- Last Updated on 06:57 AM 04/07/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Andy Seuss was hooked up in Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 at South Boston Speedway, and it showed as the Hampstead, N.H., driver led all but one lap and became the first repeat winner at South Boston in the Southern Modified Tour.
In winning Saturday, Seuss denied George Brunnhoelzl III a chance at history as a repeat winner at South Boston.
Brunnhoelzyl, of West Babylon, N.Y., defending and four-time Southern Modified Tour champion came from the back of the field to finish second, followed by pole winner Danny Bohn of Freehold, N.J.
Luke Fleming of Mount Airy, N.C., finished forth and J.R. Bertuccio of Centereach, N.Y. finished fifth in a field of 17 cars.
Seuss appeared to have a dominant car from the start of Saturday’s race, with the 17-time modified tour winner charging past Bohn on the opening lap and staying in front for the entire race except for one lap, credited to Bohn on lap 52.
Seuss had a complete setup and a solid car on both restarts and green flag runs, and he had enough at the end of the race to hold off a hard-charging Brunnhoelzyl, who qualified seventh but had to drop to the rear of the field prior to the green flag due to an unapproved adjustment after qualifying.
Bohn had to fight back to a podium finish after losing ground on the restart following the last of four caution periods.
“We restarted second, and there were still a lot of laps left, so we were just riding, but we got caught riding not hard enough, I guess,” said Bohn.
“J.R. got me, and (Kyle) Ebersole got me, but I think if we could have stayed in second I think we may have had a shot at him.”
“We had a really good car at the end,” Bohn added.
“After the last season and a half I’ve had, it’s been nothing but bad luck.
“Sitting third and the car in one piece is like a win in my book.”
“We started race way too free, and I just wanted to keep the tires on it,” added Bohn.
“We made the right changes and when we fired up we were a hair too tight.
“I wish we could have run a few more green flag laps, I think we may have had a shot at it, but we’ll take it.
“A pole and top-three is definitely a relief.”
Brunnhoelzyl, who had one win (2013), two poles, two runner-ups and an average finish of sixth in five previous South Boston races, said he just had to use up too much of his equipment in coming through the field to catch Seuss.
“NASCAR had a new rule out with spring rubbers, and we had to remove a spring rubber, he said.
The cautions definitely helped him, Brunhoelzyl pointed out.
“We had a better car, and we needed to regain some track position, so the cautions helped bunch the cars up.
“If we had some more green flag laps, I think we may have had something for him.
“He had a good car and was able to save his tires a lot more, and I used way too much tire.”
Brunnhoelzyl always seems to run well at South Boston Speedway, and the reason for it is simple.
“I think if a driver likes a track, he usually runs well at it, and when a driver likes a track he usually has an app for it,” he explained.
“This track suits my driving style.”
The race to him, was just “textbook perfect,” admitted Seuss.
“The car was real good, and we missed the pole by a little bit,” he explained.
“I got a good jump on the outside on that (last) restart and got to go up front and set the pace and save the tires how I wanted.”
“You don’t get those days very often where you get to put it on cruise control and make laps,” said Seuss, who knew from his spotter that Brunnhoelzyl was closing rapidly.
“Anytime the 28 car (Brunnhoelzyl) is behind you, you can’t count him out.”
“You do worry about the restarts, everybody wanted to start early, and as the leader I didn’t want to get penalized.
“But, at the same time I didn’t want to give up the lead, and we managed to overcome that.”
Becoming the first two-time winner in Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at South Boston Speedway is special to him, Seuss noted.
“I read about this place as a child,” said Seuss.
“Winning here with the history of this place makes it that much more special.”