Southern Mod Driver George Brunnhoelzl III Continues Stellar Season with Second-Place Finish at Lanier; Southern Mod Points Leader Snags Third-Consecutive Pole and Retains Top Spot in Series' Points CONCORD, NC (April 20, 2009) -- Many...
Southern Mod Driver George Brunnhoelzl III Continues Stellar Season with Second-Place Finish at Lanier; Southern Mod Points Leader Snags Third-Consecutive Pole and Retains Top Spot in Series' Points
CONCORD, NC (April 20, 2009) -- Many drivers and teams consider winning as the only basis to measure whether they are having a successful season. Not George Brunnhoelzl III. Even though he hasn't been to victory lane in any of the four NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events to date in the 2009 racing season, the third-generation driver is having one of his best racing seasons of his career. He continued his great season this past weekend at Lanier National Speedway (GA) by setting fast time for the third-consecutive race and finished second, retaining the series' points lead.
Just like the previous three races of the 2009 season, the eyes of the competitors were on Brunnhoelzl's #28 Modified throughout qualifying and the race. While he didn't land in victory lane, the competition knows that Brunnhoelzl might just be the championship contender everyone will be gunning for the whole season, as well as the man to beat every qualifying session.
"We were able to grab our third pole of the season and that was great," said Brunnhoelzl. "We started sixth (after the starting field re-drew the order) and fell back a little bit at the start. We came back through the field and passed a bunch of cars, so I am happy with that. The long run definitely did not help us. Everyone was in the same boat, though, so it is hard to say.
"It would have been a fairytale story to come here two years in a row and sit on the pole both years and win both races. You can't win them all; and if you aren't going to win, second place is the best place to be."
In previous seasons in the Southern Modified Tour, Brunnhoelzl and his team have had great runs go bad due to luck not being on their side. This season to date, the stars are aligned just right; and with the chemistry and teamwork of crew members, the #28 crew has been on top of their game.
"We're really coming together as a team. We are really gelling at the right time. My father is doing a great job as crew chief, and the guys are working their butts off on the car. It's all coming together for us this season. We are not only finishing races, but we are finishing them well, and that has me so excited. It definitely helps your confidence knowing that when you come to the track and unload that you have a chance to be one of the best cars and win every week."
With the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour taking a few months off before the next event in July, Brunnhoelzl and his team are going to use the time wisely, getting the car even more dialed in so he can possibly drive into victory lane for the first time this season.
"We're looking forward to the rest of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season. We will do some testing here during the break and see if we can learn some more to build on so we can go get them at Caraway."
Next up for George Brunnhoelzl and the #28 Modified team in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule is the Friday, July 3rd, event at Caraway Speedway (NC).