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QUALIFYING: Myers Jumps to the Front

Career Poles Leader Wins Second Of Season

LUCAMA, N.C. – The second half resurgance of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour continues for Burt Myers.

Myers captured his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season and second at Southern National Motorsports Park Saturday afternoon during qualifying for the Southern National 150. It was the 28th career pole for Myers.

Myers won the top spot with a fast lap of 14.624 seconds (98.468 mph) to outdistance Andy Seuss who followed closely in second at 14.643 seconds (98.341).

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PRACTICE: Brunnhoelzl, Seuss Lead the Way

Top Two In Standings Each Lead Session At Southern National

LUCAMA, N.C. – The top two drivers in the current points standings led the way in each practice session for the Southern National 150 at Southern National Speedway on Saturday.

Points leader Andy Seuss led first practice with a fast time of 14.650 seconds (98.294 mph) which was fastest overall between the two 30 minutes sessions. Second-place Brunnhoelzl led the way in final practice with a fast lap of 14.745 seconds which was good for second fastest overall.

Burt Myers was just .001 behind Brunnhoelzl in the final session at 14.746 (97.654 mph) for third fastest overall with Spencer Davis fourth overall (14.795/97.330).

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NASCAR Whelen So. Mod. Stat Advance: SNMP

Analyzing The So. National 150 At So. National Motorsports Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will continue its 10th season of competition with the Southern National 150 on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Southern National Race Setup:
• Andy Seuss won this event last season at Southern National Motorsports Park.

• J.R. Bertuccio was able to pass George Brunnhoelzl III on Lap 11 and the Centereach, New York native remained out front the rest of the way to score his first career tour win at the track in March.
• Southern National is the only track on the 2014 schedule that four-time NWSMT champion Brunnhoelzl has yet to reach Victory Lane.

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Whelen So. Mod News & Notes: So. National

Bertuccio Returns To The Site Of His First Tour Triumph

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour made its first visit to Southern National Motorsports Park, veteran competitor JR Bertuccio was hoping to just build off of his career-best finish of third at Caraway one week earlier.

Little did Bertuccio or many of his fellow competitors realize what was about to happen. Bertuccio was able to get around pole-sitter and four-time series champion George Brunnhoelzl III on Lap 11 and remained out front the rest of the way for his first career tour victory.

Bertuccio took the momentum from that win in March to enjoy his most successful season to-date, having added another win to his resume after finishing the highest of any southern modified driver at the combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Bertuccio has remained in the top five in the points standings all season and has collected eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts so far.

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Ebersole Races to Second Career Victory

Holds Off Late Charge By Seuss For South Boston Checkered Flag

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – There must be something about the state of Virginia that brings out the best in Kyle Ebersole.

The Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, driver decided to change up his pit strategy and pitted early on Lap 53 and was able to hold off a late charge by Andy Seuss to win the South Boston 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at South Boston Speedway. It was the second career victory for Ebersole. His first came last season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.

Seuss made several attempts in his quest for a season sweep at South Boston, but was ultimately forced to settle for second. He was followed across the line by George Brunnhoelzl III, Burt Myers and J.R. Bertuccio.

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QUALIFYING: Twice as Nice for Bohn

Wins Second Consecutive Award At South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Danny Bohn likes to qualify at South Boston.

For the second consecutive race at the .4-mile track, Bohn won the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified qualifying on Saturday for the South Boston 150.

The 25-year-old out of Freehold, N.J., edged George Brunnhoelzl III, who was fastest overall in practice by .014 seconds, to win his fourth career pole and third this season with a fast lap time of 14.899 seconds (96.651 mph).

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PRACTICE: Brunnhoelzl Fast at South Boston

Veteran Looking For Second Win At Historic Track

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – George Brunnhoelzl III must like South Boston Speedway.

The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion has consistently been in the top two or three in practice every time the tour has visited the .4-mile track in southeastern Virginia and Saturday afternoon was no different.

After rain showers delayed the start of practice by almost two hours, Brunnhoelzl led the way during the 45-minute session for the South Boston 150 with a fast time of 14.948 seconds (96.334 mph).

