SEUSS RETURNS TO
VICTORY LANE AT CARAWAY
Grabs 9th career
win in Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Seuss repeated at Caraway Speedway, winning the Caraway 150
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on Friday night.
The 24-year-old driver from Hampstead, N.H., battled L.W.
Miller early and then pulled away from George Brunnhoelzl
III in the late stages to score his ninth career series win
- his fifth at Caraway in 23 starts.
His last series win came in this event a year ago.
Seuss, who entered the event fifth in the championship
standings, had a nearly perfect day at the .455-mile track,
topping the practice speeds early and then winning his fifth
career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.
Although he led from the drop of the green, Seuss had to
battle back after L.W. Miller took the lead from him on Lap
14. Seuss muscled his way by Miller on lap 50 and held
command from there in his No. 11 Phoenix Pre-Owned/Triad
Auto Sales Dodge.
It was an emotional win for Seuss, and a family reunion of
sorts. His current car owner Eddie Harvey and his car owner
from last season, David Riggs joined forces in this race.
“We were able to get this car from David and he and Eddie
worked together to make this happen as we needed this car
after racing at Bristol on Wednesday,” Seuss said. “I am so
happy for this team.”
The Caraway 150 was the first race Riggs attended this
season after the sudden death of his son Jeff last November.
Jeff Riggs was the crew chief for Seuss last season and
getting his first win for new car owner Eddie Harvey and
also for David Riggs was something Seuss will never forget.
“I can’t believe this (win) happened on a perfect weekend,”
Seuss said. “I am speechless and it’s pretty surreal … I
didn’t think surreal moments happened like this. I didn’t
know if this car would ever get back to the track and I
didn’t know if I was going to finish the year. I can’t thank
Eddie Harvey enough.”
Seuss started the year driving the No. 44 Chevrolet and
switched to the No. 11 during the spring break prior to the
July race at Caraway.
“I am real proud to give this team their first victory in
the No. 11 car and I can’t thank them enough for believing
in me,” Seuss added. “This win is for Jeff Riggs.”
Brunnhoelzl, who started eighth, worked his way to the front
in pursuit of the lead - but in the closing laps Seuss
“We had a really good car and I could gain a little in the
turns but I couldn’t keep up in the straightaways,”
Brunnhoelzl said. “Hats off to Ideal Racing, [David] Riggs
Racing and everybody. It is awesome to see that car in
They were followed to the finish by Jason Myers, with Frank
Fleming taking fourth and John Smith in fifth. Rounding out
the top 10 were Miller, Daniel Hemric, Renee Dupuis, Austin
Pack and Burt Myers.
Jason Myers had one of the fastest cars late in the race and
was happy with his third-place finish at Caraway.
“I left a lot on the table in qualifying,” Myers said. “I
think that cost us tonight as we really needed track
The race was slowed twice by caution with a red flag given
during each instance for extensive track cleanup.
With his runner-up finish, Brunnhoelzl added to his lead in
the championship standings with 1,349 points. Smith is
second with 1,224, followed by Miller with 1,211, Jason
Myers with 1,210 and Seuss with 1,201. Fleming at 1,158, Tim
Brown at 1,106, Pack at 1,071, Burt Myers at 882 and Thomas
Stinson at 742 complete the top 10 in the standings.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to the
track next week in the Newport News Shipbuilding 150 at
Langley Speedway in Hampton (Va.) on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Caraway 150
Friday At Caraway (N.C.) Speedway, Asheboro, N.C.
Lap length: 0.455 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Dodge, 150 laps, 72.735
2. (8) George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon, NY, Chevrolet,
3. (5) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 150.
4. (4) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, NC, Ford, 150.
5. (12) John Smith, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 150.
6. (2) L.W. Miller, Dushore, PA, Chevrolet, 150.
7. (11) Daniel Hemric, Kannapolis, N.C., Pontiac, 150.
8. (9) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
9. (7) Austin Pack, Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 148.
10. (3) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 94, engine.
11. (13) Donnie Lacks, Forrest, Va., Chevrolet, 81, electrical.
12. (6) Tim Brown, Cana, VA, Chevrolet, 69, electrical.
13. (10) Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 3, engine.
Time of Race: 0 hours 56 minutes 18 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.144 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A.Seuss (102.838 mph, 15.928 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 22 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Seuss 1-13; L. Miller 14-49; A. Seuss 50-150.
Standings: 1. G. Brunnhoelzl III, 1349; 2. J. Smith, 1224; 3. L.
Miller, 1211; 4. J. Myers, 1210; 5. A. Seuss, 1201; 6. F. Fleming, 1158; 7.
T. Brown, 1106; 8. A. Pack, 1071; 9. B. Myers, 882; 10. T. Stinson, 742.
Source: Timothy Southers / NASCAR