Brunnhoelzl Celebrates Victory at Caraway

Sets New Record For Most Whelen Southern Tour Wins at Track

SOPHIA, N.C. George Brunnhoelzl hasn't enjoyed the type of season he's used to in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, but picking up a win and setting a new record might help make him feel a little better.

Brunnhoelzl passed Andy Seuss on Lap 119 and remained out front the rest of the way to win the Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway.

Brunnhoelzl also used the win to break a tie with Seuss for the most tour wins at Caraway with his 13th triumph in the 60th race held at the unofficial home track for the southern modifieds.

Points leader Burt Myers finished second with Jason Myers third. Seuss followed in fourth and Danny Bohn completed the top five.

Brunnhoelzl equals Burt Myers for the most wins this season with his third trip to Victory Lane and while he's third in the standings, back-to-back accidents at Bowman Gray Stadium and Bristol in August cost him a chance at a fifth title.

Burt Myers was able to add three points on his lead over Seuss to now have a 22-point cushion over the two-time defending champion with one race remaining on the schedule.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Bonsignore finished sixth with Jeremy Gerstner, David Calabrese, Bobby Measmer Jr. and Bryan Dauzat rounding out the top 10.

After having a caution-free race for the first time since 2006 last week at South Boston Speedway, the Caraway 150 was slowed just once for caution on Lap 88. 

During the caution Burt Myers, who took the lead from Seuss on Lap 7, pitted and after making two pit stops during the caution, came back out ninth with Seuss in the lead.

Brunnhoelzl came out of the pits sixth and quickly made his way through the field and caught Seuss by Lap 117. 

After looking to the inside of Seuss, the four-time NWSMT champion went to the outside and made the pass two laps later.

Seuss won his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season during afternoon qualifying.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will conclude its 2016 season with the Southern Slam 150 on Thursday, Oct. 6 on the quarter-mile track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPS
POINTS
B/POINTS
STATUS
1
6
28
George Brunnhoelzl, III
Dunleavy Trk and Trailer Repair/Comp Tech
150
47
4
Running
2
2
1
Burt Myers
Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Actn Ford
150
44
2
Running
3
4
4
Jason Myers
Moorefield Enterprises Ford
150
41
Running
4
1
11
Andy Seuss
Davis Roofing/Vestal Buick GMC Chevrolet
150
41
1
Running
5
5
40
Danny Bohn
Dunleavy Truck & Trl/Wm Smith Trucking Chevrolet
150
39
Running
6
8
22
Kyle Bonsignore *
Snap-On Tools/Arts Radiator/Willword Brakes
150
38
Running
7
3
15
Jeremy Gerstner
GMR Lawn Care/Carriage House Restaurant
150
37
Running
8
11
79
David Calabrese
DSHR/LRD/Coors Light Pontiac
150
36
Running
9
9
74
Bobby Measmer, Jr.
Lead 2 Real Estate/Crispy's Bar & Grill Chevrolet
149
35
Running
10
7
97
Bryan Dauzat
O B Builders Inc Chevrolet
148
34
Running
11
10
14
Trey Hutchens, III
Hutchens Racing Chevrolet
61
33
Clutch

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Andy Seuss, Time: 16.111 Seconds, Speed: 101.670 mph
Time of Race: 46 mins, 30 secs Average Speed: 88.065 mph Margin of Victory: 2.17 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 88-94 (Debris Turn 2).  1 for 7 laps.
Lap Leaders: Andy Seuss 1-6, Burt Myers 7-91, Andy Seuss 92-118, George Brunnhoelzl, III 119-150.
Total Laps Led: Burt Myers 85, Andy Seuss 33, George Brunnhoelzl, III 32.  3 changes involving 3 drivers.

* - Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

 

September 24th , 2016 - By Tim Southers / NASCAR