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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: SoBo

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to South Boston Speedway for the second time this season with Saturday’s South Boston 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss is the only repeat winner in NWSMT competition at South Boston Speedway after winning the first race held there this season in April.
• George Brunnhoelzl III is the only other previous race winner at South Boston currently entered in this weekend’s race.
• Burt Myers enters this race on a hot streak, having won the previous two tour races (Langley, Caraway) and can become just the fourth driver in tour history to win at least three races in a row. Brunnhoelzl holds the record with four in a row in 2012.

At South Boston Speedway:
• South Boston Speedway opened in 1957. The facility is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway.
• South Boston features weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday nights during the racing season, headlined by the late model division.
• The track held 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races between 1960-71, 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series events from 1982-2000, three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates from 2001-03 and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contests from 2007-11.
• South Boston held the 2001 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, an event won by Jerry Marquis. It marked the only event to-date for the northeastern-based tour at South Boston.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at South Boston was contested on April 4, 2009 and was won by Andy Seuss.

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Hill Suspended from NASCAR for Rules Violation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2014) — David Hill, a car owner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Code of Conduct.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, Hill violated Sections 7-5 (NASCAR’s Code of Conduct) and 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2014 NASCAR Rule Book.

“Following the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on Aug. 30, David Hill made a post on social media that included remarks that we will not tolerate,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. “We fully expect our entire industry to adhere to the Code of Conduct that is explicitly spelled out in the NASCAR Rule Book.”

Hill may apply for reinstatement following the completion of mandated sensitivity training and an additional review by NASCAR.

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Barrett Powers to Bristol Victory

Rookie Takes Whelen Modified Checkers In Bush’s Beans 150

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. out-muscled veterans Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore with a dozen laps to go and drove on to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Barrett, from Millis, Massachusetts, was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory.

“The car was real good on the bottom, so I just drove it in and it stuck,” Barrett said. “I got by Justin and drove under Bobby. We were driving away and didn’t want to see that last caution, but I got a good restart and just drove away again.”

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NASCAR Formalizes On-Track Incident Procedure for Competitors

Rule Enhances Sport’s Ongoing Safety Efforts

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2014) — In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

  • Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
  • Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

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Barrett Carries Momentum into Bowman Gray

Team owner Chris Our of Harwich, MA said he “can’t wait” for Saturday night. Rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will make his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start at Bowman Gray Stadium. The 199 is the annual series appearance at the historic Winston-Salem, NC oval.

“Brad and I were going down anyway to watch and meet some of his customers,” Our said. “Then Tommy wins at Seekonk, so I said let’s run Saturday. Brad’s like I’m in. Let’s do it. So here we are.”

Barrett was seventh in his first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and finished fourth at Monadnock. Last Wednesday, Barrett took home the $10,000 Open Wheel Wednesday race at Seekonk Speedway.

“The momentum is huge,” Barrett said. “From such a bad start to a top 10 at Loudon then a top five at Monadnock and now the 10k to win at Seekonk, things are starting to look up and hopefully we can start clicking off some wins in the 22 car.”

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Newman Posts All-Star Performance at New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Veteran Claims Whelen All-Star Shootout

LOUDON, N.H. (July 11, 2014) — Twice before, Ryan Newman drove the venerable 7NY Modified to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver did it again Friday. This time, the win came in the non-points inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout. The latest victory came with the familiar frantic swapping of the lead synonymous with the open-wheeled cars on the 1.058-mile.

Newman lost the lead to Justin Bonsignore into Turn 1 of the white-flag lap, but got it back in Turn 3 and won the drag-race to the checkered flag.

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Touring & Weekly Awards Events Announced

NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Gathering Of Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for the sport’s greatest.

Annually, the North Carolina landmark is also the aim of drivers throughout the NASCAR weekly & touring series, as the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center will host the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, Dec. 12, while the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 13.

