NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Dogwood 150 At Caraway Speedway

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 13, 2016) – The spring portion of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule will conclude Saturday at Caraway Speedway with the Dogwood 150. This will be the second of four scheduled visits to the track for the tour this year. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at Caraway:

Dogwood 150 Setup:

  • Burt Myers used a late pit stop to retake the lead and score the win in the season opener at Caraway in March.
  • George Brunnhoelzl III enters the Dogwood 150 as the winner of the previous two tour events. The West Babylon, New York, native already owns the track record for most tour wins at Caraway with 12.
  • Seuss and Brunnhoelzl have combined to win 15 of the last 22 tour races at Caraway, and 23 of 35 since 2008.

At Caraway Speedway:

History

  • Caraway Speedway is celebrating its 51st season of competition this year. The .455-mile oval opened in 1966 as a dirt track and was paved in 1972.
  • Caraway held three NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-83, won by Dale Earnhardt, Jack Ingram and Butch Lindley.
  • Caraway has featured weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing each year since 1986.
  • The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway Speedway was held on March 26, 2005 and was won by Ted Christopher.

Notebook

  • Caraway has held the most events in NWSMT history with 57 entering this race. No other track has played host to more than 11.
  • There have been 12 different winners across the 57 previous NWSMT events at Caraway, led by Brunnhoelzl with 12.
  • Eight different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at Caraway since the first race in 2005. Burt Myers leads that contingent with 13. He was also the inaugural event’s polesitter.
  • Jason Myers first career tour pole set the track qualifying record in the 2015 season opener. He won the pole for the same event this year as well.
  • Jason Myers is also the only driver to compete in all 57 previous NWSMT events at Caraway.
  • Brian Loftin, Junior Miller and L.W. Miller combined to win 17 of the first 21 NWSMT races at Caraway. Brunnhoelzl and Andy Seuss have accounted for 23 victories in the last 35 trips.
  • L.W. Miller holds the record for consecutive victories at Caraway with five, which spanned the 2006-07 seasons. Seuss is second with four straight wins between the 2013-14 seasons.
  • Seven Caraway races have been won wire-to-wire, including back-to-back such wins by Seuss in 2014.
  • Seuss was the youngest Caraway race winner on Oct. 4, 2008, at 21 years, six months, 19 days.
  • Junior Miller was the oldest Caraway victor at 55 years, four months, 14 days on Sept. 9, 2006.

Caraway Speedway Data

Race: #4 of 11 overall, 2 of 4 at Caraway

Track Layout:  .455-mile asphalt oval

Banking/Turns:  13 degrees

Banking/Straights:  9 degrees

Race Length:  150 laps / 68.25 miles

Qualifying/Race Data

2015 Pole Winner:  Ryan Preece

2015 Race Winner:  Andy Seuss

Track Qualifying Record:  Jason Myers, Ford, 15.563 sec., 105.250 mph, March 15, 2015

Active Category Leaders at Caraway:

Wins

  1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 12
  2. Andy Seuss … 11
  3. Burt Myers … 3

Poles

  1. Burt Myers … 13
  2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 11
  3. Andy Seuss … 8

Top Fives

  1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 27
  2. Andy Seuss … 25
  3. Burt Myers … 22

Jason Myers … 22

Top 10s

  1. Jason Myers … 43
  2. Burt Myers … 40
  3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 34

Laps Led

  1. Andy Seuss … 1,678
  2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,485
  3. Burt Myers … 629

Laps Completed

  1. Burt Myers … 7,844
  2. Jason Myers … 7,817
  3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 6,497

Starts

  1. Jason Myers … 57
  2. Burt Myers … 55
  3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 44

Andy Seuss … 44

 Selected Driver Highlights:

JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)

  • Has two wins and 27 top 10s in 49 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway (NWSMT) in 2014.
  • Enjoyed his best career finish to date in 2014 when he finished fourth in the final points standings.
  • Has six top fives and 13 top 10s in 22 career starts at Caraway Speedway.

 

Danny Bohn (No. 40 Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/William Smith Trucking Chevrolet)

  • This New Jersey native has four wins, six poles, 21 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes in 43 career starts.
  • Finished in the top 10 in the final standings each year from 2012-14 and competed part-time last year. Returned to full-time competition this season with Frank and Chris Fleming.
  • Has an average finish of sixth with a pair of wins, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 12 career Caraway starts.

Kyle Bonsignore (No. 22 Snap-On Tools Chevrolet)

  • Has made five career NWSMT starts with one top-five and two top-10 finishes coming earlier this season.
  • Collected his first career top-five finish on the southern tour last Saturday at South Boston.
  • One of two Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders this season in the NWSMT.

