Posted: Monday, April 14th 2014 at 12:24pm
Brunnhoelzl conquers Langley for Southern Modified win
By NASCAR Media
George Brunnhoelzl III celebrates after winning the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 Saturday night at Langley Speedway. / Photo: Mark Rogers Jr./NASCAR
LANGLEY, VA - George Brunnhoelzl III added another track to his résumé, claiming the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 Saturday night at Langley Speedway in Langley, VA. It is the 11th different track the four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion has won at.
Brunnhoelzl led the final 67 laps after passing points leader Andy Seuss, and survived a green-white-checkered finish for his first win of the season. Twice in the previous three races this year, Brunnhoelzl finished second to Seuss.
It also extended Brunnhoelzl's tour record for career wins to 21.
Seuss came home second and David Calabrese was a career-best third. Luke Fleming and Ryan Preece rounded out the top five.
Seuss took the lead on lap 62 from Preece, who won the Coors Light Pole Award with a track record lap earlier in the day.
Burt Myers was sixth, followed by rookies Bobby Measmer, Jr. and Joe Ryan Osborne, Jason Myers and Gary Putnam. Measmer established a career-best finish while Osborne tied his previous personal mark.
Dawsonville, GA's Spencer Davis finished in 11th after starting the day in the 13th spot.
Brunnhoelzl led a race-high 69 laps. The victory ended the second-longest winless drought of his career at nine races, and drew him to within five points of championship the leader Seuss after four of 15 scheduled races.
“This was one of the tracks that we hadn’t won at, so it’s great to finally end up in victory lane here,” Brunnhoelzl said. “We’ve struggled for a few years here. Last year we had a good car (finished second), this year we had a great car.”
Brunnhoelzl and Seuss have now finished 1-2 in six of the last eight Whelen Southern Modified Tour races dating to last year, with Seuss in front the five instances before Saturday.
“George had an awesome car,” Seuss said. “He got the lead early, wanted to set the pace, so those guys earned it. We were right there, we were real close. In the end I think it came down to track position – we were equally as good.”
For Calabrese, Saturday was a career night. His best previous finish in 13 starts was 11th, recorded on two occasions. In the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150, he started in the last row on the grid in 15th.
“I waited and waited for everyone to burn their stuff up, and I just drove on past everybody and ended up third,” Calabrese said.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back in action Saturday, April 19 with the Bunny Hop 150 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Langley Speedway - Langley, VA
Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 - April 4, 2014
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 4 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III Composite Tech./Performance Tech. Chevrolet 152 48 5 Running
2 2 11 Andy Seuss Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet 152 43 1 Running
3 15 43 David Calabrese DiamondBack Towing Chevrolet 152 41 Running
4 9 40 Luke Fleming AutosByNelson.com/Koma Unwind Ford 152 40 Running
5 1 41 Ryan Preece East West Marine/NAPA of Canton Chevrolet 152 40 1 Running
6 8 1 Burt Myers Citrusafe/Spdwy Auto Auction/Adams Ford 152 38 Running
7 14 51 Bobby Measmer, Jr. * Powerhouse Rcyclng./Haas Automation Chevrolet 152 37 Running
8 6 15 Joe Ryan Osborne * Cycle Max/Joie of Seating Chevrolet 152 36 Running
10 12 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records Chevrolet 151 34 Running
11 13 79 Spencer Davis * Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac 151 33 Running
12 5 2 JR Bertuccio Gershow Recycling/Hagerman Systems Chevrolet 150 32 Running
13 16 12 Mike Norman BeeApprovedNow.com/GoAero Nationwide Chevrolet 150 31 Running
14 7 7 Thomas Stinson Dennis' Towing & Recovery Chevrolet 150 30 Running
15 3 65 Danny Bohn Rustoleum/Cedar Peaks Enterprises Chevrolet 125 29 Mechanical
16 10 23 Brian Loftin L&R Transmissions Chevrolet 76 28 Handling
Race Comments: George Brunnhoelzl III won the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150, his 21st career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory overall, and first at Langley Speedway.
Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 14.675 Seconds, Speed: 97.145 mph
Failed to Qualify: (2) Bryan Dauzat (#97), Kyle Ebersole (#5).
Time of Race: 52 mins, 15 secs Average Speed: 69.120 mph Margin of Victory: 0.210 Seconds
Caution Flags: [Beneficiary in brackets] Laps 4-7 (Car #51 spinout (Turn 2) [none]); 19-23 (Car #77 spinout (Turn 1) ); 53-56 (Car #4 spinout (Turn 1) ); 76 (Competition (Midway Break) [none]); 136-139 (Car #4 spinout (Turn 4) ); 144-149 (Car #77 spinout (Turn 4) ). 6 for 24 laps.
Lap Leaders: Andy Seuss 1-2, Ryan Preece 3-61, Andy Seuss 62-83, George Brunnhoelzl, III 84-152.
Total Laps Led: George Brunnhoelzl, III 69, Ryan Preece 59, Andy Seuss 24. 3 changes involving 3 drivers.
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
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