NABS RECORD 20th TOUR WIN
Goes Wire-To-Wire For
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Victory At Caraway
had to wait a day to do it, but George Brunnhoelzl
III went wire-to-wire at Caraway Speedway on
Saturday to score a record 20th career win in the
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
It also marks a tour-leading 10th win on the
.455-mile track for the three-time tour champion,
who hails from West Babylon, N.Y.
“The car was really good through the corners,” said
Brunnhoelzl. “We had some ignition issues or
something because it wouldn’t go down the
straightaways. All in all, my guys gave me a great
The Daggett Schuler Attorneys-At-Law/Rusty Harpe
Memorial 150 had been scheduled for Friday, but
persistent rain showers led to it being postponed
for 24 hours. Brunnhoelzl's No. 28 EpoxZ/Oval Speed
Chevrolet gained the pole position for the event,
when qualifying was also rained out on Friday.
Brunnhoelzl's biggest threat came late in the race
when Andy Seuss challenged for the lead. He pushed
Brunnhoelzl through Turn 4 on Lap 135, but spun
while going for the lead a lap later - bringing out
the fifth caution of the night.
“My hat is off to the 11 car. They had a great car,
too,” Brunnhoelzl stated. “We got together there. I
didn’t even know he was there. I feel bad about
After the Seuss spin Kyle Ebersole, out of
Hummelstown, Pa., moved into the second position,
but was unable to mount a challenge on Brunnhoelzl.
After four third-place finishes in his last six tour
starts, Ebersole, driver of the Ebersole Excavating
Ford, held on for the runner-up finish.
“Happy to finish second. We’re still not as good as
George is, but we gaining on it,” said Ebersole. “It
keeps getting better and better. I think we’ll have
something in the next few races.”
Seuss behind the wheel of his Tammie Davis/Phoenix
Pre-Owned Chevrolet made a fierce charge back to the
front after the restart to finish third. Despite not
getting the win while probably having the best car
on the track, he saw the bright side after having
just one top-five finish in his last seven Caraway
“I’m happy that we had a winning car tonight. We
used to be pretty good (at Caraway), but not
recently. So, we’re excited about that,” said the
Hampstead, N.H. “I tried to race (Brunnhoelzl) as
clean as I could, but I came out on the tail end of
the stick tonight.”
Brian Loftin crossed the line in fourth followed by
Gary Putnam in fifth for his first tour-career
top-five finish. Sixth through 10th were Burt Myers,
Luke Fleming, Danny Bohn, J.R. Bertuccio and Mike
Tim Brown, who was fastest in Friday's practice and
who was third in the championship standings prior to
the race, withdrew after the postponement because of
his wedding on Saturday.
With his win, Brunnhoelzl extended his lead in the
championship standings to 24 points over Ebersole -
226 to 202. They are followed by Burt Myers at 187,
Seuss at 187, Brown at 184, Jason Myers at 181,
Loftin at 175, Putnam at 173, Fleming at 168 and
Bohn at 167.
Prior to Saturday, Brunnhoelzl had registered the
four most recent wire-to-wire wins in the NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour - South Boston
Speedway, April 13, 2013; Charlotte Motor Speedway,
Oct. 11, 2012; Caraway Speedway, July 6, 2012; and
Caraway Speedway, March 31, 2012.
This event, the third of five tour visits to Caraway
Speedway this season, was the fifth event on the
2013 schedule and marked a return to competition
after an 11-week break.
The next race on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour schedule will be the Bowman Gray 199 presented
by Q104.1 New Country at Bowman Gray Stadium in
Winston-Salem, N.C., on Aug. 3.
UNOFFICIAL - NASCAR WHELEN
SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR
Daggett Schuler Attorneys-At-Law/Rusty Harpe Memorial 150 Results
Saturday At Caraway (N.C.) Speedway, Asheboro, N.C.
Lap length: 0.455 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y.,
Chevrolet, 150 laps, 69.368 mph.
2. (2) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 150.
3. (6) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
4. (7) Brian Loftin, Lexington, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
5. (9) Gary Putnam, Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
6. (5) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.
7. (11) Luke Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Ford, 150.
8. (10) Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
9. (13) J.R. Bertuccio, Centerrach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (15) Mike Norman, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
11. (12) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 131.
12. (14) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 119.
13. (16) David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 115, overheating.
14. (4) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 100, engine.
15. (17) Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 56, mechanical.
16. (8) John Smith, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 50, engine.
17. (3) Tim Brown, Rural Hall, N.C., Chevrolet, 0, dns.
Time of Race: 0 hours 59 minutes 2 seconds
Margin of Victory: .537 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: None (rain)
Caution Flags: 6 for 26 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: G. Brunnhoelzl III 1-150.
Standings: 1. G. Brunnhoelzl III, 226; 2. K. Ebersole, 202; 3. B.
Myers, 187; 4. A. Seuss, 187; 5. T. Brown, 184; 6. J. Myers, 181; 7. B.
Loftin, 175; 8. G. Putnam, 173; 9. L. Fleming, 168; 10. D. Bohn, 167.
Source: Shon Sbarra / NASCAR