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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash Presented by Coors Light Takes Center Stage in Charlotte

Grammy Award Winner Maren Morris to Perform Live
NASCAR Drivers Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hosting Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – For the first time, the NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash presented by Coors Light will take center stage in Charlotte on Thursday, May 18. Celebrating the first half of the NASCAR season, the Silver Bullet Bash will lead off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star weekend festivities with live music, special guests and unique experiences.   

As part of this year’s event, Maren Morris, who recently won New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, will rock the crowd with a headline performance at the legendary Fillmore Charlotte.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will take the stage for a special performance playing hit songs like “My Church” and “80s Mercedes” along with others from her new album HERO.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Racking Up The Points: Larson Logs Another Runner-Up Finish

Kyle Larson continued his breakout season at Texas with his fourth runner-up showing. The result marked his fifth top-two finish in the last six races.

Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives; 2015), Dale Earnhardt (5; 1987), Bobby Allison (5; 1972, 1979), Cale Yarborough (5, 1974).

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver has the top average finish (5.4) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but more importantly, he leads the points standings by 17 markers over second-place Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. (-40) sits third, followed by Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72). Ryan Blaney (-91), Kyle Busch (-104), Jamie McMurray (-106), Clint Bowyer (-111) and Kevin Harvick (-117) round out the top 10.

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A Silver Anniversary Gold Rush: Monster Energy All-Star Race Format Announced

$1 Million At Stake as NASCAR, Charlotte Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘One Hot Night’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2017) — As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed – a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed “One Hot Night,” the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event.

And now, 25 years later, past meets present … as another new era begins with the first all-star race under the Monster Energy banner.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race, one that rewards winning, and incorporates a fascinating strategy component.

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NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule for Unified Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2016) – From South Carolina to Connecticut, the 2017 schedule announced today for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will test the best Modified drivers over 17 points races and two special events at some of East Coast’s most historic venues.

The new era will kick off on Saturday, March 18, with the season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958. The champion will be crowned at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 55th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The schedule includes 17 championship points races across seven states, including companion events with NASCAR’s national series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and September, and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The summer weekend at New Hampshire will also be highlighted by the invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout, and the fall will feature a non-points special event on the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Charlotte

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Round Of 12 Begins At Charlotte

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Round of 12 kicks off this weekend with Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBC). The drivers, who advanced following last Sunday’s race at Dover were Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon. Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher and Jamie McMurray were all eliminated from the Chase.

All advancing drivers have had their points reset to 3,000. Any Chase-eligible driver who wins one of the three Round of 12 races – Charlotte, Kansas or Talladega – automatically advances to the Round of 8.

Joey Logano won last year’s Charlotte Chase race, which took place during the daytime on Sunday due to rain. Kevin Harvick won the Charlotte fall race the last time it was held at night.

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Southern Mod Stat Advance: Charlotte

Analyzing the Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 At CMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will conclude it’s 2016 season Thursday at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Speedway with the running of the annual Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track.

Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 Setup:
• Burt Myers enters this race with a 22-point lead over two-time defending champion Andy Seuss, while four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III trails in third only four points behind Seuss.
• Myers and Brunnhoelzl III are the only drivers entered in this Thursday’s race to win at Charlotte. Myers has won three (2010, 2013, 2014) and Brunnhoelzl won twice in 2012 and 2015.  
• Burt Myers, Jason Myers, Gary Putnam and Seuss are the only drivers entered in this event to start all six previous races at the North Carolina track.
• The Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam is run on the quarter-mile track along the frontstretch of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss remainder of 2016 season

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, has not been medically cleared to compete for the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as he continues to recover from a concussion.

Earnhardt has missed the last six Sprint Cup races while undergoing treatment. He has been regularly evaluated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program under the direction of Dr. Micky Collins and with Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty.

“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season,” Earnhardt said. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results, and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that.
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Charlotte

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Coca-Cola 600
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, May 29
The Time: 6 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 5:30 p.m.
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 600 miles (400 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Hisense 4K TV 300
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Saturday, May 28
The Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 2 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 300 miles (200 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Rattlesnake 400
The Place: Texas Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, June 10
The Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 250.5 miles (167 laps)
NASCAR Programming

  • Daniel Suárez, David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto on “Fluffy Breaks Even” – Thursday, May 26 at 10 p.m. ET on Fuse
  • Chase Elliott on “Ridiculousness” – Thursday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV

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National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement

(Nov. 12, 2015)

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a Behavioral Penalty issued on Oct. 14 to NASCAR member Chicago Paskiecz following events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 12.1 and 12.8.

