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Andy J on the Road Episode 1

IMG_6182Andy Jankowiak has joined the Myracenews team and will be sharing his travels with our readers. This is his first installment which he originally posted on Facebook. Enjoy following Andy around the country racing his modified, SST modified and his TQ. Welcome aboard Andy.

A long time ago, way back in 2007 I was a hot shot teenage street stock competitor. I enjoyed some success in my sport of choice in my teenage years so I’m sure you can imagine that I could sometimes be a little full of myself. (I know, its hard to imagine me being cocky right?) So one day I’m hanging around the shop over at Trey’s and I’m fresh off of a couple of wins. I’m walking tall. My buddy Alvin was always quick to take me down a peg (still is). He tells me “You think your good? You know Karl won 13 features in one year once.” The challenge was accepted. By years end I had fallen just short. I had 12. Season over. Done. Then I see a poster while vacationing at the North South Shootout. “Turkey Derby”. They had a factory stock division. I fell in love with the idea. This was the first time in my racing career that supporters and friends asked me a now commonly asked question. “Why?” “Why are you going to that race?” At that time my answer was simple. A stubborn persistence to Trey’s challenge. We ended up going. We won the event. The friendships that were established and strengthened in that weekend are some that I value greatly today. (Jersey loves me!) Jake called it the smartest dumb decision we ever made. I spent a grand to win 150 but I get to look at that golden turkey standing atop a marble platform every time I look at my trophy case. I carry that enthusiasm with me to every race. When the nights in the shop seem to go on forever and I want to go home and sleep I have one thought that doesn’t let me quit. “Maybe I’ll win” “What if I skip this one and we were going to win” The guys on my team that are standing next to me at 5 am, covered in grease have the same song in their heart. “Lets get a win tomorrow”. We aren’t always so fortunate, racing is tough and it only gets tougher the father we go. Its impossible to think about going to Bowman Gray, Seekonk, Oswego or Hickory and say we’re going to go and win a race. That’s to lofty for anyone to say. We always believe that we can though. I know I do. Still….when I crossed that finish line at Hickory Motor Speedway to finish out last weekend I’m still not sure I believed it. Its taken this long for me to process what we did that weekend and it still hasn’t completely sunken in. I knew we could do. If I didn’t think we could I wouldn’t have been there. Its all a bit overwhelming I suppose.

A Modified win at Oswego and a win at Hickory Motor Speedway. I may have been able to call it a career on either accomplishment and been satisfied. For a heart that beats for racing you cannot possibly ask for anything more. They say you remember the first wins the best. I can recall my first win in the Hangover 100 in 2004, I can go lap for lap when I won my first street stock race in the 2006 US Open. All I can remember from the Oswego race was trying not to puke on the last lap because I was so nervous. “Just don’t spin out, we have a good lead. All you can do to screw up now is spin out.” This was my logic the last 2 laps. I mean…it worked lol. Oswego was just the perfect race for us. We had a pit stop plan and the race played perfectly into our strategy. The car could not have handled any better and we capitalized. It was just perfect.

Hickory? Not as perfect. We played a similar strategy but I just over adjusted the car on the pit stop. To tight! Ugh. I wasn’t sure where we would fall but I could tell we still had a fast car. I knew some of the guys would back up to us on a long run and all of them pretty much did, except one. We got to second once it was go time but our run stalled out there behind the 95. I adjusted my line but the best I could do was keep pace. Then it happened. Coming to five to go the leader was caught in the left front tire by a lap car. Both cars diverted in different directions and gathered themselves. We pulled a “Moses” and “parted the seas” between them and split though the middle. The yellow lights didn’t come on so I knew that the 95 must have gathered himself. Richie Evans assured me on the radio that he had and that this race wasn’t over. I ran my favorite Perry Speedway line for the last 5 laps, right in the middle. It was enough.

Wow. We just won Hickory. I’m living it as I’m typing it.

Lost to some extent in the excitement was our stellar weekend this past weekend at Waterford! It felt like we had just gotten home from Hickory and we were off to Connecticut before I could type out a long boring racing story! I guess this ones a two-for. We got to Waterford on Saturday and we were fast quick. This can be problematic for two chassis gurus like me and Rick Kluth. Being fast early means we have lots of time to use our awesome chassis knowledge to make it better! In a collective team effort we worked hard and made some big changes. When it was all said and done we successfully lost a half a second and made the car basically UN-driveable. A fantastically terrible pill draw by Steve Mendoza on top of this landed us in the back of a heat, and then a consi. Wisdom finally prevailed for the B-main when we decided to try the Saturday setup again. That was a swell plan. We won our way into the race and got a 6th place finish with a tight race car! I feel like we missed a bit of an opportunity. If we had more practice tuning time and i called for a better adjustment on the stop i think we could have been so much better. We had it up to second but we were just pushing the right front to hard and faded. Still a great effort against a great field! We were happy to take it after a long day.

