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BRANDON WARD GETS FOURTH SOUTHERN MODIFIED RACING SERIES WIN OF YEAR AT CONCORD

 CONCORD, N.C. – Winston-Salem’s Brandon Ward drove to his fourth Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) victory of the season Saturday night in the Prelude To The Shootout 125 at Concord Speedway.  He also won at Concord earlier this year on April 1st.
 
                “We have an awful good car and a great team,” said Ward in Victory Lane.  “There are a lot of good teams in this series and I’m glad we won tonight.”
 
                Ward started the season winning three of the first four races, but prior to Saturday his most recent series win was on April 8.  Ward had dropped from the lead to third in the season long standings – 20 points out of the lead – but the win, along with bonus points for the pole and leading laps has closed him to within six points of the top spot.
 
                Burt Myers of Walnut Cove finished second.  Point leader Jeremy Gerstner of Wesley Chapel, Fla., was a strong third.  Danny Bohn of Freehold, N.J. and Tom Buzze of Maiden completed the top five.
 
                The event – “Prelude To the Shootout 125” was a reference to the 15th Annual North South Shootout that will take place at Concord on November November 3rd and 4th.
 
                The Southern Modified Racing Series returns to action a week from Saturday – September 30 – at Hickory Motor Speedway.
 
Prelude To The Shootout 125 Southern Modified Racing Series Feature:
1.       Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C.
2.       Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C.
3.       Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
4.       Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J.
5.       Tom Buzze, Maiden, N.C.
6.       Tim Brown, Tobaccoville, N.C.
7.       Gary Putnam, Concord, N.C.
8.       Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La.
9.       Jason Myers, Walnut-Cover, N.C.
10.   Bobby Measmer Jr., Concord
 
Photo:  Brandon Ward and the Spaugh Racing Technologies Team in Victory Lane at Concord Speedway – Photo:  Brenda Jane Photography
 

BRANDON WARD WINS SPRING EXPLOSION 125 AT CONCORD

SECOND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

                CONCORD, N.C. – Winston-Salem’s Brandon Ward won the $3,000 top prize Saturday at Concord Speedway in the Spring Explosion 125 Southern Modified Racing Series race.  It was his second-consecutive victory as he won last weekend at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont.
 
                As was the case last week at Orange County, Ward established early in the day at Concord that he had a fast car by winning the Precision Spindle Pole award in qualifying.  The draw for a starting spot found Ward third at the start.
 
                Ward maintained a solid spot inside the top-three as Bryan Dauzat, Bobby Measmer Jr. and Andy Seuss each took turns leading the race.  On lap 90, Ward made his move past Seuss to the top spot.  He survived a pair of late race restarts and a challenge from Measmer – last year’s Concord winner and a hometown favorite – to get the victory.
 
                Measmer charged late in the race but came up short finishing in the second spot.  Burt Myers and his brother Jason Myers rallied in the final 25 laps to finish third and fourth, with John Smith competing the top five.
 
                The Southern Modified Racing Series return to the track Saturday (April 8th) for the Modified Invasion 125 at Southern National Speedway in Kenly.
 
Spring Explosion 125 Southern Modified Racing Series Feature:
1.       Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C.
2.       Bobby Measmer Jr., Concord, N.C.
3.       Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C.
4.       Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C.
5.       John Smith, Mt. Airy, N.C.
6.       Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H.
7.       Tyler Truex, West Creek, N.J.
8.       Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y.
9.       J.R. Bertuccio, Centerrach, N.Y.
10.   10: Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J.
11.   Jimmy Wallace, Reedy Creek, N.C.
12.   Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
13.   Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa.
14.   Gary Putnam, Concord, N.C.
15.   Tim Brown, Cana, Va.
16.   Mike Norman, Fayetteville, Tenn.
17.   Tom Buzze Jr., Maiden, N.C.
18.   Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La.
 
Next Race:  Modified Invasion 125
                Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Southern National Motorsports Park, Kenly, N.C.