“These awards shows celebrate and honor our champions in NASCAR’s weekly racing program and our touring series – two foundational areas of the sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “These two events highlight the hard work, dedication and achievements throughout NASCAR, and I’m excited that fans from around the world can share in the experience through our digital platforms.”

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Whelen All-Star Shootout Launches Weekend Of Racing

Saturday’s Sunoco 100 will be the 60th all-time Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire. The marriage between the northeast-based tour and New England’s largest racing facility began on Sept. 2, 1990 in what was just the third NASCAR event held at the 1.058-mile oval. Mike McLaughlin was the first Whelen Modified Tour driver to reach Victory Lane in Loudon, and this Friday – nearly 24 years later – there will be another “first.”

The Whelen All-Star Shootout was first revealed in December as an addition to the July race weekend event schedule. With the idea of taking the unique type of racing that is produced by the Whelen Modifieds at the “Magic Mile” and creating a special sprint race to showcase it, the non-points shootout was born. Tour entitlement sponsor Whelen then added its support to the event.

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Seuss Leads Wire-to-Wire at Caraway

Holds Off Charge From Brunnhoelzl III For 10th Win At Track

SOPHIA, N.C. — Andy Seuss continues to roll in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Caraway Speedway. 

The 27-year-old from Hampstead, New Hampshire, completed the sweep on the day’s on-track events at the .455-mile banked asphalt oval. Seuss was fastest in practice, won his eighth pole Coors Light Pole Award at the track and led every lap en route to winning the Daggett Shuler Attorneys At Law 150 at Caraway. It was his fourth consecutive victory at the track and 10th of his career.

Seuss’ 10 wins at Caraway tie him with runner-up finisher George Brunnhoelzl III for the most in series history. The two drivers were bumper to bumper in the second half of the 150-lap event, but after clearing traffic on Lap 144, Seuss used a clear track to pull away from the defending Tour champion and secure his third win of the season. 

[Photo Gallery] by Brad Newman

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QUALIFYING: Seuss Picks Up Eighth Pole at Caraway

Veteran Looks For Fourth Straight Win At Track

SOPHIA, N.C. – Andy Seuss is on a hot streak at Caraway Speedway.

The current NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader scored his eighth career Coors Light Pole Award at the track during qualifying with a fast time of 15.902 seconds (103.006 mph). Seuss is going after his fourth consecutive win later tonight in the Daggett & Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 and he will have the best spot in the field when he takes the green flag.

Danny Bohn was second-quick at 15.934 seconds (102.799) with George Brunnhoelzl III right behind at 15.990 seconds (102.439). Bryan Dauzat scored a career-best starting spot in fourth with J.R. Bertuccio completing the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th were Kyle Ebersole, Burt Myers, Joe Ryan Osborne, Luke Fleming, and Jason Myers.

[Photo Gallery] by Brad Newman

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PRACTICE: Seuss Sets Pace at Caraway

Looks To Keep Streak At Track Alive

SOPHIA, N.C. – NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader Andy Seuss wants to keep his streak of wins at Caraway Speedway alive and he is off to a good start after practice.

Seuss paced the field during the lone practice session Friday afternoon topping out at 16.108 seconds (101.689 mph) to lead the field of 19 cars. Kyle Ebersole followed in second at 16.144 seconds (101.462), with George Brunnhoelzl III (101.380) , Gary Putnam (101.236) and Burt Myers (100.949) completing the top five.

Danny Bohn was sixth quickest in the practice session, with Luke Fleming, Brian Loftin, Joe Ryan Osborne and Spencer Davis rounding out the top 10.

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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Daggett Shuler Attorneys At Law 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 will be the 50th running of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway Speedway. The Independence Day special will run on Friday at the famed oval in rural Sophia, North Carolina. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss has been victorious in the last three NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at Caraway Speedway, a streak exceeded at the track only by L.W. Miller’s five straight wins in 2006-07.
• George Brunnhoelzl III has won the July 4th weekend race at Caraway each of the last two years, and in 2009.
• Seuss and Brunnhoelzl have combined to win 11 of the last 14 Caraway races, and 19 of 27 since 2008.
• Brunnhoelzl and Seuss have finished 1-2 in six of the last eight NWSMT races overall, including three in a row at Caraway.
• When the green flag flies on Friday it will be 83 days between races, the second-longest break in the schedule in NWSMT history, exceeded only by a 112-day stretch in 2008.

