BEFORE RAIN FALLS AT BOWMAN GRAY
Adams grabbed the first checkered of the season at
Bowman Gray Stadium. Mother Nature took the second.
The very first race of 2016 was a scorcher in the
Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series. Kevin Neal
of Winston-Salem started on the pole with John
Holleman of Winston-Salem starting on the outside
front row. Neal sped out as the green flag dropped
and was able to hold the inside line.
John Holleman challenged Neal during a double-file
restart but was unsuccessful and fell back. Michael
Adams of Yadkinville made a smooth pass past Neal
for the lead on lap 13.
Holleman attempted the same outside-row challenge
against Adams but again couldn’t make it stick. As
the two fought for the lead, Zack Clifton of
Walkertown took advantage of the situation to dash
to the inside of both of them. But Clifton’s lead
was short-lived as Adams powered past him and
reclaimed the lead on lap 35.
“Last year was our year. This year’s going to be our
year even better,” said Adams after grabbing the
checkered. Zack Clifton ended up finishing second,
with Holleman taking third.
Adams not only had the special distinction of
winning the first race of the season, but he also
received his victory trophy from Governor Pat
McCrory – who served as Grand Marshal for the event.
In the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, the first
40 laps of the Hayes Jewelers 200 was also a wild
contest. Tim Brown of Tobaccoville led the first few
laps until Danny Bohn of Huntersville hammered his
bumper and stole the top spot away.
Bad luck struck for Bohn as leaking fluid forced him
to pit. He lost several laps, but then good luck
smiled on Bohn: the new Lucky Dog rule allowed him
to regain his lost laps over several cautions.
Then the skies opened up and rained, leaving Tim
Brown and Burt Myers on the front row. The race will
be completed next week in the continuation of the
Hayes Jewelers 200 presented by 100.3 KISS FM.
Also on the schedule is another 40-lapper for the
Yates Grading & Paving Sportsman Series, a 20-lapper
for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series, and
two 15-lappers for the McDowell Stadium Stock
Series. Rain checks from April 30 will be honored
Gates open at 6:00 for practice, and the first race
begins at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices, directions, and
more information can be found online at
www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336)
Loren Pinilis / Bowman Gray Stadium
April 30, 2016