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George Brunnhoelzl Captures First Victory of the 2009 Season After Four Top-Five Finishes and Three Poles, Brunnhoelzl Grabs Hold the Checkers CONCORD,NC (July 8, 2009) -- Some drivers look at races with a Ricky Bobby attitude, thinking...

George Brunnhoelzl Captures First Victory of the 2009 Season
After Four Top-Five Finishes and Three Poles, Brunnhoelzl Grabs Hold the Checkers

CONCORD,NC (July 8, 2009) -- Some drivers look at races with a Ricky Bobby attitude, thinking that the second-place man is the first loser; if you're not first, you're last. This "checkers or wreckers" attitude may rack up several victories, but it also can result in multiple trashed body parts back at the shop.

Instead of coming to the racetrack in a "Talladega Nights" fashion, George Brunnhoelzl has spent his 2009 season in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, finishing consistently at the front of the field. In March, he started off his racing schedule with a fourth-place finish at Orange County Speedway in the ASA Modifieds. Three top-five finishes and three poles later, Brunnhoelzl proved that hard work pays off when he pulled into victory lane Saturday night at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, NC.

"We've had an awesome car all year and to finally be able to seal the deal and come home in victory lane, it really feels good," said Brunnhoelzl.

The word awesome could be used to describe most of this racer's day. Well-run races often begin with successful practice sessions and qualifying laps. Brunnhoelzl's team was able to put a fast set of wheels underneath him right from the first laps on the track.

"We practiced really well, and we were happy with the car. In qualifying we knew we weren't going to be really on point for the pole because we kind of sacrificed a little bit to have a better race car [in the feature event]."

Despite the race-type setup, Brunnhoelzl still found himself on the front row when the green flag dropped. With former champion LW Miller at his door, the two hard-charging cars gave all the fans in the crowd a good show.

"We got a little bungled up on the initial start. LW and I were on the front row, and throughout the race we battled back and forth," explained Brunnhoelzl. "I think I took the lead a couple times and he would get it back. We were going back and forth, trying to pass and banging wheels a little bit. A couple of people I have talked to said it was a good race to watch and it was fun to be in it."

Now that he has one win in the bag, Brunnhoelzl will be out on the hunt for more in the races to come on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year. Using this victory as a building block, hopefully he will be able to continue to climb the ladder of success to make 2009 a perfect season of racing.

"For the rest of the season, we are going to mainly concentrate on the NASCAR Southern Whelen Tour and hopefully be able to continue running all of the races," said Brunnhoelzl. "We're still looking for sponsorship, but if we continue to run good like this I think we will be able to finish out the season."

The next event comes on Saturday, August 1st, at the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, NC. Until then, Brunnhoelzl will be preparing his car for that battle while also working at Brunnhoelzl Racing in Mooresville, NC -- a company which produces lightweight jacks and other items for teams from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing to short tracks across America.

-credit: georgebrunnhoelzl.com

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