 

NOTEBOOK: SOUTHERN MODIFIED RACING SERIES TO CONCORD SATURDAY

CONCORD, N.C. – Round three of the 2017 Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) is Saturday night at Concord Speedway with the Spring Explosion 125.  The Modifieds will be joined by the 602 Super Limiteds, Limited Late Models and Mini Stocks in what is sure to be a great night of racing.
 
 
Southern Modified Racing Series Notebook:
 
Winners: Saturday’s race is the third race of the 12-race SMRS 2017 season.  In the season opener at Caraway Speedway in Sophia it was John Smith of Mt. Airy with the victory.  Saturday night at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont it was Winston-Salem’s Brandon Ward getting the win.
 
 
Bobby Measmer Jr

Hometown Hero: Bobby Measmer Jr made his hometown proud last year, earning his career first Modified victory in the SMRS event in May at Concord.  He has numerous victories at the track in other divisions and was the 2011 track champion in the Late Model Stock division at the speedway.

 
Everyone knows Concord is my home track, it’s a place I grew up at and very near to my heart,” said Measmer.  “To win that race — with a lot of my fans who used to watch me race there on Saturday night and my family there – was a great experience.”
 
Measmer is off to a strong start to 2017 with a second-place finish at Caraway and a sixth-place run Saturday night at Orange County.  He is currently third in the series points.
 
Great Start for Ward:Brandon Ward has been a mainstay in racing in the Southeast and has found a home with the SMRS.  On Saturday night at Orange County he scored his career-first series modified victory.  That, combined with a fifth-place run at Caraway, has him atop the season-long series point standings.
 
Danny Bohn of Freehold, N.J. is second in the standings.  Bobby Measmer Jr. is third with Walnut Cove’s Jason Myers and Jeremy Gerstner of Wesley Chapel, Fla. rounding out the top five in points.
 
 
Where’s Burt: Burt Myers of Walnut Cove is the reigning SMRS Champion, but finds himself on the “comeback trail” in 2017.  A postponement of the season-opener created a conflict for Myers with a previously-scheduled family cruise.  That caused him to miss the re-scheduled season opener.
Myers returned to the tour with a seveth-place-finish Saturday night at Orange County.
 
Myers has had considerable success at Concord Speedway, a track he calls one of his favorites.  He is a two-time winner of the North South Shootout – an annual season ending race attracting a “who’s who” of modified racing held each year at Concord.
 
Quick Times:
 
In 2017 at each SMRS race drivers will compete for the $150 Precision Spindle Pole Award for the fastest driver in qualifying.  Tim Brown, of Cana Va., earned the award at Caraway and Brandon Ward picked up the award at Orange County.
 
All-Time Winners:
 2017 is the second season for the Southern Modified Racing Series.  Last year 10 races were contested and two thus far this year.  John Smith leads all drivers with five series wins. The overall series winners are:
           5-John Smith
           2-Jonathan McKennedy, Burt Myers
           1-Bobby Measmer Jr., Jason Myers, Brandon Ward
 
The Track:Concord Speedway is one of the most challenging tracks – and the most popular for racers – on the SMRS tour.  The triangle-shaped speedway is a high-speed test for both the driver and car. 
 
This years the track will host three modified events:  Saturday’s Spring Explosion, a return of the SMRS on Saturday, September 16, and the $10,000-to-win North South Shootout on November 1-3.
 
Saturday:
 
                Grandstand gates open at 4:00 pm with qualifying at 5:15.
 
                The on-track driver autograph session is at 6:05 and racing begins at 7:00.   The SMRS feature is a 125-lap race paying $3,000 to win.  The 602 Super Limiteds will race 75 laps, Limited Late Models will have a 40-lap feature and the mini stocks race for 30 laps.
 
                Concord Speedway is located between Concord and Midland on Highway 601.
 
                More information on the Southern Modified Racing Series is available at www.SouthernModifiedRacingSeries.com or on the organizations Facebook page.