HAMPTON, Va. – Consistency has been the key for Kyle Ebersole this season in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
The 22-year-old from Hummelstown, Pa., still in search of his first career victory, currently sits in second place in the championship standings, 20 points behind leader George Brunnhoelzl III. His success is due in large part to a string of strong finishes throughout the first half of the season.
Ebersole finished in third in three of the first four events, and has recorded a pair of additional podiums since, including a career-best runner-up effort of second at Caraway Speedway on July 5.
Overall, Ebersole’s four top fives and six top 10s in seven races have the young driver feeling confident as the series rolls in to Langley Speedway for the running of the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150 this Saturday in Hampton, Va.
“I think we were kind of under the radar most of the year [in 2012],” Ebersole said. “Towards the end of the year we had some top fives and some really strong runs and just had some bad luck, so it’s been really pleasing to start off this year with all those third-place finishes and top fives.”
Ebersole looks to improve on his sixth-place finish from his only prior start at Langley, knowing that he will likely need to make his way to Victory Lane before the end of the season if he hopes to top Brunnhoelzl.
“To beat George for the championship, we’re definitely going to have to win races,” Ebersole said. “I think we have a chance to win each and every race and I’m looking forward to them, we just have to capitalize where we can.”