DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – By Tim Southers, NASCAR — Mike Paris/NASCAR photo — The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to Caraway Speedway for the third time this season on Friday night for the Southern Pride 150. While the fans are ready to see the tour return to its “home track”, points leader Andy Seuss has an opportunity to make history.
Seuss will also attempt to break as many as three records as he looks to remain unbeaten this season at the .455-mile track.
First, Seuss has already scored a pair of wins from the pole this season at Caraway in March and July, but if he is able to win again this Friday he will break a record that has stood in the series since 2007.
If he takes the checkered flag in the Southern Pride 150, Seuss will collect his fifth consecutive win at the track dating back to this race last year. He can tie the consecutive wins mark at Caraway with L.W. Miller, who first accomplished it across the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Secondly, if the Hampstead, New Hampshire native is also able to get his third straight win from the pole, he would break a record he currently shares with George Brunnhoelzl III of two consecutive wins at Caraway from the top starting spot.
A win by Seuss this Friday would also give him the record outright for most career tour wins at Caraway with 11. He is currently tied with Brunnhoelzl for the all-time mark at 10 wins.
Seuss brings a 14-point advantage over Brunnhoelzl in the season standings to Caraway. JR Bertuccio, who joins Seuss as the only other multi-race winner this season with wins at Southern National and Bristol, is 29 points out of the lead in third.
Burt Myers moved in to a tie with Danny Bohn for fourth after his win last week at Langley Speedway.
The Race: The Southern Pride 150 is the ninth race on the 2014 schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, now in its 10th season. It will be the 51st running of the tour at Caraway Speedway.
The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (68.25 miles) with teams having an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.
The Track: Caraway Speedway is a .455-mile banked asphalt oval located in rural Sophia, North Carolina. The facility opened in 1966 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1972. Caraway, which features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, has hosted more NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events than any other track in the tour’s history.
Race Winners: There have been 11 different winners across the 50 previous Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Caraway, led by Brunnhoelzl III and Seuss with 10 each.
Pole Winners: Seven different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at Caraway since the inaugural event in 2005. Burt Myers leads that contingent with 13. George Brunnhoelzl III holds the track qualifying record at 15.648 seconds and 104.678 mph, set on April 21, 2012.
Caraway Race Notes
Stinson Celebrates Record: Thomas Stinson finished 13th at Langley Speedway last week, however he was all smiles at the track after celebrating his ninth track championship at Southside Speedway the night before. Stinson won the local modified track title driving for car owner Mark Hunter.
Ebersole Rebounds At Langley: Kyle Ebersole enjoyed a respectable sixth-place showing at Langley Speedway last Saturday in a better result than his first time at Langley. A practice crash forced him to miss the spring race at Langley. Ebersole has been able to move back in to the top 10 in the point standings despite missing that one race.
Fleming Ready For Another Top 10: Luke Fleming is enjoying his most consistent season to date on the tour and the Mt. Airy, North Carolina driver will look to make amends after his last finish at Caraway Speedway in July. Fleming has finished in the top 10 of every race except the July 4 date at Caraway when he crossed the line 13th.
Home Tracks: Tyler Leads Track Division I Standings
While Robert Tyler continues to lead the Late Model Stock point standings with a pair of wins in 10 starts, the track is also playing a role in the outcome of the North Carolina point standings in NASCAR Whelen All-American Division I. Dillon Bassett has used a couple of wins at Caraway Speedway to remain in contention for the state title behind leader Lee Pulliam who has also competed at Caraway this season.
Last Time Out: Langley
The eighth race of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season took place on August 30 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Here are some highlights from the Bayport Credit Union 150:
- Burt Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III made contact on the final lap in Turn 4 that sent Brunnhoelzl in to the outside wall and Myers to Victory Lane for his first win of the season. The race was action-packed prior to the final lap fireworks with seven lead changes among four drivers.
- Ryan Preece earned the Coors Light Pole Award in his second Whelen Southern Modified Tour appearance of the season and led 64 laps before falling back and finishing the race in ninth.
- Bobby Measmer Jr. led all rookies with a 12th-place finish to win Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors. Leading rookie of the year contender Spencer Davis was 14th with Joe Ryan Osborne 17th.
Next Time Out: South Boston
Following this week’s race at Caraway Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour continues is stretch of return visits to tracks that have already hosted the tour at least once this season. South Boston will welcome the tour for the second time on Saturday, Sept. 13th. Andy Seuss led 149 or 150 laps to score his second career win at the track in April.