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03/13/2011

BRUNNHOELZL IS SPOT ON IN CARAWAY OPENER
Leaders' wreck opens door for Spring Classic 150 win


George Brunnhoelzl III took advantage of the race leader's misfortune to inherit the lead Sunday, and drove away in the closing laps to win the Spring Classic 150 at Caraway Speedway.

Brunnhoelzl was running third on Lap 120 when Todd Szegedy spun behind the leaders in Turn 2. L.W. Miller and Brian Loftin, who were first and second respectively, got together in Turn 3 as the caution came out. Miller was able to make it to pit road and continue, but Loftin, who won the Coors Light Pole Award in Saturday's qualifying, had to be towed off the track.

That left Brunnhoelzl out front and he pulled away from runner-up Tim Brown to win by 1.903 seconds. It is the seventh career win and fourth at Caraway for Brunnhoelzl, the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion.

Thomas Stinson finished a career-high third after qualifying 16th to earn the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award.

Miller came back to finish fourth and James Civali was fifth.

John Smith finished sixth, followed by Jason Myers, Andy Seuss, Todd Szegedy and Austin Pack. Pack won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award as the highest finisher among six rookies.

Loftin wound up 18th. Defending champion Burt Myers led the first 60 laps but finished 14th after a subsiquent penalty for a pit-road tire violation.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to the track in the Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, March 26.

  Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Spring Classic 150 Results
Sunday At Caraway Speedway, Asheboro, NC

Lap length: 0.455 miles

       (Start position in parentheses)
  1.   (3) George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 69.525 mph, $2,000.
  2.   (7) Tim Brown, Cana, VA, Chevrolet, 150, $1,500.
  3. (16) Thomas Stinson, Chester, VA, Chevrolet, 150, $1,425.
  4.   (4) L.W. Miller, Dushore, PA, Chevrolet, 150, $1,050.
  5. (14) James Civali, Meriden, CT, Pontiac, 150, $1,350.
  6. (15) John Smith, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 150, $850.
  7.   (8) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 150, $750.
  8.   (9) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Chevrolet, 150, $690.
  9.   (6) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150, $590.
10. (18) Austin Pack, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 150, $550.
11. (19) Gary Putnam, Concord, NC, Chevrolet, 150, $525.
12.   (5) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, NC, Ford, 149, $500.
13. (13) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $485.
14.   (2) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 148, $460.
15. (10) Jonathan Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL, Chevrolet, 146, $445.
16. (22) Michael Speeney, Newtown, Pa., Chevrolet, 145, $430.
17. (11) Zach Brewer, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 130, electrical, $420.
18.   (1) Brian Loftin, Lexington, NC, Chevrolet, 120, accident, $760.
19. (12) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 109, accident, $400.
20. (21) Mike Norman, Lewisville, NC, Chevrolet, 107, valve, $390.
21. (17) Josh Nichols, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 3, handling, $380.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 58 minutes 54 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.903 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Loftin (103.842 mph, 15.774 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 33 laps.
Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Loftin 0; B. Myers 1-60; B. Loftin 61-90; L. Miller 91-120; G.
Brunnhoelzl III 121-150.
Standings: 1. G. Brunnhoelzl III, 185; 2. T. Brown, 170; 3. T. Stinson, 165; 4. L.
Miller, 165; 5. J. Civali, 155; 6. J. Smith, 150; 7. J. Myers, 146; 8. A. Seuss, 142; 9.
T. Szegedy, 138; 10. A. Pack, 134.
 

  Source: Timothy Southers / NASCAR
Posted: March 13, 2011

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