It’s “Showtime” for “Ole Blue” at the North-South Shootout

Jimmy Blewett Making Return to Asphalt Modified Racing at Concord
North South Shootout
(Concord, North Carolina) – When the green flag falls to start this year’s John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway, the Boehler Racing Enterprises team will be able to tell their driver, “It’s Showtime.”

Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett and Michael Boehler are partnering together to have Blewett drive the famous “Ole Blue” No. 3 machine in this year’s $10,000-to-win Tour-Type Modified main event on November 7.
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The North-South Shootout is Blewett’s first event planned in his return to asphalt racing. Blewett had been running dirt Modifieds in the Northeast for the last two years after a successful pavement career that included a North-South Shootout SK Modified victory in 2007.

“Not many people know that I took a step back from dirt racing to head back to asphalt racing,” Blewett said. “I put all my dirt stuff up for sale. I’ve pretty much sold half of it already. Michael called me and he said, ‘Hey I heard you’re not trying to run dirt anymore. What do you think about maybe doing the Shootout?’ When he said that I told him I’d definitely be interested.”

The 35-year-old New Jersey driver explained that when he heard the North-South Shootout was leaving its most recent home at Caraway Speedway (NC) to head back to Concord, he just had to find a way to run the race.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Concord for that race,” he said. “That’s the whole reason I want to go run the Shootout. And it’s been my brother’s memorial race for a few years so it will mean a lot to me to get back there.”

In addition to running the Shootout this year, Blewett is going to be doing a lot more asphalt racing over the course of the next year. He said he plans on coming back to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the start of the 2016 season, but after that his plans are kind of up in the air.

“We’re going to start out with probably the first three to five races,” said Blewett. “If we’re running in the top 10 or top five in points then you’ll see us at a lot more. We’re looking to come out with everything we need to get the job done. I can’t see why there’s any reason we can’t put the car out front right off the bat. I know I’ve been away from the Tour for two years, but I haven’t stopped racing in that time.”

Blewett has been racing and winning on the dirt of New Jersey and even sometimes in Pennsylvania, but he recently decided that it’s time to move on from dirt racing and go back to something that he knew a little bit better.

“I sat down with my grandfather this past Tuesday and I said that I think it’s time to take a step back from dirt racing,” he said. “We ran it for four years and won some big races. But it just got to be a lot for me. I haven’t had enough guys to go with us every week and it got to be too much for me.”

For now, Blewett is focused on the North-South Shootout with “Ole Blue.” He just wants to go down to North Carolina and win a race in his older brother’s memory. Blewett knows that both the driver behind the wheel and “Ole Blue” can win, but he believes that some people may already be counting them out.

“I feel like I’m going into it as an underdog, and I feel like the team is going into it as an underdog even though ‘Ole Blue’ has a lot of wins and history,” Blewett said. “But times have changed somewhat with the Spec motors and other things. I feel like some people have counted that car out.

“But we’re going with every intention of winning. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can go there and win. I feel like if you don’t think you can win then there’s no sense in even going.”

The 13th Annual North-South Shootout will take place at Concord, North Carolina’s Concord Speedway November 5-7. Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Memorial Tour-Type Modified event are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.

Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.

For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.

ON-TRACK PARTY HIGHLIGHTS WALL STADIUM STOCK CAR RACING SATURDAY

wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ A pre-race “On-Track Party” where fans are invited to walk onto the speedway, check out the race cars and pose for photos with and collect autographs from drivers, “Carnival Night” festivities in the grandstand midway, seven feature events and tight point races in all divisions are in store for those who attend Wall Stadium Speedway’s “Fan Appreciation Night” events this Saturday (Sept. 19). Due to the “On-Track Party,” which runs from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the evening will see grandstand seating opening one hour earlier than usual at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 6:00 p.m. and main event racing will follow. Fans who arrive between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. will receive a $2 admission discount.

The Downs Ford Modified stock cars will compete in a 40-lap main event while the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models are set for a 25-lapper. The Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repairs Factory Stocks, the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Snap-on Sportsman cars will all be racing in “Triple Crown” main events with 35-laps being the distance for each. The ATQMRA Three Quarter Midgets will also be in action racing on the inner oval.

In the Modified ranks Jackson’s Steven Reed is at the top of the point rankings as he seeks his first ever crown. Still, Reed’s brother in law, Freehold’s Chas Okerson, Howell’s Eric Mauriello and Brick’s Ron Frees are also within striking distance.

Andrew Krause of Holmdel, defending champion Kevin Davison and Chris Lane, both of Howell, and Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau are at the top of the Sportsman chase. Brick’s Joe Mongeau and Ronnie Mullen, Union’s Joey Helberg and Manchester’s Scott Riggleman lead Factory Stock points going into the night’s action.