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Whelen So. Modified News & Notes: Caraway

Southern Mods Return To Action On Independence Day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will head to a familiar place to return to action Friday following the annual spring break period with the Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 in an Independence Day special at Caraway Speedway.

After nearly three months between events, the familiar grounds of the .455-mile oval provide the perfect setting to work out the cobwebs, especially for those drivers that have been inactive during the break. Caraway has played host to five times as many races as any other track in southern tour history.

One of those idle competitors has quite a history at Caraway as well. George Brunnhoelzl III has recorded 10 wins at the venerable oval in rural Sophia, North Carolina, the current Whelen Southern Modified Tour record. He’s also won the July 4th weekend event in each of the two previous seasons, as well as in 2009.

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Mod Teams Take Different Approach to Break

Bohn Races Weekly At BGS, Brunnhoelzl Has Surgery

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour gets closer to resuming its schedule with the Daggett Schuler Attorneys At Law 150 on July 4 at Caraway Speedway, a number of different approaches have been employed by drivers during the three-month idle stretch.

Since its inaugural season of 2005, the Whelen Southern Modified Tour annually has had an unofficial “spring break” from May-July. The schedule respite came about via a symbiotic relationship with Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina which has a large number of tour competitors participating in its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified division. The collaboration helps keep the competition strong for both.

When the 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule was laid out, there were to be six points races before the break, the annual Independence Day event at Caraway, then eight dates to close out the summer and fall. Mother Nature then added to the off time with early-season rainouts that ultimately lengthened the idle period from April 12 to July 4.

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2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class Announced

Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly, White Comprise List of New Inductees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2014) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group – the sixth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White. In addition, NASCAR announced that Anne B. France won the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Next year’s Induction Day is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, broadcast on NBC Sports Network from Charlotte, N.C.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte to vote on both the induction class of 2015 and the Landmark Award. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcements this afternoon in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

Next year’s class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which for the first time included the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion – in this case, Jimmie Johnson. The panel also included representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders and a nationwide fan vote conducted through – which counted for the 54th and final vote. In all, 54 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Jerry Cook and Robert Yates). The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

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Who’s Next? Most Likely One of These

NASCAR Next 2014-15 Class Announced At Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Chase Elliott took the NASCAR Nationwide Series checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month, he joined fellow rising star Kyle Larson in the 2014 win column.

Before their headline-making victories on one of the sport’s biggest stages, though, Elliott and Larson were ‘next’ – the next in a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

Like Elliott and Larson before them, the 12 drivers named today to the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class have résumés loaded with accomplishments and promise. The roster was unveiled at Richmond International Raceway and marks the kickoff of the fourth installment of the industry initiative designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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Bowling Strikes Late at South Boston

Wins Hamlin Foundation Short Track Showdown With Late Pass

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Matt Bowling came away victorious during Thursday’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway.

Bowling had to fight off Matt Waltz, who led the first 195 laps of the race, for the win. Nick Smith finished third.

The seventh edition of the annual charity race, which supports the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, was a success for Hamlin and his charity.. In front of a packed house at the 2/5th-mile track, Hamlin joined NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth, David Ragan and defending Showdown champion Kyle Busch, Camping World Truck Series drivers Timothy Peters and Jeb Burton and a collection of local Late Model drivers to race toward a cure for the disease.

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Whelen So. Modified News & Notes: Caraway

The Brunnhoelzl & Seuss Show Returns To Caraway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Once teammates, and longtime checkered flag contenders, the ties that bind George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss seem to become more entangled by the week.

Six of the last eight NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races have finished with the pair atop the rundown – three of the last four to end 2013 and three of the first four to begin 2014. In all it has happened 14 times since 2009, including this past Saturday at Langley Speedway.

