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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Langley

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Analyzing The Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150

•The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will hold its eighth race of the 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Langley Speedway with the running of the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers in the series:

Langley Race Setup
• The Newport News Shipbuilding 150 will be the third race at Langley Speedway in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history. It will also be the second tour race to be held this season in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
• There have been three different winners in seven races this season. Previous winners are George Brunnhoelzl III (Caraway 3/31/12; 4/21/12; 7/6/12; Bowman Gray 8/4/12; Bristol 8/22/12); Brian Loftin (Caraway 4/7/12) and Brandon Ward (South Boston 4/14/12).
• The two previous race winners at Langley are expected to compete this Saturday. Tim Brown and Andy Seuss are the two winners taking the checkered flag in 2010 & 2011, respectively.

At Langley Speedway
History
• The track was built in 1950 and played host to what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1964 until 1970.
• The track was built with six degrees of banking in the turns and four degrees on the straightaways. The grounds the track in located on were originally used for horse racing.
Notebook
• This will be the third NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race to be held at the track since Bill Mullis bought the track.
• All total of four drivers from Virginia are expected to compete this Saturday at Langley. Thomas Stinson leads the group along with Donnie Lacks, Joe Scarbrough and A.J. Winstead.

Langley Data
Race: #8 of 11 (8/22/12)
Track Layout: .395-mile paved oval
• Race Length: 150 laps (59.40 miles)
• Banking/Corners: Six degrees
• Banking/Straights: Four degrees

Qualifying/Race Data
Qualifying Record: Burt Myers, 13.365 sec. (91.377 mph); 9/3/11
Race Record: Andy Seuss, 45 min. 58 sec. (76.360 mph); 9/3/11
2011 Pole Winner: Burt Myers
2011 Race Winner: Andy Seuss

Active Series Career Leaders
Wins
George Brunnhoelzl III … 16
L.W. Miller … 13
Brian Loftin … 12
Andy Seuss … 11
Junior Miller … 10

Poles
Burt Myers … 24
George Brunnhoelzl III … 16
Brian Loftin … 10
Tim Brown … 10
Andy Seuss … 7

Top Fives
Burt Myers … 44
Tim Brown … 42
L.W. Miller … 41
Andy Seuss … 36
Brian Loftin … 35

Top 10s
Burt Myers … 74
Jason Myers … 69
Tim Brown … 64
L.W. Miller … 61
Frank Fleming … 56

Laps Led
George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,963
L.W. Miller … 1,748
Andy Seuss … 1,401
Burt Myers … 1,120
Brian Loftin … 1,009

Starts
Frank Fleming … 92
Jason Myers … 92
Burt Myers … 89
Tim Brown … 79
L.W. Miller … 75

Select Driver Highlights:
Danny Bohn (No. 51 Rifenburg/Rustoleum Chevrolet)
• Competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season.
• Has four top-five finishes in seven career starts, highlighted by third-place finishes at South Boston Speedway on April 14, 2012 and Caraway Speedway on July 6, 2012. He also was credited with a second-place finish (seventh-overall) among NWSMT competitors in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway, a combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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 79 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts, has 42 top-five finishes and has 64 top-10 finishes.
• Has two starts at Langley, highlighted by a win Sept. 4, 2010.
• 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 16 wins, 16 poles and 48 top 10s in 63 career NWSMT starts.
• Points leader has won five of seven races this year.
• Finished seventh in his only start at Langley last year on Sept. 3, 2011.

Kyle Ebersole (No. 51 Ebersole Excavating Chevrolet)
• Competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season.
• Has two top-five finishes in seven 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 92. Has missed just one race since 2005.
• Was credited with his first career win as the highest finishing NWSMT driver last season in the Bristol combo race.
• Has more than 50 career wins at his home track, Bowman Gray.
• Has finished ninth at Langley in 2011 and ninth in last year’s event.
• 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.

Burt Myers (No. 1 Myers Racing Ford)
• Won the 2010 NWSMT championship.
• Holds NWSMT records for poles (24), top fives (44) and top 10s (74).
• Is one of just two drivers to finish in the top five in both previous tour races at Langley. Myers finished third on Sept. 4, 2010 and third last year on Sept. 3, 2011.
• 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 92 and has 68 career top-10 finishes.
• Picked up his lone win at Bowman Gray on Aug. 5, 2006.
• Has finished in the top 10 in both Langley races with one top five finish when he came home fifth on Set. 3, 2011.
• Holds the record for consecutive NWSMT starts with 84. Has started every race since Martinsville on Sept. 5, 2005.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Phoenix Pre-owned Chevrolet)
• Has 11 wins and 46 top-10 finishes in 64 career NWSMT starts.
• Is defending winner of the Langley event and joins Burt Myers as the only driver to finish in the top five in both previous races.
• Also has three top-10 finishes in 26 career NWMT starts.

John Smith (No. 25 Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet)
• Has 46 top-10 finishes in 70 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.
• Was runner-up to Andy Seuss in the 2011 Langley event.
• Works full-time at Richard Childress Racing.

Thomas Stinson (No. 7 M&M Painting/Cowardin Jewelers Chevrolet
• Has 18 top 10s in 38 career starts with a best finish of second at Caraway in 2011.
• Finished third in this race at Langley last season.
• Is a past division champion at Langley Speedway.

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.
• Brunnhoelzl continued his hot streak during the 2012 season as he passed pole-sitter Burt Myers on Lap 26 and remained out front the rest of the way to record his first tour win at Bowman Gray Stadium. Brunnhoelzl also built to his point lead. Canadian Cole Powell finished third in just his second career start on the tour.
• Brunnhoelzl once again was the class of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified field in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 combination race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Brunnhoelzl, who also led the division in the inaugural event in 2009, finished sixth overall to get credit for the win as the highest finishing southern regular and picked up fifth win in seven races this season.