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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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Whelen So. Mod Tour News & Notes: Langley

Seuss Goes For A Spring Sweep In Virginia

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Andy Seuss will look to continue his sizzling start to the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season with a sweep of the spring races in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Seuss earned a decisive victory last week at South Boston Speedway, and he hopes to continue his Old Dominion State dominance as the tour rolls on to Langley Speedway for Saturday’s Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150.

A second-straight win would also mean another milestone for the New Hampshire native. Seuss became the Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s first multi-time winner at South Boston last Saturday, a feat he could match this week at Langley. Seuss was previously triumphant at the .396-mile oval in 2011.

Seuss has unquestionably been the southern tour’s hottest racer since last fall. Starting at Caraway Speedway on Sept. 8, 2013, he has won five of the last seven races, including two of three in 2014.

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Twice As Nice for Seuss at SoBo

Dominates To Claim 17th Southern Modified Tour Victory

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – It was a nice afternoon for a drive for Andy Seuss.

The Hampstead, N.H., driver dominated and won Saturday’s South Boston 150 in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action under a blue sky at South Boston Speedway. Seuss became the first repeat winner in six visits to the .4-mile Virginia oval for the tour. He won the Southern Tour’s inaugural visit to the track in 2009. The victory was the 17th of Suess’ career and the second in three outings this season behind the wheel of his No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet.

Seuss, who started second on the grid, took the lead from pole sitter Danny Bohn, who won his second career Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, in the opening laps and made it look easy from there. 

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QUALIFYING: Bohn Best at South Boston

Edges Seuss For 2nd Career SoMod Pole

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Danny 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 Andy Seuss, who won the inaugural tour event at South Boston Speedway in 2009, by a narrow margin of .003 seconds. Bohn made his way around the .4-mile historic Virginia oval in 14.784 seconds for an average speed of 97.403 mph. It’s the second career pole win for the 2012 Southern Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year. His first came in September 2012 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

Seuss just missed his 11th career pole and second of 2014 with a time of 14.787 seconds (97.383 mph) and will start on the outside of Row 1 for the 150-lap feature race. Kyle Ebersole posted the third-quickest lap of the session at 14.895 seconds (96.677 mph) while rookie Joe Ryan Osborne was fourth at 14.903 seconds (96.625 mph). Points leader JR Bertuccio rounded out the top five with a 14.914-second (96.554 mph) lap.

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PRACTICE: Bohn Sets Pace at South Boston

Whelen Southern Modified Tour Makes Sixth Visit To SoBo

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Danny Bohn was on top of the speed chart following the second of two practice sessions for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at South Boston Speedway on Saturday.

Bohn, of Freehold, N.J., turned a lap of 14.835 seconds (97.068 mph) around the .4-mile oval as teams practiced for this afternoon’s South Boston 150.

Defending tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III was second quickest, with a lap of 14.871 seconds at an average speed of 96.833 mph. Rookie Joe Ryan Osborne was third fastest, followed by Kyle Ebersole and J.R. Bertuccio. Rounding out the top 10 were Andy Seuss, Spencer Davis, Jason Myers, A.J. Winstead and Gary Putnam.

Seuss led the first practice session with a quick lap 14.832 seconds (97.087 mph), followed by Bohn, Davis, Ebersole and George Brunnhoelzl III.

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Whelen So. Mod Stat Advance: South Boston

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will continue its 2014 campaign with the South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, April 5. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:
• Each of the previous five NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at South Boston Speedway have seen a different driver reach Victory Lane. George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss have an opportunity to become the first multi-time winners at the track this week.

• Brunnhoelzl, the defending South Boston 150 winner, enters this week with seven straight podium finishes.
• Seuss, the inaugural South Boston race victor, has won four of the last six races dating back to the end of the 2013 season.
• There will be two events at South Boston this season for the first time since the NWSMT began racing there in 2009.

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Whelen So. Mod News & Notes: South Boston

Brunnhoelzl Remains Consistent In Pursuit Of Fifth Crown

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Even though he reached Victory Lane three times in the first half of the 2013 season, it was the consistent top finishes down the stretch that secured George Brunnhoelzl III a fourth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title. In 2014, the native Long Islander has picked up right where he left off.

Entering Saturday’s South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Brunnhoelzl has posted finishes of second and third, respectively, through this season’s first two events at Caraway Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park. The 2014 start is quite similar to the 2013 finish, when he closed out a third straight title with six podium finishes.

