Andy Seuss Joins Elite Company With Nashville Victory 20-Year-Old Notches First NASCAR Victory and Gets a New Guitar HAMPSTEAD, NH (April 2, 2007) -- The list of drivers who have won a race at Nashville's Music City Motorplex reads like ...
Andy Seuss Joins Elite Company With Nashville Victory
20-Year-Old Notches First NASCAR Victory and Gets a New Guitar
HAMPSTEAD, NH (April 2, 2007) -- The list of drivers who have won a race at Nashville's Music City Motorplex reads like a who's-who of stock car racing. Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace and Butch Miller have all won there in Late Models or Grand National cars, what are now called NASCAR Cup machines.
The record book in the NASCAR Modified ranks is equally as thick with names like Richie Evans, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Spencer and Mike McLaughlin among the leaders in career NASCAR Modified wins.
On Sunday, April 1st, 20-year-old Andy Seuss was able, at the end of 150 laps in Nashville, to add his name to both star-studded lists. Seuss played a patient game of give-and-take, leading when he had a fast car and fading to keep his tires from wearing too quick, in order to take the lead from Tim Brown on lap 144 and withstand a green-white-checkered finish for his first-ever NASCAR Modified victory.
"I don't know what to say. I am still shaking," said an emotional Seuss in victory lane. "I figured on the last few laps before that last restart I didn't know if I was going to black out before they threw the green-flag for that green-white-checkered.
"This is huge. This is bigger than anything else. This is NASCAR. It doesn't get any bigger. Hopefully this opens some doors for me and we can get a ride up on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (in the Northeast). I love these Modifieds and if I can race these for the rest of my life, I will do it. I love them."
Seuss' weekend of magic in the Music City began Saturday when he put his #70 Manchester Urology Modified on the outside pole in qualifying. He then started Sunday's 150-lap feature from fifth after the post-qualifying redraw. Seuss quickly worked his way up to the lead on lap 13, only to lose it just a few laps later.
But losing the lead was not going to faze Seuss on this day. With only a few cautions on a rough racetrack, the tire conservation game was going to be key for victory. Luckily for Seuss, it was a game that he played perfectly.
"I got out front because they were saving so much. Then I thought maybe I am saving too much. Then the 25 (J. Wes Swartout) checked out and I thought if it went green, I didn't know if I would have enough to catch him in time because he was a half a track ahead of me. I picked it up and Tim (Brown) came back and put me up in the marbles. I got back around him and then we were messing around with that lapped car."
That "lapped car" nearly caused disaster for Seuss twice, as the young driver and his nemesis for the race win Brown were tied up by a slower vehicle. Seuss lost the lead on lap 123 when he was pushed up the track by the lapped car when Brown made it three wide on the bottom.
"The lapped cars were racing side by side in front of us. The lapped cars were supposed to go to the bottom but today they were going everywhere. I went high and then they were racing in front of us. It was going to shake out fine, but then Tim threw it down on the apron three-wide and pushed the lapped car and me up. I did all I could do not to wreck it. I lost about a half of a straightaway on him."
But Seuss was not going to give up. He quickly worked his way back up to Brown's bumper and made the winning move on lap 144, but not before a lapped car got loose off turn-two, forcing Seuss to hold his breath one more time with four laps remaining.
"I had to check up a ton because we came up on the same guy. I thought (Brown) was going to get around me, but it worked out good for us."
Seuss' first-ever victory in the NASCAR ranks was special, but the feeling that the young driver had when standing in Nashville's victory lane, holding the trademark winner's guitar, is one that Seuss will never forget.
"I've watched this place on TV and it's just awesome. I can't believe I am holding this guitar. I've seen so many of the truck drivers hold it up. It's incredible and absolutely a dream come true.
"I can't thank my guys enough, as well as Manchester Urology, Summit Signs and Rockingham Boat for helping make it so my dreams can come true. It also really helped to have a NuSkool Racing Engine under my hood."
Andy Seuss and his #70 Rockingham Boat team are still finalizing their racing plans for the 2007 season.