Brunnhoelzl Battles To Hickory Win

Seventh career win for 2009 Southern Tour champ

NEWTON, N.C. -- George Brunnhoelzl III saved his best for last to win the Hickory 150 Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action.

After starting third on the Lap 151 restart in a green-white-checkered finish, Brunnhoelzl passed James Civali to collect his second win of the season. It was the eighth career win for the 2009 Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion.

Zach Brewer also worked past Civali to finish second while Civali settled for third. John Smith and Thomas Stinson finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Although Brunnhoelzl celebrated in Victory Lane it appeared Brewer was on his way to his first win as he was passing Civali late in the race when Frank Fleming spun in Turn 1 to bring out the sixth and final caution flag of the race.

On the restart, Civali chose the outside lane with Brewer on the inside. Brewer and Civali made contact on the restart allowing Brunnhoelzl to make his move and lead the final two laps of the race.

Andy Seuss came home sixth, Jason Myers seventh and Burt Myers eighth. Renee Dupuis rebounded from a spin earlier in the race to finish ninth in her first start on the southern tour and Josh Nichols completed the top 10.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to action for the South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, April 16. The event will be a doubleheader with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

 


Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Hickory 150 Unofficial Results

Saturday

At Hickory Motor Speedway

Newton, NC

Lap length: .363 miles

 

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (4) #09 George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon, NY, Chevrolet, 153 laps, 66.914 mph

2. (3) #11 Zach Brewer, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 153

3. (5) #79 James Civali, Meriden, CT, Pontiac, 153

4. (8) #25 John Smith, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 153

5. (10) #7 Thomas Stinson, Chester, VA, Chevrolet, 153

6. (12) #44 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Chevrolet, 153

7. (2) #4 Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 153

8. (6) #1 Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 153

9. (7) #59 Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 153

10. (16) #2 Josh Nichols, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 153

11. (13) #12 Mike Norman, Lewisville, NC, Ford, 153

12. (15) #36 L.W. Miller, Dushore, PA, Chevrolet, 153

13. (18) # 80 Michael Speeney, Newtown, Pa., Chevrolet, 153

14. (11) #40 Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, NC, Ford, 153

15. (1) #07 Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150

16. (9) #02 Tim Brown, Cana, VA, Chevrolet, 136, handling

17. (14) #8 Jonathan Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL, Chevrolet, 133, electrical

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 49 minutes 48 seconds

Margin of Victory: .299 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: P.Emerling * (92.119 mph, 14.186 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-39; J. Myers 40; P. Emerling 41-66; J. Kievman 67-118; J.Civali 119-150; Z. Brewer 151; G. Brunnhoelzl III 152-153.

Standings: 1. G. Brunnhoelzl III, 370; 2. J. Civali, 325; 3. T. Stinson, 320; 4. J.Smith, 310; 5. J. Myers, 297; 6. L. Miller, 292; 7. A. Seuss, 292; 8. Z. Brewer, 287; 9.T. Brown, 285; 10. B. Myers, 273.

2011 POINTS STANDINGS / HMS RACE PHOTOS

 

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