Likewise, this season’s start is eerily similar to that of last year. Brunnhoelzl, originally from West Babylon, N.Y., was second in the 2013 opener at Caraway and finished fourth at Southern National. A run of three straight wins then began with the South Boston 150.

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Whelen Southern Mod Race Postponed

Forecast Forces Caraway Speedway Event To Called Off

SOPHIA, N.C. — A very unfavorable forecast of continued rain throughout the day prompted NASCAR and Caraway Speedway officials to postpone Saturday’s Prestoria Farms 150.

A makeup date for the event will be determined at a later date.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is back on the track on Saturday, April 5 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.

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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Prestoria Farms 150 At Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 50th running of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway Speedway is set for Saturday, March 29 with the Prestoria Farms 150 in Sophia, N.C. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Prestoria Farms 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss has been victorious in the last three Caraway Speedway races, a streak exceeded at the track only by L.W. Miller’s five straight wins in 2006-07.
• After recording his first career win last time out at Southern National Motorsports Park, JR Bertuccio is also the championship points leader for the first time. He finished third in the opener at Caraway.
• The Prestoria Farms 150 entry list features six previous Caraway winners: George Brunnhoelzl III (10), Seuss (9), Brian Loftin (8), Danny Bohn, Burt Myers and Jason Myers (1).

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Bertuccio Closes Deal at Southern National

Beats Brunnhoelzl For First Career Whelen Southern Mod Win

KENLY, N.C. — J.R. Bertuccio earned his first trip to Victory Lane the hard way.

The 32-year-old from Centerrach, N.Y., had to hold off four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III on a green-white-checkered finish to win Saturday’s Southern National 150.

The win came in Bertuccio’s 28th career start. He had three previous top fives with his best finish coming at Caraway Speedway with a third-place run in the 2014 season opener.

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QUALIFYING: Brunnhoelzl Tops Field

Earns 22nd Career Coors Pole, First At Southern National

KENLY, N.C. – For all the records he’s accumulated, George Brunnhoelzl III managed to knotch a first Saturday.

The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion earned his 22nd career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the Southern National 150. It was Brunnhoelzl’s first pole at Southern National Motorsports Park. Second was the previous best starting position for the West Babylon, N.Y., driver.

Brunnhoelzl, who was second fastest in practice, had a lap of 14.517 seconds (99.194 mph) in qualifying.

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PRACTICE: Seuss Brings Momentum to SNMP

Suess, Brunnhoelzl III Top Two In Final SN150 Final Practice

KENLY, N.C. – The brisk North Carolina weather had done nothing to cool off Andy Seuss.

The Hampstead, N.H., native topped the speed charts in final practice for the for the Southern National 150 at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday with a fast lap of 14.692 seconds (98.013 mph). George Brunnhoelzl III was second quickest in final practice at 14.740 seconds (97.693 mph), followed by Brian Loftin at 14.755 seconds (97.594 mph), Burt Myers at 14.763 seconds (97.541 mph) and J.R. Bertuccio at 14.782 seconds (97.416 mph).

Rookie Spencer Davis, Danny Bohn, Luke Fleming, Joe Ryan Osborne and Kyle Ebersole rounded out the top 10.

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FansChoice.tv Brings Race Track to the Fans

AMA Pro, IMSA & NASCAR Team To Launch Live Streaming Site

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Motorcycle races at Daytona. Sports cars at Watkins Glen. Modifieds at Langley.

For race fans, if they couldn’t make it to the track and the event didn’t have television coverage, there hasn’t been an option to watch all the action. Until now.

AMA Pro Racing, IMSA and NASCAR announced today the launch of FansChoice.tv, a ground-breaking collaborative digital platform that will live stream various races not covered by broadcast television, giving fans new opportunities to follow their favorite series. It also will enhance fans viewing experience at the track with the ability to watch multiple cameras on their tablet or mobile device, and access archived broadcasts on demand.
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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: SNMP

Analyzing The Southern National 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will continue its 10th season of competition with the Southern National 150 on Saturday, March 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, N.C. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Southern National Race Setup:
• Andy Seuss has won four of the last five NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races dating back to the end of the 2013 season, including the fall race at Southern National Motorsports Park.
• Burt Myers is the defending winner of the Southern National 150 and the only driver with multiple wins there.
• Southern National is the only track on the 2014 schedule that four-time NWSMT champion George Brunnhoelzl III has never led a lap at, and one of only two where he has yet to reach Victory Lane.
• Either Seuss, Myers or Brunnhoelzl have won 23 of the last NWSMT 31 races, including 10 of the last 12.

