SEUSS GUNNING TO SCORE BIG FOR RIGGS
IN MADE IN AMERICA 300 AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
A chance meeting in the NASCAR trailer has turned into a
career-maker for Andy Seuss and put him behind the wheel of a car
that is a threat to win the Made In America Whelen 300 at
Martinsville Speedway on Sept. 20..
Midway through the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified season,
Seuss bumped into Jeff Riggs while in the NASCAR trailer. Riggs, who
heads up the team, asked the Hampstead, NY, driver to stop by the
Riggs Racing hauler. Seuss did and wound up with a one-race deal
with the Martinsville-based Modified team.
That one-off race, which just happened to be the 2007 Made In
America Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway, was wiped out by poor
timing. Seuss was understanding, but disappointed.
“They ( Riggs Racing ) put a lot of emphasis on Martinsville and
they wanted me to run a second car there last year,” Seuss recalled
recently. “Then they realized they had two races really close
together, and it didn’t happen. It was a little frustrating. I
thought I had missed a big chance.”
It turned out that Seuss didn’t need the tryout. Nor did he need to
be upset at the missed seat time in the Riggs Racing Modified.
When two-time Southern Modified champion Junior Miller and Riggs
Racing decided to part ways at the end of the season, Seuss got the
call again, this time for a fulltime ride.
“The second I put my phone down after agreeing to race with them,
it hit me … I’m replacing Junior Miller in a championship car. It
made me a little nervous,” said the 21-year-old Seuss. “But they
have been good to me, knowing I’m fairly new to this, but they
A year ago Seuss was virtually unknown in NASCAR circles. He had
campaigned a family-owned Modified on the Northern-based True Value
Modified tour for a couple of seasons, but had rarely ventured out
to events on either the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour or the Whelen
Southern Modified Tour.
“The Whelen Modified Tour is very tough. You need a lot of people
in the crew, there are a lot more weekday shows that take everyone
out of work. It’s just a tough series,” said Seuss.
Seuss’ big break through came last summer when he traveled to
Nashville for a Whelen Southern Modified Tour event. His
underfinanced, almost unknown family team rolled to a win, besting
the best the southern tour had to offer.
“I had been racing Modifieds for three years on the True Value
series and had some success there. But last year when we came down
south and won…that was the first big success we had had,” said
“We had won at New Smyrna ( Florida ) during Speedweeks, but
nothing at the NASCAR level. To get that win and race hard with Tim
Brown, it was huge. We had a pretty good battle the whole race.”
It hasn’t been a typical Riggs Racing season, but it hasn’t been
bad either. Seuss has a second, a fifth and four top 10s in the
tour’s six races so far this year. And there have been a couple of
great runs, possible winning runs, wiped out by accidents or
“We’ve been very fast all year. We’ve had some misfortune. We had
one big wreck, destroyed the car on the first lap after winning the
pole. A couple of weeks ago we were running second with 20 to go
when the oil line fell off. One of these days things will go right
and we’ll win one,” said Seuss.
The next big race on Seuss’ radar screen in the Made In America
Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway on September 20. It’s the Holy
Grail of Modified racers, the one everyone wants to win, and because
they live in Martinsville , it’s even bigger for the members of
Riggs Racing .
“This one is going to be big for us. It’s in the Riggs’ backyard.
It’s the race all Modified teams aim for,” said Seuss.
And it is also the only combination event on the schedule the
entire season, the only time the Southern Tour drivers get to go
head-to-head with the Northern Tour drivers.
“That makes it even bigger,” said Seuss. “But I think we’ve got
what it takes to run with them.”
Tickets for the Made In America Whelen 300 are $25. Children six to
12 years old are $5. Tickets may be purchased by calling
1.877.RACE.TIX or visiting