The definition of success in stock car racing is based on one's perspective. Some people have to win 100 races to prove themselves to be successful, but if you ask Andy Seuss about his story he’d say he’s living the dream, and it’s not just the kick-back response that most drivers use when asked the question.
Seuss is now a NASCAR Champion, a proven winner, and an ARCA Menards Series driver with Our Motorsports, but it all started on April Fools' Day in Nashville.
Seuss’ first NASCAR Southern Modified Tour win came at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway back in 2007, and it was that win that helped him believe that he could move up the racing ladder.
“Winning that race was huge for my career,” Seuss recalled. “We took the car home from New Smyrna the month before needing a clip. We had enough money in the racing account for the clip but couldn’t afford to race for a while if we paid for it to be done. We cut the bent clip apart, reassembled it on our home made jig and used the money to go to Nashville."
The race itself had historic meaning for the Modified Tour, not just Seuss.
“It was the first time Modifieds had been to Nashville in decades,” Seuss noted. "My father wanted to go there especially because being a young team, no one had notes there and we’d be on a level playing field.”
Seuss led 116 laps that day and raced away from L.W. Miller for the victory.
“We had a great battle with Tim Brown that day and came away with the win after a pretty physical race.”
Seuss explained that was the first domino to fall in his march up the ladder.
“That led to a meeting with Jeff Riggs, which put me in the Riggs Racing car the following year,” he said. “Winning races and competing for championships with them put me on the map. The success there put us and Eddie Harvey together to win championships. Eddies engine builder put me together with Bryan Dauzat who gave me my first Superspeedway start. That experience led to us and Chris Our paring up.
“A lot led up to being at Nashville, and that Nashville win led to a lot of doors opening for me. Definitely a pivotal moment in my career, and life.”
Below is the original article Speed51.com published after the race.
Others Racing Events on This Date
1979 - The 1979 season kicks off in the Northeast with Ron Bouchard winning the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway (CT). Bouchard beat out John Rosati to the finish line on April 1,1979.
1979 - Some hotshot rookie from North Carolina won his first NASCAR Cup Series race on the short track of Bristol Motor Speedway. His name was Dale Earnhardt.
1989 - Doug Wolfgang scores a World of Outlaw Series win at Memphis Motorsport Park (TN) over Keith Kauffman. Wolfgang won 26 races with WoO that year and 44 overall in one the best seasons that anyone has put together. He capped it off with his fifth Knoxville Nationals win.
1990 - If you plan to be good on the NASCAR Modified Tour, Thompson is one place you have to run well at. Tony Hirschman got his first win on the tour at the speedway in 1989 and started off 1990 by winning the Icebreaker 100. Hirschman won the World Series race twice, the Thompson 300 and several other races, but this was his only win in the Icebreaker. Hirschman passed Rick Fuller and beat out Jamie Tomaino for the win.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy
-Photo credit: NASCAR