Andy Seuss heads into Thursday’s season finale for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) just needing to finish 12th or better to win his first championship.
He’s confident in his abilities and his team that he’ll be able to do what it takes to get the job done.
“This team is going to give me a great car,” Seuss told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We are just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
So what have they been doing? They’ve simply just been working hard, as evidenced by their hours on the road and in the shop in the week prior to the October 4 race at Caraway.
“This week I guarantee you no team worked as hard as these guys,” said Seuss after finishing fourth at Caraway. “I woke up Sunday (six days before the most recent race) and knew something was wrong with the car. We just couldn’t pinpoint it.
Seuss sent the car to Brad LaFontaine at Northeast Race Cars and Parts in Rhode Island to have them fix the car.
“Ifwe could have the car at the jig by 8 a.m. he promised to have the car done by the next day,” said Seuss. “All the guys met at the shop. We were on the road by 3 p.m. We went up there and actually spent three hours in my home in New Hampshire waiting for the chassis to be done. Turned around, got to Lexington, North Carolina at noon on Tuesday. Painted the car, assembled the car and had it on the scales Tuesday night. Went testing Wednesday.
“It blew my mind how smoothly it came apart and it blew my mind how smoothly it went together,” said Seuss.
In addition to his Eddie Harvey-led crew, Seuss got plenty of outside help to get the No. 11 car ready in the days leading up to Saturday’s race at Caraway.
“Everybody heard about what we were trying to do,” he said. “The amount of volunteer help was amazing.”
Seuss and LaFontaine determined that his last-lap crash at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) in late August “tweaked” the car.
“We went into Bristol on a tear,” he said. “Even at Bristol we were going to win for the South and got spun on the last lap. Since then the car has been a little bit off.”
He was on fire before Bristol, which served as the halfway mark of the 14-race season. Seuss won three of the first five races of the season and hadn’t finished lower than fourth before Bristol.
Seuss feels the car is not quite back to how it was before Bristol, but he did say it’s a lot better. He proved that with his fourth-place finish at Caraway on Saturday night.
Now he heads to Charlotte with a 17-point lead over four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III. He’s well aware of that. And because of that, he’s trying to do everything he can to not think about the race all week long in the days leading up to the 150-lap show on Charlotte’s infield quarter-mile oval.
“I am going to dive into my work and keep myself so busy so I can’t think about it.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Regional Editor (Long Island, CT, and NJ) -Twitter: @RobBlount
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