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BURT MYERS WINS ADVANCE AUTO PARTS 199 AT BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Aug. 6, 2005) -- Burt Myers won the Advance Auto Parts 199 Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium, his second victory of the year on the NASCAR Whelen ...

BURT MYERS WINS ADVANCE AUTO PARTS 199 AT BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Aug. 6, 2005) -- Burt Myers won the Advance Auto Parts 199 Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium, his second victory of the year on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Tim Brown finished second, followed by Junior Miller, Jay Hedgecock and Michael Clifton in fifth place. The result boosted Myers to first place in the championship point standings, by a two-point Margin over Miller (781-779).

"I knew that we had a good car and if we could just get in the front, that was the place to be," said Myers. "We have a heck of a race car and a heck of a race team. We're home sweet home right here, whether it's the Whelen Southern Modified Tour or Bowman Gray Stadium racing. This means more to me than any race we've run all year long. I wanted this one bad, and I got it."

Myers is a third-generation Modified driver, and his victory in the Advance Auto Parts 199 represented his family's 101st win at the track. The Myers family has been part of the scene at Bowman Gray from the start. Billy, Bobby, Burt, Jason and Gary Myers have all won races at the fabled track. In fact, the car Myers drove to victory Saturday was originally built and raced by his father, Gary, in 1986. The race car has now won 45 races in the past 19 years.

Hedgecock, who qualified second-fastest but started first after the top six starting positions were re-drawn, led the opening 71 laps and had built a sizeable lead over Brown before his luck ran out when the field was brought under caution. As the leaders exited turn four as the yellow flag was displayed, Hedgecock spun out and surrendered the lead to Brown.

Brown then paced the next 66 laps while Myers and Miller gave chase. At this point in the race, track experience was clearly a factor as the top three drivers represented a combined total of 115 Bowman Gray Stadium Modified victories. Myers, now a 21-time race winner at Bowman Gray, used his experience and skills to steal the lead from Brown in turn one, on the 137th lap.

From there, it was anything but smooth sailing for Myers, who held off Brown over three restarts, including a thrilling "green-white-checker" finish that extended the race distance to 207 laps after a late caution period.

The race marked the all-new Tour's first visit to Bowman Gray Stadium, the historic NASCAR-sanctioned track that has hosted NASCAR Modified racing for decades. The Tour's next stop is Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, for the Sept. 3 "Made in America Whelen 300", which will be a combination race with the Northeastern-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The race will also be Martinsville's first-ever nighttime race.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Junior Miller , Burt Myers