KENLY, N.C. – The competition in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is fierce, but George Brunnhoelzl III continues the set the gold standard.
The driver out of West Babylon, N.Y., is closing in on his third consecutive tour title and fourth overall, having won championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He carries a 30-point lead over Kyle Ebersole into the G-Oil 150 on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 21, but rain moved into the area following the completion of qualifying.
Should Brunnhoelzl claim his first career Southern National win and lead the most laps in his fifth start at the track, Ebersole will have to finish 13th or better without the benefit of leading a lap to keep his championship hopes alive. Burt Myers cannot lose more than one point to Brunnhoelzl to have a mathematical shot at the crown while Tim Brown will need to gain nine markers on the leader to stay in the hunt.
“We just focus on winning races and getting the best result we can in every race and allow the points to take care of themselves,” said Brunnhoelzl. “We celebrate championships once the season is over.”
The math says that John Smith, Jason Myers, Gary Putnam and rookie Luke Fleming are still alive for the title, but they practically need for Brunnhoelzl to not show up at Southern National.
Brunnhoelzl leads the Whelen Southern Modified Tour this season with three wins and nine top-five finishes in 10 starts. In four starts at Southern National, the driver of the No. 28 EPOX-Z/Oval Speed Chevrolet has three top-10 finishes including a fourth-place showing earlier this season in March.