The Legend Cars find defending champ Brian Spencer of Edison and Howell’s Robert French locked in a battle for the title. In the 4 Cylinder Stocks Ronnie Mullen and Jason Lane, both of Brick, and Wall’s TJ Graves are the top point drivers and Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth leads the Limited Late Model points with former champs Howie Conk of Jackson and Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. close behind.

Saturday will also be special as Wall Stadium joins Legend Cars driver Mitchell Dowd in a shoe drive to support the “In Ian’s Boots” charity. Both fans and competitors are asked to clean out their shoe rooms and closets of lightly worn or new shoes and boots of any kind including men’s, women’s and children’s. Sports shoes are also accepted. Shoes and boots will be collected in the pit area and the grandstand midway. More information on the charity and the distribution of these boots and shoes to the needy is available at iniansboots.org.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 2:30 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 4:00 p.m. The “On-Track Party” starts at 4:30 p.m. while qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. with main events to follow.

The 2015 championship season will then conclude on Saturday, September 26, when all divisions race for double championship points. In the event of rain on September 26 only an October 3 rain date will be put into effect. Once the Saturday night season has concluded the “Spooky Spectacular” is set for Saturday October 24 and the annual “Turkey Derby” will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedway.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Mod Tour Stat Advance: South Boston

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 16, 2015) – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to South Boston Speedway for the final time this season for Saturday’s South Boston 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:

• Andy Seuss is the only two-time winner in NWSMT competition at South Boston Speedway after winning the first race held there in 2009 and in April of 2014.

• Kyle Ebersole, George Brunnhoelzl III and Ryan Preece are the only other previous race winners at South Boston currently entered in this weekend’s race.

• NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Eric Goodale, who scored a win in the NWSMT season opener at Caraway, joins Preece for this race.

At South Boston Speedway:

History

• South Boston Speedway opened in 1957. The facility is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway.

• South Boston features weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday nights during the racing season, headlined by the late model division.

• The track held 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races between 1960-71, 35 NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-2000, three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates from 2001-03 and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contests from 2007-11.

• South Boston held the 2001 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, an event won by Jerry Marquis. It marked the only event to-date for the northeastern-based tour at South Boston.

• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at South Boston was contested on April 4, 2009 and won by Seuss.

Notebook

• There have been seven different winners in the eight previous NWSMT races at South Boston.

• Six different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at South Boston since the first race in 2009. George Brunnhoelzl III and Danny Bohn are the only active drivers with two.

• Brunnhoelzl, Jason Myers and Seuss are the only drivers to compete in all eight previous NWSMT events at South Boston.

• Brunnhoelzl is the only driver to win in wire-to-wire fashion at South Boston, on April 13, 2013.

• Seuss was the youngest South Boston race winner at 22 years, 20 days on April 4, 2009.

• Ted Christopher was the oldest South Boston victor at 52 years, 10 months, 12 days on April 17, 2011.

South Boston Speedway Data

Season Race #: 9 of 11 overall, 2 of 2 at South Boston

Track Layout: .4-mile asphalt oval

Banking/Turns: 12 degrees

Banking/Straights: 10 degrees

Race Length: 150 laps / 60 miles

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Pole Winner: Danny Bohn

2013 Race Winner: Andy Seuss

Track Qualifying Record: L.W. Miller, Chevrolet, 14.466 seconds, 99.544 mph, April 14, 2012

Active Category Leaders at South Boston:

Wins

1. Andy Seuss … 2

2. six drivers with … 1

Poles

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 2

Danny Bohn … 2

3. three drivers with … 1

Top Fives

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 5

Andy Seuss … 5

3. four drivers with … 3

Top 10s

1. Burt Myers … 7

2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 6

Jason Myers … 6

Laps Led

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 312

2. Andy Seuss … 268

3. Ryan Preece … 159

Laps Completed

1. Jason Myers … 1,142

2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,137

3. Andy Seuss … 1,096

Starts

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 8

Jason Myers … 8

Andy Seuss … 8

Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)

• Has two wins and 23 top 10s in 46 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway (NWSMT) last season.

• Enters this weekend 11th in the points standings.

• In six career NWSMT starts at South Boston Speedway he has one pole (2009), two top-five and four top-10 finishes, with an average finish of ninth and a best result of second here in the spring race this year.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Composite Technologies Chevrolet)

• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, and `13).

• Has 24 wins, 25 poles, 53 podiums, 65 top fives, 79 top 10s and 3,363 laps led in 101 career

starts.

• Holds NWSMT all-time records for wins and laps led. Ranks second in poles, third in top fives

and fourth in top 10s.

• Has recorded at least one win per season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008.

• Competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.

• Has one win from the pole (2013) at South Boston with five top-five finishes in eight starts.

David Calabrese (No. 43 Diamondback Towing Chevrolet)

• Has four top fives and nine top 10s in 32 career starts.

