Seuss Makes History With NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Crown

Becomes Third Driver To Win Back-To-Back Titles

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2015) – Looking back one year ago, Andy Seuss was going through mixed emotions.

He had just won his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship, recently gotten engaged to girlfriend Jenn Demarco and was preparing to accept his award along with car owner and crew chief Eddie Harvey.

Fast forward one year and while some things have changed for Seuss, one thing remains the same – he’s a champion again.

Seuss married Jenn in June, rebounded from a rough start to the 2016 season and will once again step up on stage Saturday night as a NASCAR champion.

The 28 year-old credits some of those changes during the season for helping him and his team rebound this season.

“It was a great year obviously for me on and off the track especially from midway on,” Seuss said. “Jenn and I got married in June and my season really turned around after our wedding so I have to give her some credit for our turnaround.”

Seuss finished in last place in the season opener in March after getting collected in an early-race accident. It was his first showing at the bottom of the results since 2012 and just the fifth time in his career of 104 starts.

It didn’t take long for the Harvey-led crew to help him turn things around as they drove the No. 11 Ideal Finance/Northeast Race Cars Chevrolet back to Victory Lane two weeks later at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina.

“Eddie and all the guys on the crew did a great job getting the car ready and our team prepared to race for the win the next time out,” Seuss said. “We had a great race at Caraway to get the win but then we still had some trouble.”

At South Boston Speedway in Virginia a couple of weeks later Seuss was involved in another race accident and finished 16th.

After that incident, Seuss felt they might have fallen too far behind in the points standings to repeat as champions.

“Last year there was a lot of pressure on the entire team because we knew everybody was gunning for us each week when we had the lead in the points,” he said. “After (South Boston accident) we just decided to focus on winning races and didn’t even think about the points and that took the pressure off of us and we had a lot of fun.”

The Hampstead, New Hampshire, native who now calls Salisbury, North Carolina home knew his team wouldn’t stop working hard no matter where they stood in the standings.

“That’s the great thing about this team in that they never give up,” Seuss said. “After we fell way back in the points, someone said well you might as well take a race off and I wasn’t about too because no one on this team quits and I wasn’t either.”

The team, led by Harvey along with Reggie Newman, Justin Wells, Jimmy Harvey, Steve Seuss, Mike Paris, T.J. Moran, Sammy Williams, Paul Farmer and Charli Brown rebounded after the accident at South Boston in April and went to work and it paid dividends.

Over the next seven races, Seuss didn’t finish lower than seventh and picked up a pair of wins at Bristol and the fall return trip to South Boston. It was after the last win it dawned on him that he had a chance to join Junior Miller and George Brunnhoelzl III as a back-to-back champion.

“I didn’t even realize we had the points lead until after we won South Boston in September because I honestly thought we didn’t have a chance of catching up,” he said. “Once we realized we had a chance we went to work even harder to close out the season and get that trophy.”

Seuss finished sixth to edge George Brunnhoelzl III in the closest points battle in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour to win the title and the success he’s enjoyed still amazes the second generation driver.

“I’ve been so blessed driving because I feel I’ve been fortunate enough to exceed every goal I set out to achieve when my family and I decided to come down south years ago and race,” Seuss said. “I just wanted a shot to prove to myself I was able to race and compete for wins much less championships.”

Seuss is second to only Brunnhoelzl in career tour wins and while he’s accomplished every goal he set when he began racing in the division full-time in 2008, he’s already thinking ahead for the next challenge for he and his team.

“We’ve decided to update our equipment and make some changes with the chassis we will run next year so we are ready for a new challenge and we’re going to keep going after wins and run up front as much as possible,” Seuss said. “I can’t wait to get going but first we’re going to celebrate a little this weekend first.”

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

“Snowball” Enduros Looking Stellar for Evergreen Raceway

Evergreen News and Notes…

St. Johns, PA (12/6/2015)- Thanks to new management, volunteer help and from listening to past and present competitors of the track, the 2016 racing season for Evergreen Raceway in St. Johns, PA is shaping up in a hurry. Their first event of the year is slated for Saturday, January 9th and the response thus far has been significant.

The “Snowball 100s” Enduro events will kick off snow, rain or shine. Drivers are able to pre-register for the show, which provides them with a $10 pre-registration discount. To date, more than 30 Four Cylinder drivers and nearly 20 6/8-cylinder racers have signed up for the show. A special grandstand admission $5 is set for adults and children 10 years and younger will be admitted for free.  Fans and drivers are also asked to bring a canned food item, which will be donated to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, which is just up the road from the racetrack.

Thanks to the generosity of many, special awards will be presented at the Snowball event. MoTorsport Video Production is offering a $50 CASH prize to the driver of the car with the coolest paint scheme in the 100s. This will be one overall prize (4-cyl. & 6/8-cyl. Mixed) and not one prize for each division. Also, “Tito Juice” and Electric Frog Designs have come onboard to supply the trophies and plaques for both divisions.

With a minimum of 25 cars taking the green in each division, the winner will receive $500 as long as they pass post race tech. The remainder of the top five will also be paid out and Ted Grow, the track’s co-announcer, has decided to pay $25 each from 6th-10th if at least 25 cars take the green in each division.

The speedway’s regular divisions of racing on Sunday afternoons will be the Evergreen Modifieds, Tour Type Modifieds, Dirt Modifieds, Late Models, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, Four Cylinders and INEX Legends. Of course each division won’t be on the card weekly, as certain divisions will be alternated in and out throughout the season. The full schedule will be released by the end of December, along with the divisional payouts.

