Southern Modified Racing Series - Orange County Speedway (NC) - 10/21/17

Last updated: October 21, 2017 at 22:55 pm
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Jeremy Gerstner climbs out as the 2017 SMRS champion. (Speed51.com photo)

Jeremy Gerstner climbs out as the 2017 SMRS champion. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Finish: 

Pos # Driver
1 17 Danny Bohn
2 1m Burt Myers
3 15 Jeremy Gerstner
4 4 Jason Myers
5 83 Tim Brown
6 79 George Brunnhoelzl III
7 34 Josh Nichols
8 77 Gary Putnam
9 5 Tom Buzze
10 19 Brandon Ward

 

Feature Notebook: The Myers brothers led the field to the green flag... Contact between Tom BuzzeJosh Nichols, and George Brunnhoelzl III brings out the first caution of the race... Jeremy Gerstner takes the lead early... Brandon Ward takes the lead from Gerstner on lap five with hard contact between the two championship contenders... Brandon Ward catches the tail of the field at lap 27 with Gerstner on his bumper... Brunnhoelzl brings out the second caution of the race on lap 33 with a solo spin... Brandon Ward takes the lead back on lap 38... Danny Bohn moves into second on lap 52... Bohn takes the lead from Brandon Ward on lap 53... Burt Myers moves by Gerstner and Ward and takes over the second position on lap 55... The caution is out for the third time on lap 62 for a spin by Josh Nichols... Danny Bohn takes the win over Burt Myers, Jeremy Gerstner, Jason Myers and Tim Brown... Jeremy Gerstner wins the 2017 Southern Modified Racing Series championship unofficially.

 

Next Series Race: Tonight's race was the season finale for the 2017 season.

 

What Won the Race: Danny Bohn played the tire strategy game to perfection to take the lead and hold off Burt Myers to take the checkered flag in his third race for Phil Stefanelli Racing.  

 

The Skinny: Brandon Ward led the most laps, but finished last after his tires wore out too much. On the other end of the tire wear spectrum, Danny Bohn played the tire strategy perfectly to take the victory. Jeremy Gerstner finished third and clinched his first Southern Modified Racing Series victory.

 

Winning Quote: "Burt Myers is the king of tire-saving, so to be able to hold him off and take the win is pretty cool." - Danny Bohn

 

On the MoveDanny Bohn gained five spots (Started 6th, finished 1st)

 

Biggest LoserBrandon Ward lost seven positions (Started 3rd, finished 10th)

 

 

Starting Lineup:

Pos # Driver
1 1m Burt Myers
2 4 Jason Myers
3 19 Brandon Ward
4 15 Jeremy Gerstner
5 77 Gary Putnam
6 17 Danny Bohn
7 34 Josh Nichols
8 79 George Brunnhoelzl III
9 5 Tom Buzze
10 83 Tim Brown

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: The Southern Modified Racing Series gives five bonus points to the driver that sets fast time at each event. That made time-trials dramatic today as Brandon Ward had the provisional pole with one driver left to qualify. Ward enters Saturday's race 10 points back of Jeremy Gerstner. If Ward would have set fast time, he'd have only trailed Gerstner by five points when the green flag waved. Fortunately for Gerstner, Danny Bohn was the last car to qualify and he set fast time with a lap of 13.412 seconds. 

 

Time Trial Results:

Pos. # Driver Fast Lap
1 17 Danny Bohn 13.412
2 19 Brandon Ward 13.448
3 4 Jason Myers 13.482
4 15 Jeremy Gerstner 13.489
5 1m Burt Myers 13.548
6 77 Gary Putnam 13.573
7 34 Josh Nichols 13.597
8 79 George Brunnhoelzl III 13.619
9 83 Tim Brown 13.646
10 5 Tom Buzze NO TIME

 

Practice No. 1 Results:

Pos # Driver Time
1 19 Preston Peltier 13.600
2 15 Jeremy Gerstner 13.811
3 1m Burt Myers 13.857
4 83 Tim Brown 13.884
5 4 Jason Myers 13.962
6 79 George Brunnhoelzl III 13.993
7 77 Gary Putnam 14.022
8 5 Tom Buzze 14.075
9 17 Danny Bohn 14.147
10 34 Josh Nichols 14.536

 

Practice No. 2 Results:

Pos # Driver Time
1 19 Brandon Ward 13.594
2 17 Danny Bohn 13.614
3 1M Burt Myers 13.698
4 34 Josh Nichols 13.706
5 15 Jeremy Gerstner 13.813
6 77 Gary Putnam 13.861
7 83 Tim Brown 13.902
8 79 George Brunnhoelzl III 13.971
9 4 Jason Myers 13.992
10 5 Tom Buzze 14.071

 

Practice No. 3 Results:

Pos # Driver Time
1 15 Jeremy Gerstner 13.489
2 19 Brandon Ward 13.518
3 83 Tim Brown 13.529
4 1m Burt Myers 13.563
5 79 George Brunnhoelzl III 13.592
6 17 Danny Bohn 13.666
7 5 Tom Buzze 13.691
8 77 Gary Putnam 13.981
9 4 Jason Myers 14.036

 

Practice No. 4 Results:

Pos # Driver Time
1 1m Burt Myers 13.593
2 83 Tim Brown 13.632
3 15 Jeremy Gerstner 13.636
4 79 George Brunnhoelzl III 13.828
5 34 Josh Nichols 13.864
6 77 Gary Putnam 13.883
7 4 Jason Myers 14.023

 

Car Count: 10 Modifieds signed in for today's event at Orange County Speedway.

 

Entry List: 

Car # Driver
19 Brandon Ward
15 Jeremy Gerstner
1m Burt Myers
83 Tim Brown
4 Jason Myers
79 George Brunnhoelzl III
77 Gary Putnam
5 Tom Buzze
17 Danny Bohn
34 Josh Nichols

 

Qualifying Format: The Southern Modified Racing Series uses a traditional two-lap time-trial format to set their starting lineup.

 

Event Schedule: 

2pm - 4:45pm: Practice (All Divisions Rotating)

5:15pm - Time Trials for all divisions

7pm - Racing Begins

Modifieds (75 Laps)

PASS South (150 Laps)

Limited Late Models (75 Laps)

 

Who to Watch ForJeremy Gerstner enters Saturday's season finale as the points leader over Brandon Ward. Ward has won four races this season to Gerstner's one. Burt Myers is always one to watch for in any Modified event in the South. Myers has won five races this year, but is not in the running for the championship.

 

Title Fight: Jeremy Gerstner leads Brandon Ward by just 10 points with a championship on the line today.

 

The Track: Orange County Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked oval in Rougemont, North Carolina. Today's race is the second time the Southern Modified Racing Series Modifieds have hit the track at Orange County Speedway. The series' prior visit was the Orange Blossom Special in the spring.

 

Weather: It is mostly sunny in Rougemont, North Carolina with a high temperature of around 80 degrees expected.

 

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