SOUTH BOSTON, VA - It was a nice afternoon for a drive for Andy Seuss.
The Hampstead, NH, driver dominated and won Saturday's South Boston 150 in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action under a blue sky at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA.
Seuss became the first repeat winner in six visits to the .4-mile Virginia oval for the tour. He won the Southern Tour's inaugural visit to the track in 2009. The victory was the 17th of Suess' career and the second in three outings this season behind the wheel of his No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet.
Seuss, who started second on the grid, took the lead from pole sitter Danny Bohn, who won his second career Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, in the opening laps and made it look easy from there. Seuss had to survive five restarts, but was able to handle challenges from Bohn, J.R. Bertuccio and Kyle Ebersole in short order.
Four-time and defending Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III charged to the front and finished second after starting from the rear of the field. He qualified seventh, but had to drop to the rear prior to the initial green flag due to an unapproved adjustment to the car following qualifying.
Bohn crossed the line in third for his first top-five finish of the season followed by Luke Fleming in fourth and J.R. Bertuccio in fifth. Brothers Burt and Jason Myers, Gary Putnam, rookie Joe Ryan Osborne and Ebersole completed the top 10.
With the win, Seuss wrestled the points lead from Bertuccio, who led by a single point coming into the event. Seuss now holds an eight-point advantage over Bertuccio with Brunnhoelzl lurking at just 10 tallies off the pace.
Seuss' 17 victories is second only to Brunnhoelzl's 20 on the all-time wins list for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Dawsonville, GA's Spencer Davis started the day in the sixth positon, but was caught up in a lap 139 accident that ended his day, relegating him to a 13th place finish.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is back on the track on Saturday, April 12 for the Courtyard By Marriott/Pepsi 150 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA
South Boston 150 - April 5, 2014
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 2 11 Andy Seuss Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet 150 48 5 Running
2 7 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III Composite Tech./Performance Tech. Chevrolet 150 42 Running
3 1 65 Danny Bohn Rustoleum/Cedar Peaks Enterprises Chevrolet 150 42 1 Running
4 12 40 Luke Fleming AutosByNelson.com/Koma Unwind Ford 150 40 Running
5 5 2 JR Bertuccio Gershow Recycling/Hagerman Systems Chevrolet 150 39 Running
6 17 1 Burt Myers Citrusafe/Spdwy Auto Auction/Adams Ford 150 38 Running
7 9 4 Jason Myers Adams Towing/Corks Caps & Taps Ford 150 37 Running
8 14 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records Chevrolet 150 36 Running
9 4 15 Joe Ryan Osborne * Cycle Max/Joie of Seating Chevrolet 150 35 Running
10 3 5 Kyle Ebersole Ebersole Excavating Ford 150 34 Running
11 8 97 Bryan Dauzat O.B. Builders Chevrolet 148 33 Running
12 16 12 Mike Norman North Pt. Chrysler Jeep/Trailers of the East Coast 146 32 Running
13 6 79 Spencer Davis * Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac 139 31 Accident
14 11 43 David Calabrese DiamondBack Towing Chevrolet 139 30 Accident
15 13 99 A.J. Winstead Health Diagnostic Laboratory Chevrolet 137 29 Accident
16 10 7 Thomas Stinson Dennis' Towing & Recovery Chevrolet 109 28 Accident
17 15 51 Bobby Measmer, Jr. * Powerhouse Rcyclng./Haas Automation Chevrolet 50 27 Mechanical
Fastest Qualifier: Danny Bohn, Time: 14.784 Seconds, Speed: 97.403 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 59 mins, 12 secs Average Speed: 60.811 mph Margin of Victory: 1.889 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 47-51 (Debris on front stretch); 76 (Half Way Break); 111-118 (Accident on backstretch, cars No. 7, 99, 43); 134-138 (Car No. 97 spins on Turn 3); 140-144 (Cars No. 79, 97, 12, 99 accident on back stretch). 5 for 24 laps.
Lap Leaders: Andy Seuss 1-51, Danny Bohn 52, Andy Seuss 53-150.
Total Laps Led: Andy Seuss 149, Danny Bohn 1. 2 changes involving 2 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Andy Seuss 136, JR Bertuccio 128, George Brunnhoelzl, III 126, Burt Myers 117, Luke Fleming 114, Danny Bohn 112, Jason Myers 109, Kyle Ebersole 106, Gary Putnam 105, Joe Ryan Osborne * 105
Next Race: April 12, Langley 150
* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender