DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After six years away from championship glory on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Burt Myers returned to the top of the class in 2016.
In a season filled with accolades for the 40-year-old Walnut Cove, N.C. driver, Myers captured three wins, nine top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes. He also scored two Coors Light Pole Awards over the course of the season, adding to his total (30) as the all-time pole award winner in the history of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Myers took down the victory in the season-opening race at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway in March, leading 58 laps en route to victory. Then, in the next five races — Myers won two times – including a second trophy at Caraway and a victory at his home track, Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, N.C.
He finished the final five races of the season with only one finish outside the top eight. A sixth at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile track clinched his second career championship – six years after his first crown in 2010.
“The consistency that we had was incredible,” Myers said. “I think our worst finish all year was a ninth and that’s probably what sticks out the most. Going into the race at Bowman Gray, we always feel like that’s our home turf. I knew I had a great car, I was sitting there running third and everything just kind of worked out in our favor. It was the pivotal point in our season where I realized the championship was ours to lose.”
Myers was also able to lock up his seventh career NASCAR Whelen All American Series modified division championship at Bowman Gray Stadium and the Southern Modified Racing Series championship.
“Whenever I leave the shop my goal is to win the race but when you step back and see what you did and see that I won three championships this year, it’s special to me,” Myers added. “My name is that is on the championship plaque, but there is so many people behind me that make it possible. My family, my sponsors and everyone that puts everything they have into this. My guys are volunteers and they do it for the passion of the sport.”
“I can’t imagine a race being in my backyard and me sitting at home. We’ve just been so blessed this year to have had a great season.”
Myers believes that his last few years of focus on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has helped him as a driver, along with switching to chassis supplier Fury Race Cars, the same organization that supplied the cars for 2016 for Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby.
Myers made the switch to the car in the late stages of 2014 and since then, he has been successful.