ASHEBORO, N.C. – Once teammates, and longtime checkered flag contenders, the ties that bind George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss seem to become more entangled by the week.
Six of the last eight NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races have finished with the pair atop the rundown – three of the last four to end 2013 and three of the first four to begin 2014. In all it has happened 14 times since 2009, including this past Saturday at Langley Speedway.
So who has the edge? In those 14 instances of 1-2 finishes, Seuss has the advantage 11-3. When you talk about overall wins, Brunnhoelzl maintains a 21-17 edge. Then there’s the matter of the four championships for Brunnhoelzl, a category Seuss has yet to register a tally, which is the ultimate tiebreaker.
But if you go back to just those last eight races, Seuss has distinct bragging rights. Before last Saturday, Seuss was the winner in the previous five 1-2 finishes between the pair, and he could very easily have won at Langley, but Brunnhoelzl came out just ahead of Seuss in a green-white-checkered flag finish.
As the southern tour returns to Caraway Speedway for this Saturday’s Bunny Hop 150, the Brunnhoelzl-Seuss matchup figures to intensify. The two have combined to win 11 of the last 14 races at the .455-mile oval, including the previous five. Seuss is currently riding a three-race winning streak at Caraway, a feat that even Brunnhoelzl hasn’t accomplished in accumulating a track-record 10 wins. If Seuss is able to keep the streak alive this week, it would be fitting that his Caraway wins tally would then rise to match Brunnhoelzl’s total.