BROWN WINS CHAMPIONSHIP IN WILD NIGHT AT
With a full moon in the sky and the points
championships on the line at Bowman Gray Stadium’s season finale,
fans were reminded why the legendary track’s nickname is “The
Tim Brown of Cana, Va. entered Saturday with a 28-point lead in the
Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series. Brown had one goal in mind:
winning his 7th championship – and to do that, he had one strategy:
to stay out of trouble.
That was easier said than done.
Burt Myers of Walnut Cove qualified on the pole and claimed the
lead as the green flag fell in the Carolina Farm Credit 150. Brown,
who qualified in second, was happy to settle in behind his points
rival Myers. In Brown’s mind, he’d rather play it safe and stay
behind Myers rather than risk having a determined Myers at his rear
bumper ready to spin him out.
But although he was in front of the #83 car of Brown, Myers still
had ways to make Brown sweat. Myers began to subtly slow down – not
to the point where he was in danger of losing the lead, but enough
so that the third place car of Lee Jeffreys of High Point was giving
some nudges to the bumper of Brown in second place.
“He sure had the pace backed up,” said Brown about Myers. “He’d
slow down, I’d run up there and bump him - and he’d speed up, then
slow down again.”
The situation become especially worrisome for Brown after Junior
Miller of Danbury climbed his way up to third place. With the lead
car of Myers slowing and allowing Miller to deliver some good taps
to Brown’s bumper, Tim Brown just thought it best to think about the
big picture and let Miller pass by.
“Our car was really good, but I’ll be honest – I was points-racing
tonight; I wasn’t worried about winning the race. The pace was
slowing up to where once Junior caught up to me, I let him go. I
mean, I’m racing for the points. I wasn’t going to let him spin me
with 10 laps to go,” said Brown. “I was racing for the championship.
I knew that if Junior got by me, I’d still finish third and that
wouldn’t be so bad.”
With Tim Brown in third, coasting to the championship, Junior
Miller then turned his sights towards Burt Myers. Miller was
obviously determined to take the lead for himself and claim the win,
delivering some hard hits to the rear bumper of Myers. Brown backed
off in case the two decided to tangle.
With just a few laps to go in the race, Miller delivered an
especially stout tap to the #1 car of Myers, causing Myers to spin.
Miller slowed to avoid a wreck, while Tim Brown claimed the lead. “I
was right on Junior when he was trying to run Burt down,” said
Brown. “I didn’t think he was going to be able to catch Burt, and I
didn’t want anybody behind me to catch me and get me in trouble.
Once he caught him and started to beat on him, I gave them plenty of
room to where if anything did happen I could hopefully avoid it.
That’s what happened, and I got by. It worked out for me tonight.”
Miller took over second place with two green flag laps left in the
race. Myers wanted revenge, slowing down and allowing the rest of
the field to nearly lap him. As Miller went by, Myers rammed his
car. The spinning car of Miller still took second place as he
crossed the finish line – but Myers wasn’t done yet. After the race
was over, Myers rammed the car of Miller, backed up, rammed him
again, backed up, rammed him again – all before both drivers got out
of their cars and shouted threats towards each other.
Both drivers were escorted off of the premises. NASCAR Race
Director John Horton said that the actions of Myers and Miller would
be reviewed by NASCAR within the coming week to determine what
penalties would be assessed.
“I hate to see that - guys having issues like that. I’m just glad I
wasn’t involved,” said Brown. “You kinda reap what you sow right
Meanwhile, Brown was celebrating his seventh win of the season and
his seventh championship at Bowman Gray Stadium. Only in his
mid-thirties, Brown is already quickly closing in on Ralph
Brinkley’s record of 8 championships at the famed quarter-mile.
Junior Miller claimed second in the race, with Jonathan Brown of
Kernersville taking third.
Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series Carolina Farm Credit 150:
laps (race extended due to caution)
FINISH / CAR / DRIVER / HOMETOWN
1. 83 Tim Brown Cana, VA
2. 69 Junior Miller Danbury, NC
3. 53 Jonathan Brown Kernersville, NC
4. 75 Robert Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC
5. 40 Brad Robbins Winston-Salem, NC
6. 72 Brent Elliott Denton, NC
7. 44 Joseph Brown Winston-Salem, NC
8. 13 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC
9. 14 Bobby Hutchens Lexington, NC
10. 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC
11. 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC
12. 92 Brody Jones Statesville, NC
13. 70 Alfred Hill Jonesville, NC
14. 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC
15. 47 Andrew Durham Roaring River, NC
16. 77 Lee Jeffreys High Point, NC
17. 50 Michael Clifton Walkertown, NC
18. 45 Lee Stimpson Lewisville, NC
19. 51 Stan Welborn Germanton, NC
20. 99 Kevin Powell Winston-Salem, NC