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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Caraway
Sep 4, 2013 - updated Sep 4th, 2013 1:59pm
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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Caraway
Brunnhoelzl And Ebersole 16 Points Apart With Four Races Left
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 3, 2013)
– Kyle Ebersole has been good at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.,
throughout his young career, but George Brunnhoelzl III has been better.
Heading in to the ninth event of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2013 season, Brunnhoelzl and Ebersole
find themselves separated by only 16 points. Two of the final four events take place at Caraway.
the 22-year-old from Hummelstown, Pa., is coming off his first career
victory last weekend at Langley
(Va.) Speedway. In eight starts at Caraway he has five
top-five-finishes, including a runner-up finish his last time out.
Brunnhoelzl, from North Babylon, N.Y., on the other hand, has been flat
out dominant at the .455-mile semi-banked asphalt oval. He has
10 wins, 21 top fives and a total of 1143 laps led in 33 career starts.
In his last eight races there, he has five wins, six top fives and
eight top 10 finishes.
Both drivers head into the Caraway 150 looking to build momentum. Brunnhoelzl will try and capture his third consecutive victory
at the track while Ebersole tries to make it to Victory Lane in consecutive tour events.
is running out of time to close the gap in the standings. He knows that
he’ll need to run well in order to overtake the
three-time tour champion and perhaps add another victory to his resume.
Only one driver in Southern Modified Tour history, Burt Myers in 2010,
has won the championship without recording a win at Caraway. A win by
Ebersole this weekend will help him in his
quest for the 2013 tour championship.
RACE: Caraway 150
PLACE: Caraway Speedway, Asheboro,
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
TIME: 7 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .455-mile semi-banked
2012 POLESITTER/WINNER: George
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 2:05-2:55
p.m., Qualifying 4 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 5:30 p.m.
Renee Hackett, 336-629-5803,
TRACK TWITTER: @CarawaySpeedway
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Caraway 150 is the ninth race of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour and the fourth of five tour events at Caraway Speedway.
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 150 laps (68.25 miles) with a
10 minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.
Caraway Speedway has played host to 46 events in the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour history, dating back to the tour’s first race on
March 26, 2005. Caraway was originally opened in 1966 as a dirt track.
The track was paved in 1972 and became NASCAR-sanctioned
shortly after. The track was owned and operated by Russell and Valastra
Hackett from 1977 to 2010. Operations were turned over to Darren and
Renee Hackett prior to the 2011 season. There is 13 degrees of banking
in the turns and the straightaways are banked
at nine degrees. The track has a capacity of 6,800 spectators.
The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour is 15.648 seconds (104.678 mph), set by Brunnhoelzl on April 21,
2012. The 150-lap race record is held by Junior Miller at 44 minutes, 31
seconds was set on Sept. 9, 2006 for an average
speed of 90.977 mph.
Burt Myers Looks to End Caraway Drought:
Burt Myers will look to carry his momentum as the track champion in
weekly Modified competition at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem,
N.C., over to Caraway this week and end a long-running drought in Whelen
Southern Modified Tour action. Myers won the second
southern tour event at the track in 2005, but it’s been 42 starts since
then without a return trip to Caraway Victory Lane. His tour résumé
since that last Caraway victory certainly hasn’t lacked of success,
however, as he’s won eight times at six different
tracks since. Myers will be able to look to his brother, Jason, for
inspiration as Jason was able to earn his first career Caraway victory
in the 2013 opener.
Loftin, Seuss Also Look to Challenge Brunnhoelzl:
With 10 career wins at Caraway, including six of the last nine
appearances there, Brunnhoelzl is the most accomplished driver in
southern tour history at the venerable track. But you can count Brian
Loftin and Andy Seuss among his top competition when the
southern tour returns there this week. Loftin has eight wins of his own
at Caraway – the latest in 2012 – while Seuss has six career triumphs
at the track. All six of Seuss’ wins came in a 15-race span from
2008-11, but he’ll look to end a nine-race drought
HOME TRACKS: McCaskill Paces Tarheel State
race card will also feature Caraway’s Late Model division of the NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series.
Last time out, Tommy Lemons Jr. edged national points leader Lee
Pulliam to win the first of two Late Model features, while Ryan Wilson
won the second. Lemons currently trails Deac McCaskill in North Carolina
LAST TIME OUT: Langley
Ebersole took the lead late en route to his first career victory in the southern tour. It came in just his 19th
career start. Below are some highlights from the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150:
Seuss captured the Coors Light Pole Award, setting a track record with a lap of 14.771 seconds.
Tim Brown crossed the finish line third, his fifth top-five of the season and his third in four races.
Burt Myers made his 100th series start and recorded his 83rd top 10 finish with an eighth.
NEXT TIME OUT: Southern National
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will make its second stop to Southern National Motorsports Park for
the G-Oil 150 on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Burt Myers earned the victory in the tour's first visit to the track
this season. It was the fourth time the southern modifieds rolled
through Kenly, N.C., with Myers taking the checkered flag two of the
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