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Brothers Jason Myers (4) and Burt Myers (1) battle for the lead during the first Modified race at Bowman Gray Stadium over the weekend.
Brothers Jason Myers (4) and Burt Myers (1) battle for the lead during the first Modified race at Bowman Gray Stadium over the weekend.
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WINSTON-SALEM — Chris Fleming had another good night on the racetrack, finishing in the top five this weekend after winning back-to-back races at Bowman Gray Stadium.


Brother Frank Fleming also had a good night. After just missing the top 10 with an 11th-place finish in the first race, Frank came back to take sixth in the second 25 laps.


Chris added a 10th-place finish in the second race.


“I’ve got to say humbly, I’m doing everything I can do to win,” said Chris. “This is a job; I’m working myself to death.”


After getting knocked out of the first race, these two performances have moved the #13 car up with eight points of the points leader.


“The car is fast,” Chris said, but the competition is steep.


“I’ve never seen it like it is,” he said. “The top 10 drivers can win anywhere they go.” The guys who finished in the top 12 have all won multiple races at this track or elsewhere, he noted. Every race this season has had 26 to 30 cars, and most of those drivers are talented.


A guy who didn’t finish in the top 15 won the second race, Chris pointed out.


Brothers Jason and Burt Myers battled for the lead early in the first race.


Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, started out on a high note by qualifying on the pole, barely beating the time of brother Burt.


“I knew it was a decent lap when I ran it, but you’re just not sure how good,” said Jason.


When the green flag fell, Burt Myers pushed hard on the outside trying to edge around Jason. The #4 car of Jason maintained his inside position but seemed to occasionally slip. For nearly two laps, the two battled side-by-side.


But Jason’s night changed in the blink of an eye as he made contact with Burt, sending Jason spinning into the infield. “Trying to beat Burt, I overdrove it. I was either going to spin out overdriving it or get beat. And I didn’t come to get beat — I beat myself,” said Jason.


Burt Myers secured the lead at that point and held off Tim Brown of Tobaccoville to grab the checkered flag. Yet, Myers’s third victory of the season was bittersweet for him.


“I wanted to win but I wanted Jason to finish second, especially on a double-points night,” said Burt. “On the other hand, we had a good night. We got our third win; to do that this early in the season is pretty satisfying.”


“I’d rather finish second to Jason than for me to intentionally get into him and cause a problem,” said Burt. “I hope everyone understands that at the end of the day it was two guys on the ragged edge racing as hard as they could to win — and they just happened to be brothers.”


Tim Brown finished second, with Lee Jeffreys taking third and Chris Fleming fourth.


On the redraw for the second race, Chris said he drew 13th and knew he had a lot of people to pass if he wanted another top-five finish.


It was hard to get around anyone, but he managed to pass three opponents to finish 10th.


Fortunes changed quickly for Junior Miller, of Danbury, who finished 16th in the first race but was sent to the pole by the “Madhouse Scramble” for the start of the second race. Miller shot out into the lead and cruised to his 72nd Modified victory at the Stadium.


“I thought we were a dead duck the first race. We didn’t run that well but ended up in the right spot,” said Miller. “I knew if I had a good start that we had a good race car. I didn’t have any problem. It was the easiest race I’ve run in a long time.”


Miller holds the record for most all-time Modified wins at the Stadium but had been uncharacteristically absent from Winner’s Circle recently. Saturday was Miller’s first win in nearly five years.


“I think we finally got the monkey off our back,” said Miller. “We were leading a race last year and got spun. It’s just bad luck. But luck turns around, and maybe I’ll win three or four this year.”


After just missing the top 10 earlier in the night, Frank Fleming finished sixth in the second race.


Frank is with a new team and is still getting his car fine-tuned to what he likes, said Chris. There have been some expected growing pains working with a new crew chief; Frank likes the car a little tighter.


Chris said the car must be pretty fast because he couldn’t catch up to Frank the whole second race.


Race Results

Modified Series

1st Modified Race: 25 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN

1 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC


2 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC


3 77 Lee Jeffreys Winston-Salem, NC


4 13 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC


5 53 Danny Bohn Huntersville, NC


6 25 John Smith Mount Airy, NC


7 05 Tony Black Lexington, NC


8 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC


9 51 Kyle Ebersole Hummelstown, PA


10 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC


Local


11 11 Frank Fleming Mount Airy, NC


20 3 Luke Fleming Mount Airy, NC


24 16 William Smith Mount Airy, NC


2nd Modified Race: 25 laps

1 69 Junior Miller Danbury, NC


2 27 Mike Bohn Winston-Salem, NC


3 79 Spencer Davis Dawsonville, GA


4 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC


5 48 Brad Robbins Winston-Salem, NC


6 11 Frank Fleming Mount Airy, NC


7 66 Ronnie Clifton Walkertown, NC


8 25 John Smith Mount Airy, NC


9 51 Kyle Ebersole Hummelstown, PA


10 13 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC


Local


18 3 Luke Fleming Mount Airy, NC


24 16 William Smith Mount Airy, NC

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