The original penalty assessed included indefinite suspension from NASCAR.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

1. That the Appellant violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice.
2. That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty levied by NASCAR.

The panel consisted of the following three individuals:

-Mr. Lee Baumgarten
-Mr. Ken Clapp
-Mr. Steve Lewis

The Appellant has the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

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Seuss Secures Back-To-Back Titles

Brunnhoelzl Takes Down Charlotte Win

CONCORD, N.C. – In the closest championship race in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history, Andy Seuss stood alone at the end of the night at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the 2015 titlist.

With a sixth-place finish in Thursday’s season finale Southern Slam 150, Seuss edged race winner George Brunnhoelzl III by three points in the season standings to secure his second-consecutive Whelen Southern Modified Tour crown.

Seuss, a native of Hampstead, New Hampshire, knew he needed to finish sixth or better going into the race to earn a second title as he led brothers Burt and Jason Myers by 10 tallies, and Brunnhoelzl by 13. With Brunnhoelzl’s max-points effort in victory Thursday, it left little margin for error for Seuss.

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QUALIFYING: Brunnhoelzl To Start Up Front

Former Champion Going For Fifth Title At CMS

CONCORD, N.C. – No matter the circumstances, George Brunnhoelzl III knows how to make headlines in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

After having his final practice session cut short to repair a brake issue on his No. 28 Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/Composite Tech Chevrolet, the four-time champion went out and won his 26th career Coors Light Pole Award during qualifying for the Southern Slam 150.

Brunnhoelzl, who enters tonight’s race in fourth-place, 13 points behind tour leader Andy Seuss, completed his qualifying run with a fast time of 14.684 seconds (61.291 mph) to outdistance Ryan Preece who followed closely in second place at 14.704 (61.208).

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PRACTICE: Ebersole Quick At CMS

Led Prep For Whelen Southern Modified Finale

CONCORD, N.C. – It’s the last shot in 2015, and Kyle Ebersole is doing his best to end the season on a high note.

Ebersole posted a quick lap of 14.858 seconds (60.573 mph) around the quarter-mile oval Thursday afternoon to lead NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour practice in advance of the season finale Southern Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ebersole’s quick circuit came in the 45-minute final practice session. Earlier in the day the event’s defending Coors Light Pole winner Ryan Preece led first practice at 14.904 (60.386).

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Southern Modified Stat Advance: Charlotte

Analyzing The Southern Slam 150 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the final race of the season with the Southern Slam 150 on Thursday on the quarter-mile track along the front stretch. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Southern Slam 150 Setup:

  • Andy Seuss enters this race with a 10-point lead over brothers Burt and Jason Myers with four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III 13 points behind Seuss.
  • Burt Myers and Brunnhoelzl III are the only drivers entered in this Thursday’s NWSMT race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to win there. Myers has won three (2010, 2013, 2014) with Brunnhoelzl winning in 2012.  
  • Burt Myers, Jason Myers, Gary Putnam, and Seuss are the only drivers entered in this event to start all five previous races at Charlotte.

EVENT INFORMATION | CHAMPIONSHIP BREAKDOWN

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Southern Modified News & Notes: Charlotte

Seuss Eyes Second Straight Title Amid Plenty Of Challengers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Andy Seuss is one race away from history.

The Hampstead, New Hampshire, driver enters the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour finale on the quarter-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a 10-point lead on the field as he looks to become the third driver in tour history to win back-to-back championships.

The Southern Slam 150 is slated for Thursday night, where Seuss can match Junior Miller (2005-06) and George Brunnhoelzl III (2011-13). Seuss holds a 10-point lead over brothers Burt and Jason Myers and 13-point cushion on four-time champion Brunnhoelzl.

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NASCAR: An American Salute Launches with 600 Miles of Remembrance

Sport to Honor Fallen Service Members with Windshield Tribute at Coca-Cola 600

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2015) — When NASCAR® drivers start their engines for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans will see familiar names like “Harvick,” “Kenseth” and “Almirola” replaced on car windshields with “SGT Mracek,” “HM3 Layton” and “CPT Argel” – United States Armed Forces members who have fallen in service to their country.

All 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will participate in “600 Miles of Remembrance” on Memorial Day Weekend to honor military service members and their families, and commemorate the launch of NASCAR: An American Salute™, the industry’s collective expression of reverence, respect and gratitude for those who have served and continue to defend our nation today.

Fans can follow stories around the seven-week platform and share their personal expressions of thanks to the military using #NASCARSalutes on social media.

