Moving past one weekend of self-inflicted wounds was humbling for Bobby Measmer Jr.
Moving past the other things in the past month, the non-self-inflicted wounds at Bowman Gray Stadium, was a bit tougher.
“The not-self-inflicted (parts were) really tough to get past, whenever you know you have a really good car and you’re constantly working on it, you repair whatever it might be that you’ve gotta repair due to somebody else’s mistake,” Measmer said.
First, Measmer had to get past Lee Jeffreys on Saturday night. That allowed Measmer, in the form of a victory in the first 25-lap Modified series race, to move past the past month-long struggle.
“After the last four weeks we’ve had, yeah, it’s definitely — it’s good to finally get what we feel like the car deserves,” Measmer said. “Had a couple of bad weeks, bad luck, some of it self-inflicted, some of it not self-inflicted. But it definitely feels good to get that second win.”
Measmer entered Saturday night’s action 10th in the Modified standings. He finished 12th in last week’s 100-lap Modified race and hadn’t recorded a top-10 in more than a month, his win coming May 11.
Jeffreys was out front early in the first Modified race as the pole-winner, but he encountered trouble about halfway through the race. That allowed Measmer to take the lead that he never relinquished.
“I thought Lee had a tire going down. He started getting looser and looser and he got really loose there, and I saw him waving me off, waving me around the outside,” Measmer said. “Come to find out he broke the rear-end hose, and I hate to see that, I hate to win the race that way, I’d have liked to have raced it out hard, but the way my luck’s been, I’ll definitely take it.”
“I had to hold off another good car, Jonathan Brown, and on that restart he gave me a few shots but I was able to maintain a good two-to-three car-length lead on him and pull off the win.”
Measmer finished ninth in the second Modified race of the night, and packed up and headed for a vacation with family in Oil City, Penn., at the end of the night.