Saturday night at Langley Speedway in Virginia, George Brunnhoelzl, III left little doubt that he had the car to beat. From qualifying to leading 141 of the race’s 150 laps, Brunnhoelzl was out front as he scored his 24th career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory.
“It was a great night,” said Brunnhoelzl. “This car was on a rail. My guys put an unbelievable setup (in) and made all the right calls. Really just cruised around her at 70-percent and came away with a victory.”
Brunnhoelzl thwarted the advances of Andy Seuss on a green-white-checkered restart for the win. Seuss was credited with the lead on lap 148, but took umbrage to the way Brunnhoelzl raced him.
“I thought that green-white-checkered was going to be perfect,” said Seuss. “Georgie spun his tires, I got the lead and then he just drove in the side of me the next two laps. The outside’s a little tough here. He had the preferred lane and the second lane, he pushed me into the third lane, so I couldn’t capitalize on it.”
Brunnhoelzl admitted to being slightly nervous with a final two-lap shootout determining the outcome, but also knew he had the car to hold off the pack.
“As a leader, you never want to see those late-race restarts,” said Brunnhoelzl. “It’s a wild card and anything could happen. But I knew once we got going and get some green flags, we would check out. I was a little nervous, but I knew once we got going we’d be all good.”
While Brunnhoelzl’s domination was evident, Saturday’s race at Langley further tightened an already taught point battle.
Jason Myers entered Saturday’s race at Langley with a two-point lead on his older brother Burt and a four-point gap over defending series champion Andy Seuss. Seuss finished third, while Burt Myers was fourth and Jason Myers was fifth. Combining those results with Brunnhoelzl’s win and Kyle Ebersole’s runner-up finish that he earned by nipping Seuss at the finish, the top five in NWSMT points left Langley separated by just nine points.
Just three events remain in the 2015 season for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. When the series hits South Boston Speedway in Virginia on September 19, Jason Myers will lead Burt Myers and Andy Seuss, who are tied just one point out of the lead. Ebersole is fourth in points, five behind the leader, while Brunnhoelzl is fifth.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield
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