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By George, Brunnhoelzl Does It Again;Last-Lap Pass Leads To Ninth Caraway Win For Three-Time Champion
Apr 21, 2013 - updated Apr 21st, 2013 8:18pm
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By George, Brunnhoelzl Does It Again
Last-Lap Pass Leads To Ninth Caraway Win For Three-Time Champion
ASHEBORO, N.C. (April 20, 2013)
– After dominating a week ago George Brunnhoelzl III used a different technique this time to score the win.
Brunnhoelzl, hailing from West Babylon, N.Y., made a dramatic last-lap pass of Tim Brown to pick up a NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour on Saturday night in the Spring Fling 150 at Caraway Speedway.
started from the pole position after winning his 20th career pole award
earlier in the day, but
lost the lead to Brown on the race’s first lap. Brunnhoelzl behind the
wheel of his No. 28 Epox-Z/Oval Speed Chevrolet spent the rest of the
race looking at the rear bumper of Brown. An opportunity presented
itself, though, on Lap 146 when the caution flag
flew for a multi-car incident in Turn 1 of the .455-mile oval which set
up a green-white-checkered finish. After Brown took the white flag
Brunnhoelzl tapped the leader’s rear bumper in Turns 3 and 4 opening a
window for Brunnhoelzl to slip through to victory.
Brunnhoelzl had little reservations after the fact about the bump-and-run move that led to yet another Caraway
had a good car, we had a great car … every restart, every time I got
outside of him he put me up in the
third groove, and during a race there’s no need for it,” Brunnhoelzl
said. “The green-white-checkered comes, he ran me into the hot dog stand
in Turn 1, so he cleared me down the backstretch, and I gave him a
On the cool-down lap Brown made contact with Brunnhoelzl and attempted to disrupt the Victory Lane proceedings,
but race officials cleared things out with little incident.
was the second agonizing defeat for Brown, who held on to finish
second, at Caraway in as many starts this
season. In the season’s opening race on March 16 at Caraway, Brown
started from the pole and led a race-high 96 laps before running out of
fuel on Lap 146 of the 150-lap affair.
Ebersole finished third for the third straight race. Last year’s Sunoco
Rookie of the Year Danny Bohn scored
a season-best finish of fourth followed by Brian Loftin in fifth.
Rookie Luke Fleming, Burt Myers, Andy Seuss, Jason Myers and Gary Putnam
rounded out the top-10 finishers on the night.
Brunnhoelzl, it was his 19th tour career win which extends his own
all-time tour record. He’s won five of
the last eight Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Caraway, and
he’s finished either first or second in nine of the last 11.
It was also Brunnhoelzl’s ninth career win at Caraway which gives him the all-time mark at the track. He and
Loftin were tied atop the list coming into the evening.
“It feels great [to be atop the list],” Brunnhoelzl said. “Every time you win it’s great. To take the most wins
here just makes it that much better.”
three-time tour champion in Brunnhoelzl led wire-to-wire to pick up his
first victory of the season on April
13 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. After his two consecutive wins,
Brunnhoelzl has an 18-point advantage over Ebersole in the championship
standings with Brown closely trailing.
With four of 12 races in the books, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour takes a break and will be on the
track next on Friday, July 5 at Caraway Speedway.
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NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR-Spring Fling 150
At Caraway Speedway
Lap length: 0.455 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155 laps, 76.038 mph.
2. (2) Tim Brown, Rural Hall, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.
3. (3) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 155.
4. (4) Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.
5. (7) Brian Loftin, Lexington, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.
6. (9) Luke Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Ford, 155.
7. (10) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 155.
8. (6) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 154.
9. (11) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 154.
10. (15) Gary Putnam, Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 154.
11. (14) JR Bertuccio, Centerrach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154.
12. (5) John Smith, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 154.
13. (12) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 153.
14. (13) David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 151.
15. (16) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 149.
16. (8) Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 60, mechanical.
17. (17) Mike Norman, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 0, dns.
Time of Race: 0 hours 55 minutes 39 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.126 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: G.Brunnhoelzl, III (103.723 mph, 15.792 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 13 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Brown 1-154; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 155.
1. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 178; 2. K. Ebersole, 160; 3. T. Brown, 157; 4.
J. Myers, 151; 5. B. Myers, 149; 6. A. Seuss, 146; 7. B. Loftin, 135; 8.
J. Smith, 135; 9.
G. Putnam, 134; 10. D. Bohn, 131.