Andy Seuss may have taken a trip home to the Northeast, but racing wise, it has been anything but a vacation. The Hampstead, NH native returned to the Granite State a week ago for a two-day run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. While the opportunity to relax has been an option this week, he is back on the road to help a teammate, all before returning home once more to do some driving himself.
“I was only home for Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, I headed out to Pocono to help Bryan Dauzat for the next few days. Late Friday head home to New Hampshire. It’s great being able to catch up with friends and family, see the fans, I love the weather, everything about New Hampshire, it is home so its always great to get back,” Seuss told Speed51.com.
His final to-do item for the week will take him to his first home track, Star Speedway in nearby Epping, NH, and its signature race for Tour-type Modifieds, the $6,000-to-win SBM 125 under the Tri-Track Open Modified Series banner. 2018 marks the seventh running of the SBM, a race that many, especially Seuss, always have marked on their calendars.
“That’s where I grew up as a race fan. I cut my teeth with my first laps in a racecar there. It’s such a special place to me and I always look for a good run there. It’s a great two-groove racetrack with good old quarter-mile bullring short track racing.”
Seuss’ home track knowledge was unfortunately no match for the bitter sting of lady luck in 2017, when a solid evening was spoiled by a flat tire before the 125-lap feature, putting him to the back of the starting lineup, and having to deal with old rubber.
“Last year we had an issue before the race where we had a tire go flat, so we had to put an old practice tire on, didn’t have anything good. That kind of put us behind the eight-ball most of the race. But we know the car was good in practice and qualifying, so if we can get it back to where it was, we should be good.”
Seuss will be back in his family No. 70 Modified, which last ran at NHMS in September, and before that run was also spoiled by a bad bit of luck.
“First time we’ve run the car since fall of last year at Loudon, where we led laps but ended up hurting the motor. But I’m excited we’ve had the time to get it back to where we left off.”
Heading into Saturday evening, Seuss feels that he and his team have what they need to compete with. It’s only a matter of dealing with the expected 30-plus competitors he will face off against.
“Anytime I get in that car I feel like we can win, we just need some luck to bounce our way. It seems like every time we go to our home tracks we always have some issue or bad luck. I think we can win, great track, great car, we should be in the running. The stout field is going to make it tough, you got 15 or 20 cars that can win that race, it’s a matter of being one of them.”
Race fans who cannot make the trip to Star Speedway can see the SBM 125 VII live on Speed51’s Summer Thunder TV for free as a premium member to the Speed51 Network.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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