• Scored first career top-10 finish at South Boston in the spring event this year.

• Finished 11th in the final standings last year and enters this weekend 10th overall in 2015.

• His best finish at South Boston is seventh in four starts with an average finish of 10th.

Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)

• Has two wins, 21 top fives and 34 top 10s in 44 career starts. His first victory was earned at Langley in 2013 and the second came at South Boston Speedway on Sept. 13, 2014.

• He enters this weekend in fourth-place in the standings, five points out of first place (308-303).

• Has never finished outside the top 10 at South Boston with an average finish of sixth and three

top fives, in addition to his win last fall, in five career starts.

Frank Fleming (No. 40 AutosByNelson.com Chevrolet)
• This veteran driver has returned to the seat for the first time since 2012. He has one win

(NWSMT Bristol – 2011), one pole, 27 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes in 104 career starts.

• Finished in the top-10 in the final standings each year from 2005-12, with a career best of fifth in

2009.
• Has an average finish of 10th and one top-10 finish in five starts at South Boston.

Jeremy Gerstner (No. 15 GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet)

• Competing fulltime this season for the first time since 2013, driving for modified veteran car owner Grady Jeffreys Sr.

• Has scored one top-five and six top-10 finishes in 24 career starts with a career best finish of third at Bowman Gray in 2015.

• Has one top-10 finish in two starts at South Boston finishing ninth in the spring race earlier this season.

Trey Hutchens III (No. 14 Wix Filters/All Star Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet)

• This Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has one top-10 finish in six career starts, at South Boston Speedway in just his second career start on the southern tour.

• Has made 16 career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with two top-10 finishes (seventh at Richmond in 2015 & eighth at Dover in 2013).

• He finished eighth in his lone start at South Boston in April.

Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 74 Powerhouse Recycling/Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet)

• The Concord, N.C. driver has two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 22 career starts.

• Scored first career top-10 finish on the southern tour at Langley last spring.

• Has made three previous starts at South Boston with a highest finish of 14th in the spring race this year.

Burt Myers (No. 1 Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction Ford)

• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 16 wins, a tour record 28 poles, 67 top fives and 104 top 10s in

126 career starts.
• Finished third in the final standings last season with four wins, 12 top 10s and nine top fives in 14

races.

• Won once this season at Langley Speedway.

• Has two top fives and seven top 10s in seven career South Boston starts.

Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing Ford)

• Has recorded three wins, 40 top fives and 96 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 130 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 10 seasons.

• Leads the standings coming in to South Boston by one point over his brother Burt and Andy Seuss (308-307).

• Has six top 10s, highlighted by three seventh-place finishes in eight previous races at South Boston.

Ryan Preece (No. 98 Curb Records Chevrolet)

• The 2013 NWMT champion has 15 wins, 54 top-five and 76 top 10 finishes in 120 starts. He also has started from the pole 14 times on the northern tour.

• Has two wins and eight top fives in 13 career NWSMT starts. He has also won nine pole awards.

• Won at South Boston in his first NWSMT start there in April of this year.

Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)

• Won his first career pole award at Bristol in August and has 25 top 10s in 53 career starts.

• Scored a career-best finish of fifth at Caraway in 2013.

• Has three top 10s and an average finish of 10th in six career starts at South Boston.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet)

• The 2014 NWSMT champion has 20 wins, 12 poles, 61 top fives and 80 top 10s in 102 career NWSMT starts. His 20 wins rank second all-time.

• Is the only two-time winner at South Boston with wins coming in 2009 and last April. In addition to his pair of wins he has five top five finishes with an average finish of sixth at the track.

• Joins George Brunnhoelzl III and Jason Myers as the only drivers to start all previous eight NWSMT races at South Boston.

Up To Speed:

· Eric Goodale was able to pass Jason Myers on a restart on Lap 124 and held off a late charge by

Myers to pick up his first NWSMT win in his second start on March 15 at Caraway Speedway. The race featured five former or defending NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified Tour champions in the field with all five suffering either mechanical issues or involved in an accident.

· Andy Seuss was able to hold off Goodale on a late restart and score his 11th career win at Caraway on March 28.

· Ryan Preece kept JR Bertuccio at bay on the second green-white-checkered attempt at South Boston Speedway to score his second career win on the southern tour and first of the season on April 4.

· Burt Myers became the first repeat winner at Langley when he scored his first win of the season at the track on April 11.

· George Brunnhoelzl III broke out of a mini slump to score his first win of the season at Caraway Speedway on July 4.

· Danny Bohn was able to hold off Preece to pick up his first win of the season while only racing part-time this season.

· Seuss was the highest finishing NWSMT regular to finish at Bristol in the combination race with the NWMT to give him his second win of the season and 20th overall.

· Brunnhoelzl won from the pole for his second win of the season at Langley and moved in to the top five in the standings just nine points out of the lead.

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