SMT: George Brunnhoelzl III Caraway race notes

George Brunnhoelzl III Continues Steady Drive for 2009 Southern Modified Title Second-Place Finish at Caraway Brings Racer One Step Closer to Dream CONCORD, NC (September 21, 2009) -- The 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season has...

George Brunnhoelzl III Continues Steady Drive for 2009 Southern Modified Title

Second-Place Finish at Caraway Brings Racer One Step Closer to Dream

CONCORD, NC (September 21, 2009) -- The 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season has belonged to George Brunnhoelzl III. The driver of the #28 Modified has obtained three wins and has finished outside the top 10 only once during the season. Brunnhoelzl is also the current points leader in the series, and while his closest competitor, Andy Seuss, moved a few points closer to him this past weekend at Caraway Speedway (NC), Brunnhoelzl finished second in the 150-lap race, leaving him firmly on top of the points chart with a 125-point advantage with just three races left on the 2009 schedule.

Starting third in the "Caraway Classic 150" event, Brunnhoelzl paced himself during the race. With only one caution throughout the event, he lost ground to the leaders, but was able to recover to finish second on the day.

"It was a good race," said Brunnhoelzl. "At the beginning I was just trying to hang out and bide my time, and going with the long green flag run, that's kind of tough, so we kind of dropped back a little bit too far and probably used a little bit too much trying to get back up there.

"The guys did great; we had a great car. To come out of here second, I'll take that. We'll head on to Martinsville and see what we've got over there."

With a 125-point advantage on the competition, some might think Brunnhoelzl has switched into points mode to try and obtain his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship. However, points racing isn't his style.

"I'll never do that," explained Brunnhoelzl. "If I'm in a race, I'm in it to win it. Like any other time, I'm not going to take any unnecessary risks, but every time we're on the racetrack, we're there to win.

"To be honest with you, even with three races left, that's still a lot of races, so a lot could happen between now and then, so we'll just race each race one at a time and take it from there."

The Tour heads to Martinsville Speedway (VA) and Ace Speedway (NC) next, but the final championship race will be right back at Caraway Speedway, a place that Brunnhoelzl knows well, and has won at twice this season.

"I definitely know what to do to make it better when we come back. It's something we will try and see how it works out."

Brunnhoelzl and the #28 Modified will head to Virginia for the next NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, September 27th.

-credit: gbPR

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