CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2013) – Short-track racing fans can’t miss Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The ground-pounding racing machines of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will take to the frontstretch quarter-mile for the UNOH Southern Slam 150 on Bojangles’ Pole Night.
West Babylon, N.Y., native, George Brunnhoelzl III, will look to wrap up his fourth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title in the series’ season finale, as he leads the points standings by 32 over Kyle Ebersole and 33 over Andy Seuss. Local fan favorite and 2013 Modified division track champion at Bowman Gray Stadium, Burt Myers, sits fourth in the standings.
“It’s definitely a huge accomplishment to get one championship, let alone four and three in a row,” said Brunnhoelzl. “So it really makes you speechless. You don’t know what to say. It’s a big accomplishment and there’s a lot of people that help you do it.”
Brunnhoelzl and Seuss are tied with three wins apiece, leading the series, but will have to contend not only with Ebersole and Myers, but Ryan Preece, who leads the points in the series’ northern cousin, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Preece has two southern modified starts this year with one win. Seuss has momentum on his side, with his three wins coming in the past three races, but Brunnhoelzl is the defending race winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We’re really happy with the car and looking forward to going back to Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Brunnhoelzl said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to repeat exactly how it was last year. The competition is definitely stepping up, but we’ll just run our own race and get our car right and we’ll be out front.”
The southern modifieds will take to the frontstretch quarter-mile for 150 laps during Bojangles’ Pole Night, following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session to decide the lineup for the Bank of America 500.
A modified car is the oldest type of car used in NASCAR. The cars weigh only 2,645 pounds including the driver’s weight, while a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car weighs 3,450 pounds without the driver. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified car is powered by a V8 engine producing 625 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 150 mph. The modifieds have a unique open-wheel design and use the largest tire of any NASCAR touring series with a tread width of 83.75 inches due to the extra wide right-side tires.
On Bojangles’ Pole Night on Thursday night, Oct. 10, fans can meet the stars of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour during an autograph session at 6:20 p.m. on the frontstretch concourse near Gate 5A before they race in the UNOH Southern Slam 150 at approximately 8:30 p.m. All drivers participating in the race, including Brunnhoelzl, Myers and Seuss, will greet fans during the autograph session.
Tickets for the UNOH Southern Slam 150, part of Bojangles’ Pole Night during Bank of America 500 Race Week, are just $12 in advance and $20 at the gate. Kids age 13 and under are admitted for free.
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