Brunnhoelzl Returning to Concord Seeking North-South Shootout Win

northsouth11Brunnhoelzl Returning to Concord Seeking North-South Shootout Win
Four-Time NASCAR Southern Modified Champion Eager for Concord Return
(Concord, North Carolina) – The last time George Brunnhoelzl, III raced at North Carolina’s daunting Concord Speedway tri-oval was the last time the North-South Shootout was held there in 2010. He finished third that day and now he’s looking to go a couple spots better when he heads back to Concord for the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout Tour-Type Modified event on November 7.
After the 2010 season, the North-South Shootout was moved to Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway. Now that the race is back to its original home of Concord in 2015, Brunnhoelzl has his eyes solely focused on the $10,000 winner’s prize.

“I love Concord,” said Brunnhoelzl. “That’s my favorite track and the fact that they moved the race there is the reason we are going to run it. There’s no race track like it. It’s fast, it’s different, it’s fun, there’s multiple grooves and you can pass. It’s just an all-around awesome track.”

Four-time NWSMT champion Brunnhoelzl will make his return to Concord in the North-South Shootout. (Speed51.com photo)
Four-time NWSMT champion Brunnhoelzl will make
his return to Concord in the North-South Shootout. (Speed51.com photo)

The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion has never won the North-South Shootout before, nor has he ever won any Modified event at Concord. Whether he’s had a tire issue or something else happen, Brunnhoelzl is aware that he’s never been to victory lane at the Concord half mile. That goose egg in the win column is fueling his competitive fire in this year’s North-South Shootout.

“We’ve had winning cars multiple times,” he said. “We’ve just always had problems late in the race like flat tires and whatnot. It’s definitely a goal of ours to go there and try to win it. We should be more than capable of it. In our past we’ve definitely lost a couple so hopefully we can get one back.”

Brunnhoelzl said he’s hoping to make the short trip south from Mooresville where his shop is located to Concord to do some testing in advance of the big race.

“I’d definitely like to go run some laps before we get there,” said Brunnhoelzl. “I think it’s been a few years since we’ve been there. We’d definitely like to run laps and get a head start. I know some of the southern guys ran the KOMA race a few months ago, but we didn’t, so that gives them a little bit of a notebook.”

One of the reasons why Brunnhoelzl wants to win this race is to claim a win for the south. Sure, Brunnhoelzl is originally a northern guy, from Long Island, New York, but he wants to show that the Southern Tour teams can compete with the northern guys like Matt Hirschman, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece.

“If you go to Concord you’ll have the north guys be good,” said Brunnhoelzl, “but you’ll have Burt Myers and us and some of the southern guys that will be just as good. It’s the point now where the southern guys are just as strong. It’s always just great to beat anybody. Especially when you beat a full field of northern and southern guys.”

Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK 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.

ALL SYSTEMS A GO FOR 65TH SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND AT THE CHEMUNG SPEEDROME.

logo for web croppedBINGHAMTON, NY…All systems are a go for the 65th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend this Saturday and Sunday at the Chemung Speedrome.  The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will take center stage on Sunday with racing set to begin at 2:15 p.m.  Several former race champions will be returning for this year’s event.
After an early week forecast that cast some doubt on the race weekend, the forecast has changed dramatically for the better.  Both this Saturday and Sunday look very good weather wise with Sunday completely dry with temperatures expected to be in the lower 60’s.
A number of former Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 race winners are expected to contend for this year’s title.  Defending race winner Chuck Hossfeld will return as he is also chasing back to back Modified 200 winner Matt Hirschman in the 2015 Tour Point Championship.  This Sunday will decide the championship between the long time rivals.
Other former Modified 200 race winner T.J. Potrzebowski will be looking to garner his second win in this event in front of the home town crowd.  Potrzebowski from Elmira was the 2006 race winner at the Oswego Speedway and would like nothing more than to get the job done in front of the home town fans.  Zane Zeiner, the 2011 race winner is expected to make his return to the Chemung Speedrome in hopes of becoming a two-time winner.
Four time Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 race winner George Kent from Horseheads, NY is also working on securing a ride for this Sundays event.  He is expected to try and win his fifth and record breaking Modified 200 victory.
On Saturday the racing program will get underway at 6 p.m. featuring the RoC Sportsman in a 125 lap feature event.  Jimmy Zacharias from Candor, NY is the 2015 Chemung Speedrome and New York State NASCAR Champion in the class. The INEX Legends cars will compete in their richest paying event in the northeast this season on Saturday presented by Northern PA Notary.  A Four Cylinder Open and Bandolero race program will complete the evening of racing.
Sunday racing will get underway at 2:15 p.m. with the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 the center of the action.  The Super Stocks will do battle in a 75 lap affair with a FWD Four Cylinder event capping the day of racing.
The Race of Champions offices can be contacted at 607-775-5555 or by emailing the office at rocpavement@aol.com.  Tickets can be purchased by phoning the speedway offices and using your major credit card.  A full weekend schedule and pricing can be found at www.raceofchampionsweekend.com.  Kids 5 and younger will be admitted FREE of charge both days!

 

Weather Causes NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Postponement

nascar whelen mod sou[2]MTP Tire 150 At Hickory Moved To Sunday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2015) – Due to impending severe weather expected to hit North Carolina later this week, NASCAR and officials at Hickory Motor Speedway have preemptively moved the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race to Sunday, Oct. 4.

The MTP Tire 150 was originally scheduled for the North Carolina track on Saturday. The schedule for Sunday is still being finalized; NASCAR and track officials will continue to monitor the weather situation and make updates accordingly.

The race is the 10th in an 11-race schedule, and defending series champion Andy Seuss leads brothers Burt and Jason Myers by 10 points apiece. Four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III is just 13 points out of the lead and won the race at Hickory in 2011, the last time the tour visited the .363-mile oval.

Following the Hickory event, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will conclude the season on Thursday, Oct. 8 on the front stretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

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