NWSMT • April 09, 2015
Analyzing The Pepsi 150 At Langley Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2015) - The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour remains in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the second consecutive week with a stop at Langley Speedway as the Hampton, Virginia, track hosts the NWSMT for the first time this season on Saturday with the Pepsi 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:
Pepsi 150 Setup:
• Each of the previous six NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at Langley Speedway have seen a different driver reach Victory Lane.
• Points leader Eric Goodale and second-place Ryan Preece will not compete this weekend as they will race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the Icebreaker 150 for the Whelen Modified Tour. JR Bertuccio leads the southern tour regulars in the standings by one point over Burt Myers 119-1118 as they sit third and fourth, respectively.
• This is the first of two scheduled races at Langley this season. This is the second straight year the track will host the modified tour twice. The NWSMT began racing there in 2010.
At Langley Speedway:
• Originally a .8-mile horse track, the grounds became an auto racing facility in 1950 and cut the distance of the dirt racing surface to .396 miles. It was converted to asphalt in 1968, and was most recently repaved prior to the 2013 season.
• The track held nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1964-70, 14 NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-88, and has played host to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East each year since 2011.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Langley was contested on Sept. 4, 2010 and won by Tim Brown.
• There has been a different winner in each of the six previous NWSMT races at Langley.
• Ryan Preece is the only driver to win more than one Coors Light Pole Awards.
• Jason Myers and Seuss are the only drivers to compete in all six previous NWSMT events at Langley and both are entered for this upcoming race.
• There has yet to be a race won wire-to-wire at Langley.
• Kyle Ebersole was the youngest Langley race winner at 20 years, 10 months, nine days on August 31, 2013.
• Brown was the oldest Langley victor at 39 years, one month, 29 days on September 4, 2010.
Langley Speedway Data
Season Race #: 4 of 11 overall, 1 of 2 at Langley
Track Layout: .396-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns: six degrees
Race Length: 150 laps / 59.40 miles
2014 Pole/Race Winner: Ryan Preece/ George Brunnhoelzl III
Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 14.675 seconds, 97.145 mph, April 12, 2014
Active Category Leaders at Langley:
1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1
Kyle Ebersole … 1
Burt Myers … 1
Jason Myers … 1
Andy Seuss … 1
1. Ryan Preece … 2
Danny Bohn … 1
Burt Myers … 1
Andy Seuss … 1
1. Andy Seuss … 5
George Brunnhoelzl III … 3
Burt Myers … 3
Jason Myers … 3
1. Jason Myers … 6
2. Andy Seuss … 5
3. two drivers with … 4
1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 197
2. Andy Seuss … 146
3. Ryan Preece … 122
1. Jason Myers … 901
2. Andy Seuss … 896
3. Burt Myers … 750
1. Jason Myers … 6
Andy Seuss … 6
3. three drivers with … 5
Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)
• Has two wins and 23 top 10s in 43 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway last season.
• Enjoyed his best career finish to date in the final points standings (fourth) in 2014.
• Finished fourth last August for his best finish in three previous races at Langley Speedway.
George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet)
• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).
• Has 22 wins, 22 poles, 49 podiums, 61 top fives, 75 top 10s and 2,981 laps led in 96 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.
• Has recorded at least one win a season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008.
• Brunnhoelzl competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.
• Has finishes of seventh, 10th, second, first and second in five previous starts at Langley. Finished second to Burt Myers last August in the wild last-lap finish.
David Calabrese (No. 43 Diamondback Towing Chevrolet)
• Has four top fives and seven top 10s in 27 career starts.
• Scored first career top-five finish at Langley in this event last year and his third-place showing remains his career best finish to date on the tour.
• Finished 11th in the final standings last year and enters this weekend eighth overall in 2015.
Spencer Davis (No. 79 Hillbilly Racing Pontiac)
• Has two top fives and seven top 10s in 17 career starts on the tour and is the reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner on the tour.
• Finished 11th and 14th in his two previous starts at Langley.
