Statistical Advance: Hickory 150

Analyzing the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Hickory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 29, 2011) Historic Hickory Motor Speedway will be the next stop for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour with the Hickory 150 on Saturday, April 2. Hickory has hosted NASCAR racing since the 1950s and the modifieds will once again attempt to make history at the .363-mile facility.

Two tour records were set at the track in the inaugural event there in 2006. In arguably one of the most exciting races in the six-year history of the tour, the race set records that still stand today for the most lead changes in a race (13) and different leaders (6). This weekend the best modified drivers in the southeastern United States will return to the track and attempt to set new marks.

Defending tour champion Burt Myers finished second to Junior Miller in the 2006 event at Hickory and is ready to add his name to the who's who list of NASCAR legends who have captured a win at the track located in the foothills of North Carolina.

Myers will lead a group of eight drivers who have turned laps at Hickory expected to compete this weekend. Tim Brown finished second in his last start at the track with Myers third and Miller fourth in their first start at the track.

Frank Fleming, Brian Loftin and Josh Nichols are three more drivers expected to enter the race that also finished in the top 10 last time out.

Here is a quick 'By The Numbers' look at Hickory since eventual 2006 season champion Junior Miller won the first race held at the track on Sept. 30, 2006: .219 - In seconds, the margin of victory at Hickory in the first tour race held at the track. Junior Miller passed Burt Myers with 33 laps remaining and held on for the win.
13 - The number of lead changes during the previous race at Hickory.
6 - The number of drivers who led a lap in the previous race at Hickory.
Drivers who led at least one lap were Josh Nichols (53), Miller (33), Brandon Ward (31), Myers (18), Tim Brown (13) and Michael Clifton (2).
0 - The number of caution flags and laps in the previous race at the track.
3 - The number of caution-free races in the history of the tour.

 

Hickory Motor Speedway Data

Race: #2 of 14 (4-2-11)

Track Layout: .363-mile paved oval

Banking: 14 degrees in Turns 1 & 2, 12 degrees in Turns 3 & 4, 8 degrees in the straight-aways

Race Length: 150 laps/54.45 miles

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2010 pole winner : New event this season

2010 race winner : New event this season

Track qualifying record : Burt Myers, 89.534 mph

Track race record (150 L) : Junior Miller, 82.548 mph

NWSMT All-Time Win Leaders

1. Brian Loftin, 11

1. L.W. Miller, 11

3. Junior Miller, 10

4. Andy Seuss, 8

5. George Brunnhoelzl III, 7

5. Burt Myers, 7

7. Tim Brown, 6

8. Ted Christopher, 4

9. James Civali, 2

10. John Smith, Jason Myers and three others tied, 1

NWSMT Top-10 Points Standings

1. George Brunnhoelzl III, 185

2. Tim Brown, 170

3. Thomas Stinson, 165

3. L.W. Miller, 165

5. James Civali, 150

6. John Smith, 146

7. Jason Myers, 142

8. Andy Seuss, 138

9. Todd Szegedy, 134

10. Austin Pack, 130

 

At Hickory Motor Speedway:

This will be the second NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The track was built in 1951, initially with a dirt surface, and was later paved in 1967 and eventually configured to its current layout of .363-miles in 1970.

The track played host to at least one race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 17 consecutive seasons from 1981 until 1998.

Former tour champion Junior Miller won the first tour race held at the track.

Burt Myers won the Coors Light Pole Award in the first race at the track.

A total of eight drivers who have visited Victory Lane in the NWSMT will compete this weekend. Leading the group will be L.W. Miller, who shares the record for most wins on the tour with 11.

This race will be second tour race broadcast live on www.nascarhometracks.com by Speed51 Radio.

Up To Speed:

Since the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour formed in 2005, there have been 73 races in the history of the series.

Burt Myers is the reigning NWSMT champion.

The NWSMT has crowned five different champions: Junior Miller (2005, 2006), L.W. Miller (2007), Brian Loftin (2008), George Brunnhoelzl III (2009) and Myers (2010) during its previous six years of competition.

Brian Loftin captured the pole and George Brunnhoelzl III the checkered flag in the 2011 season opener at Caraway Speedway on March 13.

The second event of the season, scheduled for March 26 at Caraway, was postponed due to rain. The rescheduled race date will be announced in the near future.

 

Selected Driver Highlights:

Zach Brewer (No. 11 Chevrolet)

Made 10 starts in 2010 with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

Won his first career Coors Light Pole Award at South Boston on April 4, 2010 and picked up his second pole at Bowman Gray Stadium on Aug. 7, 2010.

Recorded career-best finish of third at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 14, 2010.

Will be a teammate with 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion George Brunnhoelzl III this season.

Tim Brown (No. 02 Chevrolet)

Finished second in the season-ending points standings a record three times from 2006-2008.

Has 60 career NWSMT starts, ranks second in top-five finishes with 37 and has 51 top-10 finishes.

Finished second in the first NWSMT race at Hickory on Sept. 30, 2006.

