It was a hot, humid, and frankly, miserable May evening in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Saturday night. The Street Stock division had their longest and richest race of the season last night, the Whelen Fifty Lapper. Spencer Martin outpaced the field by nearly two tenths in qualifying setting the bar high for his fellow competitors, unfortunately for Spencer, the top six would redraw. Lee Jeffreys won the pole for the first of two twenty-five lappers for the Modifieds.
The first event of the night was a fifteen-lap Stadium Stock event where AJ Sanders held off Wesley Thompson for the win.
Dylan Ward led the field to the green flag in the first twenty-lap event for the Sportsman division. He led up until the final restart when he had a mechanical failure. Zack Clifton would take advantage of this failure and win his first race back to Bowman Gray stating “I came back for the fans and my sponsors.” He would redraw 8 for the second race.
The first Modified event of the night Johnathan Brown would make quick work of Lee Jeffreys and lead flag-to-flag for his first win of 2018. Bobby Measmer Jr would finish second.
In the second Sportsman race tempers would run hot as Taylor Branch and Amber Lynn would have contact off turn four leaving Lynn’s car parked in the infield. Going back green Derek Stoltz would play bumper tag with Tommy Neal until the two collided on the entry of turn three resulting in both cars being hauled off on the hook. Kevin Neal would hold off the field and he too, would not only lead flag-to-flag but also win his first event of the 2018 season.
Our second Modified race resulted in quite a few torn up race cars. Burt Myers and Jeremy Gerstner would tangle in turn three collecting Tim Brown as well. Burt would later re-enter the race multiple laps down, Gerstner however, wasn’t as lucky. Tim Brown had something go wrong going into turn one, at the time Brown was running inside the top three. Unfortunately for him, Randy Butner collided with Brown on the backstretch as he was slowing to enter the pits. Bobby Measmer Jr. AKA Farmer Ted, would get around Frank Fleming just before this caution came out. Measmer would gap the field and win his first ever race at Bowman Gray Stadium and give arguably the greatest Victory Lane speech of all time telling the fans that this win wouldn't be the last and to "get used to it." Congratulations to he and the entire Hughes Motorsports team.
The main event was on tap after this Modified race. Jac Creed would lead everyone to the green. Taylor Robbins received help from behind in what led to the biggest wreck of this event collecting Brian Wall, Robbins, and others. Spencer Martin would stay within a car length of Creed throughout this race and finally pull off the pass with about two to go. Spencer went on to 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 laps to go only to be passed on the last lap by Brendle as he won his first race of 2018.