Lead Keeps Building As Season Reaches Final Month
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As the 2011 season enters its final month of competition one thing is certain - George Brunnhoelzl III is in the proverbial driver's seat in the quest for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship.
After picking up his fourth win of the season last Saturday night taking the checkered flag in the Tri-County 150 at Tri-County Motor Speedway, the West Babylon, N.Y., native enters this weekend's Caraway 150 with a 154 point lead over Andy Seuss (1,875-1,721).
Brunnhoelzl already holds the record for winning the point championship by the largest margin of victory when he topped Seuss in 2009 by 180 points (2,385-2,205) and he is one win away from equaling his win total of five during that championship year.
Despite holding a lead that appears all but impossible to surpass in just three races, Seuss is not giving up.
"We always enter each race expecting to contend for the win and that is what we have to do these last three races," Seuss said. "If we can go out there and get wins then we will see what happens. George is having a great season and it will be hard to catch him this late in the year, but we are not going to give up."
Seuss enters this Saturday's race as the most recent winner at Caraway as he took the Caraway 150 checkered flag on Aug. 26.
Jason Myers has quietly moved up in the standings and now sits in third place with 1,652 points, 223 behind Brunnhoelzl. While Myers knows the title is all but out of reach, the Walnut Cove, N.C., driver is still working to catch Seuss for second place and sits just 69 points behind.
"We know the championship is out of reach but we are going to keep working hard to try and finish second this year," Myers said. "We have never finished that high in the points and that would be a great accomplishment for our team."
Myers has finished in the top-10 in the final point standings in every season but one, missing out in the first season of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2005. His previous best finish in the final standings is fifth back in 2008.
Familiar sight: This will be the 37th NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway, which is considered the home track for the tour.
Make Up Event: This race was originally scheduled for March 26, but due to heavy rain officials were forced to postpone to Oct. 1.
Hot streak: Andy Seuss enters this weekend's race winner of the last race at Caraway in August.
No repeat: There have four different winners in the previous races held at the speedway this season. Point leader George Brunnhoelzl III (3/13); Ted Christopher (4/23), L.W. Miller (7/1) and Seuss (8/26) have all collected wins.
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