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Lanier 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

   Last week Andy Seuss wondered what might have happened if he had another few laps last week when he finished second to Ted Christopher in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway.
   Seuss didn’t need any more laps this week as he drove the No. 47 Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil/Stuart Auto Dodge past Christopher on lap 43 and led the rest of the way to win the Lanier 150 at Lanier Speedway Saturday night. It was the second win in the past three races for the Hampstead, N.H. driver who now has four career wins on the Tour.
   “It is fun to race when you have a car as good as this one was for us tonight,” said Seuss. “We are on a roll lately after the past three races.”
   Seuss qualified fifth and started the race seventh after the redraw but quickly moved into the top five by lap 10 and was second to Christopher by lap 20. Seuss was able to get by Christopher on lap 44 and remain at the point the rest of the night.
   The race was slowed just two times for caution with the final yellow flag given to the field when Gene Pack spun coming out of Turn 4 on lap 108 setting up a sprint to the finish and erasing a two second lead Seuss had over George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Oval Speed/Fibrwrap/PT Ford)
   “I didn’t want to see that last yellow because I knew that George (Brunnhoelzl) is good on restarts,” said Seuss. “We were able to get a good restart and I was actually surprised and how big a lead we got there at the end.”
   L.W. Miller and Burt Myers made contact in Turn 2 on the final lap while racing for third, and Myers went spinning. Miller went on to score his best finish of the year in third, with Brian Loftin and Jason Myers completing the top five. It was also the first top-five finish of the year for Myers.
   “I know we are going to win one of these soon,” said Brunnhoelzl. “We came up just a little short tonight but we are qualifying well and running up front every race. We know what we have to do and we are going to go back and do our homework and get ready for the next race.”
   Miller, who won the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship in 2007, ended a streak of three races finishing outside the top five and was happy with this finish and spoke about his last lap incident with Burt Myers.
   “We were racing real hard on the final few laps and I knew on the last lap he was going to try to run me up (the track) and he knew I was going to hold him down and we got together,” said Miller. “Typically I wouldn’t be happy with a third-place finish but with the way our season has been going I will gladly take this.”
   Ted Christopher, who won his first two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races, finished seventh, while Burt Myers ended up ninth.
   Earlier in the day, Brunnhoelzl won the Coors Light Pole Award with a record time of 13.374 seconds (100.942 mph).
   “For once I feel like luck is on my side and I am going to ride it as long as I can,” said Seuss. “The car was so good and my crew is giving me such a great car. The past couple of weeks have been a lot of fun.”
   The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will take its spring break and return to action on Friday, July 3 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro , North Carolina.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour - Lanier 150 - Unofficial Results
Saturday At Lanier National Speedway, Gainesville , GA
Lap length:
0.375 miles

   (Start position in parentheses)
  1.   (7)  Andy Seuss, Hampstead , N.H. , Dodge, 150 laps, 84.410 mph, $2,000.
  2.   (6)  George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon , N.Y. , Ford, 150, $1,850.
  3.   (2)  L.W. Miller, Dushore , Pa. , Pontiac, 150, $1,125.
  4.   (5)  Brian Loftin, Lexington , N.C. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,050.
  5. (11)  Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150, $1,300.
  6.   (8)  Buddy Emory, Petersburg , Va. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,100.
  7.   (4)  Ted Christopher, Plainville , CT , Chevrolet, 150, $750.
  8. (10)  J.R. Bertuccio, Centereach , NY , Chevrolet, 150, $690.
  9.   (3)  Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150, $590.
10.   (1)  Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Pontiac , 149, $550.
11. (13)  Tim Brown, Cana , VA , Chevrolet, 149, $525.
12. (12)  Gene Pack, Washington , D.C. , Chevrolet, 148, $500.
13.   (9)  John Smith, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 147, $485.
14. (14)  Rich Kuiken Jr., Staffordsville , N.J. , Chevrolet, 145, $460.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 39 minutes 59 seconds
Margin of Victory: 3.398 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: G.Brunnhoelzl III (100.942 mph, 13.374 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 11 laps.
Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: F.Fleming 1-6; L.Miller 7; F.Fleming 8-9; T.Christopher 10-43; A.Seuss 44-150.

Standings: 1. G.Brunnhoelzl III, 635; 2. A.Seuss, 633; 3. B.Loftin, 598; 4. B.Myers, 597; 5. L.Miller, 575; 6. J.Bertuccio, 572; 7. F.Fleming, 561; 8. J.Myers, 556; 9. T.Brown, 540; 10. J.Smith, 523.

Source: Tim Southers / NASCAR PR
Posted: April 18, 2009


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