The 12th Annual North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway is shaping up to be a battle full of touring series champions and Modified racing’s biggest stars. Andy Seuss, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, is the latest champion to be added to the entry list for the prestigious event scheduled for November 1 at the Sophia, North Carolina oval.
Seuss will be piloting the Howard Harvey-owned No. 09, a twin car to the Ideal Racing No. 11 that Seuss drove to the 2014 NWSMT championship. The Hampstead, New Hampshire driver has recorded nine career victories at Caraway Speedway and has won four of the last seven NWSMT events held at the track.
Seuss joins an entry list full of champions and race winners that includes 2014 Race of Champions titlist Chuck Hossfeld, 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece and five-time North-South Shootout winner Matt Hirschman.
He knows the competition will be tough, but with the pressure off of his shoulders and no points on the line, Seuss believes he has what it takes to carry the North-South Shootout checkered flag for the first time in his career.
“Any time we go to Caraway, with our success there recently, we feel like we have a shot at it,” said Seuss. “This should be no different just besides the fact that the pressure is off. I’m not going to lie. Anybody that says they lead the points and don’t think about points and go for wins and take chances like there’s no points on the line, they are a liar. I’m excited to go back there because the last few times I did have to be a little bit conservative. It did pay off, but I’m glad to put it behind me where I can take chances and have the checkers or wreckers mentality.”
Fortunately for Seuss, the car he will be driving in the North-South Shootout is nearly identical to the car he is accustomed to driving on the NWSMT. Zach Brewer drove the car to a sixth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NWSMT finale.
“We set them up identical because we didn’t really have a chance to go shake it down for Zach or anything,” said Seuss. “We did it pretty similar suspension-wise. A lot of the adjustments we made at Charlotte were the same as well. It’s going to be great to be back in action with the Ideal Racing guys still working on the car. Everyone is excited to get back at it with the pressure of winning a championship off of our shoulders.”
In addition to being a champion himself, Seuss will be driving for a championship car owner in Howard Harvey. Harvey, the father of Seuss’ car owner Eddie Harvey, won back-to-back NWSMT championships with George Brunnhoelzl III in 2011 and 2012 and dozens of Modified races and championships with drivers such as Jamie Tomaino and John Blewett, Jr.
“I’ve got to thank Howard Harvey a bunch,” said Seuss. “I haven’t driven that car yet and the history is pretty rich there, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
The 12th Annual North-South Shootout event will feature the Modifieds as well as the PASS South Super Late Models, Southeast Limited Late Model Series, USAC Midgets, Street Stock, Mini Stocks and more. Shootout weekend kicks off on Thursday, October 30 with practice for all divisions at Caraway Speedway. Racing action gets underway on Friday, October 31 with qualifying and several feature events. The John Blewett III North-South Shootout feature will take center stage on Saturday, November 1 along with PASS and more.
Caraway Speedway is located in Sophia, North Carolina near Asheboro and just minutes from Interstates 85 and 74.
For tickets and more on the 12th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.carawayspeedway.com or call 336-629-5803.
Speed51.com’s 51 TV live video broadcast network will have a live pay-per-view stream of the North-South Shootout feature racing action on Saturday, November 1 for just $19.99. Additional details on the broadcast can be found on www.speed51.com.