Brunnhoelzl A North-South Shootout Favorite

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George Brunnhoelzl III, who will attempt to clinch his fourth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title this Thursday, is expected to be a contender during the North-South Shootout in November. (NASCAR Photo)
George Brunnhoelzl III, who will attempt to clinch his fourth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title this Thursday, is expected to be a contender during the North-South Shootout in November. (NASCAR Photo)
George Brunnhoelzl III, who will attempt to clinch his fourth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title this Thursday, is expected to be a contender during the North-South Shootout in November. (NASCAR Photo)

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Among the list of favorites for the $60,000 plus, 125-lap, 11th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway is transplanted Long Island driver George Brunnhoelzl III.

The reigning NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion will clinch another title Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway before preparing for the Shootout, which pays a minimum of $6,000 to win on Nov. 9.

“We look forward to it,” Brunnhoelzl said. “It’s a real big event. It should be a good race for the fans. I hope we get a good car turnout. It pays real well. It’s all around a good race so hopefully we will get a lot of fans to come out.

“I like that it’s a (tire) change event so you can do your own strategy on when you want to come in. It will definitely put a little mix into it. You just have to keep track of how many tires you get.”

Teams will be allowed to change two tires during the race, likely during a mid-race yellow flag pit stop, unlike the halfway red flag break used in NWSMT events. Adding that equation to the race opens up the possibility of an upset winner, but history will say otherwise.

In the first ten events, the last two being held at Caraway, race winners include Ryan Preece, Matt Hirschman, Burt Myers, John Blewett III and Donny Lia. Hirschman has won the race four times.