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Andy Seuss
SoVaNow.com / April 05, 2009
They were loud and they were fast. They circled the track 150 times in only 49 minutes and fans saw what they came to see.

Andy Seuss of Hampstead, N.J. slipped around George Brunnhoelzl III of West Babylon, N.Y. on the 87th lap and held on the rest of the way to win the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150 Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

Seuss had a tough battle on his hands holding off Brunnhoelzl as two caution periods in the last 25 laps allowed Brunnhoelzl to get two late stabs at the win.

The last restart, which came with five laps to go, was a single-file restart, and Seuss got a good jump at the outset. After pulling Brunnhoelzl a car length as they got the green flag, Seuss was able to build a comfortable cushion.

The New Jersey resident sped across the finish line 1.228 seconds to win the first ever NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at South Boston Speedway.

“Coming here and looking at all the history of this track and the names of the great drivers written up on the grand stand just makes this win something special,” commented Seuss in victory lane. “Now we say we won here and that’s petty special. We changed a ton of stuff and the crew worked their tails off. This win is for them.

“The car was tight in qualifying and that was actually a pretty good sign because it was good to have the car tight at the end. This car just got better as the show went on.”

Brunnhoelzl finished second with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove, N.C., Tim Brown of Winston-Salem, and Brian Loftin of Lexington, N.C. rounding out the top five finishers.

“Congratulations to Andy and those guys, we had a really good car,” added Brunnhoelzl. “It was a great race and we were off just a little tonight. After a night like tonight, second place feels really good.

“To run 150 laps on a set of tires is real tough. You have got to pace yourself. Andy is real good at that. He had a little bit more left at the end than me.”

Meyers said, “There at the beginning the guys were running a little harder than I wanted to run. It just got us behind a little bit. I am not satisfied, but I am happy.

“I knew it would be about tire management. We just used up everything we had too early. All in all we had a pretty decent night. We came to win, so I have to be a little disappointed.

Pole starter J.R. Bertuccio of Centerrach, N.Y. finished sixth with L.W. Miller of Dushore, Pa., Gene Pack of Washington, D.C., Jason Myers of Walnut Cove, N.C. and John Smith of Mount Airy, N.C. completing the top ten.

There were three lead changes among four drivers with Seuss, who led the final 64 laps, leading the most laps in the race.

Seuss averaged 72.801 mph in the race that took only 49 minutes and 27 seconds to complete. The qualifying times were at least a second faster than the Late Model times

The race was slowed by only four cautions that consumed 23 laps.


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