Winston-Salem, NC — The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour made its annual stop at The Madhouse just over an hour North of Charlotte. Seventeen cars took time on the flat quarter mile track with Kyle Ebersole setting a fast time of 13.392.
Some action happened early on with Jason Myers spun into the football field on the second lap of the race and somehow he kept it rolling and didn’t go a lap down. About 13 laps later Jason caught up to the field and started working his way through the field, his first obstacle was rookie Austin Pickens who had trouble getting out of the way of faster cars all night. Six laps later he got by 8 time Langley track champion Shawn Balluzzo. The first caution of the night flew when team mate and car owner Jeremy Grestner would make contact with Balluzzo on lap 36 ending Grestner’s night early. Shawn was also down a lap but got the lucky dog under this caution.
Back up front on the restart, Ebersole continued to have a strong car. He raced 2014 Bowman Gray Stadium champon Danny Bohn side by side for a solid lap on the tight track before some car behind them would lose control on lap 48. Dalton Baldwin took too much damage to continue on the night and finished 15th. A scary moment happened on the next restart with George Brunnhoelzl III going hard into the outside railing on the front straight. The ambulance came out on the track but with the help of officials he was able to get out of his car and walk to the ambulance. His team later released a statement saying he dislocated his shoulder and would not require surgery.
Once the field got rolling again Jason Myers would find himself in the top-5 after a tough climb through the field. On the restart Bohn gets by Ebersole for first and Burt joins them as they spread from the field a bit. A nice pace of green flag laps flew by until the leaders caught the rear of the field around lap 100. Pickens once again would get in the way of the leaders and almost took Burt out as he tried to pass him. On lap 140 the competition caution came out, only 6 cars decided to take advantage of it.
The stadium would roar again on lap 148 and Ebersole made a pass on Bohn on the outside, a hard move on the tight track. The action was short lived though with the caution flying again on lap 156 for JR Bertuccio losing power. Green flag racing resumed on lap 160 and a big wreck involving the leaders, Bohn getting the worst of it as he got hit by Pickens and Dauzat while he was in the wall. Andy Suess was in fifth when the wreck happened, “I couldn’t see what happen to be honest. it was getting a bit hairy before it. we were very fortunate to get through it, our bad luck had ended at that point.” With Ebersole and Bohn involved in the caution the Myers brothers now sat on the front row. After a rough start Andy Suess was up to third, chasing Burt for the points lead.
The 6-time Bowman Gray modifieds champion would outrun the field for the rest of the race winning for the third time at The Madhouse in the NWSMT, with only a small challenge from his brother. “I love racing with Jason for the win, if I can’t win I want him to do it.” Burt said about racing with Jason for the win.“I think it’ll all probably come together and hit me in the morning. I’ll get up and go to church, I always walk out and get the Winston-Salem Journal and check all the social media stuff. That’s when it’ll really hit me.”
Jason said after the race, “I wish I could have been 1 and him 2. We do want to finish 1-2 but when you get outran by the guy who runs out of the same shop as you do I’m gonna hear this until next Saturday.” He also commented on his spin on lap 2 of the night, “If we didn’t have to come from such far behind to start with [we may have won], but we might have got in some of those wrecks so we got kind of lucky.”
The next race for the series is at Bristol on the 17th where the other NASCAR touring division will join them for the North-South shootout.