Tim Brown, Burt Myers and Brandon Ward are icons of Bowman Gray Stadium, and they’ve teamed up to write the controversial final chapter of Crazy’s house the story Saturday night in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
The event began with considerable anticipation before Brown and Myers prepare to race for an unprecedented 11th Tour-type modified championship on NASCAR’s most explosive weekly sanctioned short track.
There was also a full moon, as you would expect.
With 43 laps to go, Ward interfered in the championship narrative with an act of retaliation against Myers on bail after being spun as he raced for third place. Ward cautiously preceded Myers around the track, piercing the champion 10 times from behind and eventually sending him off.
All under precaution.
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Brown entered the night with a four-point championship lead over Myers and just needed to end the night ahead of his compatriot 10-time champion. However, at the time of the incident, Brown was fifth and was in danger of losing the championship lead if Myers continued his steady charge forward.
Myers reclaimed his third place for the restart, with Ward sitting down for the night by track officials, but the damage was already done. Brown managed to pass Myers on the restart and finished fifth ahead of Brown in sixth.
Ward had also cut ahead of Myers during his statement round under caution.
“It killed my front end,” Myers said. “The tow was knocked out and the front was collapsing. The only way I could do anything was to get my left front off the track to spin the car. We were just hurt by that. moment. “
While Ward was disappointed that the incident had escalated the way he did, he justified the behavior against Myers and said he was not going to tolerate being turned around by rival competitors.
Even if it meant deciding the outcome of a championship.
“We shouldn’t have to run like that,” Ward said. “We were going to have more reboots and if [Myers] was better than us, he would have recovered around us. I tried to be respectful but we are here to win races. I hate that it comes down to it, but if I had to do it all over again, I would. “
Myers said he learned something above all on Saturday.
“The real Brandon Ward showed up tonight,” Myers said.
Meanwhile, it’s the kind of drama nearly 15,000 people turn up every weekend at Bowman Gray, a Winston-Salem State University football stadium that is converted to motorsport every weekend. been until kick-off.
The Signature Division is made up of the same cars used in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Those present were delighted to take part in the festivities and to sing the serenade of the first 11 times champion in the history of the track. Myers had won the previous four championships, not to mention a 2020 campaign canceled by COVID-19.
Brown hadn’t won a championship since 2014 and he was overwhelmed with achievement on his way to victory.
“It’s been a long time since we won [a championship]”said Brown.” I forgot how much this means to me, my fans, my family and my racing team. I’m speechless, I’m tired, we’ve worked hard all year and we finally made it. We are 11 times champions. “
Brown dedicated the championship to his late grandfather and father, whom he wished he could have seen reach the milestone that had been underway for decades.
Concerns over a recent COVID-19 outbreak also meant that Brown’s wife and children were unable to celebrate with him on the track. While he was disappointed his family couldn’t make it to Saturday’s final, he didn’t let circumstances get in the way of one of the proudest moments of his career.
Now 50, Brown alone holds the most championships and wins in Bowman Gray’s 72-year history with no intention of slowing down.
“We haven’t finished yet.” Brown said.
Meanwhile, Myers and Ward are not yet finished either, with either championship chases or each other after what happened on Saturday night.
“People like Brandon Ward have to realize that that’s not the way you do things here,” Myers said. “Even though it’s kind of seen that this is how people run here, you have to be in contention at the end if you want to try to win a championship.
“He walks around the pits like he’s the nicest guy, then crushes everyone.”
Ward went winless in 2021 after a four-game winning campaign in 2019, so tonight meant just as much to him, he says.
“We were running for a win and he was running for a championship,” Ward said. “We were looking for a good chance of getting third in points if we couldn’t win. Myers forgets he’s meeting people.”
Just another full moon on championship night at Madhouse.
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