By Cody Heacox
Were just four weeks into the Bowman Gray Racing season, you could say things are starting to heat up and we’re not talking about the temperatures. It was the Street Stock Division’s night, as they would host their longest and richest race of the season, the Whelen Fifty Lapper. While we saw the return of a champion, a first time winner, along with a fan favorite find his way back to victory lane, and a little tension between two champions.
Let’s get things started as the Stadium Stock would get the night going as AJ Sanders would hold off Wesley Thompson and Chase Hunt for the win, Chuck Wall and Chris Allison would round out the top five.
Next up would be Sportsman Series as a familiar face and name your 2015 champion Zack Clifton would make his return to the track after taking some time off, as Dylan Ward would start on the pole and lead majority of the race until he had issues on a restart, resulting in Zack Clifton taking advantage of Ward’s problems and going on to pick up his first win of the season. Derek Stoltz, Zack Ore, Tommy Neal, and Kyle Southern would round out your top five.
As for the first of two Modified events for the night, While Johnathan Brown would get by Lee Jeffreys and lead flag to flag for his first win of the season, Bobby Measmer Jr, Lee Jeffreys, Brandon Ward, and Tim Brown finishing up your top five.
Now for the second Sportsman race as tempers would run hot for Taylor Branch and Amber Lynn who make contact resulting in Amber Lynn getting turned around and going into the grass. Following a restart Derek Stoltz and Tommy Neal began battling for position while going back and forth bumping each other the two collide resulting in both cars being hauled off. As Kevin Neal would hold off the field and he would not only lead flag-to-flag but also win his first race of the 2018 season. Zack Ore, John Holleman, Zack Clifton, and Taylor Branch would round out the top five.
Side note for the Sportsman Series, Zack Clifton has made the announcement that he will return to the Madhouse and run the remainder of the season.
Race two of the Modifieds in quite a few torn up race cars. Burt Myers and Jeremy Gerstner would tangle up collecting Tim Brown, while Burt would later re-enter the race multiple laps down. While running inside the top three Tim Brown would begin to have problems, as he was slowing to come to the pits Randy Butner would collide into Brown on the backstretch. As Bobby Measmer Jr. would get around Frank Fleming for the lead and go on to win his first ever race at Bowman Gray Stadium. Jason Myers, Lee Jeffreys and Jonathan Brown would round out the top five.
It is now time for the main event on tap after this Modified race. Jac Creed would lead everyone to the green. As Taylor Robbins get bumped resulting in the biggest wreck of this event collecting Brian Wall, Robbins, and others. Spencer Martin would stay close by Creed not letting him get too far away, then with two to go, Martin would finally get by Creed to go on and win this prestigious race, making it his second of the 2018 season.
The last Stadium Stock race was led almost entirely by Brandon Brendle. Grayson Keaton got by with a couple of laps to go only to be passed on the last lap by Brendle as he won his first race of 2018.
Make sure you’re at the Madhouse this Saturday night! As the always exciting racing action the Madhouse is known for. Modified Series battles in twin 25s, Sportsman Series races in a pair of 20-lappers, Street Stock Series competes in a 20-lap race, and the Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series, there will be a Demolition Derby, a Chain Race, and Skid Race too. Be sure you come check out all the action. Adult admission is just $10, for children 6-11 it’s $2, and children 5 and under are free. The ticket gates open at six and the first race is at 8. Come find out why they call it the Madhouse!
POINTS STANDINGS GOING INTO MAY 19
BRAD’S GOLF CARS MODIFIED SERIES
TEXAS STEAK & TAP HO– USE SPORTSMAN SERIES
LAW OFFICES OF JOHN BARROW STREET STOCK SERIES
|12||69||Gerald Robinson Jr||108|
Q104.1 STADIUM STOCK SERIES
|7||76||Billy Cameron Jr||160|