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Super Sweep: Seuss Aces Caraway for Third Consecutive Win

SOPHIA, NC – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour opened its tenth anniversary season at Caraway Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH scored his fourth win in the last five races after pacing all practices, taking the pole and leading all 150 laps. Defending champion George Brunnhoelzl, III finished second, while JR Bertuccio, Burt Myers, and Jason Myers rounded out the top five.

Seuss has reached his apogee in the last 19 races with five wins, 11 top fives and 16 top 10s. His third consecutive Caraway win placed him one shy of series record holder George Brunnhoelzl, III.

The Late Models were first out and did not disappoint with a photo finish between veteran Robert Tyler and youngster Dillon Bassett. However, the Modifieds were scheduled show everyone was waiting for was a little later in the afternoon.

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Whelen So. Mod Tour News & Notes: SNMP

Seuss Looks To Keep Rolling

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Although it may be too early to tell, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour may have finally found its answer to George Brunnhoelzl III’s domination. That answer comes in the form of Brunnhoelzl’s former teammate, Andy Seuss.

Seuss turned in a thoroughly dominating performance en route to victory on Sunday at Caraway Speedway in the Whelen Season Opener 150. As the tour rolls on to Southern National Motorsports Park for this coming Saturday’s Southern National 150, Seuss seems poised to make more noise in 2014.

The Hampstead, N.H., native closed the 2013 campaign with wins in three of the season’s last four events, including the fall date at Southern National where he led wire-to-wire, a feat he duplicated Sunday at Caraway.
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Seuss Opens Season in Dominating Form

Leads Wire To Wire In Winning Whelen Opener At Caraway

SOPHIA, N.C. — Andy Seuss mounted his challenge to dethrone George Brunnhoelzl III for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Sunday in dominating fashion.

The 26-year-old from Hampstead, N.H., was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and led every lap en route to winning the Whelen Season Opener 150 at Caraway Speedway. His No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet finished 1.465 seconds ahead of runner-up Brunnhoelzl.

JR Bertuccio, Burt Myers and Jason Myers rounded out the top five.

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PRACTICE: Seuss Off to Fast Early Start

Led The Way In Whelen Southern Modified Caraway Practice

SOPHIA, N.C. – Andy Seuss won the last two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Caraway Speedway last fall, and he’s picked up right where he left off.

Seuss, from Hampstead, N.H., posted a fast lap of 15.983 seconds (102.484 mph) during the 30-minute practice session in advance of Sunday’s Whelen Season Opener 150 at the venerable .455-mile oval.

Seuss has eight career victories at Caraway, tied for second with Brian Loftin and trailing only George Brunnhoelzl III’s 10.
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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Whelen Season Opener 150 At Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is set to take the green flag for its 10th season of competition with the Whelen Season Opener 150 on Sunday, March 9 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Caraway Race Setup:
• With this week’s Whelen Season Opener 150, Caraway Speedway will have played host to the NWSMT’s first date on the calendar in eight of 10 seasons.
• George Brunnhoelzl III (10), Brian Loftin and Andy Seuss (8) top the list of six previous Caraway winners that are expected to enter this week’s race.
• Brunnhoelzl is a two-time (2011, `12) winner of the Whelen Season Opener 150. Those victories were the first step toward two of his four championship seasons.
• Seuss won the last two Caraway races. Only L.W. Miller (5) and Junior Miller (3) have previously won at least three races in a row at the track.

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Whelen So. Mod Tour News & Notes: Caraway

10th Season Of Competition For Whelen Southern Modifieds

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will have a milestone weekend when the 2014 season takes the green flag on Sunday, March 9 at Caraway Speedway.

The Whelen Season Opener 150 will launch the 10th season of competition for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, which held its inaugural event at Caraway on March 26, 2005. Nine years and 48 races later, the track and tour have forged quite a history together. No other facility has welcomed the tour more than nine times through the first nine seasons.

This week’s Whelen Season Opener 150 will mark the eighth time in 10 years that the high-banked .455-mile oval has been the site of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s opening contest. The Sophia, N.C., oval has also hosted the finale five times, and traditionally holds a July 4 weekend event among its midseason dates.

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Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Speeds American Winter Olympic Effort in Sochi

Whelen Engineering, NASCAR Racing Keys To Progress

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR racing imprints are abound on the equipment used by the United States Olympic four-man bobsled team.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia began Feb. 7, but the four-man bobsled competition is set for Feb. 22-23 at the Sliding Center Sanki, located 37 miles from Sochi in Rzhanaya Polyana.

