CONCORD, N.C. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Chris Keane/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —
After Mother Nature postponed the Spring Explosion 150 on March 19, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT) is ready for action tonight at Concord Speedway.
The race will be the first time the tour appears at Concord since 2009, when Ted Christopher beat out Rowan Pennink to score the checkered flag.
Christopher has made the trip to Concord in the No. 00 M&T Enterprises Chevrolet, a car that was owned by the late Joe Brady. Christopher will be looking to carry the checkers in his fallen owne’rs honor on Saturday. He has 18 career starts on the Southern tour with six victories.
Also entered for the race from the north is 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece, behind the wheel of the Partridge family No. 6. The current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver for JD Motorsports has the chance to run the race since the XFINITY Series has the weekend off.
That dynamic duo is joined on the entry list by current NWMST points leader Burt Myers, who comes off a thrilling victory to start the season at Caraway Speedway early in March. In the only tour appearance at the half mile oval in 2009, Myers won the pole and finished in fourth spot. He has 17 career victories on the tour and was also the 2010 champion of the series.
Defending champion Andy Seuss will return to the track that has haunted him before. Mechanical gremlins caught Seuss in the Southern Tour’s only prior Concord appearance, relegating him to a 20th place finish. His 21 career division victories ranks second all-time in tour history.
In additon, four-time NWSMT champion and all-time series wins leader (25) George Brunnhoelzl III will chase his first victory of the season on Saturday.
NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and modified veteran Jerry Cook will serve as the event’s Grand Marshal on Saturday, giving the command for drivers to fire engines just before they take the green.
The schedule of events calls for time trials to begin at 5 p.m., followed by the main event just after 7:30 p.m. (all times local).
For the full entry list and schedule of events, click here.
About the Writer
Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
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