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NBC Sports Adds Evernham, Sheheen for Whelen Modified Coverage

Legendary Crew Chief Teams with Veteran Motorsports Broadcaster for All 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. — April 15, 2015 — NBC Sports today welcomed three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948. Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41st running of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night). The complete NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour telecast schedule on NBCSN is listed below.

“We’re are thrilled to continue our 2015 NASCAR Touring Series with the knowledge and experience of Ray Evernham and Ralph Sheheen behind the microphone,” said Behnke. “This is a win for all race fans and the enthusiastic followers of the Whelen Modified Tours.”

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Let The Fans Be Heard: Sprint Fan Vote Returns

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2015) – A favorite isn’t always the winner – as the Sprint Fan Vote’s history suggests. In the last 10 seasons, fans have voted 10 different drivers into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race™ at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including names like Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

You never know who will win. That’s what makes voting so important. Polls are open for the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote – and unpredictability will take center stage until the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16. Fans can vote their favorite Sprint Fan Vote-eligible driver into the All-Star Race by casting ballots daily. Voting closes at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15, one day before the green flag.

For the first time in program history, votes shared via Facebook and/or Twitter will count as double towards a driver’s total. Fans can vote daily with a maximum of one vote per day per unique email address by downloading the NASCAR MOBILE application or visiting NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. Eligible voters can also enter into the Sprint Fan Vote sweepstakes, in which one lucky Sprint Fan Vote participant will win a trip for two to any 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

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DeWalt Opens 2015 Sponsorship in Las Vegas

After a five-season hiatus, DeWalt will return as a primary sponsor for Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for the first of their six-race primary sponsorship in 2015. 

Announced in Sept. of 2014, Stanley Black & Decker will partner with Joe Gibbs Racing to sponsor both the No. 19 entry of Carl Edwards and Kenseth’s No. 20 Camry beginning in 2015. While Stanley Black & Decker will grace the No. 19, the DeWalt brand returns to Kenseth, where the two partnered for many successes over their 11-year history together from 1999 to 2009. 

DeWalt will be featured aboard the No. 20 Camry for a total of six races this season at tracks where Kenseth has earned a career total of 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories; recording multiple wins on five of the six tracks on this schedule.

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Seuss Caps Off Championship Season

Wins First Whelen Southern Mod Title; Myers Takes Finale

CONCORD, N.C. — Andy Seuss finished off his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship Thursday night, as Burt Myers continued his mastery of the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Myers pulled away from George Brunnhoelzl III on a green-white-checkered end to the Southern Slam 150. It was the third Charlotte win for the Walnut Cove, North Carolina, driver.

Seuss finished fifth to put the final touches on his title run.

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QUALIFYING: Preece Sets the Pace

NASCAR Next Driver Wins Second Straight Pole At Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Starting up front is getting to be the norm for Ryan Preece when he makes a start in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Preece won his second consecutive Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway during qualifying for the Southern Slam 150 in record-setting fashion with a fast lap of 14.612 seconds (61.593 mph).

Preece, a member of the NASCAR Next program, has now started in the top spot in six consecutive starts in the southern tour.

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PRACTICE: Myers Leads the Way

Defending Whelen Southern Mod Race Winner Sets The Pace At Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Burt Myers loves racing at the quarter-mile track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The defending race winner of the Southern Slam 150 led all drivers after the end of two practice sessions on Thursday.

Myers, who also scored a win on the track in 2010, finished with a fast lap of 14.691 seconds (61.262 mph). He was followed by Luke Fleming (14.696/61.241) and Ryan Preece (14.741/61.054) in the top three.

Cole Powell and Danny Bohn rounded out the top five.

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Former Team Owner Succumbs to Cancer

Riggs Won First Two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Crowns

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – David Riggs, the patriarch of Riggs Racing, one of the most successful teams in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, passed away last night after a long battle with cancer.

Riggs got his start in modified racing in 1962 fielding cars in events for over four decades.

He was also an inaugural team owner when the tour began operation in 2005 and along with his son Jeff, won the 2005 and 2006 championships with driver Junior Miller.

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Whelen So. Modified Stat Advance: Charlotte

Analyzing The Southern Slam 150 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour  season will conclude Thursday when the tour returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Southern Slam 150. This is the fifth consecutive year the tour will compete on the .25-mile track located on the frontstretch of the facility. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Southern Slam 150 Setup:

• Andy Seuss was able to build his points lead to 17 (544-527) over George Brunnhoelzl III after he finished fourth last weekend at Caraway Speedway. Seuss needs to just finish in the top 12 to clinch his first career NASCAR championship.

