Burt Myers On Pole For North-South Shootout Main Event; Michael Gervais Jr. Scores SK Mod Pole

Burt Myers has been staunchest defender of home turf when it comes to 10 years of North-South Shootout Tour Type Modified competition.

Burt Myers celebrates his last North-South Shootout victory in 2009 at Concord Speedway

Friday he was back at it showing the South is in charge.

Myers, of Walnut Cove, N.C. won the pole for Saturday’s 125-lap Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout Tour Type Modified event at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.

Myers, a two-time winner of the event, turned a lap of 15.743 seconds (104.046 mph) around the .455-mile oval at Caraway.

Myers, a weekly regular at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a regular on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, was the second to last of 30 cars to go out in time trials for the event.

“We’re happy. We love running this event,” Myers said in a release from Caraway Speedway. “We love these money-type races where you run like crazy, come in and put on tires, and then go back out and run like crazy again. Little brother’s third, my son, Slate, is going to run his first pedal car race tomorrow, so it’s a pretty good start to the weekend so far.”

Myers won the event in 2008 and 2009 when the race was still run at Concord (N.C.) Speedway.  The race moved to Caraway last year.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. was second fastest and Myers’ brother Jason was third fastest in qualifying.

Hirschman has won the Tour Type Modified event at the North-South Shootout four times, including the last two. He also won in 2006 and 2007.

“Burt’s won more of these poles than I have, so it was no surprise to me,” Hirschman said. “Our car was good, and second’s so close. When you have a 30-car field, it’s nothing to be ashamed with. I’m confident that we’ll be good. The pole would have been nice, but it really doesn’t matter.”

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Ryan Preece of Berlin was sixth fastest. Valenti Modified Racing Series regular Tommy Barrett Jr. of Millis, Mass. was eighth.

Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified division regular Michael Gervais Jr. of Southbury was fastest in qualifying for Saturday’s 50-lap SK Modified feature. Hirschman was second in qualifying for that event also.

Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Matt Kenseth, set a track record in leading qualifying for Saturday’s 125-lap Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model event.

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