LOUDON, N.H. – In his first modified start in 2020, Andy Seuss won his first career pole on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday.
The Hampstead, N.H., driver earned the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award after topping qualifying for Saturday’s Musket 200 presented by Whelen at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Seuss drove the No. 70 Rockingham Boat Repair & TDS Chevrolet around the 1.058-mile oval in 29.521 seconds (129.020 mph).
The Musket 200 presented by Whelen is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. Saturday. Fans can attend the race and also watch on TrackPass on NBC Gold.
The 33-year-old Seuss is a two-time champion and 22-time winner on the former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, including winning the pole 13 times. This is the first time he’s accomplished the feat on the Whelen Modified Tour in his 54th start.
Earlier this year, Seuss qualified second in the ARCA Menards Series opener at Daytona (Fla.) Int’l Speedway, his only other NASCAR or ARCA start of 2020.
He’ll be joined in the front by a pair of former event winners. Chase Dowling, who won the inaugural race in 2018, qualified second at 29.629 (128.550). Last year’s race winner, Bobby Santos III, qualified third at 29.656 (128.433).
Whelen Modified Tour championship points leader Justin Bonsingore was fourth in qualifying and Jon McKennedy, who was fastest in practice, qualified fifth.
Anthony Nocella, Ron Silk, Timmy Solomito, Eric Goodale and Rob Summers rounded out the top 10.
Bonsignore enters the weekend leading Doug Coby by 18 points and McKennedy by 32. Coby qualified 13th.