My favorite part of this stretch run since my last post still may be watching my Leximarie Lily running her first racing laps in me and Jody London’s go kart. I was so very proud of her. She did a good job. Made some passes high and low, clubbed into a few things and got better as the day went.

I was asked in an interview the other day if I’m frustrated about not having a big sponsor. While a big sponsor might make life easier if it ever where to happen, I honestly in my heart could not possibly ask for anything more then what I have in my racing life. To do what were doing and to have the people behind me, I’m the luckiest guy in racing. I wouldn’t trade what I have right now for anything. I owe that to all of you who make this possible for me to do all this. If I had a million years on this earth I don’t think I could ever repay all the favors that got me to that finish line at Hickory. I’m just grateful.

Next time you ask me why I’m going to that race that doesn’t make any sense, I will probably give my rough justification that I made up that week. Deep down though, this is why we do it. I couldn’t be any happier.

Seuss In Title Driver’s Seat With Win

nascar whelen mod sou[2]Takes Whelen Southern Modified Lead With South Boston Victory

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (Sept. 19, 2015) – Andy Seuss took a big step toward successfully defending his NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship Saturday night in capturing the South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway.

It was the third win of the season and 21st of his career for the Hampstead, New Hampshire, driver. Seuss’ No. 11 Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Financial Chevrolet was out front for a race-high 142 laps for his third win on the .400-mile oval.

Four-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III followed Seuss across the line in second and moved into championship contention.

Second-year driver Bobby Measmer Jr., who won his first career Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, finished a career-best third. Frank Fleming and Jeremy Gerstner rounded out the top five.

Burt Myers was sixth, followed by Jason Myers, Kyle Ebersole, rookie Trey Hutchens and James Civali.

Seuss entered the event trailing Jason Myers by one point for the tour lead, but leaves South Boston with a 10-point lead over Burt and Jason Myers with two races remaining.

Brunnhoelzl is now just three points behind the Myers brothers.

Seuss cleared Brunnhoelzl on the final restart on Lap 119 and slowly pulled away for the win.

The South Boston 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Hickory 150 at Hickory (North Carolina) Motor Speedway.

Contact:

Tim Southers

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-South Boston 150 Results

Saturday

At South Boston Speedway

South Boston, Va.

Lap length: 0.4 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 77.447 mph.

2. (3) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

3. (1) Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

4. (5) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

5. (6) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, FL, Chevrolet, 150.

6. (10) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.

7. (8) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.

8. (7) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 150.

9. (11) Trey Hutchens, III, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

10. (4) James Civali, Meriden, Conn, Pontiac, 150.

11. (9) Danny Bohn, Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 149.

12. (13) David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 148.

13. (12) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, NY, Chevrolet, 147.

14. (15) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 146.

15. (14) A.J. Winstead, Bon Air, Va., Chevrolet, 93, engine.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 46 minutes 29 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.717 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: B.Measmer, Jr. (97.383 mph, 14.787 seconds)

Caution Flags: 2 for 13 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Seuss 1-67; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 68-74; A. Seuss 75-118; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 119; A. Seuss 120-150.

Standings: 1. A. Seuss, 355; 2. B. Myers, 345; 3. J. Myers, 345; 4. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 342; 5. K. Ebersole, 339; 6. F. Fleming, 327; 7. B. Measmer,Jr., 323; 8. G. Putnam, 313; 9. J. Gerstner, 305; 10. D. Calabrese, 296.

Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Champion Ron Silk to Make Supermodified Debut at Oswego Speedway on Sunday

Oswego-2012F_350OSWEGO, NY (September 19, 2015) – With weather forcing the cancellation of Oswego Speedway’s Fall Championship 125 until Sunday, September 20, the door has opened for former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk to make his Novelis Supermodified debut at the ‘Steel Palace.’

THOMPSON, CT- APRIL 13: Ron Silk is photographed at Thompson International Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ron Silk
THOMPSON, CT- APRIL 13: Ron Silk is photographed at Thompson International Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images) Ron Silk

Silk will pilot the Graham Racing No. 21 Supermodified on Sunday as a substitute for Kody Graham, who cannot make the rescheduled event.

Earlier this season Silk scored a fifth place finish in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Pit gates will open at Oswego on Sunday at 9 a.m. with grandstand gates opening and hot laps beginning at 10 a.m. The day’s first heat race will go green at 11 a.m. with the program continuing non-stop from there on out.

A total of 27 Novelis Supermodifieds were in the pit area on Saturday along with 20 Pathfinder Bank SBS.

All those who purchased pit passes must return with their pit wristband and ticket for re-entry.

All those who purchased grandstand admission must return with their rain check.

General admission seating is available on Sunday for $20 with reserved seating set at $25 and pit admission being $35.

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