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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Bowman Gray

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 31, 2012) - The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will hold its sixth race of the 2012 season on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Bowman Gray Stadium with the running of the Strutmasters.com 199. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers in the series:

Bowman Gray Race Setup
• The Strutmasters.com 199 will be the eighth race at Bowman Gray Stadium in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history.
• There have been three different winners in five races this season. Previous winners are George Brunnhoelzl III (Caraway 3/31/12; 4/21/12; 7/6/12); Brian Loftin (Caraway 4/7/12) and Brandon Ward (South Boston 4/14/12).
• Four of the five previous race winners at Bowman Gray are expected to compete this Saturday. Burt Myers and L.W. Miller lead the group with two wins each. Other winners are Brian Loftin and Jason Myers. Luke Fleming is the only other race winner and will not compete this Saturday.

At Bowman Gray Speedway
History
• The track was built and opened on May 18, 1949 by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and Alvin Hawkins. Fonty Flock won the first race.
• The track also hosts nearby Winston-Salem State University home football games in the infield of the stadium.

Notebook
• This will be the eighth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Bowman Gray Stadium.
• There have been five different race winners at Bowman Gray, led by Burt Myers and L.W. Miller with two each.
• There have been five different pole winners at Bowman Gray, led by Burt Myers' three.
• Frank Fleming, Burt Myers, Jason Myers and John Smith have competed in all eight previous NWSMT races at Bowman Gray.

Bowman Gray Data

Race: #6 of 11 (8/4/12)
Track Layout: .25-mile paved oval
• Race Length: 199 laps (49.75 miles)
• Banking/Corners: none
• Banking/Straights: none

Qualifying/Race Data
Qualifying Record: Tim Brown, Aug. 8, 2008, (13.186 seconds, 68.254 mph)
Race Record: L.W. Miller (48.975 mph, 1:00:57, 8-7-10)

2011 Pole Winner: George Brunnhoelzl III, 13.882 seconds, 64.832 mph)
2011 Race Winner: L.W. Miller (1 hr. 2 min. 37 seconds 47.671 mph)

Active Series Career Leaders
Wins
George Brunnhoelzl III ... 14
L.W. Miller ... 13
Brian Loftin ... 12
Andy Seuss ... 11
Junior Miller ... 10

Poles
Burt Myers ... 23
George Brunnhoelzl III ... 16
Brian Loftin ... 10
Tim Brown ... 10
Andy Seuss ... 7

Top Fives
Burt Myers ... 44
Tim Brown ... 41
L.W. Miller ... 41
Andy Seuss ... 35
Brian Loftin ... 35

Top 10s
Burt Myers ... 73
Jason Myers ... 67
Tim Brown ... 63
L.W. Miller ... 61
Frank Fleming ... 55

Laps Led
George Brunnhoelzl III ... 1,784
L.W. Miller ... 1,748
Andy Seuss ... 1,401
Burt Myers ... 1,095
Brian Loftin ... 1,009

Starts
Frank Fleming ... 90
Jason Myers ... 90
Burt Myers ... 87
Tim Brown ... 77
L.W. Miller ... 74

Select Driver Highlights:

Danny Bohn (No. 51 Rifenburg/Rustoleum Chevrolet)
• Competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season.
• Has three top-five finishes in five career starts, highlighted by third-place finishes at South Boston Speedway on April 14, 2012 and Caraway Speedway on July 6, 2012.

Tim Brown (No. 02 Hayes Jewelers/T&C Motorsports Chevrolet)
• Finished second in the season-ending points standings a record three times from 2006-2008.
• Has 77 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts, ranks second in top-five finishes with 41 and has 62 top-10 finishes.
• Has five top-five finishes in six races at Bowman Gray Stadium, highlighted by a second-place showing in the inaugural tour there race on Aug. 6, 2005.
• Has seven wins, the last on Oct. 13, 2011 on the quarter mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 09 Phoenix Pre-owned Chevrolet)
• The 2009 and 2011 NWSMT champion - attempting to become the first three-time champion.
• Owner of 14 wins, 16 poles and 46 top 10s in 61 career NWSMT starts.
• Has four top-10 finishes in five starts at Bowman Gray, highlighted by a second-place finish on Aug. 1, 2009.

Kyle Ebersole (No. 51 Ebersole Excavating Chevrolet)
• Competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season.
• Has two top-five finishes in four career starts, highlighted by a pair of fourth-place finishes, the most recent coming at Caraway on April 21, 2012.

