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Michael Waltrip Racing employee earns modified win record at Bowman Gray Stadium

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(Video of Tim Brown’s 75th win on Saturday night)

Tim Brown made modified history Friday with his win in the Midway Mobile Storage 100 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The win was Brown’s 74th in the Brad’s Golf Cars modified division, breaking a tie with Junior Miller for the all-time modified wins total.

Brown and his No. 83 took the lead on Lap 62 and led the rest of the event’s 100 laps. Brown, who heads the suspension department at Michael Waltrip Racing, lives in Tobaccoville, N.C and grew up attending races at the quarter-mile track that opened in 1949. He first started racing there in 1991.

“Until it happened, I hadn’t really thought about it,” Brown said after the win. “From where I sat in the car at the start/finish line, I could see where I sat as a kid growing up and just wanting to race here. Not even wanting to win, just wanting to race. It’s just awesome. When I open that program, it’ll just be my name.”

Brown won again Saturday, winning the NASCAR Hall of Fame 100 to make his win total 75.

To celebrate Brown’s record, MWR held a luncheon at its shop in Cornelius, N.C. on Tuesday.

Jerry Cook’s induction into NASCAR Hall of Fame is ‘ultimate’ honor

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Before Wednesday, Jerry Cook was a member of three hall of fames dedicated to auto racing, but the “ultimate” one wasn’t one of them.

For four straight years, Cook, a six-time NASCAR Modified champion, was among the top-two candidates to receive votes that wasn’t elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

That changed Wednesday when Cook, a NASCAR competition administrator, was announced by NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France as part of the 2016 Hall of Fame Class.

“I’m just as happy as you can be, for sure,” Cook told NASCAR America. “Of all that I’ve done in all the years with the racing and then with NASCAR, this is the ultimate.”

Voted into the Hall of Fame with Cook were Bruton Smith, Terry Labonte, Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac. Cook retired from racing in 1982 to become the Modified series’ director.

Cook was accompanied at the ceremony by his family.

“They’ve been here every year, (even) through the days when we just left when it was over,” Cook said.

Though he was eligible to vote for Hall of Fame inductees, Cook was recused since he was on the ballot. He won’t have to worry about that anymore.

“I love it,” Cook said. “I was thinking about it last night and even today there was two or three people that were waiting, hoping I got in so I could get back in that room. Before, when (NASCAR vice chairman) Mike Helton recused me, that was tough.”

Now Cook is a member of four hall of fames. He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1989, the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame in 1993 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

But being part of the seventh class inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame is different for Cook, who has been “NASCAR from day one” of his career.

“This is the ultimate achievement in NASCAR, in my mind,” Cook said. “I’m in a number of Hall of Fames all over the place. This one here is home.”