• Will attempt double duty this weekend competing at Langley on Saturday and flying to Connecticut Sunday morning to compete in the Icebreaker 150 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)
• Has two wins, 18 top fives and 29 top 10s in 39 career starts. The first victory was earned at
Langley Speedway in 2013 and the second came at South Boston Speedway on Sept. 13, 2014.
• Ranked sixth in points with 10 top-10 finishes last season.
• Has finishes of sixth, first and sixth at Langley the three previous seasons.
Frank Fleming (No. 40 AutosByNelson.com/Lewisville Motor Company Chevrolet)
• This veteran driver has returned to the seat for the first time since 2012. He has one win (Bristol -
2011) one pole, 25 top-five and 61 top-10 finishes in 99 career starts.
• Finished in the top-10 in the final standings each year from 2005-12, with a career best of fifth in
• Finished second in his most recent start at Langley in 2012 and has a total of three top-10 finishes in as many starts at the track.
Jeremy Gerstner (No. 15 GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet)
• Competing fulltime this season for the first time since 2013, driving for modified veteran car owner Grady Jeffreys Sr.
• Has scored three top-10 finishes in 19 career starts with a career best finish of seventh at Bowman Gray in 2013.
• Finished 18th in 2013 in his only previous start at Langley.
Trey Hutchens III (No. 14 Wix Filters/All Star Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet)
• This Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender scored his first top-10 finish last weekend at South Boston Speedway in just his second career start on the southern tour.
• He also has made 11 career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with one top 10 finish (eighth at Dover in 2013).
Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 74 Powerhouse Recycling/Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet)
• The Concord, N.C. driver has one top five and four top 10s in 17 career starts.
• Scored first career top-10 finish on the southern tour at Langley in this race last spring.
• Enters this weekend 11th in the 2015 point standings.
Burt Myers (No. 1 Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction Ford)
• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 15 wins, a tour record 28 poles, 64 top fives and 101 top 10s in
121 career starts.
• Finished third in the final standings last season with four wins, nine top fives, and 12 top 10s in 14
• Has a win (2014-2), a pole (2011) and finishes of third, fourth, sixth and seventh in five previous Langley appearances.
Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing & Recovery Ford)
• Has recorded one pole, three wins, 38 top fives and 91 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 125 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 10 seasons.
• Finished 2014 in 10th place in the final standings with eight top 10s and two top fives.
• One of two drivers to start all previous six races at Langley with a win in 2012. He has also finished in the top-10 in every start at the track with three top-five finishes.
Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)
• Has 22 top 10s in 48 career starts with a best finish of fifth at Caraway in 2013.
• Finished in the top 10 in the final 2014 standings with a career-best showing of eighth place with
seven top 10s in 14 races.
• Has finished in the top-10 in all four previous starts at Langley with a career-best finish of eighth in the fall race last year and in 2012.
Andy Seuss (No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet)
• The 2014 NWSMT champion has 19 wins, 11 poles, 58 top fives and 75 top 10s in 97 career NWSMT starts. His 19 wins rank second all-time.
• Last year’s title run featured a pair of wins at Caraway and one at South Boston. He had 12 top fives and was the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 14 races.
• Has a win (2011), a pole (2013), an average finish of fifth and 146 laps led in the six previous NWSMT Langley races.
John Smith (No. 25 Rick’s Home Improvement/Tutterow Surveying Chevrolet)
• This veteran competitor returns fulltime this season after missing last season with a broken wrist.
• Has one win (Caraway 2010- 3), 26 top five and 60 top 10 finishes in 90 career starts.
• Has three top five finishes in four previous starts at Langley, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2011.
Up To Speed:
• Eric Goodale was able to pass Jason Myers on a restart on Lap 124 and held off a late charge by
• Myers to pick up his first NWSMT win in his second start on March 15 at Caraway Speedway. The race featured five former or defending NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified Tour champions in the field with all five suffering either mechanical issues or involved in an accident.
• Andy Seuss was able to hold off Goodale on a late restart and score his 11th career win at Caraway on March 28.
• Ryan Preece kept JR Bertuccio at bay on the second green-white-checkered attempt at South Boston Speedway to score his second career win on the southern tour and first of the season on April 4.
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