DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – George Brunnhoelzl III used a solid run last time out to chip into Andy Seuss’ championship points lead and he will look to continue to move closer to the leader when the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season returns to Langley Speedway for the Bayport Credit Union 150 Saturday.
Seuss was collected in an incident on the final lap at Bristol Motor Speedway last week and Brunnhoelzl gained eight points and move to within 15 points of the top spot. He heads to the Hampton, Virginia, track with a fifth championship still in his sights.
The 14-race schedule will conclude with seven races over the next seven weeks.
Brunnhoelzl scored his first win at Langley on April 12 and the 21-time race winner is looking to be the first driver to sweep races at the historic .396-mile track.
In the spring race, Brunnhoelzl made the pass by Seuss on Lap 85 and remained out front the rest of the way to score his lone win so far this season. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender David Calabrese scored a career-best third-place finish in the event with Luke Fleming and Ryan Preece completing the top five.
Preece, a current member of NASCAR Next and the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, will return to compete this Saturday. He set a track record in qualifying, led 58 laps and finished fifth in the April event.
Race Procedure Bulletin
NASCAR officials announced today competitors will be allowed to pit for one tire during the Bayport Credit Union 150.
Teams will be allowed to change one tire either during a green-flag or caution pit stop. Driver Danny Bohn feels this will change race strategy for almost every team and make an already competitive event more exciting for the fans.
“We used to do the halfway break where you could only make adjustments to your car,” Bohn said. “Now we will not have the break but have the option to change a tire and I think that will really mix up the strategy of the race and also give the fans a great show. The drivers will probably try a few different things to win the race.”
The Race: The Bayport Credit Union/Hampton150 will be the sixth all-time race for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Langley Speedway, and the second of two there in 2014.
The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (59.40 miles).
The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division.
Race Winners: Each of the previous five events at Langley has produced a different winner. Tim Brown won the tour’s inaugural race there on Sept. 4, 2010.
Pole Winners: There have been different pole winners in each of the previous five events. Ryan Preece holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.675 seconds and 97.145 mph.
Langley Race Notes
Fleming Looks To Continue Streak: Fleming is enjoying his most successful season on the tour and returns to Langley where he scored a fourth-place finish. In fact, if Fleming can equal his top-five showing, it would be the first time in his career he has accomplished that in three consecutive races.
Bertuccio Remains In The Hunt: It has already been the best year of his career of competition and Bertuccio enters Langley as the most recent winner after he was credited with his second win of the season as the highest finishing Whelen Southern Modified driver at Bristol. The win helped Bertuccio move to within 27 points of the lead (301-274).
Stinson, Winstead Return Home: Thomas Stinson and A.J. Winstead are two Virginia based drivers who often make the long commute to many of the races now get to race close to home. Stinson first began competing in the series in 2007 and has 52 starts highlighted by a second-place finish at Caraway in 2011. Winstead started in 2012 and has 14 starts with a career-best sixth-place finish at the season finale at Charlotte last season.
Home Tracks: Langley
In the most recent NASCAR Whelen All American Seires race night at the speedway Matt Waltz notched his 11th and 12th wins of the season with a sweep of the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 64s for the track Late Model Stock Cars. With the pair of wins Waltz was able to pull to within 16 points of leader Greg Edwards (491-475). The late models will have a night off this Saturday, but the Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be joined on the race card by three weekly divisions, with the Grand Stocks running twin 20-lap features.
Last Time Out: Bristol
The Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway was the seventh race of the season abd was the annual combination event held with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. As the highest finishing Whelen Southern Modified driver, Bertuccio (13th) was credited with the tour win. The triumph was the second of the season and his career. Seuss spun on the final lap to drop back in the running order while Brunnhoelzl finished right behind Bertuccio.
Next Time Out: Caraway
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will next head to Caraway Speedway next Friday night for its third visit to the track in Sophia, North Carolina. Andy Seuss has won both previous races from the pole this season.