The history books will read; 2015 was the closest championship race in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
New Hampshire’s Andy Seuss duplicated his feat of one year ago and is now a two-time series champion, but like most things in history, it didn’t happen without a fight.
Four drivers were separated by a mere 13 points coming into Thursday night’s epic battle at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Myers brothers were tied for second, just ten markers behind. But, it was the fourth place man, Seuss’ biggest rival on the Tour, that was his biggest threat.
Four-time NWSMT champion George Brunnhoelzl III simply declared war on the rest of the 18-car field and dominated the race. The second generation racers led every lap and celebrated in victory lane for the third time this year. Unfortunately for Brunnhoelzl, three was not a lucky number, as the West Babylon, NY native fell three points shy of the championship.
“That’s pretty close. We knew we had to come here and lead the most laps and win the race. We did that. We can’t control the rest of it,” Brunnhoelzl told speed51.com powered by JEGS. “To have the start of the season we had and to come back to second in points, it’s amazing.”
While brothers Burt (fourth) and Jason (fifth) finished up front, it was Seuss who drudged through the 150 laps with a car that was never to his liking all day. In fact, Brunnhoelzl put Seuss a lap down on lap 110. A lucky dog saved the day and put him back on the lead lap with just a couple laps to go, but a sixth place effort is all it took for Seuss to become the third multi-time champion in series history. (EDITOR NOTE: Junior Miller won the first two titles for the NWSMT.)
“The first race (this year) we finished dead last; we went from last in points to first (after winning) at South Boston,” said Seuss, who won three races on the Tour in 2015. “Today didn’t go right. Didn’t practice well; didn’t qualify well; things just weren’t falling into place, but it finally did at the end and we finished sixth.
“Last year was a dream come true to do it once. To do it twice kinda puts your foot a little deeper into the footprint in racing. For a kid who just like to run his go-kart around the neighborhood terrorizing neighbors in Hampstead, NH, it’s pretty neat to be standing here in victory lane (celebrating a championship) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
Seuss will celebrate his second-straight championship at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, December 12th when NASCAR salutes its Touring Series champions.
An interview with both the champion and winner can be seen soon on Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Unofficial Finish – Southern Slam 150
1. George Brunnhoelzl, III
2. Ryan Preece
3. Danny Bohn
4. Jason Myers
5. Burt Myers
6. Andy Seuss
7. Jeremy Gerstner
8. John Smith
9. Bobby Measmer, Jr.
10. Dalton Baldwin
11. Frank Fleming
12. Kyle Ebersole
13. Trey Hutchens
14. Gary Putnam
15. James Civali
16. David Calabrese
17. Mike Norman
18. Cale Gale
– By Bob Dillner, Executive Editor, Speed51.com – Twitter: @bobdillner
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