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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Langley

NWSMT • April 09, 2015

Myers Returns To Track Where Winning Streak Began Last Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2015) - Burt Myers finished the second half of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour campaign strong with four wins during the final seven races, a run that started with a win at this week’s host track Langley Speedway.

The Pepsi 150 will be the fourth race of the season and first of two scheduled this year at the .396-mile track, and Myers is looking forward to going back on Saturday.

Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III put on a show for the fans as the veteran drivers made contact coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap with Myers edging Brunnhoelzl as the four-time champion slid across the line after making hard contact with the outside wall.

"I love racing at Langley Speedway and it is obviously one of my favorite tracks," Myers said. "The track fits my driving style and it is a place that always gives the fans a great race and the staff are top notch and really make us feel welcome when we come up there to race."

The track has also been good to several other drivers in their first appearance as Bobby Measmer Jr. and David Calabrese both scored their first career top-10 finishes at Langley last year.

Measmer finished seventh in his fourth southern tour start last year in this race, while Calabrese not only scored a top-10 but also his first career top-five finish, coming home third in his 15th career start in the same race last April.

Brunnhoelzl held off Andy Seuss in a green-white-checkered finish last April to win this race for his first of two wins last season and both former champions will be among the favorites to contend for another win this year.

Race Details

RACE: Pepsi 150

PLACE: Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.

DATE: Saturday, April 11

TIME: 9 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT: .396-mile asphalt oval

2014 WINNER: George Brunnhoelzl III

2014 POLE SITTER: Ryan Preece

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 1-2 p.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 4 p.m.; Autograph Session 5:45 p.m.

TRACK TWITTER: @LangleySpeedway


Fast Facts

The Race: The Pepsi 150 will be the fourth of 11 races of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship season. This is the tour’s seventh visit to the historic oval, and the first of two this year.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (59.40 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division.

The Records: Ryan Preece holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.675 seconds and 97.145 mph, set on April 12, 2014.

Pepsi 150 Notes

Langley Holds On To Record: There have been six different race winners in as many NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Langley Speedway. Tim Brown won the tour’s inaugural race there on Sept. 4, 2010. Langley (six races) and Hickory Motor Speedway (two races) are the only tracks on this year’s schedule that do not have a repeat winner.

New Points Leader After Pepsi 150: Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece enter this weekend first and second in the southern tour’s points standings, respectively. Both NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars will return to compete in the season-opening Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this Sunday, which means by both drivers missing their first southern tour start of the year, there will be a new points leader after Saturday. Third-place JR Bertuccio trails Goodale by 10 points (129-119) and the Centereach, New York driver leads fourth-place driver Burt Myers by one point.

Former Champions Brunnhoelzl III, Seuss Run Of Bad Luck Continues: After the former champions finished outside the top-10 in the same race for just the second time in 82 combined starts at Caraway, the pair was collected in an accident at South Boston that ended the day early for Brunnhoelzl and forced Seuss in to the pits for extensive repairs. Seuss finished 16th and Brunnhoelzl 18th. It is the first time Brunnhoelzl has finished outside the top-10 in three consecutive races in his 96-race career in the southern tour.

Home Tracks: Edwards Begins Defense of Track Title With Season-Opening Win

Greg Edwards launched the defense of his track title last Saturday night, winning the Pomoco Auto Group 100 for the ComServe/Verizon Wireless Late Model Stock Cars, the featured event of the season-opening NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.