|Posted by: olddog on October 22, 2018 at 6:29pm|
BURT MYERS WINS THE “PRELUDE TO THE SHOOTOUT” AT ORANGE COUNTY
Jeremy Gerstner Wins SMRS Title in Close Point Race With Tim Brown
(Rougemont, NC): Burt Myers from Walnut Cove, NC returned to the Southern Modified Racing series with one thing on his mind last night at Orange Count Speedway and that was to lay claim to being then only driver left standing in a battle for the chance to win a $5,000.00 bonus at the North-South Shootout in November.
Promoters for the North-South Shootout event at Concord Speedway posted $500.00 in bonus money for any driver competing at the OCS and Concord events and a whopping 5K bonus if a driver won both races and after the dust settled last night, Burt Myers was the only one with that opportunity.
In qualifying for the “Prelude”, Tim Brown dusted the field to claim the “Precision Spindle Pole Award. James Civali, Bobby Measmer, Jr. Jon McKennedy, Jeremy Gerstner and Brandon Ward completed the “quick six” and Measmer, Jr. drew the top starting spot with Brown on the outside of the front row. Brown’s qualifying effort added five bonus points to his total and closed the gap between Brown and Gerstner to just three points when the green flag dropped.
Brown scooted past Measmer on the break and stretched his lead to 20 car lengths as Gerstner worked his way to second by lap ten and began to apply pressure to Brown’s rear bumper. Gerstner moved past Brown for the top spot on lap 16 but the action behind him was heating up with Jason Myers, McKennedy, Tom Buzze, Jr. and Ward moving through the field.
Meanwhile Burt Myers was riding along just inside the top ten. At lap 25, B. Myers began a charge through the pack using the bottom lane. That charge put him in front at lap 40 with Measmer, McKennedy and Ward in tow. Myers, Measmer, McKennedy and Ward maintained a little cushion over the dog fight between the rest of the field. The battle between J. Myers, Gerstner, Brown, Civali and Buzze finally took its toll at lap 80 when Civali spun in turn four. Pit action saw J. Myers, Smith and Civali on pit road for repairs and adjustments. The restart has B. Myers at the point with a smoking Measmer in second ahead of McKennedy, Ward and Gerstner.
Two laps later contact between Civali and Buzze brought out the second caution of the night. While Civali and Buzze discussed dinner plans the rest of the field lined up for the restart minus McKennedy whose night ended when a piece from Civali’s car punctured the radiator on the 7ny ending McKennedy’s chances for the 5K “Shootout” bonus.
B. Myers fought off a strong charge from Measmer on the restart and held of the Concord, NC driver for the win and the chance for the “Shootout” bonus. Civali recovered from his brush with disaster and charged through the field to finish third ahead of Gerstner and Jason Myers. Ward finished sixth with Brown, Andy Suess, John Smith and Mike Norman rounding out the top ten.
Gerstner’s fourth place finish clinched the SMRS Championship over Brown. The title was the second SMRS crown for Gerstner who battled Ward for the Championship in 2017. Gerstner, who drives to every SMRS event from his Florida home, to compete in the “Shady Grady Racing” Modified was quick to give credit to his owner and team for their efforts in preparing his car and making the Championships possible.
Gerstner finished the season with an eleven point margin over Brown as they were the only drivers to start all eleven SMRS events. Mike Norman wrapped up his best season in a Modified with a third place finish in standings ahead of Ward, Trey Hutchens, Buzze, Smith, Burt Myers, Jamie Tomaino and Measmer.
The North-South Shootout is next on the Modified schedule on November 8-10 At Concord Speedway. For info on the event go to www.northsouthshootout.net.