Brunnhoelzl Fast & Near Winning on Mod Tour Top-5 Finish and Challenging for the Win in SMT Double-Header Have Youngster Pumped Up Racing is a lot like a great recipe; you need all the ingredients to "get it right." If you are missing one ...
Brunnhoelzl Fast & Near Winning on Mod Tour
Top-5 Finish and Challenging for the Win in SMT Double-Header Have Youngster Pumped Up
Racing is a lot like a great recipe; you need all the ingredients to "get it right." If you are missing one thing, then is just won't taste right. George Brunnhoelzl has always been noted as a talented racer, but the almighty dollar and the right equipment have been a recipe for tough luck in recent years.
Finally, over the winter, Brunnhoelzl took delivery of a new Troyer Modified chassis and with assistance from a new Performance Technology engine, the third-generation racer may be on his way to a truly break-out season. Signs of that came just this past weekend, when Brunnhoelzl had the Modified world stand up and take notice during the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour double-header.
At Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC, on Friday night, Brunnhoelzl was challenging for the lead when the throttle hung wide-open. A nice piece of driving kept the car off the wall. Once repairs were made to the car, Brunnhoelzl rejoined the fray many laps down, but ran with the leaders throughout the remainder of the event. He would record a 15th-place finish.
On Saturday night, it was off to Caraway Speedway, near Asheboro, NC, for another 150-lap event. Brunnhoelzl again was fast and followed leader Andy Seuss throughout much of the distance. An electrical problem resulted in the car sputtering during the final portion of the race, but Brunnhoelzl managed to score a fourth-place finish.
"We are real confident after these two races," said Brunnhoelzl. "This is a new car, and we have definitely shown we have a car to beat. We need to get through each race without any complications, and that's something we will work extremely hard at before the next race."
"At Ace, the car was unbelievable and it would do anything or go anywhere I wanted it to go," added Brunnhoelzl. "I was just riding in second saving my stuff. A couple of times I poked my nose under LW (Miller) to see if the car would stick. One of the restarts I got my car to the inside of him, but it was only 80 laps into the race so I backed out of it. I was up on the inside of him, but I gave him the position back because I didn't want to take a chance of wrecking either one of us that early in the race. If it had been later in the race, it would have been a different story.
"Then we had a throttle hang up. Thankfully for the tiger-switch, which you can get at Brunnhoelzl Racing, it saved the car. Without that switch, we wouldn't have made it to Caraway the next night."
"I just rode for a while at Caraway," continued the Long Island native. "I didn't want to burn up my stuff too early. I never really pushed the car too hard. Then the car started to backfire real bad. That problem took us from second with a shot at the win, to fourth."
"It feels great to know we are good enough to go for wins. Even with all the troubles we had to come out of Caraway with, a top-five is great. After the season we had last year, this season is by far better already. Knowing we are one of the cars to beat out there feels great. We are going to be hunting down wins here real soon."
This week Brunnhoelzl is looking for redemption at Caraway Speedway when the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits that track for the second week in-a-row. The action kicks off with feature racing at 8pm on Saturday, April 19th.