Marital Proposal Leads to Big First Modified Tour Win For Brunnhoelzl Family Is the Name of the Game for Third Generation Driver's Sudden Success CONCORD, NC (September 2, 2008) -- Sometimes it takes one piece of the puzzle to make the rest...
Marital Proposal Leads to Big First Modified Tour Win For Brunnhoelzl
Family Is the Name of the Game for Third Generation Driver's Sudden Success
CONCORD, NC (September 2, 2008) -- Sometimes it takes one piece of the puzzle to make the rest of it all come together. For third-generation driver George Brunnhoelzl, the puzzle of life and racing have all come together rather nicely over the last two weeks, culminating with his first ever NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Lanier 150 at Lanier National Speedway (GA).
The win came on the heels of another great moment in George's life, when he proposed to long-time girlfriend Heather DeBello.
"We went on vacation to the Bahamas and Cable Beach and got engaged while we were down there," said the smiling young driver. "That's a big part of my life there and I'm happy. We came home and two weeks later won the race, and that's even better. It's good all around.
"Everybody has been teasing me about it that it took me proposing to get the win. You see, Heather and I have been together for almost eight years and everyone keeps coming up saying you should have done it seven years ago and you probably would have had a lot more wins under your belt. So it's fun; everyone is joking around; it's a good deal."
Brunnhoelzl's first Tour victory came in decisive fashion as well. He won the pole with fast time for the Southern Mod Tour's first stop at Lanier National Speedway. After the re-draw, Brunnhoelzl started sixth but wasted no time carving his way to the front. On lap 25 the winning move came with an outside-groove pass around veteran Mod driver Frank Fleming. George set the pace ahead of a highly-competitive field of Modifieds for the remaining 125 laps of the race.
"We went out there and sat on the pole, which was awesome in itself. Then we redrew sixth and came to the front. We were able to hold it the whole race. The car was unbelievably good. It was just on rails tonight."
"I cannot thank everybody enough... Oval Speed, Performance Technologies for an awesome engine and Brunnhoelzl racing, I mean my dad. I owe it all to my dad... without him I would not even be here. I am just speechless. I do not know what else to say. It is awesome."
Racing is a family affair for the Brunnhoelzls. George's dad and grandfather were successful Modified racers. The hard working racing family had an incredibly successful Labor Day weekend. Not only did George score the pole and win at Lanier, he scored another pole and finished third in the Inaugural Brian Pack Memorial 150 ASA Modified Tour race at Ace Speedway (NC) on Labor Day. Other Brunnhoelzls found success this weekend too. George's cousin Eddie III, another third-generation Brunnhoelzl, scored the pole and win at a weekly NASCAR Modified race at Riverhead Raceway in Long Island, NY.
But for George, winning the race at Lanier will be a moment he will not soon forget. After growing up chasing races with his father, and years of racing with his father by his side, doing it as a family makes it feel even better.
"I cannot describe how special this win is," said an elated Brunnhoelzl. "We have been racing together for all of my life. This is our first actual racecar win. We have won go-cart championships left and right, but this is our first actual race win, and I cannot describe how great it feels to be here with my dad."
Fast racecars, a marital proposal and a first win have George's life heading in the right direction, and he is loving every minute of it.
"Everything right now in my life is going great... in my personal life, my racing life and my business life. Everything is going good right now. I couldn't ask for anything more."
George carries his momentum into the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour's next stop at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, NC, on September 6th.