George Brunnhoelzl III Battles For Win

Spring Explosion 150 at Concord Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. Late race heroics paid off for George Brunnhoelzl III at North Carolina's Concord Speedway.

The 33-year-old North Babylon, New York, native joined the battle for first place with 12 laps remaining and passed Ted Christopher with three laps to go to collect his first win of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season and his 26th career tour win.

Saturday at the half-mile oval saw more passing in in the first 37 laps than the Tour's last visit to the track combined. Brunnhoelzl settled for mid-pack for most of the race until late in the race when he turned on the pressure and took the lead from Christopher off of Turn 3.

Christopher settled for second followed by Burt Myers, defending champion Andy Seuss and Jason Myers.

While Bobby Measmer Jr., JR Bertuccio, Kyle Bonsignore, Gary Putnam and Danny Bohn rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, Ryan Preece, led the first 63 laps before falling to eighth with 58 laps to go. The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion ultimately finished 12th.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back in action on April 9 with the South Boston 150 at Virginia's South Boston Speedway.

POS
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSORS
LAPS
1
4
#28
George Brunnhoelzl III
Dunleavy Trk & Trl Repair/Comp Tech Chevrolet
150
2
8
#00
Ted Christopher
Jerry & Jerry/Batteries Plus Bulbs Chevrolet
150
3
2
#1
Burt Myers
Remington SCT/Speedway Auto/Citrusafe Ford
150
4
7
#11
Andy Seuss
Davis Roofing/Vestal GMC Chevrolet
150
5
1
#4
Jason Myers
Moorefield Enterprises Ford
150
6
13
#74
Bobby Measmer Jr
Lead 2 Real Estate/Powerhouse Recycling Chevrolet
150
7
11
#2
JR Bertuccio
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
150
8
14
#22
Kyle Bonsignore*
Snap On Tools/Arts Radiator/Willword Brakes Chevrolet
150
9
10
#77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records Chevrolet
150
10
5
#40
Danny Bohn
Dunleavy Trk & Trailer/William Smith Trk Chevrolet
149
11
12
#14
Trey Hutchens III
Hutchens Racing Chevrolet
149
12
3
#6
Ryan Preece
TS Haulers/Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet
149
13
9
#15
Jeremy Gerstner
GMR Lawncare/Carriage House Restaurant Chevrolet
148
14
17
#79
Richie Pallai Jr
MAHLE/Coors Light Pontiac
148
15
15
#97
Bryan Dauzat
O B Builders Inc Chevrolet
140
16
6
#5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating Ford
93
17
16
#33
Austin Pickens*
Greenbriar Landscape/JSG Unlimited Chevrolet
22

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier:  Jason Myers, Time: 15.534 Seconds, Speed: 115.875 mph

Time of Race:
52 mins, 26 secs  Average Speed: 85.823 mph  Margin of Victory: .474 Seconds

Caution Flags:
 Laps 16-18 (#33 Spun Exit of turn 2); 80-88 (#15 spun frontstretch); 110-113 (#97 spun turn 3); 117-121 (#79 spun turn 2).  4 for 21 laps.

Lap Leaders:
 Burt Myers 1-18, Ryan Preece 19-62, Burt Myers 63-83, Ryan Preece 84-89, Andy Seuss 90-95, Ted Christopher 96-132, Burt Myers 133-137, Ted Christopher 138-147, George Brunnhoelzl, III 148-150.

Total Laps Led:
 Ryan Preece 50, Ted Christopher 47, Burt Myers 44, Andy Seuss 6, George Brunnhoelzl, III 3.  8 changes involving 5 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:  Burt Myers 90, George Brunnhoelzl, III 84, Andy Seuss 81, Bobby Measmer, Jr. 80, Jason Myers 79, Danny Bohn 76, JR Bertuccio 68, Kyle Bonsignore * 65, Richie Pallai Jr. 65, Gary Putnam 65

April 2nd , 2016- By Tim Southers, NASCAR