BRIAN LOFTIN SCORES SATURDAY NIGHT VICTORY AT BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Brian Loftin had one of the most successful drivers at Bowman Gray Stadium behind him. And he kept him there all night. Loftin (No. 23 L&R Transmission/QMF...
BRIAN LOFTIN SCORES SATURDAY NIGHT VICTORY AT BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Brian Loftin had one of the most successful drivers at Bowman Gray Stadium behind him. And he kept him there all night.
Loftin (No. 23 L&R Transmission/QMF Solutions Chevrolet) led every lap en route to winning the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour's Advance Auto Parts 199 at Bowman Gray. Burt Myers ran second for the entire race, which was extended to 202 laps by a green-white-checkered finish. Myers (No. 1 JRC Investments Ford) had won two of three tour races at the historic .25-mile oval and has three titles in the track's weekly Modified division.
"It seemed like every wreck happened right in front of us, where we had to drive through it," said Loftin, who was in contention for the lead at Bowman Gray last year before a late-race incident. "We were owed this one and we cashed in."
Loftin qualified seventh but started on the pole after redrawing the top spot during the post-qualifying draw of the top eight qualifiers.
It's Loftin's eighth career victory, second straight this season and his first visit to Victory Lane at Bowman Gray. It's been nearly four months since Loftin's win at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., April 12. Since that event, the tour has been rained out three times.
Tim Brown (No. 83 Triad Auto Sales/Hayes Jewelers Chevrolet) finished third, followed by Bobby Hutchens and Andy Seuss.
Point leader L.W. Miller ran into trouble all night. Miller, who started third, was caught up in a multi-car wreck in Turn 1 of the first lap and wound up with the rear of his car on top the car of Brian King. Miller was given a drive-through penalty for a rough driving later in the race. He made both laps up as the free-pass car on subsequent cautions and drove his way back to eighth.