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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: South Boston

NWSMT • March 31, 2015

Ebersole Goes For Second Consecutive Victory At Historic Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2015) - After opening the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season with two races at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway, the tour heads to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the next two races on the schedule. First up is historic South Boston Speedway, and Kyle Ebersole is ready.

Ebersole won the most recent NWSMT race held at the track last September, and both of his career wins have come in the state. Ebersole has an impressive record at South Boston with top-five finishes in all four previous starts.

"I love racing at South Boston Speedway because I think it fits my driving style," Ebersole said. "The layout of the track reminds me a lot of Mountain Speedway back in my hometown of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania."

Ebersole also used an uncommon pit strategy in his win by pitting earlier than a lot of the earlier leaders and was able to keep his tires under him to hold off Andy Seuss and pick up the win.

"The competition on the tour now is so close and you have seven to nine cars capable of winning any night so sometimes you have to try something different to get an advantage, and that’s what we did at South Boston," Ebersole said. "I expect another bunch of good cars this weekend and people will try things as well to get an advantage."

Seuss, who has a pair of wins at South Boston, in 2009 and this race last spring, took the checkered flag last week at Caraway.

Race Details

RACE: South Boston 150

PLACE: South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Va.

DATE: Saturday, April 4

TIME: 2:30 p.m. ET (Approximately)

TRACK LAYOUT: .4-mile asphalt oval

2014 WINNER: Andy Seuss

2014 POLE SITTER: Danny Bohn

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 9:55-10:20 a.m.; Final practice 10:45-11:10 a.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 12:15 p.m.; Autograph Session 1:15 p.m.

TRACK TWITTER: @SoBoSpeedway57


Fast Facts

The Race: The South Boston 150 will be the third of 11 races of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship season. This is the tour’s eighth 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 (68.25 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track: South Boston is a .4-mile high-banked asphalt oval located in South Boston, 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: L.W. Miller holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.466 seconds and 99.544 mph, set on April 14, 2012.

South Boston 150 Notes

Parity Rules At South Boston: There have been six different race winners in the previous seven events at South Boston Speedway. Andy Seuss is the only driver to win multiple races there while George Brunnhoelzl III is the only active driver to have started from the pole twice.

Northern Drivers Continue To Impress: After winning the season opener at Caraway Speedway, Whelen Modified Tour regular Eric Goodale finished second to Seuss last week and enters South Boston leading the point standings by eight points over Jason Myers (89-81).

Rough Start for Brunnhoelzl III Continues: The early season struggle for four-time champion Brunnhoelzl continued at Caraway last week as he was involved in a couple of spins in the race and finished 11th for his second consecutive finish outside the top 10. He broke a belt in the rear end while contending for the win in the season opener. This was just the fourth time in 95 career starts that he has recorded back-to-back finishes outside the top 10, and the last time this happened was the first races of the 2008 season.

Home Tracks: Pulliam Honored At South Boston While Morris, Peters Pick Up Wins

Former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Phillip Morris and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Timothy Peters picked up wins in twin late model features during the most recent night of racing at South Boston Speedway on March 21. Also that night a former two-time NWAAS national champ received a special honor as Lee Pulliam had a section of the grandstand named after him, joining the likes of Morris and former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and South Boston natives Ward and Jeff Burton.