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Andy Seuss dominates for Whelen Southern Mod opener win at Caraway

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Andy Seuss takes a victory lap with the checkered flag after scoring the victory in Sunday's Whelen Season Opener 150 at Caraway Speedway. / Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR
SOPHIA, NC - Andy Seuss mounted his challenge to dethrone George Brunnhoelzl III for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Sunday in dominating fashion.

The 26-year-old from Hampstead, NH, was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and led every lap en route to winning the Whelen Season Opener 150 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC. His No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet finished 1.465 seconds ahead of runner-up Brunnhoelzl.

JR Bertuccio, Burt Myers and Jason Myers rounded out the top five.

Danny Bohn was sixth, followed by Brian Loftin, Luke Fleming, Thomas Stinson and rookie Joe Ryan Osborne.

Dawsonville, GA's Spencer Davis, making his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified start, finished in 11th.

The win was the 16th of Seuss' career and his ninth at Caraway, including his third straight. He won the tour's last two stops at the .455-mile banked oval last September.

Seuss has won four of the last five Whelen Southern Modified Tour events dating to last year.

“There was a lot of anticipation going into this race the way we finished last year, and I’m glad it’s behind us,” Seuss said. “We won everything – practice, the pole, led every lap in the race – and with a car like this you should.”

Seuss became just the third driver to win three straight Whelen Southern Modified races at Caraway, joining and Junior Miller and L.W. Miller, who won five in a row.

For Brunnhoelzl, who holds the record for Caraway wins with 10 – now just one ahead of Seuss – it was his ninth career runner-up finish at the track. Six of those runner-ups have come to Seuss, including each of the last three visits.

“We know what we need to do, so we’ll be better off when we come back,” Brunnhoelzl said. “That’s the biggest thing – knowing what to do to make it better.”

Bertuccio recorded his third straight top-five finish at Caraway, the only three of his Whelen Southern Modified Tour career overall. Sunday’s effort was his best in 27 southern tour races.

“We’ve been doing some experimenting [on the car] and it’s starting to work out,” Bertuccio said. “We just need a little bit more power, and you’ll see us in victory lane by the end of the year.”

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back on track Saturday, March 15 with the Southern National 150 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Caraway Speedway - Sophia, NC
Whelen Season Opener 150 - March 9, 2014

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 1 11 Andy Seuss Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet 150 48 5 Running
2 4 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III Composite Tech./Performance Tech. Chevrolet 150 42 Running
3 2 2 JR Bertuccio Gershow Recycling/Hagerman Systems Chevrolet 150 41 Running
4 16 1 Burt Myers Citrusafe/Spdwy Auto Auction/Adam's Ford 150 40 Running
5 9 4 Jason Myers Adam's Towing/Corks Caps & Taps Ford 150 39 Running
6 6 65 Danny Bohn Rustoleum/Cedar Peaks Enterprises Chevrolet 150 38 Running
7 12 23 Brian Loftin L&R Transmissions Chevrolet 150 37 Running
8 10 40 Luke Fleming Unwind Ford 150 36 Running
9 8 7 Thomas Stinson Dennis' Towing & Recovery Chevrolet 150 35 Running
10 5 15 Joe Ryan Osborne * Pro Systems/Joie of Seating Chevrolet 150 34 Running
11 14 79 Spencer Davis * Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac 150 33 Running
12 17 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records/Stock Car Steel Chevrolet 150 32 Running
13 11 31 Cody Ware * RaceTrac Chevrolet 150 31 Running
14 3 5 Kyle Ebersole Ebersole Excavating Ford 150 30 Running
15 18 97 Bryan Dauzat O.B. Builders Chevrolet 150 29 Running
16 19 12 Mike Norman GoAero Nationwide by Stormie Speaks Chevrolet 138 28 Mechanical
17 13 51 Bobby Measmer, Jr. * Powerhouse Recycling/ Chevrolet 125 27 Out of Fuel
18 7 73 Cole Powell Copp's BuildAll/Tricar Developments Chevrolet 114 26 Mechanical
19 15 43 David Calabrese Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet 41 25 Mechanical

Fastest Qualifier: Andy Seuss, Time: 16.05 Seconds, Speed: 102.056 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 54 mins, 14 secs Average Speed: 75.507 mph Margin of Victory: 1.465 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 40-46 (Car #5 spinout (Frontstretch) [12]); 76 (Competition (Midway Break) [12]); 80-85 (Cars #51, 77 accident (Turn 3) [5]); 100-103 (Car #13 spinout (Turn 3) [5]); 128-131 (Car #12 accident (Turn 3) [12]). 5 for 22 laps.
Lap Leaders: Andy Seuss 1-150.
Total Laps Led: Andy Seuss 150. 0 changes involving 1 drivers.
Associated Categories: Sports News, Professional Sports, NASCAR

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