DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour begins the second half of the season with seven races in as many weeks and the first stop will be a return to Langley Speedway. The Hampton, Virginia, track hosts the NWSMT for the second time this season on Saturday with the Bayport Credit Union 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:
Bayport Credit Union 150 Setup:
• Each of the previous five NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at Langley Speedway have seen a different driver reach Victory Lane.
• Points leader Andy Seuss leads all drivers with three wins this season and won at Langley Speedway in 2011. Seuss enters this Saturday’s race with a 16-point lead over George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl scored his lone victory of the 2014 campaign at Langley in April.
• This is the first season Langley has hosted multiple events since the NWSMT began racing there in 2010.
At Langley Speedway:
• Originally a .8-mile horse track, the grounds became an auto racing facility in 1950 and cut the distance of the dirt racing surface to .396 miles. It was converted to asphalt in 1968, and was most recently repaved prior to the 2013 season.
• The track held nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1964-70, 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series events from 1982-88, and has played host to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East each year since 2011.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Langley was contested on Sept. 4, 2010 and won by Tim Brown.
• There has been a different winner in each of the five previous NWSMT races at Langley.
• As with race wins, each of the five prior Langley events has produced different Coors Light Pole Award winners.
• Jason Myers and Seuss are the only drivers to compete in all five previous NWSMT events at Langley and both are entered for this upcoming race.
• There has yet to be a race won wire-to-wire at Langley.
• Kyle Ebersole was the youngest Langley race winner at 20 years, 10 months, nine days.
• Brown was the oldest Langley victor at 39 years, one month, 29 days.
Langley Speedway Data
Season Race #: 8 of 14 overall, 2 of 2 at Langley
Track Layout: .396-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns: six degrees
Race Length: 150 laps / 59.40 miles
2013 Pole/Race Winner: Andy Seuss/Kyle Ebersole
Track Qualifying Record: Andy Seuss, Chevrolet, 14.711 seconds, 96.513 mph, Aug. 31, 2013
Active Category Leaders at Langley:
1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1
Kyle Ebersole … 1
Jason Myers … 1
Andy Seuss … 1
1. Danny Bohn … 1
Burt Myers … 1
Ryan Preece … 1
Andy Seuss … 1
1. Andy Seuss … 4
George Brunnhoelzl III … 2
Burt Myers …
Jason Myers … 2
1. Jason Myers … 5
2. three drivers with … 4
1. Andy Seuss … 146
2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 142
3. Thomas Stinson … 88
4. Ryan Preece … 58
1. Jason Myers … 751
2. Andy Seuss … 746
3. Burt Myers … 602
4. Thomas Stinson … 600
1. Jason Myers … 5
Andy Seuss … 5
3. four drivers with … 4
Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)
• Has two wins and 11 top 10s in 33 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park on March 16 and he was credited with a win as the highest finishing Southern Modified driver at Bristol on Aug. 20.
• Is third in points on the strength of a career-best five top fives in 2014.
• Finished 12th in April for his best finish in two previous races at Langley Speedway.
Danny Bohn (No. 65 Rustoleum/Cedar Peaks Chevrolet)
• The 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has two wins, three poles, 13 top fives and 22 top 10s in 29 career NWSMT starts.
• Ranks fourth in points after seven races, highlighted by his second career win at Bowman Gray Stadium on Aug. 2, when he also won the Coors Light Pole Award.
• Has two finishes of 15th and one of fifth in three previous starts at Langley. His first career pole came there in 2012.
George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Composite Technologies Chevrolet)
• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).
• Has 21 wins, 21 poles, 46 podiums, 56 top fives, 70 top 10s and 2,627 laps led in 86 career starts.
• Holds NWSMT all-time records for wins and laps led. Ranks second in poles, third in top fives and fourth in top 10s.
• Ranks second in points and won at Langley in April. He has also recorded at least one win a season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008. Brunnhoelzl competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.
• Has finishes of seventh, 10th, second and first in four previous starts at Langley.
Spencer Davis (No. 79 Hillbilly Racing Pontiac)
• Has two top fives and four top 10s in seven career starts.
