Teams and Drivers,
Submit your FREE profile
 for 2010
   The Chrome Horn - NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour



And Return He Does with a Win
by Denise DuPont

On Sunday March 13th the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT) started their 7th season at Caraway Speedway. The grandstands were packed with race fans, pits were filled with cars and the sun was shining. It was a perfect race day!

Going into the race the winning odds were in strong favor for Coors Light Pole winner Brian Loftin, who also has seven Caraway wins to his credit. Loftin led thirty laps mid race but a lap 120 tangle with LW Miller ended his day.

After taking the 2010 season off from the NWSMT to run the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour George Brunnhoelzl III beat the odds and collected the win, his fourth career Caraway victory.

“It was a great day today. Everything played out to our advantage,” said 2009 NWSMT champion Brunnhoelzl, “The guys did great all day working on it (#09 car) and we came out on top. We know where we need to improve on and I think if we improve on a win that is pretty good.”

Tim Brown came across the finish line second. “We had a good car today. Second place is not bad. The car is in one piece. It is a beautiful day for racing modifieds. We will take second.”

“This is a fun race track and it is the heart of the modifieds here,” Said Brown. “Caraway has always taken care of us. You definitely have to be good here it is good to see the fans packed in the stands here. It just was a great day for racing and hopefully we put a good show on for them.”

Tom Stinson came to Caraway to join the southern tour after his home track did not open for the 2011 race session. His home track of Southside Speedway in Va announced recently that it was not going to open this year. This was the first time since 1950’s. The trip to Caraway paid off for the Stinson team. After a consistent run he completed the race in third place. “It was a really good run for us today,” said Stinson. “It is almost like a win to the crew. They worked hard car over the year. We did not have a whole lot to work with cause we have not ran a lot of races with them. We had to work hard on the brakes. It is hard to believe that the brakes are what would pick you up here.”

Both surprised and delighted with his third place finish, Stinson is now ready to go forward and race the tour with the southern mods. “This is a good start at it for us. Caraway has never been good for me because I felt like it is a horse power track. And we did not have a lot of horsepower. You get the car right and you can drive. But like I said we got our brakes better and made a better showing for the start of the season. We will see if we can get some top fires and top tens. If we keep the cat in one piece and don’t blow it up and we will make every race.”

The NWSMT will have a week off to regroup and they will return to Caraway Speedway on March 26th ready for a rematch.

Race Notes:

What did you see in the accident that took out LW Miller and Brian Loftin on Lap 120?

George Brunnhoelzl
“It is restarts that breed cautions, everybody knows that. Double file in a modified everybody is up on the wheel. They started bouncing off one another going into turn one and two and from there I do not know what happened. Maybe the car got loose under him (Miller) and he got into Brian. Next thing I know is that they both hung a left.”

What happened in the accident that took Ted Christopher out on Lap 109?

George Brunnhoelzl
“We had a really good car but I had to run my line. Brian (Loftin) was in the same situation and it just happened that his line was mine after arching it (the car) in the corner I got a nose under him a little and he just turned me sideways.”

Thoughts on completing the First NWSMT Race in Second:

Tim Brown
“To start the session off in second place is a good way to work towards that championship this year. We are pleased with it. We worked real hard all winter. We are scheduled to run the full season. Last year I had to do some testing where I work at Michael Waltrip’s place. And it conflicted with the schedule. I could not do the whole deal last year. We are trying to work around it so we can compete for the championship.”

“It is a deal if you are going to compete for the championship you have to be here at Caraway.” And Brown knows all this too well after finishing second in points for four out of the last six years. “Almost half of our races on our tour schedule are here so it is big to get here. Like Georgie said you have to be better. I am sitting here thinking what I had to do to get my car better and he just won the race and he said the same thing to be better.”

Thoughts on Caraway:

Andy Seuss
Seuss was the defending Spring Classic Champion. He finished the race ninth after being involved in the same accident that took TC out on lap 109.

“I love racing around this place. The car is good. It is a new team, so we have our expectations. We just want to keep progressing. Hopefully we will just take this and learn from this and just build on it.”

Todd Szegedy
“I like it track a lot. It is a fast little track. It has some good banking. I like the infield pitting. That is a big plus especially for testing. You get a lot of track time out there. I think that it is going to be good. Plus the weather is the best part about it.”

“We have a new car and we are putting together a brand new team. So what better way to test than to bring it into race conditions? You can go out and test all you want but there is no better test than actually racing.”

“So basically we came down here to have some fun and to make sure that we have everything right with the car”.

  Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: March 15, 2011

©2011 GeeLaw Motorsports/Wolf Pack Ventures, Inc.