So who has the edge? In those 14 instances of 1-2 finishes, Seuss has the advantage 11-3. When you talk about overall wins, Brunnhoelzl maintains a 21-17 edge. Then there’s the matter of the four championships for Brunnhoelzl, a category Seuss has yet to register a tally, which is the ultimate tiebreaker.

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Brunnhoelzl Adds Langley to His List

Whelen Southern Mod Wins Leader Conquers Hampton Track

HAMPTON, Va. – George Brunnhoelzl III added another track to his résumé, claiming the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 Saturday night at Langley Speedway. It is the 11th different track the four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion has won at.

Brunnhoelzl led the final 67 laps after passing points leader Andy Seuss, and survived a green-white-checkered finish for his first win of the season. Twice in the previous three races this year, Brunnhoelzl finished second to Seuss.

It also extended Brunnhoelzl’s tour record for career wins to 21.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run for Preece

Sets Langley Mark, Collects 4th Straight Southern Tour Pole

HAMPTON, Va. — Ryan Preece continued his mastery of NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour tracks, earning the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday for the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 with a track-record at Langley Speedway.

Preece, the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, collected his fourth straight pole award in the southern tour with a lap of 14.675 seconds (97.145 mph) around the .396-mile oval. He broke the mark set by Andy Seuss of 14.711 (96.513) in 2013.

Seuss qualified second Saturday at 14.817 (96.214). The points leader has won two of the first three races of the season.

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PRACTICE: Loftin Leads at Langley

Fastest In Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 Sessions

HAMPTON, Va. – Brian Loftin led the way in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour practice Saturday afternoon at Langley Speedway in advance of the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150.

Loftin, from Lexington, N.C., piloted his No. 23 L&R Transmissions Chevrolet to a fast lap of 14.772 seconds (96.507 mph) around the .396-mile oval in final practice. He ranked 11th in first practice.

Loftin’s practice pace was not far behind that of Andy Seuss’s qualifying record set last year of 14.711 (96.513).
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Jimmy Zacharias to Drive BRE #3 at Spring Sizzler

One of the most successful cars in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history will return for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. Rookie Jimmy Zacharias of Candor, NY will pilot the Boehler Racing Enterprises (BRE) #3 at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 26-27.

” My dad and Michael (Boehler) just started talking and put the deal together,” Zacharias said. “… Hopefully all goes well and we can continue out the season on the tour and run for Rookie of the Year. I’ll also be at Chemung Speedrome on Friday nights defending my NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified championship.”

Zacharias will be driving for one of the most storied team’s in local Modified racing. The Boehler family has fielded a race car since 1957. Bugs Stevens became the first driver to win three consecutive national Modified championships in Lenny Boehler’s Ole Blue. Wayne Anderson captured the 1994 crown, while Tony Hirschman, Jr. captured back to back championships in 1995 and 1996. The inaugural Spring Sizzler was won by the late Fred DeSarro in 1972.

“It’s awesome ,” Zacharias said. “I’m so thankful that they allowed me an opportunity. The car and team have been around Modified racing for a very long time. And the car has a great deal of success over the years with some great Modified drivers behind the wheel.”

Zacharias is hopeful that his sponsors will provide financial support to the BRE team. The BRE crew will work on the car, with possibly some of Zacharias’ crew members assisting. 

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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: Langley

Analyzing The Courtyard By Marriott/Pepsi 150 At Langley

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the second week in a row to contest the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 at Langley Speedway on Saturday, April 12. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the Hampton, Va., track:

Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 Setup:
• Each of the previous four NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at Langley Speedway have seen a different driver reach Victory Lane.

• Points leader Andy Seuss has won two of the season’s first three events. The 2011 Langley victor, Seuss has won five of the last seven NWSMT races dating back to the end of the 2013 season.
• Langley is one of just two tracks on the 2014 schedule that four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III has yet to register a win at. He also enters this week with the second-longest winless drought of his career.
• There will be two events at Langley this season for the first time since the NWSMT began racing there in 2010.

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