When: 8:45 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4
Track layout: .25-mile oval
Distance: 199 Laps, 49.75 miles.
Posted Awards: $24,272
2006 winner: Jason Myers
2006 polesitter: Burt Myers
Records: Qualifying, Burt Myers, 13.812 (65.161 mph), Aug. 5,
Pre-race schedule: Friday, Aug. 3 – Practice, 5:30 p.m.
Qualifying, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 – Practice, 8:45 p.m. Race,
Note: All times subject to change.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Top 10: 1. L.W. Miller,
801; 2. Junior Miller, 780; 3. Burt Myers, 773; 4. Tim Brown, 725;
5. Jason Myers, 691; 6. Brian King, 679; 7. Bobby Hutchens, 655; 8.
George Brunnhoelzl, 648; 9. Brian Pack, 639; 10. Frank Fleming, 637.
Track Contact: Loren Pinilis, (336) 765-6802
Jason Christley/NASCAR WSMT PR
July 26, 2007