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Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

NWSMT • April 02, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 1, 2014) - The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will continue its 2014 campaign with the South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, April 5. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:
• Each of the previous five NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at South Boston Speedway have seen a different driver reach Victory Lane. George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss have an opportunity to become the first multi-time winners at the track this week.
• Brunnhoelzl, the defending South Boston 150 winner, enters this week with seven straight podium finishes.
• Seuss, the inaugural South Boston race victor, has won four of the last six races dating back to the end of the 2013 season.
• There will be two events at South Boston this season for the first time since the NWSMT began racing there in 2009.

At South Boston Speedway:
History
• South Boston Speedway opened in 1957. The facility is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway.
• South Boston features weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday nights during the racing season, headlined by the late model division.
• The track held 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races between 1960-71, 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series events from 1982-2000, three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates from 201-03 and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contests from 2007-11.
• South Boston held the 2001 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, an event won by Jerry Marquis. It marked the only event to-date for the northeastern-based tour at South Boston.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at South Boston was contested on April 4, 2009 and was won by Andy Seuss.

Notebook
• There have been five different winners in each of the five previous NWSMT races at South Boston.
• Three different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at South Boston since the first race in 2009. George Brunnhoelzl III is the only driver with two.
• Brunnhoelzl, Jason Myers, Andy Seuss, John Smith and Tim Brown are the only drivers to compete in all five previous NWSMT events at South Boston. Of that group, only Brown is not entered for this week’s race.
• Brunnhoelzl is the only driver to win in wire-to-wire fashion at South Boston, on April 13, 2013.
• Seuss was the youngest South Boston race winner at 22 years, 20 days.
• Ted Christopher was the oldest South Boston victor at 52 years, 10 months, 12 days.

South Boston Speedway Data
Season Race #: 3 of 15 overall, 1 of 2 at South Boston
Track Layout: .4-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns: 12 degrees
Banking/Straights: 10 degrees
Race Length: 150 laps / 60 miles

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Pole Winner: George Brunnhoelzl III
2013 Race Winner: George Brunnhoelzl III
Track Qualifying Record: L.W. Miller, Chevrolet, 14.466 seconds, 99.544 mph, April 14, 2012

Active Category Leaders at South Boston:
Wins
1. George Brunnhoelzl III ... 1
Andy Seuss ... 1

Poles
1. George Brunnhoelzl III ... 2

Top Fives
1. George Brunnhoelzl III ... 3
Andy Seuss ... 3

Top 10s
1. John Smith ... 5
2. George Brunnhoelzl III ... 4
Burt Myers ... 4

Laps Led
1. George Brunnhoelzl III ... 311
2. Andy Seuss ... 73
3. JR Bertuccio ... 25

Laps Completed
1. George Brunnhoelzl III ... 749
John Smith ... 749
3. Andy Seuss ... 693

Starts
1. George Brunnhoelzl III ... 5
Jason Myers ... 5
Andy Seuss ... 5
John Smith ... 5

Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling/Hagerman Systems Chevrolet)
• Has a win and 10 top 10s in 28 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The win came last time out at Southern National Motorsports Park on March 16.

• Is the points leader for the first time in his career.

• Has an average finish of 13th and a best result of sixth (2009) in three career NWSMT starts at South Boston Speedway.


Danny Bohn (No. 65 Rustoleum/Cedar Peaks Chevrolet)
• The 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a win, a pole, 10 top fives and 18 top 10s in 24 career NWSMT starts.

• Ranks eighth in points after two races, including a sixth place finish at Caraway Speedway in the opener.

• Has finishes of third and 13th the two previous years at South Boston.


George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Composite Technologies Chevrolet)
• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).

• Has 20 wins, 22 poles, 42 podiums, 51 top fives, 65 top 10s and 2,558 laps led in 80 career starts.

• Holds NWSMT all-time records for wins and laps led. Ranks second in poles, third in top fives and fourth in top 10s.

• Ranks third in points with finishes of second and third to start the season.

• Is the defending winner of the South Boston 150. Has two poles, two runner-ups and an average finish of sixth in five South Boston appearances.

• The current nine race winless drought is tied for the second longest of his career.


Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)
• Has a win, 12 top fives and 18 top 10s in 25 career starts. The victory was earned at Langley Speedway in 2013.

• Ranks sixth in points after two races with finishes of 14th at Caraway and second at Southern National.

• Has finishes of fourth and third at South Boston the two previous seasons.


Luke Fleming (No. 40 AutosByNelson.com/Koma Unwind Ford)
• The 2013 NWSMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a win and eight top 10s in 16 career starts. The win came at Bowman Gray Stadium in his 2009 tour debut.

• Ranks fifth in points through two races this year.

• Finished fifth in his first race at South Boston a year ago.


Brian Loftin (No. 23 L&R Transmissions Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWSMT champion has 12 wins, 12 poles, 40 top fives and 51 top 10s in 80 career starts.
• Sits 12th in points after two races with finishes of seventh at Caraway and 14th at Southern National.
• Has an average finish of 10th and a best result of second (2013) in five previous South Boston starts.

Burt Myers (No. 1 Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction/Adams Towing Ford)
• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 11 wins, a tour record 26 poles, 55 top fives and 88 top 10s in 106 career starts.
• Ranks fourth in points with top fives in each of the season’s first two events.
• Has an average finish of sixth and a best result of third (2009) in four previous South Boston starts.

Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing/Corks, Caps & Taps Ford)
• Has recorded three wins, 36 top fives and 81 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 110 career starts. Has competed in all but one race in the tour’s 10 seasons.
• Sits seventh in points after two races with finishes of fifth at Caraway and 11th at Southern National.
• Has an average finish of 11th and a best result of seventh (2011, `13) in five previous South Boston races.

John Smith (No. 25 G-Oil/Tutterow Surveying Chevrolet)
• Has a win and 58 top 10s in 87 career NWSMT starts.
• The South Boston 150 will be his first appearance of the 2014 season.
• Has an average finish of seventh and a best result of fourth (2013) in five previous South Boston races.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet)
• Has 16 wins, 10 poles, 47 top fives and 62 top 10s in 82 career NWSMT starts. His 16 wins rank second all-time.
• Trails JR Bertuccio by a single tally in the season standings after two races thanks to a win in the Caraway opener and a fourth at Southern National.
• Won the inaugural South Boston event in 2009. Has two additional podiums and an average finish of seventh in five starts there.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule consists of 15 events at seven different tracks across three states.

• The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. Ryan Preece was the polesitter and Doug Coby took the checkered flag. Jason Myers was the highest-finishing NWSMT driver in the event when he crossed the line second.

• Andy Seuss won from the pole in the points season opener on March 9 at Caraway Speedway.

• JR Bertuccio captured his first career victory on March 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park. George Brunnhoelzl III was the event’s pole winner.

• The Prestoria Farms 150 at Caraway was to be contested on March 29, but was postponed due to rain. A make-up date has yet to be announced.

• Following the South Boston 150, the NWSMT will return to action on April 12 at Langley Speedway.