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Kyle Ebersole earned his first win on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour this season in Langley, Va., finishing second in the final standings with eight top three finishes in 12 tour events. This includes second and third place finishes at Caraway, N.C. Speedway, site of the 11th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout on November 7-9.

Now that the tour season is over, Ebersole's primary race focus is on the NSS, where the young Hummelstown, Pa. driver hopes to improve on that second place finish at Caraway in July, and a tenth place finish in the NSS in November of 2012.

"Last year we had a pretty good run," Ebersole recalls. "I think we've had two top ten's. It's usually a pretty good show. It is an interesting race with the two tire change. It's usually a pretty good race.

"I have a lot of experience here now from the tour. It's a little different tire combination, so we'll have to adjust for that, but I feel like we'll be pretty competitive and have a shot to win it this year."

To win the 125-lap green flag only lap race, Ebersole will have to contend with some of the best talent you can find in the east. Chuck Hossfeld from western New York has filed his official entry this week. The 2011 Race of Champions and 2012 New Smyrna (FL.) World Series of Speedway Racing Champion is a longtime supporter of the NSS, but he has yet to win this prestigious event.

Fellow Pennsylvania driver Matt Hirschman has won four of the ten previous shootout events, and both Hossfeld and Ebersole know all too well that beating Hirschman is something they will have to do if they are to put their names on the winners list. Several other drivers could be considered favorites as well.

Andy Seuss from Hampstead, N.H., won the last two tour races at Caraway, and he has high hopes for a victory driving the Ideal Racing car that brought him to victory lane. NASCAR Tour Champion George Brunnhoelzl III should also be a factor.

This big event, which also includes the PASS South Tour. There have been 84 different drivers who have competed on the PASS South tour this season, and with this being the next to last event on their '13 calendar, a goof field of cars is expected. The IMCA-type Modifieds will also compete.

It all begins on November 7, with afternoon practice for all divisions. Then on Friday, November 8, all divisions will qualify for their starting positions, beginning at 5:00 PM. A Saturday morning practice session will allow teams to make final adjustments before racing begins at 2:00 PM, and the 125-lap tour-type Modified Shootout going green around 4:00 PM.

For more information on what promises to be one of the best races of the season, log onto the track web site at: www.carawayspeedway.com or www.northsouthshootout.com.

Source: Kevin Rice / North-South Shootout
Posted: October 18, 2013

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