DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will hold its second race of the season on Saturday night at Caraway Speedway with the Charles Kepley Memorial 150, the second of three scheduled visits to the track for the tour this year. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at Caraway:
Charles Kepley Memorial 150 Setup:
- Andy Seuss will try and rebound from a rough start two weeks ago at Caraway when he was involved in an early accident that ended his streak of 11 consecutive top-10 finishes at a track where he has enjoyed a lot of success. Two of his three wins last season came there, both in wire-to-wire fashion.
• Four-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III led a race high 74 laps in the season opener before he suffered mechanical problems and finished 16th in the race. The third-generation driver owns the track record for most tour wins at Caraway with 11. Seuss is second with 10.
• Seuss and Brunnhoelzl have combined to win 13 of the last 19 tour races at Caraway, and 21 of 32 since 2008.
• Burt Myers joins Brunnhoelzl and Seuss as drivers who won at Caraway in 2014 that are scheduled to compete this weekend.
At Caraway Speedway:
- Caraway Speedway is celebrating its 50th season of competition this year. The .455-mile oval opened in 1966 as a dirt track and was paved in 1972.
• Caraway held three NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-83, won by Dale Earnhardt, Jack Ingram and Butch Lindley.
• Caraway has featured weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing each year since 1986.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway Speedway was held on March 26, 2005 and was won by Ted Christopher.
- Caraway has held the most events in NWSMT history with 54 entering this race. No other track has played host to more than 10.
• There have been 12 different winners across the 54 previous NWSMT events at Caraway, led by Brunnhoelzl with 11 wins.
• Eight different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at Caraway since the first race in 2005. Burt Myers leads that contingent with 13. He was also the inaugural event’s pole sitter.
• Jason Myers, who set a new track record in qualifying for the season opener to win his first career pole on the tour, is the only driver to compete in all 54 previous NWSMT events at Caraway.
• Brian Loftin, Junior Miller and L.W. Miller combined to win 17 of the first 21 NWSMT races at Caraway. Brunnhoelzl and Andy Seuss have accounted for 21 victories in the last 32 trips.
• L.W. Miller holds the record for consecutive victories at Caraway with five, which spanned the 2006-07 seasons.
• Seven Caraway races have been won wire-to-wire, including back-to-back wins by Seuss in two of the tour’s four visits there last season.
• Seuss was the youngest Caraway race winner on October 4, 2008, at 21 years, 6 months, 19 days.
• Junior Miller was the oldest Caraway victor at 55 years, 4 months, 14 days on September 9, 2006.
Caraway Speedway Data
Race: #2 of 11 overall, 2 of 3 at Caraway
Track Layout: .455-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns: 13 degrees
Banking/Straights: 9 degrees
Race Length: 150 laps / 68.25 miles
2014 Pole Winner: Danny Bohn
2014 Race Winner: Danny Bohn
Track Qualifying Record: Jason Myers, Ford, 15.563 sec., 105.250 mph, March 15, 2015
Active Category Leaders at Caraway:
1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 11
2. Andy Seuss … 10
3. Brian Loftin … 8
1. Burt Myers … 13
2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 11
3. Andy Seuss … 8
1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 27
2. Brian Loftin … 27
3. Andy Seuss … 23
1. Jason Myers … 40
2. Burt Myers … 38
3. Brian Loftin … 33
1. Andy Seuss … 1,531
2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,426
3. Brian Loftin … 972
1. Burt Myers … 7,428
2. Jason Myers … 7,362
3. Brian Loftin … 6,428
1. Jason Myers … 54
2. Burt Myers … 52
3. Brian Loftin … 47
Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)
• Has two wins and 21 top 10s in 41 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway last season.
• Enjoyed his best career finish to date in the final points standings (fourth) in 2014.
• Has five top fives and 11 top 10s in 19 career starts at Caraway.
George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Composite Technologies Chevrolet)
• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).
• Has 22 wins, 22 poles, 49 podiums, 61 top fives, 75 top 10s and 2,844 laps led in 94 career starts.
• Holds NWSMT all-time records for wins and laps led. Ranks second in poles, third in top fives and fourth in top 10s.
• Has recorded at least one win a season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008 and recorded two wins last season including one at Caraway in September. Brunnhoelzl competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.
• Has 11 wins, 11 poles, 22 podiums, 26 top fives, 32 top 10s and 1,426 laps led in 41 career starts at Caraway.
• Has finished on the podium in 21 of his last 27 starts at Caraway, including all 11 wins.