The two four-man U.S. Olympic bobsleds, dubbed Night Train and the new Night Train 2, were developed, built and refined by the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project. The bobsleds arrived in Russia from the 2013-14 World Cup circuit where they achieved gold medal results in four of eight events between November 30 and January 26.

The journey to competition on the world stage began in Huntersville, N.C., in an otherwise inactive race shop owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Joey Logano. There, up to 18 bobsleds were once built, maintained and prepared for competition. Now, it is the exclusive home to four-man bobsleds used in World Cup and Olympic competition. The Joey Logano Foundation is also a supporter of the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project was founded in 1992 by now-retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Geoff Bodine and Bob Cuneo of Bethany, Conn., former owner of Chassis Dynamics, a manufacturer of race car chassis. Bodine and Cuneo are still hands-on in their leadership of the bobsled program. In addition, Cuneo said he stays in touch with NASCAR Modified racing as consultant to several drivers including 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece, 2008 tour champion Ted Christopher and rising tour driver Rowan Pennink.

Whelen Engineering of Chester, Conn., one of the most familiar brands in NASCAR racing, was one of the earliest supporters of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project. The company sponsors four NASCAR series including the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Whelen is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting.

“Whelen Engineering has been a big part of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled’s development,” Caligiore said. “They are a key player in building the program.”

Whelen’s support grew into a primary sponsorship 14 years ago. The company’s vice president for motorsports Phil Kurze is also president of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc., which funds the bobsled mission. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and is classified as a public charity under the IRS Codes.

“This is Geoff Bodine’s dream… Americans racing American-made bobsleds at no cost to the athletes,” Kurze said. “Geoff is the inspiration for all of this.”

The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project was inspired by Bodine’s desire to see U.S. Olympic athletes compete in American-made bobsleds. The teams had been using hand-me-down bobsleds — known as “bobsleighs” in international vernacular — from European teams. The Bo-Dyn name is a derivative of the first two letters of Bodine’s last name and the first three letters of “Dynamics” from Cuneo’s chassis brand.

Bo-Dyn bobsleds first appeared in the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and the four-man U.S. Bobsled team won Olympic gold for the first time in 62 years at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. After the Vancouver games, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project moved their base of operations from Colchester, Conn., to Harrisburg, N.C.

“We wanted to be closer to the hub of NASCAR technology,” Bo-Dyn project spokesman Sandy Caligiore said of the move to North Carolina.

Kurze and Bodine became acquainted when Whelen was an associate sponsor on Bodine’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars in the mid-1990s and the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project was still in its infancy.

“There are a lot of comparisons between stock car racing and bobsled racing,” Kurze said. “There are different runners for different bobsled tracks just like race cars have different tires for different tracks; bobsled tracks come in different configurations like NASCAR tracks; bobsled aerodynamics are wind tunnel-tested just like stock cars.

“They do wind tunnel testing with the athletes in the bobsled. They put the athletes in different positions in the sled to find the best alignment and get the best aero flow. That’s really important,” Kurze said. “Medals can be decided by a fraction of a second. A team can go from gold to zero faster than the blink of an eye.”

Whelen Engineering’s machine shop in New Hampshire developed the D-shaped steering rings being used by the drivers of Night Train and Night Train 2. The rings are attached to a mechanism that connects to the runners and steers the bobsled. The bobsleds have no seats and no suspension, Kurze noted.

Cuneo pointed out the similarities between top-level Olympic competition and top-level NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.

“There is a cultural crossover between bobsled racing and NASCAR racing. The Cup series has a rule book and bobsleds have a rule book. We use the same approach to prepare for competition,” Cuneo said. “The engineering problems are different, but we approach them the same way. We have to find speed within the limitations of the rule book.

“Our bobsled team’s ability to respond quickly to challenges at the track – that really sets us apart from the competition,” Cuneo added.

Cuneo and Jim Garde have both been primary engineers, builders and “crew chiefs” for the Bo-Dyn bobsleds. Garde, once head fabricator for Hendrick Motorsports, is on site in Rzhanaya Polyana serving in all those capacities. He started working for Cuneo at Chassis Dynamics when he was just 11 years of age.

“Being a bobsled crew chief is the same as being a NASCAR crew chief,” Cuneo said. “There is a tremendous amount of work.

“Every time a sled runs it takes a beating like someone pounded it with a sledge hammer. The sleds require a lot of tuning day-to-day. Just like in NASCAR, track conditions change and the driver has to communicate those changes to the crew chief.