One interesting fact is that the Pro Stock division will return to the speedway in 2016. The division evolved from the Street Stock class in the mid to late 90s and was axed from the tracks schedule following the 2004 season.

“There are quite a few old Pro Stocks lying around and several more that have been parked in storage for years”, noted track manager, Jason Makarewicz.

“Many of those drivers and car owners have contacted us, begging for a shot to be on the schedule, so after a lot of consideration, we’ve decided to give them a shot. Back when they ran on a regular basis, they always put on a terrific show.”

Many drivers are fired up for the start of 2016, including Modified driver, Pat Verwys (Verwys Family Motorsports). He and his family have supported local short track racing for decades.

“VFR Motorsports was elated to learn that Jason and Billy have teamed up to restore Evergreen Raceway to its former glory. With our 3rd generation now racing INEX, we are looking forward to returning home this upcoming season to compete in the Modifieds, Legends, Banderols, and Enduros. January cannot come soon enough!”, said Pat.

Season pit licenses and reserved parking spots are now available as well. Neither are required, however, the pit admission fee will be higher without a pit license and a parking spot will not be guaranteed without having a reserved spot. If a driver or car owner would like to fill out and mail in their pit license and reserved parking spot form, it is available for download on the speedway website. If sent in before the first practice date, they will receive a $10 discount off each.

The divisional rules were released a few weeks ago and they are listed on the track website- www.evergreenracewaypark.com.

Building renovations have already started at the track and Makarewicz and his team have many ideas and plans for the fans to interact with the drivers in 2016. As the new season draws closer, more news will be announced, but in the meantime, please keep your eyes glued to the speedway website and don’t forget to LIKE and view their Facebook page as well.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Honors Champions at Mohegan Sun

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park celebrated the 2015 oval track season this weekend at Mohegan Sun at its annual award ceremony honoring four division champions in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Woody Pitkat celebrated his 2nd Sunoco Modified title, while Scott Sundeen was honored as a 4-time Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman champion. Late Model driver Brian Tagg and Mini Stock competitor Dave Trudeau each took home their first career championship.

For Pitkat, it was his first season driving for car owner Stan Mertz in the Sunoco Modified division and the combination found immediate success. The duo placed in the top-10 in every race this season including five 2nd place finishes. Pitkat won the Modified title in 2006 in his first full-time season in the division to compliment his 2002 Late Model crown. It is the first championship for Mertz as a car owner at Thompson Speedway.

Late Model driver Brian Tagg saw his childhood dreams come true when he accepted the championship trophy before a large group of supporters. Tagg grew up attending races at Thompson Speedway with his dad, a former Sunoco Modified champion, who won the championship in the Speedway’s 50th anniversary season. This year’s Late Model triumph came in as the 75th season was celebrated. 2015 was Tagg’s rookie season in the division.

Scott Sundeen defended his 2014 championship from one year ago to earn his 4th title in his 14th season competing in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division. Each of his championships were won while driving the same race car, which was proudly on display Saturday night at Mohegan Sun. With the banquet complete, that chassis will be retired as a champion after winning two races in 2015.

Sundeen will be back next season to attempt his 3rd straight championship.

Dave Trudeau has been a long time competitor at Thompson Speedway, but 2015 was his first taste of the champion’s champagne after earning the Mini Stock title. Trudeau was a factor all season by finishing 2nd in 3 of the first 4 races. His two victories came in the month of August only to pad his point lead heading into the Sunoco World Series where he captured the crown.

Special awards were presented to the Rookie of the Year including Sunoco Modified driver, Ryan Morgan who finished 5th in the final standings on the strength of 4 top-5 finishes in 2015.  William Wall led laps and registered two podium finishes to earn Late Model Rookie of the Year honors. Xtra Mart Limited sportsman driver Josh Wood was the Rookie of the Year in his division with 4 Top-5 finishes and 5 Top-10s. Robert ‘Bob’ Ducharme earned the honor in the Mini Stock Division by earning 2 Top-10 finishes. Each rookie driver was measured by his performance both on and off the racetrack.

In 2015, Thompson Speedway introduced the new Triple Crown Series in the Mini Stock and Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman Division. The Series became a race within a race as points counted for both the track championship and the Triple Crown. In the Mini Stocks, the Triple Crown races were held on June 10th, July 29th, and August 26th and Eric Bourgeois was honored as the first Triple Crown winner. Xtra Mart Limited sportsman driver Corey Hutchings won two of the three Triple Crown races that were held on June 10th, July 8th, and August 12th to earn the award in his division.

The John Hoenig Memorial Award, which recognizes one individual for their hard work and dedication to the Speedway, was presented to Olivia Bouchard.

Bouchard was born into racing and grew up around racetracks along the east coast. She has spent countless hours working tirelessly at Thompson Speedway in many different capacities. She has been responsible for speedway marketing, NASCAR licensing, the redesign of speedway awards, coordination of autograph sessions and many behind the scenes tasks. She has shown unmatched devotion to Thompson Speedway and its competitors. Bouchard was presented with the prestigious award that is given in her great-grandfathers name as part of Thompson Speedway’s Awards Celebration.

As a final conclusion to the Awards Banquet, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park management announced that 2016’s schedule would expand to include ten NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races. The complete schedule will be released at 7PM E.T. on December 8th, through a live broadcast with Victory Lane Radio. Tune in at www.victorylaneradio.com.

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