Bryan Dauzat (No. 97 O.B. Builders Chevrolet)
• One top five and 12 top 10s in 50 tour starts with a best career finish of fifth at Bowman Gray Stadium in 2009.
• Has six top-10s finishes in 22 starts at Caraway, finishing with back-to-back eighth-place finishes at the track in his two most recent starts on July 4 and Sept. 5, 2014, respectively.
Spencer Davis (No. 79 Hillbilly Racing Pontiac)
• Has two top fives and seven top 10s in 14 career starts.
• Finished sixth at Caraway on Oct. 4 for his second top 10 in six starts at Caraway.
• Is the reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winner.
Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)
• Has two wins, 18 top fives and 27 top 10s in 37 career starts. The first victory was earned at Langley Speedway in 2013 and the second came at South Boston Speedway on Sept. 13, 2014.
• Ranked sixth in points with 10 top-10 finishes last season.
• Has an average finish of eighth and a best result of second (2013) in 16 career Caraway starts.
Frank Fleming (No. 40 AutosByNelson.com Chevrolet)
• This veteran driver has returned to the seat for the first time since 2012. He has one win (Bristol – 2011) one pole, 25 top-five and 60 top-10 finishes in 97 career starts.
• Finished in the top-10 in the final standings each year from 2005-12, with a career best of fifth in 2009.
• Has an average finish of ninth and a best result of second (five times) in 44 career Caraway starts.
Eric Goodale (No. 58 Heritage Wide Plank Flooring Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole and 35 top 10s in 86 career NWMT starts. The win came at his home track Riverhead Raceway in June 2014.
• Maintains the NWMT’s longest active starts streak, now at 84 races.
• Picked up his first career NWSMT win on March 15 at Caraway Speedway.
• Has one win in two career starts in the NWSMT. His first start came at Southern National in 2013.
Brian Loftin (No. 23 L&R Transmissions Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWSMT champion has 12 wins, 13 poles, 40 top fives and 53 top 10s in 86 career starts.
• Has eight wins, seven poles, 27 top fives and 33 top 10s in 47 career races at Caraway.
• Finished second to Danny Bohn by .019 seconds in his last start at Caraway on Oct. 4, 2014.
Burt Myers (No. 1 Remington SCT/Speedway Auto Auction Ford)
• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 15 wins, a tour record 28 poles, 62 top fives and 99 top 10s in 119 career starts.
• Finished third in the final standings last season with four wins, 12 top 10s and nine top fives in 14 races.
• Has two wins, a record 13 poles, 20 top fives and 38 top 10s in 52 career Caraway starts.
• Rebounded from mechanical problems in the season opener at Caraway to finish sixth.
• Was the NWSMT’s inaugural event pole sitter at Caraway, and won the second-ever race there on April 9, 2005.
Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing/Corks, Caps & Taps Ford)
• Has recorded three wins, 38 top fives and 89 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 123 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 10 seasons.
• Finished 2014 in 10th-place in the final standings with eight top 10s and two top fives.
• Is the only driver to participate in all 54 previous NWSMT races at Caraway, where he has a win (2013), one pole (March 15, 2015), 20 top fives and a record 40 top 10s.
• Set a new track qualifying record on March 15 with a fast time of 15.563 seconds (105.250 mph).
Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)
• Has 20 top 10s in 46 career starts with a best finish of fifth at Caraway in 2013.
• Finished in the top 10 in the final 2014 standings with a career-best showing of eighth place with seven top 10s in 14 races.
• Has nine top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 21 career starts at Caraway.
• Finished seventh in the season opener at Caraway on March 15.
Andy Seuss (No. 11 Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet)
• Has 18 wins, 11 poles, 57 top fives and 74 top 10s in 95 career NWSMT starts. His 18 wins rank second all-time.
• Finished first in the championship standings last season with wins a pair of wins at Caraway and one at South Boston. He had 12 top fives and was the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 14 races.
• Ranks second to George Brunnhoelzl III with 10 career wins at Caraway. Also has eight poles, 23 top fives, 30 top 10s and a record 1,531 laps led in 41 total starts there.
• Four of his five career wire-to-wire wins have come at Caraway, including the first two races held in 2014 at the track.
Up To Speed:
• Eric Goodale was able to pass Jason Myers on a restart on Lap 124 and held off a late charge by Myers to pick up his first NWSMT win in his second start. The race featured five former or defending NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified Tour champions in the field with all five suffering either mechanical issues or involved in an accident.
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