Southern Tour Championship Five Years In The Making
Burt Myers already has a résumé most drivers can only dream about. Numerous track championships and more wins than can be remembered. Now Myers can claim the final piece of the puzzle – a NASCAR touring championship.
Myers will be in Charlotte to take part in the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Gala on Saturday night at the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom, adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This championship is part of a trifecta for Myers, who also will celebrate his track title from Bowman Gray Stadium and the North Carolina state championship during the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series awards banquet to be held Friday night also at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
“I can’t wait for next week,” said Myers from Las Vegas, where he was on hand to participate in the Myers Brothers Luncheon that is named after Billy and Bobby Myers, who were NASCAR competitors in the 1950’s and related to the younger Myers. “We are going to celebrate as a family.”
Although Myers will have his name on the trophy, he is quick to point out he wouldn’t have the title without the help and support of his family and close friends who have been with him a long time.
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In 2005 Burt Myers, along with his brother Jason, decided to take part in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Burt knew it would take a total team effort.
The brothers work on their cars side-by-side in the same shop and their dad, Gary, is ever-present working and offering advice to both sons as they prepare for each race. While Gary is directly involved as Jason’s car owner, Burt has had the same car owner since he began racing on the tour – Philip Smith.
Smith has worked with Myers to secure sponsorship and help make sure the team had what it needs to be successful, but Burt Myers added Smith also brings something else crucial for the team’s success.
“Philip is the kind of guy that knows how to treat people right and that makes a big difference,” Burt Myers said. “He has been with me a long time and we have had the chance to enjoy a lot of wins together. Obviously I am as happy for him as anybody getting to celebrate a NASCAR Touring title.”
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There will be many crew chiefs coming to Charlotte this week to celebrate their team’s accomplishments, but no one will have more reason to celebrate that Scott Widener. Widener, who directed not one, but two championship campaigns for Burt Myers in 2010.
Widener will participate in Saturday night’s NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala in Charlotte and he will also celebrate winning the North Carolina state title during Friday night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Award Banquet at the Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Widener has been with Myers for four years. Like Myers, Widener grew up around Bowman Gray Stadium and dreamed of competing at the track since he was a little boy.
“I started working in the pits as soon as I turned 16,” Widener said. “I have been around that track for nearly 25 years now and I am glad Burt and I started working together a few years ago.”
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