Andy Seuss Ready for NASCAR Southern Mod Tour Debut HAMPSTEAD, NH (March 20, 2006) -- There's not much for a competitive person to do in New England this time of year. The racetracks aren't open yet and snowmobiling is ...
Andy Seuss Ready for NASCAR Southern Mod Tour Debut
HAMPSTEAD, NH (March 20, 2006) -- There's not much for a competitive person to do in New England this time of year. The racetracks aren't open yet and snowmobiling is impossible since most of the white stuff has melted.
Andy Seuss has a solution when it comes to getting his speed fix. The 18-year-old New Hampshire driver is loading up his #70 Modified and entering Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at North Carolina's Caraway Speedway.
"It's way too cold up here and we want to go racing somewhere," said Seuss. "So we're excited for the opportunity to be able to go down South and be able to race."
Seuss and his team of family and close friends have made one racing road trip all ready this winter. They went to Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway. They came back with more than just T-Shirts too. Seuss collected the large trophy reserved for Speedweeks Champion in the Modified division. The car that propelled him to that feat is now ready for Caraway.
"I'm just excited to get back into the racecar," said Seuss. "There won't be many changes to the One Stop Toy Shop/Rockingham Boat Modified after New Smyrna. We're going to go down to Caraway and take our first shot at NASCAR Modified racing."
Seuss is looking forward to the new challenges that his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race will bring.
"We've looked forward to getting our feet wet on the Southern Tour and everything is going to be a little bit different. There will be a whole new group of drivers and a new track to get used to. We'll be giving time trialing a shot because we are used to heat races. We're used to running 100-lap races in the True Value Modified Racing Series, so it will be an adjustment to race 150 laps, but we're ready. Hopefully, we'll be competitive. Maybe we can get a top-five out of the trip."
Seuss won't be flying blind into his first Whelen Southern Modified Tour race, but it will be his first trip to the fast-half mile facility.
"I've never ever seen Caraway Speedway," said Seuss. "I was talking to Bob Dillner (SPEED Channel) and he said it's similar to Martinsville, but has some more banking. It's more of a paperclip than New Smyrna with more bite and less banking. Anything that is similar to New Smyrna, we're going to try because we've done well down there."
Some of the competitors whom Seuss will be racing against aren't new though. And for those he hasn't competed against, he's already done his homework.
"We've raced against some of those drivers in the North vs. South Shootout and they've really stepped things up down there over the past few years," said Seuss. "Junior Miller is obviously a legend and I'm looking forward to sharing the same track as him. I know Tim Brown ran part-time and he's a multi-time Bowman Gray Stadium champion and that is very impressive. Brian Loftin was flying towards the end of the North vs. South Shootout. There are some good racers down there and we're looking forward to racing with a whole new group of people."
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opener at Caraway is scheduled to get underway at 8pm ET on Saturday, March 25th.