WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wins are hard to come by in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, but that doesn’t stop Andy Seuss from agonizing over his recent lack of trips to Victory Lane.
Over a 12-race span from Oct. 2008 to Sept. 2009, Seuss of Hampstead, N.H., won five times, but he has just one victory in his last 18 Southern Modified Tour starts. In 73 career Southern Modified starts he has 42 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes and in a bit of a statistical anomaly Seuss’ career average starting position is 7.2 which is identical to his average finishing position.
In his last tour start on July 6 at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, N.C., the 26-year-old Seuss finished third for his best result of the season, but it could have been more. He tangled with race leader George Brunnhoelzl III while going for the lead on Lap 136 and came out on the short end of the stick.
Despite obviously being disappointed, Seuss was able to look on the bright side following the race.
“I’m happy that we had a winning car. We used to be pretty good (at Caraway), but not recently,” he said. “It’s good to get a podium finish again.”
It’s not for a lack of confidence or faith for the No. 11 Tammie Davis/Phoenix Pre-Owned Motors Chevrolet team.
“Eddie Harvey – car owner and crew chief – and the whole team has been working extremely hard to make the car faster,” Seuss stated. “I have every confidence in them and I thank them for their confidence in me. We are all a hundred percent committed to the program.”
The Southern Modified Tour makes its annual visit to Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Kevin Powell Motorsports 199. The ‘Madhouse’ is always a good for high drama when every driver has to fight and scratch for each inch of track position.
Qualifying at the quarter-mile bullring is tantamount to success. In the five of the previous eight contests there the race winner has started inside the top five and started sixth on two other occasions. The only aberration was Luke Fleming winning in 2009 after starting 19th in his tour debut.
At Bowman Gray, Seuss has three fifth-place finishes – including last year’s race – in five outings. To illustrate the need for laying down a great qualifying lap, his average finishing position is 7.4, but his average starting spot is 10.0.
Seuss and the rest of the competitors need to come up with a plan to derail George Brunnhoelzl III, who is the defending race champion and winner of the last three tour events. The win streak has powered the three-time champ to a 24-point lead in the season standings.