Frank Fleming (No. 40 Lewisville Motors Ford)
• Is tied for the most career NWSMT starts with 90. Has missed just one race since 2005.
• Was credited with his first career win as the highest finishing NWSMT driver last season in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway, a combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
• Has more than 50 career wins at his home track, Bowman Gray.
• Collected his best finish in a tour race at Bowman Gray in 2010 when he finished sixth, and has led a total of 194 laps at the track in seven tour races.
• Brother, Chris Fleming, serves as his crew chief and also competes full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified division at Bowman Gray each week.

L.W. Miller (No. 88 Tax Slayer/Speedco Chevrolet)
• The 2007 NWSMT champion - won by 25 points over Tim Brown (1,930-1,905).
• Sits tied in second place for most career wins with 13. Most recent win came at Bowman Gray Stadium on Aug. 6, 2011.
• Two-time defending champion of the Strutmasters.com 199. Has six top-10s in as many starts at Bowman Gray.
• Has made 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series and six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts during his racing career.

Burt Myers (No. 1 Myers Racing Ford)
• Won the 2010 NWSMT championship.
• Holds NWSMT records for poles (23), top fives (44) and top 10s (73).
• Has made seven starts at Bowman Gray Stadium with two wins (8/6/05, 8/4/07) and five top-five finishes.
• Holds the record for the most Coors Light Pole Awards at Bowman Gray Stadium with three.
• Picked up his most recent win at Charlotte on Oct. 14, 2010.

Jason Myers (No. 4 Myers Racing Ford)
• Is tied with Frank Fleming for most career NWSMT starts with 90.
• Picked up his lone win at Bowman Gray on Aug. 5, 2006.
• Has made seven starts at Bowman Gray with five top-10 finishes.
• Has 67 career top-10 finishes.
• Holds the record for consecutive NWSMT starts with 82. Has started every race since Martinsville on Sept. 5, 2005.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Phoenix Pre-owned Chevrolet)
• Won last season at Caraway on March 14, Aug. 28 and Oct. 1. He led all 150 laps in the March and August victories.
• Has 11 wins and 45 top-10 finishes in 62 career NWSMT starts.
• Has made four starts at Bowman Gray with best finishes of fifth on Aug. 2, 2008 and Aug. 7, 2010.
• Also has three top-10 finishes in 25 career NWMT starts.

John Smith (No. 25 Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet)
• Has made six starts at Bowman Gray Stadium with three top-10s, highlighted by a second-place finish on Aug. 4, 2007, and has led a total of 109 laps in tour events at Bowman Gray.
• Works full-time at Richard Childress Racing.
• Has 46 top-10 finishes in 69 career NWSMT starts.
• Finished in the top 10 in the final points standings four years in a row (2008-2011), with a career-best fifth last year.

Thomas Stinson (No. 7 Cowardin Jewelers Chevrolet)
• Has two starts at Bowman Gray with his best finish of 12th on Aug. 2, 2008.
• Has 16 top-10 and five top-five finishes in 36 career NWSMT starts.

Up To Speed:
• George Brunnhoelzl III picked up where he left off at Caraway Speedway last fall as he won the season-opening Spring Classic 150 on March 31. It was his fourth win in his past six starts at Caraway. Gary Fountain Sr. picked up his first career top-10 finish on the tour.
• Brian Loftin scored an emotional win when he captured the checkered flag in the Farm Bureau Insurance 150 at Caraway on April 7. It was the Lexington, N.C., driver's 12th career win overall and record eighth at the track.
• Brandon Ward outdueled Brunnhoelzl to become the 17th winner in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history when he took the checkered flag at the South Boston 150. Ward is also the first driver to pick up his first career win since Frank Fleming was credited with a win as the highest finishing NWSMT driver in the 2011 Bristol combination race.
• Brunnhoelzl became the first repeat winner of the season when he won the Parking Lot Maintenance Headquarters 150 at Caraway on April 21. Brunnhoelzl also won the season-opening Spring Classic 150 on March 31 at Caraway Speedway. It was his fifth win in his past seven starts at Caraway. Michael Speeney picked up his first career top-five finish on the tour.
• Brunnhoelzl won his third consecutive pole award and led every lap en route to his third win of the season and second in a row at Caraway on Friday, July 6. It was his sixth win in his past eight starts at the track. Danny Bohn tied his career best finish of third while Jon McKennedy finished sixth in his first start driving for Hillbilly Racing replacing Daniel Hemric who started the season in the car.