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The Myers Family Works to Continue Family Tradition
by Denise DuPont

On Saturday, December 11th, Burt Myers was joined by family, friends and fellow racers to celebrate his Bowman Gray Stadium Track Title, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina State Championship and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championship.

Burt Myers accepted the NSWMT championship trophy, ring and other items that the NASCAR champions earned by being number one in their series in 2010. Myers had a dream year in 2010 as he beat the odds and made it three for three.

Myers was elated as he accepted the Championship knowing that he has personally placed a part in continuing the Myer’s family racing legacy. “It is great. Tonight I am getting a little bit of a taste of exactly what we accomplished and some of the little perks that we get to take advantage of as a champion. To have the three championships and to be able to come tonight and experience the banquets is a pretty good experience for us.”

Ensuring both family tradition and racing roots that his family has established is a goal for Burt Myers and the Myers Family. “We do not quit. If you are a real racer, you never give up. We race until the checkered flag falls.”

Going into the last race the championship was a gamble but the Myers Race team took the challenge. “We knew that we had a shot at it mathematically. We also knew that we had so many things that had to go in our favor for it to happen. We did everything that we had to do by leading every lap and winning the race. Everything else was just fate and it kind of fell into our hands. So we had to be good enough to take advantage of the good luck when it fell in our hands and that was what we did.”

Burt Myers, comes from hard core racing stock. His grandfather, the late Billy Myers, was one of the pioneer drivers in NASCAR winning track and state titles himself. He was also the NASCAR National Champion in the Sportsman division (now the Nationwide Series) in 1955.
His Dad, Gary Myers is a second generation driver that competed on the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) tour from 1977 through 1979 with several top ten finishes. He later became a regular in the Modified ranks.

Retired from racing Gary Myers now owns the Myers Motorsports team that fields cars for his sons, Burt and Jason. And there is no one prouder than Gary Myers when it comes to his racing sons.. “It has been a great year. Both of the boys have done really great. But Burt has really excelled this year. We ended up the season on a note that we were not prepared for it just hit us all on once. And it just has been great.”
And as the saying goes, the family that plays together stays together. And what better way to stay together than to do it with racing. “Our family we are at the shop everyday together,” said Gary Myers. “It is just a family thing and we all enjoy it. We have lived it all our lives. And I hope that it just continues on.”

The older Myers knew that son Burt had to venture beyond “The Stadium” if he was going to make a bigger mark in racing history. So he encouraged him to explore new tracks and racing opportunities. “I tried to get him away from Bowman Gray as quick as I could to get him on to other tracks. He excelled on the other tracks really quicker than he did at Bowman Gray. I have always said that if you can run Bowman Grey, you can run anywhere. But it actually works both ways. If you run other places, I know you can run Bowman Gray.”

With celebrating over, the Myers family joins the other race teams out there as they now head home to work and plan for their next race season and the many challenges that it will bring.

Race Notes:

Did you encourage your sons to race early in their lives?

Gary Myers
“Both Burt and Jason they were playing ball and doing things like it. As soon as they were old enough to hang around the shop they were there. They were both learning things. They were both part of my pit crew for years. And when they got old enough to start racing their self, they were both ready to do it. They understood the cars and how it was supposed to be done.”

Giving Thanks to God for the Important People in His Life

Burt Myers
“There are a couple of people that are very special to me in my heart and have been a part of my racing career. One is Jim Hunter. He would walk around with that hat on with the 1948 on it and I would know that my family was around and racing in 1948 is pretty special to me.”
“The other one is Jeff Riggs from the Riggs family. Any time I needed anything when I started racing and even to the end of the days that I was racing Jeff this year. There are so things I could say about Jeff, he was such a great person.”

Thoughts on 2011 Joint Modified Race at Thompson

Burt Myers
“I am excited about it. Hopefully it will give me a leg up having a little bit of experience there. The southern field is so stout and the competition is to the level that is excellent now. You have to be just right. We are going to go up there and try to use what little information that we have to try to put us in victory lane.”

Source: Denise DuPont/TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: December 13, 2010

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