ASHEBORO, N.C. – J.R. Bertuccio is hoping that his hot start to the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour campaign is a sign of things to come.
Bertuccio, from Centereach, N.Y., entered the season with two top-five finishes in 26 career Whelen Southern Modified Tour events, and has doubled his total just two races in. He posted a then-career-best third place finish in the opener on March 9 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C., and followed that with his first tour victory on March 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, N.C.
The 33-year-old driver hopes that his last two races are indicative of what fans can expect from him in 2014.
“This is a new car to us,” Bertuccio said. “We’ve always run a different kind of chassis, but we’ve just got a good combination going. My guys are paying attention and they’re working hard. I just can’t wait to see what the season brings.”
Bertuccio heads to Caraway for the Prestoria Farms 150 on Saturday, March 29 with a one point lead over Andy Seuss in the championship standings and five points over three-time defending champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Over his last four starts at the track, Bertuccio has three top-five finishes and four top 10s, with an average finish of 5.3.
“We were great at Caraway last time,” Bertuccio said. “Believe it or not, we found some stuff with the race car and can’t believe we finished third. I think we’ll be better than we were last time at Caraway, so, I can’t wait.”
The Prestoria Farms 150 will be the second of six tour dates at Caraway this year, and the 50th overall event for the southern modifieds at the track.