Even though he finished second in points, 2014 was a rough year for four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III. A hard crash at Caraway Speedway (NC) caused Brunnhoelzl to have surgery performed on his shoulder during the offseason. But after a winter of physical therapy, and the signing of a new sponsor, Brunnhoelzl is ready for 2015.
Brunnhoelzl and Doug Dunleavy of Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair have partnered up to help Brunnhoelzl race after his fifth NWSMT title.
“Doug and I have known of each other for a while,” Brunnhoelzl told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “He came into the shop to buy a jack for one of the other teams that helps out. We started talking and one thing led to another and I was looking for some help for this year and he said he’d help out.”
Dunleavy joins Bill Higbie as Brunnhoelzl’s two sponsors for this year, but Brunnhoelzl explained that he’s still actually struggling to make sure he can run the full season.
“We’re still kind of in need of even more sponsorship to ensure that I can run everything we want to,” Brunnhoelzl said. “Without (Dunleavy) it definitely would have been a lot harder. Everything is still up in the air.”
Brunnhoelzl said his plan is to start the season as if they’re going to be at every race, and continue to search for more help to make it all the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) in October. He added that if everything goes according to plan he might even come up north to run a few races, including one at his home track of Riverhead Raceway on Long Island.
“It’s very possible,” he said. “Dunleavy really wants to do that. If we can secure enough funding where I can definitely do the full south then we’d definitely like to go up north and run a couple shows.”
But for now he continues on the sponsor search and his search for his fifth championship.
“It’s a good problem to have, but when you get the taste of a championship, let alone four of them, then your standards get set pretty high,” he said. “Then anything less than a championship is pretty disappointing.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
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