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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Bowman Gray Seuss Ready To Return To Winning Ways
Aug 1, 2013 - updated Aug 1st, 2013 10:17pm
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --
are hard to come by in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, but
that doesn’t stop Andy Seuss from agonizing over his recent lack of
trips to Victory Lane.
a 12-race span from Oct. 2008 to Sept. 2009, Seuss of Hampstead, N.H.,
won five times, but he has just
one victory in his last 18 Southern Modified Tour starts. In 73 career
Southern Modified starts he has 42 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes and
in a bit of a statistical anomaly Seuss’ career average starting
position is 7.2 which is identical to his average
his last tour start on July 6 at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, N.C.,
the 26-year-old Seuss finished third
for his best result of the season, but it could have been more. He
tangled with race leader George Brunnhoelzl III while going for the lead
on Lap 136 and came out on the short end of the stick.
Despite obviously being disappointed, Seuss was able to look on the bright side following the race.
“I’m happy that we had a winning car. We used to be pretty good (at Caraway), but not recently,” he said. “It’s
good to get a podium finish again.”
It’s not for a lack of confidence or faith for the No. 11 Tammie Davis/Phoenix Pre-Owned Motors Chevrolet team.
Harvey – car owner and crew chief – and the whole team has been working
extremely hard to make the car
faster,” Seuss stated. “I have every confidence in them and I thank
them for their confidence in me. We are all a hundred percent committed
to the program.”
Southern Modified Tour makes its annual visit to Bowman Gray Stadium in
Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Kevin
Powell Motorsports 199. The ‘Madhouse’ is always a good for high drama
when every driver has to fight and scratch for each inch of track
at the quarter-mile bullring is tantamount to success. In the five of
the previous eight contests
there the race winner has started inside the top five and started sixth
on two other occasions. The only aberration was Luke Fleming winning in
2009 after starting 19th in his tour debut.
At Bowman Gray, Seuss has three fifth-place finishes – including last year’s race – in five outings. To illustrate
the need for laying down a great qualifying lap, his average finishing position is 7.4, but his average starting spot is 10.0.
and the rest of the competitors need to come up with a plan to derail
George Brunnhoelzl III, who is the
defending race champion and winner of the last three tour events. The
win streak has powered the three-time champ to a 24-point lead in the
Kevin Powell Motorsports 199
Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 3
8:40 p.m. ET
Quarter-mile flat asphalt oval
2012 WINNER: George Brunnhoelzl
2012 POLE SITTER: Burt Myers
EVENT SCHEDULE: Final Practice
3:15-4 p.m., Qualifying 5:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6:45 p.m.
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Kevin Powell Motorsports 199 is the sixth race of the 2013 NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the ninth time the southern tour has
visited the Stadium.
The maximum starting field will be 26 cars, including provisionals. The
first 23 starting positions will be based on two-lap time trials and
the remaining three will be filled through the provisional process. The
race will be 199 laps (49.75 miles).
Bowman Gray Stadium was NASCAR's first
weekly track and has a storied history in the sport. The famed
quarter-mile has been in continuous operation since 1949. Bowman Gray
Stadium has played host to the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour every year since NASCAR began sanctioning the
tour in 2005. It also has hosted the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on three occasions including earlier this season.
The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour is 13.186 seconds (68.254 mph), set by Tim Brown on Aug. 4, 2008.
The 199-lap race record is held by L.W. Miller at 1 hour, 57 seconds
(48.975 mph) was set on Aug. 7, 2010.
BOWMAN GRAY RACE NOTES:
Three-time and defending tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III is again
at the top of the standings and has taken the checkered flag in each of
the last three Southern Modified Tour events. He is also the defending
The Myers family is synonymous with Bowman Gray and brothers, Burt and
Jason, accounted for the wins in each of the tour’s first three events
at the track with Burt winning in 2005 and 2007, and Jason taking the
checkered flag in 2006. However, neither has
gone to Victory Lane in a SoMod event since.
North/South Weekend Plans:
Three weeks after a trio of Southern Modified Tour drivers went to New
Hampshire Motor Speedway to compete in the northern tour event, this
week could see the northerners return the favor. If all goes well on Friday
in the CARQUEST 150 at Stafford (Conn.)
Motor Speedway, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Woody Pitkat, Cole
Powell and Ryan Preece will head to Bowman Gray. Pitkat and Powell will
attempt to do the north-south double in the same race cars while Preece
will compete at Bowman Gray in his family-owned
Modified instead of the No. 16 he drives in the northern tour.
In addition to experiencing one of the sport’s greatest short-track
venues, a fan will win a pair of tickets to another legendary
short-track event – the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor
Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
HOME TRACKS: McCaskill Opens Lead
the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points update on
July 23, late-model driver Deac
McCaskill leads the North Carolina state standings by 42 tallies over
Tommy Lemons Jr. followed by a quintet of Bowman Gray modified drivers.
Burt Myers with six wins tops that list and he leads the track
standings, as well. Jason Myers is second followed
by John Smith, Tim Brown and Danny Bohn.
LAST TIME OUT: Caraway
forced a postponement on July 5 and everyone reconvened the next day
with the exception of Tim Brown, who
missed the make-up date due to a personal conflict. Here are some
highlights of the Daggett Schuler Attorneys-at-Law/Rusty Harpe Memorial
George Brunnhoelzl III went wire-to-wire for the win.
Kyle Ebersole finished a season-best second.
Andy Seuss tangled with Brunnhoelzl going for the lead on Lap 136 and settled for third place.
Brunnhoelzl extended his lead in the point standings to 24 over Ebersole
NEXT TIME OUT: Bristol
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor
Speedway for the Titan Roof 150 and
its annual head-to-head competition with the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour. The North’s Ron Silk won the race last year while George
Brunnhoelzl III was the top-finishing SoMod competitor.