Fresh off his second straight NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship, Andy Seuss is ready to get back behind the wheel, but this time he’ll be trading in his nerf bars for a tailgate. Seuss is going to attempt to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the 2.66-mile behemoth of Talladega Superspeedway this Saturday, October 24.
Seuss will be piloting the Jim Rosenblum-owned No. 28 FDNY machine this weekend with help from his NWSMT car owner, Eddie Harvey.
“Jim Rosenblum owns the truck and he houses it at Rahmoc who built our championship winning engine,” Seuss told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’ve helped them out in the past and I’m always giving them a hard time about giving me a chance. Finally persistence paid off.”
Doug Dunleavy, owner of Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair in Connecticut, has been a big supporter of many Modified drivers including NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Jamie Tomaino, George Brunnhoelzl III and now Seuss as he is a big reason why this is happening, according to Seuss.
“Doug Dunleavy who is a huge Modified supporter came on board wanting this to happen,”said Seuss. “My owner, Eddie Harvey is helping out too, as well as William E. Smith Trucking. William is a Modified driver at Bowman Gray Stadium so it’s really cool that he’s helping us out as well. It’s a great group effort. I’m just excited that those guys want to see a Modified driver in the Truck series and that they’re behind me in this effort.”
The 28-year-old driver has a little bit of experience on the high-banks of NASCAR’s fastest speedway. He ran the ARCA Racing Series event there earlier this year and finished 21st, but he said he learned so much about what to do as the race went on.
“I was learning right up until the last lap,” said Seuss. “You have to keep your eyes open and learn as much as you can. Hopefully that ARCA experience at Talladega will help a lot.”
In addition to his limited ARCA experience, Seuss has run in the draft plenty of times in a Modified at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But that experience can only help so much.
“The drafting experience at Loudon helps with learning how to push and all that, but the huge difference is just never letting off the gas and training your mind to keep it flat-footed the whole time,” he said. “You want to put your right foot all the way down, take your left foot away from the brake pedal and never really think about it again. So that’s different because in a Modified at Loudon you do have to let off.”
Seuss said his goals for the weekend are pretty simple: Make the show, survive the “Big One” and finish as well as possible.
“The first and foremost goal is just getting in the show,” he said. “It would be my first ever truck race so that would be really neat. I think if you can survive the big one at those tracks then anybody has a shot to win it.”
In addition to that, the higher the finish means the bigger the payday at the end of it. Seuss won’t see any of that money, but he’s totally okay with that.
“It’s a really neat deal where they donate all the proceeds and earnings from the race to a foundation for the FDNY and NYPD’s wives and children,” explained Seuss. “So that’s why sponsorship is so important here because Jim does give a lot back to that charity. He does that out of the goodness of his heart. You’re used to seeing a name on a car and thinking they’re getting money from them as a sponsor but in this case he’s giving money back.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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