TO DAYTONA FOR UNOH BATTLE AT THE BEACH
Modified Tour Driver Excited For Speedweeks
winner at eight different tracks during his NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour career, Andy Seuss has
his sights set on adding the short track at Daytona
International Speedway to his list.
Seuss, a 12-time winner overall in seven seasons as
a competitor on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour,
will head to Daytona with his No. 11 team to
participate in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The
Beach at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 18-19.
For the first time, NASCAR’s weekly and regional
touring series will have a prominent place during
Budweiser Speedweeks in Daytona, the “Worlds Center
of Racing.” Since the special event was unveiled
last February, Seuss has anticipated the opportunity
to race on the hallowed grounds.
“It’s going to be really exciting to say I raced at
Daytona,” Seuss said. “It’s going to be quite an
honor. Just to look around at the high banking and
to know the people that have been there is going to
be real neat.”
One of his team’s 2012 goals was to get a locked-in
starting position for the UNOH Battle At The Beach
Whelen Modified feature, and Seuss was able to
secure that with a win at Thompson International
Speedway in September.
“It was getting close to the end without a win,”
Seuss said. “That was really what we wanted to do
was get a win, not only to win on the Whelen
Southern Modified Tour, but to get locked in as
Seuss is not only excited about the opportunity to
race at Daytona, but also about the format of the
event, which will be contested on a .4-mile oval on
the track’s backstretch. The Whelen Modified and
Whelen Southern Modified Tour cars will run in
combination in the event, which will see only heat
races utilized to set the feature’s starting field
as there will be no time trials. Drivers that won
touring series races and championships in 2012 are
locked into their respective features in Daytona;
All others must qualify through heat races.
“The way we grew up was heat racing and it makes it
exciting because you know there is going to be
passing,” Seuss said. “If the fastest guy starts at
the front, a lot of times he will go unchallenged,
especially at a flat track. At Daytona we aren’t
going to have that luxury with the heat races.”
Seuss has made some life changes this offseason with
his racing career in mind. Originally from
Hampstead, N.H., he recently moved to Salisbury,
N.C., and is now able to help out in the shop of his
North Carolina-based team, owned by Eddie Harvey.
Seuss is also now employed at Rahmoc Racing Engines,
the power supplier for his No. 11 team.
All of those offseason changes – combined with an
opportunity to race at Daytona – has Seuss eagerly
anticipating getting back to racing.
“Anytime you get to go racing, it’s awesome,” Seuss
said. “When you get to wake up and go to the race
track, it’s pretty neat, and it’s going to be really
neat to be at Daytona for the first time.”
The Whelen Modified events will be just one facet of
the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach. The NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series Late Models will have
qualifying races and a 150-lap feature on Monday,
Feb. 18 while the action on Tuesday, Feb. 19 will
include a similar schedule of qualifying races and
150-lap races for both the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tours and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
All three features are non-points events and will be
carried live on SPEED while supplemental event
coverage will be provided at
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Source: Jason Cunningham / NASCAR