 George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/Comp. Tech. Chevrolet)

  • Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).
  • Has 27 wins, 26 poles, 53 podiums, 69 top fives, 84 top 10s and 3,601 laps led in 106 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 a season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008. Ran on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.
  • Has 12 wins, 11 poles, 23 podiums, 27 top fives, 34 top 10s and 1,485 laps led in 44 starts at Caraway.
  • Has finished on the podium in 22 of his last 29 starts at Caraway, including all 12 wins.

Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)

  • Has two wins, 21 top fives and 36 top 10s in 49 career starts. The first victory was earned at Langley Speedway in 2013 and the second came at South Boston Speedway in 2014.
  • Has an average finish of eighth with nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes with a career-best showing of second (2013) in 19 career Caraway starts.

Jeremy Gerstner (No. 15 GMR Lawncare/The Carriage House Restaurant Chevrolet)

  • Competing fulltime again this season for veteran modified car owner Grady Jeffreys Sr.
  • Has scored two top-five finishes and 10 top 10s in 28 career starts with a best finish of third at Bowman Gray in 2015.
  • Scored his first top-10 finish at Caraway in this year’s season opener and has made nine previous starts at the track.

 Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 74 Lead 2 Real Estate/Racing Electronics Chevrolet)

  • The Concord, N.C., driver has one pole (South Boston, 2015), four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts.
  • Has two top-fives and five top-10 finishes in nine career starts at Caraway.
  • Finished a career-best second in the season opener in March and also collected his only other career top-five finish on the tour at Caraway last spring.

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

  • The 2010 NWSMT champion has 17 wins, a tour record 29 poles, 71 top fives and 109 top 10s in 131 career starts.
  • Won the season opener at Caraway and now has three wins, a record 13 poles, 22 top fives and 40 top 10s in 55 career Caraway starts.
  • Was the NWSMT’s inaugural event pole sitter at Caraway, and won the second-ever race there on April 9, 2005.

Jason Myers (No. 4 Moorefield Enterprises Ford)

  • Has recorded three wins, 44 top fives and 101 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 135 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 11 seasons.
  • Is the only driver to participate in all 56 previous NWSMT races at Caraway, where he has a win (2013), a pole (2015), 21 top fives and a record 42 top 10s.

Richie Pallai Jr. (No. 79 MAHLE/Coors Light Pontiac)

  • Has two top-10 finishes in three career starts on the southern tour.
  • Has 46 starts in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with one top five (Lime Rock Park, 2011) and eight top-10 finishes.
  • This will be his second start at Caraway. He finished ninth in this first start at the track in March. Pallai, led by crew chief David Hill, rebounded from problems in practice to improve seven spots during the race for his first career top-10 finish in the southern tour.

Austin Pickens (No. 33 Greenbriar Landscape Chevrolet)

  • Has made three starts this season competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Recorded first career top-10 finish last week at South Boston.
  • Joins Gerstner as the only other full-time competitor in the NWSMT this season from the state of Florida. The Orlando native drives for veteran car owner Gary Fountain Sr.

Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)

  • Has 27 top 10s in 58 career starts with a career best finish of fifth at Caraway in 2013.
  • Finished in the top 10 in the final 2015 standings with six top 10s in 10 races, equaling his career-best showing of eighth place in 2014.
  • Has 11 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 24 career starts at Caraway.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Davis Roofing/Vestal Chevrolet)

  • Has 21 wins, 12 poles, 65 top fives and 85 top 10s in 107 career NWSMT starts. His 21 wins rank second all-time.
  • Ranks second to George Brunnhoelzl III with 11 career wins at Caraway. Also has nine poles, 25 top fives, 33 top 10s and led a record 1,678 laps led in 44 total starts there.
  • Four of his five career wire-to-wire wins have come at Caraway, including the first two races held in 2014 at the track.

Up To Speed:

  • Burt Myers made a late pass around Danny Bohn to pick up the season-opening win and 17th overall in his career in the southern tour.
  • George Brunnhoelzl III made a late pass by Ted Christopher to add to his record-setting number of wins on the tour with his first victory of the year and 26th overall.
  • Brunnhoelzl won back-to-back races on the schedule for the seventh time in his career after taking the checkered flag in the South Boston 150.

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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Caraway

Brunnhoelzl Enters Dogwood 150 Red Hot After Back-To-Back Wins

 

 George Brunnhoelzl III captured his 26th career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Thursday at Charlotte. Jared Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR
George Brunnhoelzl III Jared Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2016) – George Brunnhoelzl III hopes to pick up one more win before the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s annual Spring Break. The friendly confines of Caraway Speedway may provide the perfect recipe.

Brunnhoelzl, who already owns the Caraway record for most tour wins with 12, heads to the .455-mile track for the Dogwood 150 on a two-race win streak. The four-time tour champion has used wins at Concord and South Boston Speedways to move within one point of leader Burt Myers (133-132), who won the season opener at Caraway in March.

