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Short-track tempers: Woman punches driver in Victory Lane at Bowman-Gray

Jun 3, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

During this past weekend’s action at venerable North Carolina short track Bowman-Gray Stadium, a woman punched the winner of a Modified race in the stomach.

Burt Myers emerged victorious after making contact with Junior Miller on the final lap, which spun out the latter. Miller showed his displeasure by chasing Myers through the infield grass, around the track, and then back into the grass again where he bumped Myers before he was cut off presumably by track officials.

But that wasn’t the end of it, as a woman walked up during Myers’ victory celebration and gave him a shot to the gut before fans and officers pulled her away.

Fox affiliate WGHP-TV in High Point, North Carolina caught the entire sequence on camera. You can check out their clip below, which ends with Myers’ post-race explanation of the whole matter.

It makes for entertaining theater, but some aren’t happy about it. Noted auto racing writer Shawn Courchesne, formerly of the Hartford Courant and now with RaceDayCT, writes that the incident won’t help the reputation of Bowman-Gray or other short tracks in general.

“Yes, story-lines and drama create fans,” he closes his post. “But, where does it cross the line to not even being about the racing any longer?

“If people are coming to your track mainly because your drivers consistently use their cars as weapons to go after other drives or your drivers are regularly getting hauled off in handcuffs, then are you even selling “racing” at that point?”

It’s a fair argument to make. As Courchesne notes, Bowman-Gray is among the best-attended tracks of its kind. But when brouhahas such as these bring extra attention, they can run the risk of pushing the actual racing product to the side.

Check out the video above and see if you agree with him.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I agree the redneck crap ain’t cool. I understand the frustration when somebody crashes you out but it’s the very nature of this type of racing so either accept it or don’t race in CRASHCAR type racing.

  2. worknman24hours - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    The news media tries to make something out of nothing here.

    Fist fights and cussing matches are part of the race fun at these hard fought countryside races.

    People get their anger out and then they walk away with a few bruises and some good stories.

    I have never heard of ANYONE pulling a gun or a knife at one of these things.

    It’s just “You sum bixxxx,you wrecked my driver”,a few fist flings and it’s over.

    Then we all go eat some bbq and drink some beers.

    Can’t wait for next Saturday nights race to do it all over again.

  3. wethog66 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    So an old lady got fired up and sucker punched someone in the gut? Rednecks doing Redneck stuff.

    I like it, personally. Its not like this is Mexico or Europe where they throw stuff on the field (bags of piss, batteries or bananas) when they get fired up. Get over it.

    Oh and Burt Myers spun the guy out before the guy behind him ran into him. Just sayin.

  4. moezilla - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    techmeister1…..Has there ever been a oval or speedway racing article on Motor Sports Talk that you DIDN’T comment on? For someone who obviously dislikes NASCAR and anything related to it, you sure do spend a lot of time discussing it.

    • indycar02 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      isnt that what we are here for?….

  5. indycar02 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    as if short track racin aint messed up enough, that police officer needs to be FIRED for grabing a female, the track needs to have female police officers when dealing with female fans.

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