“A bobsled track is a living thing,” Cuneo said, “and the driver has to tell the crew chief what the sled is doing in what location on the track. The surface can depend on minerals in the water. A surface can be hard on top and soft underneath or visa-versa. The track is hand sculpted so the contours change every day. One guy may prepare a section of the track differently than the next. The crew chief has to take the driver’s input and make things happen. There are many adjustable points on a sled.”

At the Sliding Center Sanki, the hardness of the racing surface can be controlled by a refrigeration system beneath the ice. Olympic bobsled track infrastructure has included refrigeration since 1972.

“One turn of a knob can release a chemistry mix into the ice to help maintain its hardness,” Kurze said of the technology. “The hardest ice creates the fastest track.”

While the bobsleds are built for speed, the track in Russia is unique to the sport because it has three uphill sections. Those sections were designed to reduce top speeds by up to 10 mph for the sake of safety. Top speeds in next week’s competition are expected to be around 85 mph.

Through the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, technology within U.S. Olympic bobsled construction has advanced. In the design phase, three–dimensional digital mock-ups were created by Dassault Systems’’ SolidWorks division to enhance weight distribution in construction. Exa Corp. used computer-generated simulation to optimize air flow over the body of the sleds and deBotech Inc. manufactured lighter carbon fiber and advanced composite parts used in bobsled bodywork.

Team members in Night Train 2 include driver Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt. Team members in the original Night Train include driver Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson.

The Olympic bobsled events will be held in a four-heat format over two days of racing for each division. The men’s two-man bobsled competition took place Feb. 16-17, followed by women’s bobsled Feb. 18-19. The men’s four-man bobsled competition will be one of the last events of the Olympic Games.

Sources: Paul Schaefer/NASCAR PR

Opportunity Knocks, Coby Answers

Former Whelen Mod Champ Grabs UNOH Battle At The Beach Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Doug Coby was in the right place at the right time and came home with the big prize Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby took advantage of a late-race incident involving a dominant Ryan Preece and drove to victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at “The World Center of Racing.”

Daytona was Coby’s first start in the No. 2 of Mike Smeriglio III Racing. The team won the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach a year ago with Steve Park behind the wheel.
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QUALIFYING: Preece On the Pole at Daytona

Earns Top Whelen Modified Qualifying Spot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An owner of 15 Coors Light Pole Awards during his NASCAR Whelen Modified career, reigning tour champion Ryan Preece once again drove to the top qualifying spot for tonight’s UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., topped the speed chart in time trials Tuesday evening for the non-points Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at the .37-mile oval with a fast qualifying lap of 76.490 mph.

The defending Whelen Modified Tour titlist, Preece has 12 career poles in that tour, and earned three in Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition in 2013.
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PRACTICE: Coby Quick at Daytona

Led Both Whelen Modified Practices In New Ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A change in teams has done little to slow Doug Coby’s momentum he led both practice sessions Tuesday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours in the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby, from Milford, Conn., posted a fast lap of 76.905 mph in the final session to lead all drivers throughout the day. The 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion also turned in the morning session’s fastest lap at 75.203 mph.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach marks the first event for Coby in the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Ford after he left Darling Racing in the offseason for Mike Smeriglio III Racing. He finished fourth at Daytona last year with Darling.

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Home Tracks Track Operators Convene

10th Year For Southern Mods, Weekly Point Structure Enhanced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Enhancements to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series point structures and a special 10th season logo for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour were previewed during Sunday’s annual NASCAR Home Tracks track operator conference in Daytona Beach.

After a decade of growth, the new NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour anniversary logo is themed “10 Seasons Running.” The tour is NASCAR’s newest domestic series. Seven tracks are on the tour’s 15- event championship schedule this year.

“Every season since its inception, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour becomes more competitive and exciting,” said Phil Kurze, vice president-motorsports for series sponsor Whelen Engineering. “We all look forward with great anticipation to the 10th season running of southern style NASCAR Modified racing.”

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Daytona

Northern, Southern Mods Go Head-To-Head For Bragging Rights

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ryan Preece is in the business of collecting trophies. Next up on his wish list is the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., captured his first tour title last fall. The long-sought-after championship trophy followed four triumphs during the campaign at northeastern modified strongholds Stafford Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, and Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island, where he won twice.

The 23-year-old even went down south and added another bucket list trophy to his collection from North Carolina’s famed Bowman Gray Stadium in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action.

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