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Burt Myers, John Holleman IV Split Modified Features At Bowman Gray

Saturday’s twin 25-lap Modified features at Bowman Gray Stadium belonged to ten-time track champion Burt Myers and rookie John Holleman IV.

Brandon White

The past and present continued to collide at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday evening.

Ten-time track champion Burt Myers tallied his 84th career victory in the first 25-lap Modified feature while John Holleman IV’s triumph in the second feature was only win No. 2 in the division.

Holleman never envisioned that the wins would come so early in his first full-time year of Modified racing and believes that his cars can still be so much better going forward.

“To be able to win two races after only four weeks of racing feels really good,” Holleman IV said. “We didn’t qualify well and definitely didn’t run well in the first race but we started on pole in the second race and took advantage.”

With his competitors only having 25 laps at their disposal, Holleman knew that he would visit victory lane again as long as he kept his car on the bottom of the track, which helped him pick up his first win back on June 12.

Daniel Beeson was the one pressuring Holleman this time around instead of Jeremy Gerstner. Like Gerstner, Beeson failed to find his way around Holleman and had to settle for a second place finish.

Holleman was up at the front of the field despite finishing a dismal 16th in the first race but was assisted by Myers, who ended up drawing No. 16 for the ensuing invert.

Although Myers knew that it would be next to impossible to win from 16th in 25 laps for the second feature, he was more than happy to score his first victory at Bowman Gray since the track’s reopening.

“The longer you run over here and the older you get, you just don’t know how many of these you’re going to get,” Myers said. “We know that we’ve been strong all year and we knew that we had this in us. Everything just had to fall the way they did and we haven’t quit.”

Myers had one of the strongest cars during the first race of Bowman Gray’s 2021 season back on June 5 but a power steering issue ultimately took him out of contention that evening.

The past few weeks have seen Myers make regular appearances at the front of the field but he was still unhappy with where his car was ahead of Saturday’s twin 25-lap features.

Following a long morning of strenuous work, Myers finally got the car to his liking and is entering the second half of the season with much more confidence.

Holleman believes that he can keep pace with regulars like Myers, Tim Brown, Danny Bohn and others throughout the year, adding that he would not be in his current position without the assistance of veterans such as Brian Loftin and Junior Miller.

Despite this, Holleman knows that a long grind is ahead of them and that obtaining better track position in qualifying will be crucial towards picking up more wins.

“We have to qualify better,” Holleman said. “These twin 25s kills us if we don’t qualify good. We aren’t going to get lucky every week and get a good draw for the second race. The driver has to get his head on straight and get a good lap down.”

Holleman and Myers each intend to make the most of the upcoming off weekend so they can better prepare themselves against the season veterans and newcomers of Bowman Gray’s Modified division.

Race 1:

1. Burt Myers
2. Tim Brown
3. Jason Myers
4. Lee Jeffreys
5. Chris Fleming
6. John Smith
7. Brandon Ward
8. Jonathan Brown
9. Danny Bohn
10. James Civali
11. Danny Probst
12. Randy Butner
13. Bob Brown
14. Michael Clifton
15. Daniel Beeson
16. John Holleman IV
17. Junior Miller
18. Dennis Holdren
19. William Smith
20. Chris Williams
21. Bussy Beavers
22. Susan Harwell
23. Brad Robbins

Race 2:

1. John Holleman IV
2. Daniel Beeson
3. Bobo Brown
4. James Civali
5. John Smith
6. Lee Jeffreys
7. Jonathan Brown
8. Tim Brown
9. Burt Myers
10. Junior Miller
11. Jason Myers
12. Chris Fleming
13. Randy Butner
14. Brandon Ward
15. Danny Probst
16. Dennis Holdren
17. Bussy Beavers
18. Chris Williams
19. Michael Clifton
20. Danny Bohn
21. William Smith
22. Susan Harwell
23. Brad Robbins

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Brandon White graduated from the University of North Carolina pursuing a career in journalism. Prior to joining Short Track Scene, he worked with the CARS Tour and at Race22. He predominantly covers the CARS Tour as well as other races throughout the year.

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  1. Donald Goodine

    June 27, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Love what you doing

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