George Brunnhoelzl III Wins At South Boston, Goes Back-To-Back In NWSMTby Hunter Thomas April 11, 2016 0 comments
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Coming off a win at Concord Speedway, George Brunnhoelzl III led 68 laps and held off Burt Myers for the victory in Saturday’s South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway.
The win is Brunnhoelzl III’s 27th career win in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and his second at the speedway. Brunnhoelzl III started second and made the winning pass on Andy Seuss with only 25 laps remaining in the 150-lap race. Unlike last weekend at Concord Speedway when Brunnhoelzl III made a late-race charge to the front, he was in the hunt for the lead for most of the day on Saturday.
“Yeah, it was a great day,” Brunnhoelzl III said. “The car was awesome in practice. In the race, we were a little off, but the guys did a phenomenal job on the pit stop, picked me up some spots and made it easy. The adjustments were right, so got the car better, and there was a mad dash for the finish with 40 to go.”
But Myers started on the pole and led 56 laps throughout the race. He led the first 36 laps before being passed by Brunnhoelzl III. On lap 79, Myers was able to get past Brunnhoelzl III and went on to lead the next 19 laps before Andy Seuss passed him for the race lead.
“Yeah, I don’t know if we could’ve had a long green, but that wasn’t the case,” Myers said. “The 28 (Brunnhoelzl III) was strong early, and he was wanting to run a little harder than I wanted to run, and on the restart, I basically let him have it. I told them on the radio, I said it looks like he’s hurtin’ his tires, and we were able to get back past him. We came in and switched lefts. Sometimes that can bite you, and today it did. It bit us. If we had taken a right rear only, I think we would’ve been better.”
Andy Seuss, who finished second led from lap 99 to 112, before being overtaken by Gary Putnam for only a lap. Seuss reclaimed the lead and led the way for the next 10 laps. Brunnhoelzl III made the winning pass on lap 125.
“You know, real happy with the car,” Seuss said. “Just a little bit too tight there after the pit stop. I had a really good long run car, we were able to pass everybody and come up through after pitting early. We were real happy with that. Just a little bit too tight after the pit stop, so we’re learning about this LFR chassis and what we have to do with the pit stops, so I’m sure we’re going to get better, and we’ll be in Victory Lane before too long.”
Kyle Bonsignore finished fourth, and Danny Bohn, who brought out the final caution on lap 127, rounded out the top-five on Saturday.
The race only saw four cautions, and there were six lead changes among four drivers.
Burt Myers leads George Brunnhoelzl III by a mere point in the championship standings. Andy Seuss is third, 10 points back from the lead.
Up next for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is the Caraway 150 At Caraway Speedway on Saturday, April 16.
South Boston 150 Results:
1.) #28 George Brunnhoelzl III
2.) #1 Burt Myers
3.) #11 Andy Seuss
4.) #22 Kyle Bonsignore
5.) #40 Danny Bohn
6.) #77 Gary Putnam
7.) #5 Kyle Ebersole
8.) #33 Austin Pickens
9.) #4 Jason Myers
10.) #79 Richie Pallai Jr.
11.) #74 Bobby Measmer Jr.
12.) #15 Jeremy Gerstner
Photo Credit: Grant Halverson for NASCAR