Kyle Ebersole Holds Off Brunnhoelzl Captures First NWSMT Win at Langley Speedway

Ebersole becomes the second First time Winner for 2013

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

HAMPTON, Va. - Kyle Ebersole came from behind to capture his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win at Langley Speedway on Saturday night.

Ebersole of Hummelstown, Pa., took the lead late and then held off a hard charge from three-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III to win the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150. 

"It feels awesome," Ebersole said when describing his first career victory. "Last year was the first year on the tour and I got a lot of good experience. I've been faster all year and I'm really happy we could seal the deal in one of these things before the end of the year."

The win came in just his 19th career tour start for the driver of the No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford, who had started seventh on the grid.

Andy Seuss, who shattered the previous track record in winning the pole during qualifying earlier in the day, led the first half of the race - with Brunnhoelzl running in his wake. Brunnhoelzl gained the top spot just before the midway break, but later lost the lead to Tim Brown. Ebersole got by Brown coming out of Turn 4 with a strong move to the outside on Lap 137.

Ebersole, who finished sixth last year in his only previous start at Langley, faced a fierce challenge from Brunnhoelzl in the closing laps, but held on for the win.

"I held George off there at the end," Ebersole said. "I knew he was coming, I saw him in my mirror and my spotter was telling me he was on me and I just had enough laps there and was able to get to Victory Lane."

Brown came home third on a night where he could have very well found himself in Victory Lane.

""Just right there at the halfway break, our car was a little bit snug and we made the fatal mistake of freeing it up," Brown said after the race. "The track got slick there in the last segment and we were just too loose. We gave it awaya, but congratulations to Kyle. They've been good all year and finally got a win. It's good to see those guys get a victory."

John Smith and Danny Bohn followed Brown past the finish line to round out the top five. Completing the top 10 were Patrick Emerling, Burt Myers, Jason Myers, Thomas Stinson and Gary Putnam.

Ebersole became the fourth different winner in four tour races at Langley Speedway.

The Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150 was the eighth event on a 12-race tour schedule.

The Southern Modified Tour will next be in action on Sept. 8, when it returns to Caraway (N.C.) Speedway for the Caraway 150.

 

POS
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
Team
LAPS
POINTS
B/Points
STATUS
1
7
5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating Inc Ford
150
47
4
Running
2
2
28
George Brunnhoelzl, III
Epox-Z Cool Roof Coating/Oval Speed Chevrolet
150
43
1
Running
3
4
02
Tim Brown
Hayes Jewelers/T&C Motorsports Chevrolet
150
42
1
Running
4
3
25
John Smith
G-Oil/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet
150
40
Running
5
6
65
Danny Bohn
Cedar Peaks /Rustoleum/Ray Evernham Ent
150
39
Running
6
9
07
Patrick Emerling
Emerling Chevrolet Chevrolet
150
38
Running
7
10
1
Burt Myers
Citrusafe /Adams Towing & Recovery Ford
150
37
Running
8
12
4
Jason Myers
Myers Racing Ford
150
36
Running
9
11
7
Thomas Stinson
M&M Custom Painting Chevrolet
150
35
Running
10
16
77
Gary Putnam
Stock Car Steel Chevrolet
150
34
Running
11
15
97
Bryan Dauzat
O B Builders Inc Chevrolet
150
33
Running
12
8
9
A.J. Winstead
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc Chevrolet
150
32
Running
13
14
2
JR Bertuccio
Gershow Recycling/Hagerman Systems Chevrolet
146
31
Running
14
1
11
Andy Seuss
Phoenix Pre-Owned Motors Chevrolet
144
32
2
Running
15
13
40
Luke Fleming *
Koma Unwind/Autos By Nelson.com Ford
80
29
Suspension
16
5
59
Renee Dupuis
Space Fitters/Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet
79
28
Accident
17
18
12
Mike Norman
DMC Auto Exchange/Auto Solutions/Lewisville Motor
78
27
Accident
18
17
70
Jeremy Gerstner *
GMR Complete Lawn/Fountain Mtsprts. Chevrolet
78
26
Accident
19
19
04
David Calabrese *
Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet
78
25
Accident

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier:  Andy Seuss               Time: 14.771 Seconds                  Speed: 96.270 mph

Time of Race:  0 hrs., 55 mins, 2 secs Average Speed:  64.597 mph Margin of Victory:  .181 Seconds

Caution Flags:  Laps 28-31 (No. 9 spins Turn 4); 39-42 (No. 97 spin on Turn 2); 69-73 (No. 04 spins Turn 1); 75-77 (No. 11 broke, No. 70 spins, halfway break); 79-85 (No. 59, 12, 04, 40, 97, 70 spin Turn 1); 126-131 (No. 9 spins Turn 3).  6 for 29 laps.

Lap Leaders:  Andy Seuss 1-73, George Brunnhoelzl, III 74-124, Tim Brown 125-135, Kyle Ebersole 136-150.

Total Laps Led:  Andy Seuss 73, George Brunnhoelzl, III 51, Kyle Ebersole 15, Tim Brown 11.  3 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:  George Brunnhoelzl, III 339, Kyle Ebersole 323, Burt Myers 312, Tim Brown 303, Andy Seuss 288, Jason Myers 281, John Smith 280, Gary Putnam 278, Luke Fleming * 266, Bryan Dauzat 253

 

Points Standings

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