Old traditions are alive and well at Bowman Gray Stadium.
In a scenario that has played out numerous times in the track’s history, the two winningest drivers in Burt Myers and Tim Brown are currently in a heated battle for the Modified championship.
The key difference this time around is that the duo are currently tied for the championship lead.
With only a small margin of error to work with, Myers is aiming to be more consistent over the final weeks of the 2021 season.
“It’s been up and down for us,” Myers said. “We did really good the week before but were a little off last week. That’s the way it goes over here. You could be a hero one minute and then a zero the next.”
Myers controlled Bowman Gray’s Modified division prior to the COVID-19 pandemic with four consecutive championships, giving him ten in total at the track during his prestigious career.
Myers shares the honor as a ten-time Modified champion at Bowman Gray with Brown, who is currently the all-time wins leader at the track with 93 victories while Myers sits second with 84.
Brown has grown accustomed to tight championship battles at Bowman Gray and knows that victories are going to be important for him to claim his first title since 2015.
“We’ve got a great race car, great team and great sponsors,” Brown said. “Things are going our way but it’s still very early in the season. There’s a lot of racing to go, so we’ve to keep our head down and just keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
Other than getting one more win than Myers, Brown has been on even footing with his long-time rival through seven races, having amassed the same amount of Top 5s and Top 10s with three and six respectively.
Two of Brown’s poor finishes came in an evening’s second 25-lap feature, where a poor draw prevented him from moving his way up to the front with a short amount of time at his disposal.
Only one more night of twin 25-lap features remain on Bowman Gray’s schedule but Brown is counting on efficiency and good fortunes for longer events like the Fox8 WGHP 100 and season-ending Carolina Farm Credit 150.
“You just have to work hard and keep on going,” Brown said. “We need to keep the race cars good and have a little bit of luck on our side as well.”
Like Brown, Myers is turning his attention towards Bowman Gray’s last five races and is confident that his car’s long run speed will help him add a few more victories to his impressive win total.
Myers is also looking forward to just battling Brown for a championship once again after being unable to do so in 2020. He hopes to cap off the year by reaching the milestone of 11 track titles before Brown can claim that goal for himself.
“If you told me at the beginning of the year that me and Tim would be tied halfway through, I would have believed it,” Myers said. “Circumstances have to fall our way but at the same time, we have to be fast and can’t beat ourselves. The goal is to come out and win.”
Following the cancellation of last weekend’s on-track activities due to inclement weather, Brown and Myers will continue their title fight across two 25-lap features on Saturday evening.