Holleman Impresses; Ward and Brown Win at Bowman Gray

Holleman Impresses; Ward and Brown Win at Bowman Gray

The stage was set for excitement on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium.
The points races grow tighter each week. Jonathan Brown and Jason Myers were returning to thrace. Cup Champion Bobby Labonte was slated to compete. And rookie John Holleman of Winston-Salem made the move up from the Sportsman Division to start in his first-ever Modified race at the Stadium.

Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg turned the fastest lap for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. Amazingly, John Holleman qualified third fastest – an impressive accomplishment for his first time competing in Modifieds. And Holleman added a little luck to the mix: when the top six competitors drew for starting position, Holleman drew the pole to start the race. Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem started outside of him in second.

Holleman grabbed the initial lead, but a quick caution on the second lap gave Ward the opportunity to challenge again. Ward raced for a few laps on the outside of Holleman before finally completing the pass and taking the lead.

A series of cautions gave Holleman attempt after attempt to reclaim his spot. During the fifth try, Holleman turned the tables and was able to power ahead of Ward from the outside.

With less than 10 laps to go, Ward had to lay it on the line if he were to take the victory. Ward began to pressure the bumper of Holleman until finally sending Holleman spinning on lap 43. Ward went on to win with Tim Brown of Tobaccoville finishing in his rearview mirror.

“We struggled for about five laps, and then we had the best car,” said Ward. “[Holleman] got a run on us on a restart. We got together down there and he got loose. The last couple times I’ve stopped, I got myself wrecked – so I just had to stay in the gas.”

“I feel like we had the first race won,” said Holleman. “I understand Brandon got into me and he tried to let me save it. He said if he hadn’t have got back in it that he would’ve got run over, and he’s probably right. I just wish there had been a little more slack there. Hey – I’m a rookie, and I’ve got to earn it. We’re still thrilled to run as good as we did.”

The start of the second Modified race was a battle for the lead between John Smith of Mount Airy and Danny Bohn of Huntersville. But quickly into the race, a massive wreck took out much of the field.

That allowed Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem to move up to the outside to challenge Bohn for the lead. Brown made a smooth pass to steal away the top spot, going on to win the second 50-lapper.

It was a gratifying win for the team who had been battling mechanical issues for days and hadn’t even had a chance to practice. “I rebuilt this racecar, had the motor torn in half, put it back together, showed up on an open trailer, and passed more cars than anybody has all season in one night,” said Jonathan Brown. “I just can’t believe we’re in Victory Lane right now.”

Danny Bohn ended up finishing second, with John Holleman finishing third.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee and former Cup Champion Bobby Labonte also competed on Saturday. The legend held his own, finishing 10th in the first race and 19th in the second race after getting caught in a collision with nowhere to go.

In the McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series, Tommy Neal of Walkertown held off the stout pressure from Justin Taylor of Kernersville to claim victory in the first 20-lap race. In the second 20-lapper, Amber Lynn of Walkertown won – her third victory of the season.
Billy Gregg of Lexington brought home the win in the Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series. And in the Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series, Chuck Wall of Lexington and Daryl Bryant of Pilot Mountain each won a 15-lapper.

Cover photo by Eric Hylton.

Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
1st Modified Race: 50 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN
1 04 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC
2 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC
3 22 Jonathan Brown Winston-Salem, NC
4 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC
5 79 James Civali Davidson, NC
6 2 Joseph Brown Winston-Salem, NC
7 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC
8 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC
9 44 Daniel Beeson Kernersville, NC
10 36 Bobby Labonte Trinity, NC
11 81 Zack Clifton Walkertown, NC
12 3 Danny Propst Monroe, NC
13 8 Darin Redmon Walnut Cove, NC
14 65 Danny Bohn Huntersville, NC
15 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC
16 51 Drew Moffitt Lexington, NC
17 41 Chris Williams Martinsville, VA
18 69 John Holleman Winston-Salem, NC
19 16 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC
20 18 Daniel Yates Lexington, NC
21 12 Dean Ward Winston-Salem, NC
22 78 Jody Fritts Winston-Salem, NC
23 6 George Brunnhoelzl III Mooresville, NC
24 76 Jeremy Gerstner Wesley Chapel, FL
25 75 Lee Jeffreys Wallburg, NC
26 77 Susan Harwell Jonesville, NC
27 58 Jody Utt Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Modified Race: 50 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN
1 22 Jonathan Brown Winston-Salem, NC
2 65 Danny Bohn Huntersville, NC
3 69 John Holleman Winston-Salem, NC
4 5 Randy Butner Pfafftown, NC
5 76 Chris Fleming Mount Airy, NC
6 1 Burt Myers Walnut Cove, NC
7 83 Tim Brown Tobaccoville, NC
8 04 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC
9 53 John Smith Mount Airy, NC
10 44 Daniel Beeson Kernersville, NC
11 4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC
12 51 Drew Moffitt Lexington, NC
13 79 James Civali Davidson, NC
14 2 Joseph Brown Winston-Salem, NC
15 8 Darin Redmon Walnut Cove, NC
16 77 Lee Jeffreys Wallburg, NC
17 41 Chris Williams Martinsville, VA
18 3 Danny Propst Monroe, NC
19 36 Bobby Labonte Trinity, NC
20 81 Zack Clifton Walkertown, NC
21 78 Jody Fritts Winston-Salem, NC
22 6 Daniel Yates Lexington, NC
23 58 Jody Utt Winston-Salem, NC

McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series
1st Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN
1 21 Tommy Neal Walkertown, NC
2 12 Justin Taylor Kernersville, NC
3 92 Kyle Southern Rural Hall, NC
4 38 Mitch Gales Thomasville, NC
5 19 Michael Adams Yadkinville, NC
6 55 Zack Ore Winston-Salem, NC
7 7 Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
8 22 Wesley Thompson Mocksville, NC
9 07 Kevin Neal Walkertown, NC
10 2 Amber Lynn Walkertown, NC
11 30 Blake Shupe Mt Airy, NC
12 71 D.J. Moore Winston-Salem, NC
13 66 Tim Giesen Mocksville, NC
14 17 Michael Caudill Lexington, NC
15 31 Chase Robertson Winston-Salem, NC
16 80 Brian Shupe Winston-Salem, NC
17 3 Jeff Garrison Arcadia, NC
18 03 Sterling Plemmons Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Sportsman Race: 20 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN
1 2 Amber Lynn Walkertown, NC
2 7 Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
3 21 Tommy Neal Walkertown, NC
4 12 Justin Taylor Kernersville, NC
5 92 Kyle Southern Rural Hall, NC
6 31 Chase Robertson Winston-Salem, NC
7 19 Michael Adams Yadkinville, NC
8 80 Blake Shupe Mt Airy, NC
9 55 Zack Ore Winston-Salem, NC
10 66 Tim Giesen Mocksville, NC
11 38 Mitch Gales Thomasville, NC
12 07 Kevin Neal Walkertown, NC
13 22 Wesley Thompson Mocksville, NC
14 17 Michael Caudill Lexington, NC
15 71 D.J. Moore Winston-Salem, NC
16 3 Jeff Garrison Arcadia, NC

Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 20 laps

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN
1 98 Billy Gregg Lexington, NC
2 08 Jacob Creed Dobson, NC
3 99 Bryan Sykes Winston-Salem, NC
4 22 Brian Wall Winston-Salem, NC
5 69 Gerald Robinson Jr Winston-Salem, NC
6 97 Jeremy Warren Winston-Salem, NC
7 6 Austin Powell Concord, NC
8 16 Brad Lewis Winston-Salem, NC
9 19 Corey Rose Trinity, NC
10 28 Nate Gregg Lexington, NC
11 33 Dennis Lanier Lexington, NC
12 13 Kevin Gilbert Mocksville, NC
13 3 Brian Rose Denton, NC
14 62 Kevin Hedgecock Thomasville, NC
15 40 Taylor Robbins Winston-Salem, NC
16 2 Willie Wall Winston-Salem, NC
17 1 Christian Joyce Trinity, NC
18 02 David Creed Mount Airy, NC
19 23 Andy Spears Lexington, NC

Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock “A” Race: 13 laps completed (race ended prematurely due to time limit expiration)

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN
1 81 Chuck Wall Lexington, NC
2 1 Grayson Keaton Mocksville, NC
3 24 A.J. Sanders Mocksville, NC
4 47 Tyler McDonald Thomasville, NC
5 51 Junior Snow King, NC
6 01 Chris Allison Mocksville, NC
7 80 Luke Smith Advance, NC
8 60 Brad Mickalowski Mocksville, NC
9 33 DJ Dean Thomasville, NC
10 3 K.C. Myers Winston-Salem, NC
11 76 Billy Cameron Jr Salisbury, NC
12 69 Brandon Crotts Winston-Salem, NC
13 44 Justin Whitaker Elon, NC
14 54 Justin Owens Walnut Cove, NC
15 27 Austin Cates Tobaccoville, NC
16 14 Ken Bridges King, NC
17 03 Cody Gum Winston-Salem, NC
18 28 Robert Mabe Germanton, NC
19 20 Scarlett Dahmer Kernersville, NC
20 68 Tyler Bush Clemmons, NC
21 43 Brandon Brendle Winston-Salem, NC

Stadium Stock “B” Race: 11 laps completed (race ended prematurely due to time limit expiration)

FINISH CAR DRIVER HOMETOWN
1 00 Daryl Bryant Pilot Mountain, NC
2 37 Josh Osborne Salisbury, NC
3 10 David Hopkins Winston-Salem, NC
4 79 Junior Smith Lexington, NC
5 31 Kyler Staley Reedy Creek, NC
6 4 Brandon Bassett Winston-Salem, NC
7 5 Connor Keaton Mocksville, NC
8 23 Blake Spears Lexington, NC
9 88 Mickey Tuttle Pinnacle, NC
10 2 Jason Everhart Lexington, NC
11 95 Justin Emory King, NC
12 74 Matt Alley Walnut Cove, NC
13 7 Joel Stewart Mocksville, NC
14 70 Jeffery Burrow Thomasville, NC
15 15 Dwayne Bryant Pilot Mountain, NC
16 0 Carlos Clifton Germanton, NC
17 30 Jeremy Seeley Sophia, NC
18 11 Chad Hopkins Winston-Salem, NC
19 34 Steven Stoneman Asheboro, NC