After a week of believing that he had concluded his 2019 racing season with a runner-up finish at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) in the Tour-type Modified portion of the North-South Shootout, Andy Seuss found out that he had instead been promoted to race winner in the official results this past Saturday.
Burt Myers had originally taken the checkered flag first at Hickory on November 9, taking home the check and trophy after his Modified had passed the usual post-race teardown. But, North-South officials sent tire samples off for extra testing, with results remaining unofficial until the completion. It was later found that Myers’ tires did not meet the standards, resulting in his disqualification.
While Seuss had heard some rumors last Friday, the official confirmation came in on Saturday afternoon on Speed51, a full week later. The now two-time North-South Shootout winner is chalking it up as one of his more unusual race wins.
“It’s definitely different, especially for a race as big as the North-South Shootout. In general, I was surprised," Seuss told Speed51. "Going home on Friday afternoon, all of a sudden my phone blew up and there was rumors that something was going on. When I talked to Eddie that night he was saying that he tried to get paid for second, and they said as soon as the results were official. A week later the results still weren’t official, which was kind of strange. I don’t put a lot of weight into rumors, so it was just a matter of wait and see.
“It was funny, I was working in the new shop, and I didn’t have service where I was. Renee Hackett had tried to reach me to let me know before the news broke. But, my sister had texted my wife who was with me. She let me know and all that. So, it was kind of crazy.”
At the same time Saturday, Myers took responsibility for the rule’s violation. Seuss kept his opinion brief on the matter.
“There’s pushing the rules, and then there’s blatant stuff. I don’t want to throw any stones, but there was a lot of work into that.”
At the same time, there is a lot for Seuss to celebrate; winning in a one-off reunion with Eddie Harvey Racing, the same team he had won two championships with on the now-defunct NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The victory coming after a poor qualifying performance saw Seuss coming through the field from the 23rd starting position.
“Just to get back together and go to the race track, picking up where we left off was all pretty neat. Eddie has been getting the cars better and better every time they go and race," Seuss praised. "The Tour is no easy task and they have been knocking on the door for wins, and they’ve had top fives.
“Obviously, it’s a real competitive car, but any time you haven’t raced with each other a few years and get back together, you expect to knock the rust off it; but we just got right back to form in our first practice. The car was good. It was off in qualifying, but it was better in the race, and that with the strategy paid off big time.”
With the North-South Shootout marking the end of Seuss’ 2019 racing schedule, and with a majority schedule planned with Our Motorsports in 2020 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the New Hampshire born champion is going to savor this Modified triumph. He also dropped a few big hints as to where we may see him piloting a "ground-pounder" in 2020.
“Absolutely, any time you go into the offseason with a win is nice. You get to hang the checkered flag outside your house all winter long and just take it all in. I don’t know how much Modified racing I’ll do next year; fortunately, with the Whelen Modified Tour schedule there’s quite a few opportunities with off-dates and companion races between Martinsville, Iowa and Loudon. We got those races circled big on our calendar.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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