A Hollywood movie script writer could not make a better plot then what’s brewing for the final four-race run for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship. A total of eight drivers are within 18 points for the series championship and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be holding the trophy after the final lap at Charlotte.
The war will be settled on four different battlefields. The backdrops will be Langley Speedway (VA) on September 5, South Boston Speedway (VA) on September 19, Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) on October 3 and finally Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) on October 8. The variety of tracks will make for a unique challenge for the would-be champion. Every point will count and it could come down to just a handful.
Here are the title contenders:
Jason Myers (269 points) – It’s been a fine season for Jason Myers on the tour. Despite recording no wins, the model of consistency with seven top 10 finishes in seven races. The advantage is his as he has wins at Langley, top fives at Charlotte, and a top 10 at Hickory. He’s never run that well at South Boston and if he can leave there with the lead he could be tough.
Burt Myers (267 points) – Chasing his brother, Burt Myers has wins at two of the final four tracks and looks to take his second title in the series. Burt won the last time out at Langley and hopes to do it again. Myers title win in the series came on the final night as he came from behind to take the title. Perhaps he can have that late season magic once again this time around.
Andy Seuss (265 points) – The defending champion in the series has rebounded well from a slow start. He has two wins and South Boston is one of his better tracks. He’s also won at Langley which makes him dangerous with four races left.
Kyle Ebersole(260 points) – Lurking right behind the leaders is Kyle Ebersole who has used consistency to stay towards the lead. A late season win and some good runs could strike up a championship run. Don’t count out Ebersole.
JR Bertuccio (257 points) – He’s had finishes in top 10 each week minus one. Bertuccio could be a late season surprise for the title. Bertuccio was second at South Boston in the spring and a good run at Langley could kick start a big run to the title.
George Brunnhoelzl III (251 points) – GBIII has recorded wins at all four of the tracks that remain. If the four-time champ goes to Langley and wins, then the rest of the field could be in trouble. It’s been a tough season for GB3, but he’s hoping that his bad luck is very much in the past.
Frank Fleming (251 points) – Fleming has two top fives at Langley and another solid run could make him a sleeper for the title.
Gary Putnam (251 points) – Has had a fine season and has posted top 10’s in every race this year all expect one.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo credit: Brenda Meserve