NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes Brunnhoelzl III Hopes For Victory At Lanier George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Fibrwrap/Oval Speed/PT Ford) created a lasting memory in his young NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour...
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes
Brunnhoelzl III Hopes For Victory At Lanier
George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Fibrwrap/Oval Speed/PT Ford) created a lasting memory in his young NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour career after he scored his first career victory last year at Lanier National Speedway. The West Babylon, N.Y., native hopes to create more new memories this weekend when he returns to the "Peach State" for the Lanier 150.
It wouldn't be a shock to anyone if Brunnhoelzl does make it back to Victory Lane, as he has been one of the hottest drivers on the Tour during the first three events of the season. Brunnhoelzl has already won two Coors Light Pole Awards, highlighted by setting a track record last weekend at Caraway.
He appeared to be the fastest car on the track and was challenging eventual race winner Ted Christopher for the lead late in the race before the two bumped wheels coming out of Turn 2, which sent Brunnhoelzl spinning.
Brunnhoelzl won from the pole position last season at Lanier and said while qualifying is important, you don't necessarily have to start on the front row to win at Lanier.
"Lanier is definitely a track you can pass and race on, if your car is set up the right way," said Brunnhoelzl. "It is also a track that requires the driver to be smooth and hit your marks every lap. If you are not smooth or get loose, it will take you a couple of laps to get back where you were."
Brunnhoelzl enters this weekend leading the points standings and has been out front since South Boston. He enters this weekend with a six-point lead (465-459) over Burt Myers (No. 1 Capital Bank Ford).
"We are really excited about how well we have started the season but I honestly never think about the points," said Brunnhoelzl. "We go to the track to win races and run up front and if we do that, the points will take care of themselves."
Andy Seuss (No. 47 Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil/Stuart Automotive Dodge) was also close to getting the win last week and enters Lanier with a win from April 4 at South Boston, and is ready for another one this weekend.
"I think if we would have had about five or so more laps, we could have gotten around Ted (Christopher) and got our second win," said Seuss. "I know we are going to do all we can to put on a great show for the fans and hopefully they can all help us celebrate in Victory Lane."
Seuss sits in third place in the standings, just six points behind Myers.
Action for the Lanier 150 will begin Saturday afternoon with practice for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competitors scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and Coors Light Pole Award qualifying scheduled for 5:45 p.m. The green flag for the Lanier 150 will drop at approximately 9 p.m.
The Race: Lanier 150
The Place: Lanier National Speedway, Braselton, Ga.
The Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Time: 9 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .375-mile paved
Race Purse: $24,806
2008 Winner: George Brunnhoelzl III
2008 Pole: George Brunnhoelzl III
Saturday, April 18:
Practice 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Time Trials: 5:45 p.m.