Andy Suess Get First Win of 2015 Season

Defending Champ Holds Off Goodale on GWC Finish

SOPHIA, N.C. What a difference one race can make.

After finishing last in the season opener two weeks ago at Caraway Speedway, Seuss held off Eric Goodale on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Charles Kepley Memorial 150 Saturday in a return to Caraway.  

When Andy Seuss looks back on his 11th career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win at the track he will probably think of his crew first.

Seuss' pit crew got him out of the pits first just in front of Eric Goodale on Lap 131, after a spin by Kyle Ebersole brought out the fifth caution flag of the race.

Ryan Preece rebounded from contact with JR Bertuccio on the final restart on Lap 146 to finish third, with Bertuccio and Burt Myers completing the top five.

For most of the race it appeared Bertuccio was on his way to his third career tour win as he took the lead from Preece on Lap 8 and remained out front until the leaders came in for the decisive pit stop. 

It was the most laps the Centereach, New York, native had led in competition since he led 145 in his win last April at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina.

Jason Myers finished sixth, and Ebersole able to work back through the field after his late spin to finish seventh. Frank Fleming, Gary Putnam and John Smith completed the top 10.

Seuss and the rest of the Southern Modified competitors will be in action next Saturday at Virginia's South Boston Speedway for the South Boston 150.

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
4
11
Andy Seuss Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet
154
47
4
Running
2
13
58
Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet
154
42
Running
3
1
6
Ryan Preece East West Marine, NAPA Chevrolet
154
42
1
Running
4
3
2
JR Bertuccio Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
154
42
2
Running
5
6
1
Burt Myers Remington SCT/Citrusafe Ford
154
39
Running
6
8
4
Jason Myers Adams Towing & Recovery Ford
154
38
Running
7
2
5
Kyle Ebersole Ebersole Excavating Ford
154
37
Running
8
7
40
Frank Fleming Autos By Nelson/Lewisville Mtrs Chevrolet
153
36
Running
9
9
77
Gary Putnam Curb Records Chevrolet
153
35
Running
10
15
25
John Smith Rick's Home Improvement/Tutterow Surveying Co
153
34
Running
11
5
28
George Brunnhoelzl, III Composite Tech./Performance Tech. Chevrolet
153
33
Running
12
10
79
Spencer Davis Coors Light /Le Bleu Water/Davis Poultry Pontiac
152
32
Running
13
12
74
Bobby Measmer, Jr. Powerhouse Recycling, Lead 2 Relastate Chevrolet
152
31
Running
14
18
14
Trey Hutchens, III * All Star Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet
151
30
Running
15
19
12
Mike Norman Speedway Auto Actn/Nationwide Ins./H&H Auto Sales
150
29
Running
16
14
43
David Calabrese Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet
145
28
Running
17
16
8
Dalton Baldwin ChildrensDreamRacer.com Chevrolet
143
27
Running
18
11
32
Tom Abele, Jr. Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet
131
26
Accident
19
17
15
Jeremy Gerstner GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet
32
25
Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 15.727 Seconds, Speed: 104.152 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 5 mins, 44 secs Average Speed:  63.958 mph Margin of Victory:  0.241 Seconds
Caution Flags:  Laps 14-16 (#28 Spun Backstretch); 26-31 (#32 Spun backstretch and #8 Spun turn 3); 33-38 (#15 and #43 Spun turn 1); 42-45 (#28
Spun turn 4, #4 and #25 involved); 131-144 (#5 Spun turn 2, #32 involved); 146-151 (#28 Spun turn 2, #2 involved).  6 for 39 laps.
Lap Leaders:  Ryan Preece 1-7, JR Bertuccio 8-16, Ryan Preece 17, JR Bertuccio 18-135, Andy Seuss 136-154.
Total Laps Led:  JR Bertuccio 127, Andy Seuss 19, Ryan Preece 8.  4 changes involving 3 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points:  Eric Goodale 89, Jason Myers 81, Burt Myers 77, JR Bertuccio 76, John Smith 75, Andy Seuss 72, Ryan Preece 72, Gary Putnam 72, Frank Fleming 72, Bobby Measmer, Jr. 70

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Point Standings

By: Tim Southers
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
March 28, 2015