It’s always great to see a local race car driver who gets to show his talents on a bigger stage. One complaint short track fans have is our local guys never get a shot at the big leagues. Well just a few weeks ago New Hampshire native Andy Seuss was wrapping up the NASCAR Southern Whelen Modified tour championship on the 1/4 mile inner oval at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now he is focusing on racing at a much larger track this weekend, the Talladega Superspeedway. Andy will climb behind the wheel of a 3,400 pound Camping World Truck Series truck at Talladega Superspeedway. Andy normally drives a much lighter open wheel modified on the north and south NASCAR Whelen Modified tours in addition to running the Tri-Track Open Modified Series in New England.
Andy is no stranger to driving at the worlds fastest Superspeedway. Originally Andy attempted to qualify for the ARCA race at Daytona Speedway in February, but did not make the field. In May he again attempted to qualify for the ARCA series International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at the Talladega Superspeedway. This time he made the field and finished 2 laps down in 21st after starting 26th.
Now Andy has a chance to return to Talladega but this time driving a Camping World Truck for the #28 team owned by Jim Rosenblum out of Rahmoc Racing Engines shop in Concord, North Carolina.
We spoke to car owner Jim Rosenblum and Andy Seuss this afternoon and both are looking forward to this weekends race. Andy told us he is a little nervous but very
excited for the opportunity to race a Camping World Truck at Talladega. When we asked how this ride came about we learned that he is no stranger to the team and has crewed for the #28 for the last 3 years. Andy originally met Jim through Rahmoc where he gets the engines for his modifieds. Andy hopes to bring home the truck in one piece as if he does Jim promised they would head to Daytona for Speedweeks in February. Andy also asked us to thank the sponsors that have come on board this weekend to help get him to the track, Doug Dunleavy who has helped so many race teams, Ed Harvey who owns his championship modified on the southern tour and William E Smith Trucking.
Jim is a native New Yorker but has been around NASCAR racing for decades. He brings his FDNY Racing truck to 4-5 races a year like and said he just wants to have fun at the track. The # 28 FDNY team is a unique team made up of all former fire fighters, policemen and first responders. Each of the #28 trucks that hit the track proudly display the FDNY and NYPD logos. All the teams race earnings along with the profits from shirt and hat sales to The Widows and Children’s Fund for FDNY and NYPD. His charitable work has earned him the NY Post’s Liberty Medal and an Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY. This weekend Fox and NASCAR will show a short film about the #28 team filmed around NYC during the pre-race show. Go to FDNY Racing for more information on the team.
Tune into Fox on Saturday at 1:00PM to see Andy’s Camping World Truck debut in the Fred’s 250 presented by Coca-Cola Camping World Truck Series race.