• Finished 11th in his only previous start at Langley Speedway in April.
• Is the leading contender for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award leading fellow rookies Joe Ryan Osborne and Bobby Measmer Jr.
Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)
• Has a win, 13 top fives and 21 top 10s in 29 career starts. The victory was earned at Langley in 2013.
• Ranks ninth in points with four top-10 finishes this season.
• Has finishes of sixth and first at Langley the two previous seasons.
Luke Fleming (No. 40 AutosByNelson.com/Koma Unwind Ford)
• The 2013 NWSMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a win and 12 top 10s in 21 career starts. The win came at Bowman Gray Stadium in his 2009 tour debut.
• Ranks fifth in points with six top 10s in seven starts this year.
• Finished fourth at Langley in April.
Burt Myers (No. 1 Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction/Adams Towing Ford)
• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 11 wins, a tour record 27 poles, 56 top fives and 92 top 10s in 111 career starts.
• Ranks sixth in points with six top 10s and three top fives in seven races.
• Has a pole (2011) and finishes of third, fourth, sixth and seventh in four previous Langley appearances.
Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing/Corks, Caps & Taps Ford)
• Has recorded three wins, 36 top fives and 84 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 115 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s 10 seasons.
• Sits 10th in points at the halfway point of the season with four top 10s and one top five.
• Has a win (2012) and an average finish of sixth in the five previous NWSMT races at Langley. Has completed all but one lap the tour has contested at the track.
Ryan Preece (No. 41 East West Marine/NAPA Chevrolet)
• Has a win, four poles and five top fives in six career NWSMT starts. The win came at Bowman Gray in 2013.
• The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has nine wins, 12 poles, 28 podiums, 46 top fives and 63 top 10s in 105 career northern tour starts.
• He won the pole in his Langley debut in April, led 58 laps and finished fourth in his first of three planned NWSMT races in 2014.
Andy Seuss (No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet)
• Has 18 wins, 11 poles, 51 top fives and 67 top 10s in 87 career NWSMT starts. His 18 wins rank second all-time.
• Leads the championship standings with wins a pair of wins at Caraway and one at South Boston. He has six top fives and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all seven races this season.
• Has a win (2011), a pole (2013), an average finish of fifth and a tour-high 146 laps led in the five previous NWSMT Langley races.
Thomas Stinson (No. 7 Dennis’ Towing & Recovery Chevrolet)
• Has 25 top 10s in 52 career starts.
• Sits 15th in points after six races with a best finish of ninth in the opener at Caraway
• Has an average finish of eighth and a best result of third (2011) in three previous Langley races. The 88 laps he led in the 2011 event are the only ones of his NWSMT career overall.
Up To Speed:
• The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule consists of 14 events at seven different tracks across three states.
• The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. Ryan Preece was the polesitter and Doug Coby took the checkered flag. Jason Myers was the highest-finishing NWSMT driver in the event when he crossed the line second.
• Andy Seuss won from the pole in the points season opener on March 9 at Caraway Speedway.
• JR Bertuccio captured his first career victory on March 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park. George Brunnhoelzl III was the event’s pole winner.
• The Prestoria Farms 150 at Caraway was to be contested on March 29, but was postponed due to rain. That event will be made up on Oct 4.
• Danny Bohn sat on the pole, but it was Seuss who led all but one lap en route to victory at South Boston Speedway on April 5.
• At Langley Speedway on April 12, Ryan Preece earned the pole in his fourth NWSMT appearance in a row and Brunnhoelzl drove to Victory Lane for his first win at the track.
• Andy Seuss picked up his third win of the season and second at Caraway with a victory in the Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 on July 4.
• Danny Bohn picked up his first win of the season and second of his career in the Strutmasters.com 199 at Bowman Gray Stadium on Aug. 2.
• JR Bertuccio was credited with the win at Bristol Motor Speedway as the highest finishing NWSMT driver in the annual combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The win moved him to third in the standings, 12 points behind second-place Brunnhoelzl (286-274) and 28 points behind leader Andy Seuss.