Andy Seuss dominated Saturday’s South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway (SoBo). He inherited the lead on the initial lap after qualifying second, and never looked back – leading all 150 laps scheduled en route to his 17th NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT) victory, and his second at SoBo.
The victory marks Seuss’ second NWSMT triumph this season, his other win was at Caraway Speedway in March.
“We just missed a little bit at Southern National; I would have liked this to be three (wins) in a row.” Seuss alluded to after the race.
“I saved our stuff for a lot of the race (today) because we could just cruise out front. You always wanna save as much as you can with that 28 car (Brunnhoelzl) behind you, but I just went out and had fun there at the end.”
The victory also hands Seuss the points lead in the drivers’ standings over JR Bertuccio – who finished fifth today – and George Brunnhoelzl – who finished second today.
Brunnhoelzl, a four-time NWSMT champion and former winner at South Boston, began the race in the last position after making unapproved adjustment prior to race time. Despite the unfortunate starting positon, the veteran driver raced his way through the field and came up one position short.
“This was a fun race,” Brunnhoelzl expressed following another runner-up finish. “We had a minor mishap and had to start shotgun; we definitely passed the most cars today, but we just needed one more.”
Seuss fended off Kyle Ebersole, Bertuccio and Brunnhoelzl after two late-race restarts – one caused by Spencer Davis wrecking and the other due to Bryan Dauzat spinning.
The final restart occurred with seven laps to go, and Seuss easily pulled ahead, and eventually into victory lane.
“Well, they (my crew) told me to treat the tires like I didn’t like them.” Seuss commented about the last restart.
Brunnhoelzl cleared Bertuccio for second and set his sights on the race lead, on that final restart, but it was too little too late, as he could not reel in Seuss to even attempt a race winning move. However, Brunnhoelzl now moves into second place in the drivers’ standings, but, surprisingly, is still held winless in a series we’ve witness him dominate the past few seasons.
“It’s definitely a good day finishing second, but we gotta get a couple of wins here, hopefully we can get one here coming up.” Brunnhoelzl further commented after climbing from his No. 28 modified.
Seuss, and the rest of the NWSMT competitors, head to Langley Speedway next weekend, where Brunnhoelzl will look to snatch his first win on the season, and Seuss will seek back-to-back victories.