• Burt Myers is the defending winner of this event and has enjoyed a successful second half of the season with three wins since Aug. 30. Myers, who was also victorious in the inaugural Charlotte event in 2010, is the only two-time winner at the track.

• Myers is tied with Seuss for the most wins this season with three. Brunnhoelzl, JR Bertuccio and Danny Bohn are the only other drivers with multiple wins this season with each scoring a pair of victories.

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Whelen So. Mod. News & Notes: Charlotte

Seuss Enters Race Looking To Clinch First Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Andy Seuss enters Thursday night’s Southern Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with two numbers in mind: four, as in securing his fourth race win of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season, and one, as he looks to earn his first tour championship.

Statistically, Seuss will have some noteworthy figures to share during his championship season, but there will be one number that might possibly outshine all of them: 160,000.

That’s the number of miles his mom and dad, Bobbi and Steve Seuss – have traveled to support their son’s participation in the tour since his first start in 2006.
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Jordan Lamothe to Barry Light Modified at Thompson; Woodstock Driver Eyes Stafford Legend Car Run

Jordan Lamothe of Woodstock, CT will be driving the #39 D-Mac and Son Plumbing and Heating Light Modified at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for Karl Barry. The ride became available for Lamothe after Corey Barry, who drove the car last season, was offered another Light Modified ride. Lamothe has known the Barry family back to his days in the quarter midgets and was offered the car at Thompson.

“I have to thank the Barry family, my parents, Overhead Door Company of Worcester, Waddell Communications, all the sponsors on the car and Chris Merchant for stepping up and being my spotter, even though he has a hectic schedule,” Lamothe said.

Plans for Lamothe have changed since November, when he was considering an ACT Late Model and 600 dirt car races in Pennsylvania. February races in the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Winter Nationals at Auburndale Speedway are possible.

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2014 Southern Modified Schedule Announced

Fifteen Race Schedule Covers Seven Traditional Tracks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule has a pair of special non-points events on the slate this season to go along with its traditional calendar and some notable additions.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s 10th season of competition will see 15 championship points events scattered throughout the tour’s familiar southeastern footprint. Added to the season-opening non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway is another special event folded into the June Whelen Modified Tour visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Also new this year is second dates added to Virginia short tracks – Langley Speedway and South Boston Speedway.

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Brunnhoelzl Clinches Whelen So Mod Title

Takes Record Fourth Championship, While Burt Myers Grabs Win

CONCORD, N.C. – George Brunnhoelzl III clinched the 2013 championship for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in the season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night, to extend his record for tour titles to four.

It also marks the third consecutive tour championship for the 30-year-old West Babylon, N.Y., driver – who in addition to his 2011 and 2012 titles, won the crown in 2009.

While Brunnhoelzl wrapped up the championship just by taking the green flag in his No. 28 EpoxZ/Oval Speed Chevrolet, there was plenty of drama late in the race as Burt Myers inherited the lead and won the UNOH Southern Slam 150 on the quarter-mile oval at CMS.

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Brunnhoelzl Clinches Whelen SoMod Title

Takes Record Fourth Championship, While Burt Myers Grabs Win

CONCORD, N.C. – George Brunnhoelzl III clinched the 2013 championship for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in the season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night, to extend his record for tour titles to four.

It also marks the third consecutive tour championship for the 30-year-old West Babylon, N.Y., driver – who in addition to his 2011 and 2012 titles, won the crown in 2009.

“To win one championship is crazy enough, but to win three in a row and four is impossible unless you have the people behind me that I do,” said Brunnhoelzl. “A lot of people work really hard to make all of this happen and I can’t thank them enough.”

While Brunnhoelzl wrapped up the championship just by taking the green flag in his No. 28 EpoxZ/Oval Speed Chevrolet, there was plenty of drama late in the race as Burt Myers inherited the lead and won the UNOH Southern Slam 150 on the quarter-mile oval at CMS.

Myers took over the top spot when Ryan Preece, who had won the pole and appeared to be headed to his second victory in three starts, slowed with a broken rocker arm in his engine just 12 laps from the finish. Myers, then, paced the field the rest of the way in his No. 1 CitruSafe/Adams Towing & Recovery Ford.

“I knew we had a good car, but Ryan’s was probably a little better,” said the victorious Myers. “I was hoping for a caution to make up the track position, but he quit and I turned around my strategy and didn’t want a caution.”