Has six wins, the most recent came on Sept. 4, 2010 at Langley Speedway, his first since 2008.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 09) Chevrolet

The 2009 NWSMT champion returns in 2011 after competing full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last season.

Will drive for veteran car owner Howard Harvey as a teammate to Zach Brewer.

Owner of seven wins, eight poles and 29 top 10s in 43 career NWSMT starts. The last win was on March 13, 2011 at Caraway Speedway.

This will be his first tour start at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Greg Butcher (No. 0 Chevrolet)

Is the defending NWSMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

Has 15 career starts on the tour with one top-10 finish at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Sept. 5, 2009.

Is coming off of best career points finish on the tour with a respectable 13th-place showing last year.

This will be his first tour start at Hickory Motor Speedway.

James Civali (No. 79 Pontiac)

Finished third in the 2010 NWSMT point standings.

Has 13 career NWSMT starts. His first win came at South Boston Speedway on April 3, 2010 and his second was at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 18, 2010 as the highest-finishing NWMST competitor.

Was the 2006 NWMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

Has four wins and 30 top 10s in 57 career NWMT starts.

Drives for Roger and Sandra Hill of Hillbilly Racing.

Renee Dupuis (No. 59 Chevrolet)

Will become the first woman in the history of the NWSMT to make a start.

Has made 114 starts in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with two top-10 finishes.

Will drive a car owned by veteran NWMT owner Ed Bennett.

Got her start driving SK Modifieds in the northeast.

Frank Fleming (No. 40 Ford)

Is tied for the most career NWSMT starts with 72 and has only missed one race since 2005.

Has finished second seven times, the most recent one at Caraway on July 3, 2009.

Has more than 50 wins at his home track, Bowman Gray Stadium.

Finished seventh at Hickory in his first start at the track on Sept. 30, 2006.

Brother, Chris Fleming, serves as his crew chief.

 

Jonathan Kievman (No. 8 Chevrolet)

Collected his first career top-10 finish at Caraway on Aug. 28, 2010.

Lone full-time competitor from the state of Florida.

L.W. Miller (No. 36 Pontiac)

The 2007 NWSMT Champion. Won by 25 points over Tim Brown (1,930-1,905).

Finished second in the 2010 final standings, 31 points behind Burt Myers.

Is tied with Brian Loftin for the most career NWSMT wins with 11, in just 55 starts.

Won his first race since April 11, 2008 when he won at Bowman Gray Stadium on Aug. 7, 2010.

Has a win (Martinsville) and 10 top 10s in 75 career NWMT career starts.

Has also made 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series and six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts during his racing career.

 

Burt Myers (No. 1 Ford)

Defending NWSMT champion.

Holds NWSMT career records for poles (22), top-fives (39) and top-10s (58).

Finished third in his first start at Hickory on Sept. 30, 2006.

Has raced with his brother, Jason, in the NWSMT since 2005.

Picked up his most recent win at Charlotte on Oct. 14, 2010.

Jason Myers (No. 4 Ford)

Is tied with Frank Fleming for most career NWSMT starts with 72.

Picked up his lone win at Bowman Gray on Aug. 5, 2006.

Has 52 top-10 finishes since 2005.

Finished 13 th in his only previous start at Hickory on Sept. 30, 2006.

Holds the record for consecutive NWSMT starts with 67; started every race since Martinsville (9/5/05).

Mike Norman (No. 12 Ford)

Switched teams this season and will be a teammate of veteran competitor Gene Pack.

Won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award in the 2010 season opener at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and again at Bowman Gray.

 

Austin Pack (No. 31 Chevrolet)

Will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season.

Is the grandson of NWSMT veteran Gene Pack, and son of the late Brian Pack, who made 38 career starts.

Picked up first top-10 finish on March 13, 2011 in just second career start at Caraway.

A highly-coveted high school football prospect who is a senior at Winston-Salem Carver High School.

Andy Seuss (No. 47 Dodge)

Hampstead, N.H., native has eight career wins, including a single-season high of four victories in 2009.

Led more laps last season than any other driver with 318.

Won last season at Caraway on March 14 and Aug. 28, and lead all 150 laps both times.

Has 32 top-10 finishes in 49 career NWSMT starts.

Also has three top-10 finishes in 21 career NWMT starts.

John Smith (No. 25 Chevrolet)

Picked up his first NWSMT win on July 3, 2010 at Caraway Speedway.

Has 35 top-10 finishes in 51 career NWSMT starts.

Finished in the top 10 in the final points standings three years in a row (2008-2010), with a career-best fifth last year.

Works full-time at Richard Childress Racing.

Thomas Stinson (No. 7 Chevrolet)

Came home third to record his best career finish in 13 starts at Caraway on March 13, 2011.

Has eight top-10 and two top-five finishes in 22 career NWSMT starts.

 

Upcoming Milestones/Benchmarks:

This will be the 74th overall race in NWSMT history.

The next win by L.W. Miller or Brian Loftin will give that driver the record for most career wins on the tour.

 

For more information, contact:

Tim Southers, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, (386) 235-3634 or tsouthers@nascar.com

Close Window