DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — One thing race car drivers like to do is keep competing when they are running well, but for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, that can be a challenge with the annual spring break for the division between late April and early July.
One driver hoping to pick up where he left off is Burt Myers. After the Walnut Cove, North Carolina, driver won his second straight race at Langley Speedway in late April he was forced to put his momentum on hold during the long layoff.
Now Myers returns along with his fellow competitors this Saturday for the Daggett & Shuler Attorneys’ At Law Rusty Harpe Memorial 150. The 2010 champion enters this race with a slim nine-point advantage over J.R. Bertuccio in the standings and will go for his third career win at the track.
Defending champion Andy Seuss returns will try to make it two July 4 race wins in a row at Caraway after he won the pole and led every lap in this event last year.
Eric Goodale, who became the second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular to come down South and win the season opener when he won at Caraway in March, returns to try for his second win at the .455-mile facility.
Four-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III will look to end a six-race winless streak dating back to last year as he tries to move back into contention for a fifth championship. Bertuccio and Jason Myers also enter this Saturday’s race looking for their first win of 2015.
RACE: Daggett & Shuler Attorneys at Law Rusty Harpe Memorial 150
PLACE: Caraway Speedway, Sophia, N.C.
DATE: Saturday, July 4
TIME: 9:45 p.m. ET (approximately)
TRACK LAYOUT: .455-mile asphalt oval
2014 WINNER: Andy Seuss
2014 POLE SITTER: Andy Seuss
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 4-4:50 p.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 6 p.m.; Autograph Session 7 p.m.; Pre-race Ceremonies 7:45 p.m.
TRACK TWITTER: @carawayspeedway
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #Harpe150
The Race: The Daggett & Shuler Attorneys at Law Rusty Harpe Memorial 150 at Caraway Speedway will be the fifth of 11 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship events. This is the tour’s 56th visit to the historic oval, and the final of three this year.
The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (68.25 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.
The Track: Caraway is a .455-mile banked asphalt oval located in rural Sophia, North Carolina. The facility opened in 1966 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1972. Caraway, which features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, has played host more NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events than any other track in the tour’s history.
The Records: Jason Myers set the track record earlier this year during qualifying for the Spring Classic 150 season opener. He set the new mark of 15.563 seconds (105.250 mph) on March 15, 2015.
Daggett & Shuler Attorneys at Law Rusty Harpe Memorial 150 Notes
Race Honoring Memory of Late Racer: This race is named after the late Rusty Harpe who competed regularly at Caraway Speedway until his untimely death in a farming accident in 2007. This is the ninth year the track has held an event to honor the former competitor.
Seuss Competes for First Time as a Married Man: Last weekend Andy Seuss decided to take a weekend off from racing and win another race during his break – the race to the altar. Seuss married longtime girlfriend Jenn DeMarco in a ceremony in his home state of New Hampshire. Like any good racer, the Seuss’ will be at Caraway this weekend and plan on taking an extended honeymoon in the offseason.
Condolences to Team Owner’s Family: Grady Tutterow, owner of the No. 25 Rick’s Home Improvement/Tutterow Survey Chevrolet driven by John Smith passed away in late May after a brief illness. Tutterow was a supporter of the NWSMT for nearly a decade. Smith has said he will continue to compete in the tour and hopes to return to the track later this summer.
Home Tracks: Consistency Paying Off For Dudley
Although Kyle Dudley has recorded just one win in late model stock competition at Caraway Speedway this season in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, he’s been able to use a consistent run of top-10 finishes to maintain his lead in the standings. Dudley leads Nathan Buttke by 26 points (410-384) and Gene Keply sits third with 346 with rookie Christian Eckes in fourth at 310. Former NWAAS national champion Peyton Sellers has three wins in his five starts at Caraway and is in fifth place with 310 points.
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