It marks the third win this season and 11th career tour victory for the 2010 tour champion from Walnut Cove, N.C. – who started fourth on the grid Saturday night. Myers won the inaugural Charlotte race in 2010 and now has four top-five finishes in four starts at the track.

“There’s nothing like winning here at Charlotte,” he said.

Kyle Ebersole, who trailed Brunnhoelzl by 32 points coming into the final race, finished second behind Myers. Brunnhoelzl came home third while Tim Brown and Danny Bohn were fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were A.J. Winstead, John Smith, Jason Myers, Luke Fleming and Thomas Stinson.

The UNOH Southern Slam 150 was streamed live on NASCARHomeTracks.com, NASCAR.com’s official home for touring and weekly series news and results.

Brunnhoelzl will be honored for his championship season along with NASCAR’s other touring series champions on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards in the Grand Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

RACE RESULTS | LAP-BY-LAP RECAP | POSTRACE AUDIO: KYLE EBERSOLE | POSTRACE AUDIO: GEORGE BRUNNHOELZL III

Sources: Kevin W. Green/NASCAR WSMT PR

NWSMT Charlotte 10/10/13 Unofficial Results

Whelen Southern Modified Tour

Race: NWSMT Charlotte 10/10/13
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 4 1 Burt Myers Citrusafe/Adam’s Towing & Recovery Ford 150 47 4 Running
2 3 5 Kyle Ebersole Ebersole Excavating Ford 150 42 Running
3 8 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III Epox-Z/Oval Speed Chevrolet 150 41 Running
4 2 02 Tim Brown Hayes Jewelers/T&C Motorsports Chevrolet 150 41 1 Running
5 11 65 Danny Bohn Cedar Peaks/Rustoleum Chevrolet 150 39 Running
6 5 99 AJ Winstead * Health Diagnostic Laboratory Chevrolet 150 38 Running
7 9 25 John Smith G-Oil/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet 150 37 Running
8 12 4 Jason Myers Westbend Vineyards & Brewery Ford 150 36 Running
9 6 40 Luke Fleming * Koma Unwind/AutosByNelson.com Ford 150 35 Running
10 14 7 Thomas Stinson Dennis’ Towing/New Image Cleaning Chevrolet 150 34 Running
11 7 04 David Calabrese * Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet 150 33 Running
12 15 11 Andy Seuss Tammie Davis/Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet 149 32 Running
13 21 12 Mike Norman Auto Solutions/Combs Wholesale Produce Chevrolet 149 31 Running
14 13 2 JR Bertuccio Gershow Recycling Chevrolet 146 30 Running
15 1 41 Ryan Preece East West Marine/NAPA Chevrolet 136 31 2 Engine
16 18 8 Dalton Baldwin * ChildrensDreamRacer.com Chevrolet 124 28 Running
17 22 70 Jeremy Gerstner * GMR Complete Lawn/Fountain Mtspts. Chevrolet 108 27 Overheating
18 17 73 Cole Powell * Copp’s BuildAll/Tricar Chevrolet 73 26 Overheating
19 10 97 Bryan Dauzat O.B. Builders Chevrolet 26 25 Suspension
20 20 80 Cody Ware * SupportMilitary.org Chevrolet 26 24 Accident
21 16 77 Gary Putnam Stock Car Steel Chevrolet 26 23 Accident
22 19 82 Danny Watts Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet 24 22 Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 14.778 Seconds, Speed: 60.901 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 51 mins, 25 secs Average Speed: 43.760 mph Margin of Victory: 1.140 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 3-6; 10-13; 19-21; 27-33; 77-78. 5 for 20 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece grid, Tim Brown 1-7, Ryan Preece 8-136, Burt Myers 137-150.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 129, Burt Myers 14, Tim Brown 7. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.

* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

QUALIFYING: Preece Wins Charlotte Pole

Perfect 3-For-3 In Southern Tour This Season

CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Preece has migrated south three times this season and has won the Coors Light Pole on each occasion.

The Berlin, Conn., driver was fastest in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying for the UNOH Southern Slam 150 on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Preece, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader made his way around the quarter-mile track situated on the frontstretch of the 1.5-mile tri-oval in 14.778 seconds for an average speed of 60.901 mph.

Preece, a member of the prestigious NASCAR Next program, has a 26-point lead on defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby with one race to go. In addition to that and a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule, he has traveled south to compete in Southern Modified Tour events at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., and this Charlotte event. The 22-year-old won the Bowman Gray race in August. Preece has 12 career poles in the New England-based Whelen Modified Tour.

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