Myers’s opener triumph was his first win at Caraway since 2014. He has finished in the top-five in all three races this season for his best start in years on the tour. The Walnut Cove, North Carolina, driver was able to hold off Bobby Measmer Jr. for the March win.

Defending NWSMT champion Andy Seuss won this race last season and sits just one win behind Brunnhoelzl at Caraway. He finished fifth in the season opener last month.

Following the Dogwood 150 the southern tour will go on a 12-week hiatus before returning to action on July 1 at Caraway.

RACE: Dogwood 150

PLACE: Caraway Speedway, Sophia, North Carolina

TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET (approx.)

TRACK LAYOUT: .455-mile asphalt oval

2015 WINNER: Andy Seuss
2015 POLE SITTER: Ryan Preece

EVENT SCHEDULE: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting: 2 p.m.; Practice 3 – 4 p.m.: Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.

TRACK TWITTER: @carawayspeedway

EVENT HASHTAG: #Dogwood150

TRACK CONTACT: Renee Hackett, (336) 629-5803; renee@carawayspeedway.co

Fast Facts

The Race: The Dogwood 150 at Caraway Speedway will be the fourth of 11 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship events in 2016. This is the tour’s 58th visit to the historic oval, and the second of four races this year at the track.

 The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (68.25 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

 The Track: Caraway is a .455-mile banked asphalt oval located in rural Sophia, North Carolina. The facility opened in 1966 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1972. Caraway, which features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, has played host to more NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events than any other track in the tour’s history (57).

 The Records: Jason Myers set the tour’s track qualifying record on March 15, 2015 with a mark of 15.563 seconds (105.250 mph).

 Dogwood 150 Notes

Gerstner Returns After Bad Luck at South Boston: Jeremy Gerstner returns to action this Saturday after bad luck at South Boston when he spun during practice and was hit by Bobby Measmer Jr. Although Measmer was able to take the green flag and make a few laps the damage to Gerstner’s Chevrolet was too severe and he was forced to withdraw from the event.

 Jason Myers Keeps Streak Alive: Jason Myers is the only driver in the history of the tour to start all 57 previous races held at Caraway Speedway. He has one win, 22 top fives and 43 top 10s at the track.

Bohn Joins Former Winners in the Field: Danny Bohn will join Burt Myers, Jason Myers, Brunnhoelzl, and Seuss as past Caraway winners in the Dogwood 150 starting lineup.

Two-Driver Rookie Battle Shaping Up: Bay Shore, New York, native Kyle Bonsignore and Orlando, Florida’s Austin Pickens will battle for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season in the southern tour. After three races, Bonsignore has won a pair of rookie of the race honors heading into the Dogwood 150.

 

Joe Arena Dominates Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine

Defending Champ Picks Up Where He Left Off

 STONINGTON, CT – Just two months ago Joe Arena (Bristol, CT) was crowned the inaugural North East Street Stock Tour Champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Raceway Restaurant (CT). This weekend he began his title defense with a dominating win on the historic 5/8-mile oval, leading all 20 laps in the Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine.

Arena and 2015 NESST Rookie of the Year, Jim Boyle (Waterford, CT) led the seventeen-car field to the green.  Arena jumped out to an early lead in his No. 74 Hen House BBW/Traditional Mortgage/Dalena Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo, while 2016 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Limited Sportsman Champion, Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA), and series newcomer, Jim Sylvia (Middletown, RI) began marching their way through the field.   The two veteran drivers would end up finishing sixth and ninth, respectively.  Sundeen received the $50 bonus from RAD Auto Machine for advancing the most positions (11) during the event.

Arena’s lead was erased twice by caution flags, one coming on lap 10 and the other on lap 13. Once racing resumed, Arena withstood challenges from Thompson veterans, Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT), and Steve Kenneway (Lowell, MA), but was able to hold both off.

“I was pretty calm about that first restart, but then the second one I thought about Steve Kenneway, he’s a tough competitor like me. I want to thank Corey (Hutchings) for giving me a little push there of two on the restart. That really bolted us to the front there,” the veteran driver went on to say.

Arena began his title defense with his second NESST win. The first came last year at Speedway 51.  By virtue of his position at the halfway mark, Arena also received the Dur-A-Flex halfway bonus, as well as a $200 certificate from Coastline Fire Protection for his race win.

Kyle Casagrande, who won his heat race, was involved in a mid-race skirmish, and lost the most positions during the event, receiving both the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Unlucky Dog Award as well as a $50 bonus from RAD Auto Machine.

For full results for the Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine, visit www.nestreetstocktour.com.  Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The next NESST event will take place May 6 at Claremont Speedway (NH).

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