FINALLY FIRST: GEORGE BRUNNHOELZL SCORES FIRST CAREER WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR WIN SATURDAY AT LANIER BRASELTON, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2008) -- On Saturday night at Lanier National Speedway, it was a case of 'finally first' for NASCAR Whelen ...
FINALLY FIRST: GEORGE BRUNNHOELZL SCORES FIRST CAREER WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR WIN SATURDAY AT LANIER
BRASELTON, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2008) -- On Saturday night at Lanier National Speedway, it was a case of 'finally first' for NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver George Brunnhoelzl who scored his first career victory in rather convincing fashion in one of the most competitive races in series history.
The third-generation racer from Babylon, N.Y. took the lead from Frank Fleming -- who was also looking for his first Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory -- and wheeled his way to the front on Lap 25 and never looked back as his family-owned No. 28 Oval Speed Unlimited Chevrolet won his first race in his 20th career start.
"This is unbelievable and this night has been a long time coming," Brunnhoelzl said. "Tonight we were fortunate enough to sit on the pole and win the race. This is awesome and just unreal. This car was on rails tonight. Emotionally this is huge. Dad and I have been racing together my whole life and to see the look on his face when I pulled into Victory Lane was something I'll never forget. I couldn't be any happier than I am right now. I'll never forget this night."
Fleming was both disappointed in coming up shy of the win but also very respectful towards Brunnhoelzl.
"I wanted to win but I got beat by one car," Fleming said. "I'm glad to see anybody win a race that hasn't won in a while. I was just glad to be competitive. I usually get beat by guys like L.W. Miller and Brian Loftin and I beat them tonight and still finished second. It was a good night for us and we're going to hopefully win a race pretty soon."
Rounding out the top-five behind Brunnhoelzl and Fleming were L.W. Miller, current championship leader Brian Loftin and Tim Brown. The Top-10 was completed by Burt Myers, Brian King, Jason Myers, Andy Seuss and Buddy Emory.
The Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action next Saturday night, Sept. 6 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. with a 150-lap race on tap.