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Whelen So. Mod Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing the Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway
Tim Southers, NASCAR
September 21, 2016 - 8:49am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action this Saturday at Caraway Speedway with the Caraway 150. This will be the fourth 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:

Caraway 150 Setup:
• Two-time defending tour champion Andy Seuss won the most recent race held at Caraway Speedway on July 1, winning the Davis Roofing 150 to tie him with George Brunnhoelzl for the most wins at the track with 12.
• 2010 tour champion Burt Myers won the first two tour race held at Caraway winning the Dogwood 150 in April, in addition to winning in the season opener at the track in March.
• Seuss and Brunnhoelzl have combined to win 17 of the last 27 tour races at Caraway, and 24 of 37 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 won by Ted Christopher.

Notebook
• Caraway has held the most events in NWSMT history with 59 entering this race. No other track has played host to more than 11.
• There have been 12 different winners across the 59 previous NWSMT events at Caraway, led by Brunnhoelzl and Seuss with 12.
• 11 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, who set the track record in qualifying for the 2015 season opener for his first career pole on the tour and repeated this season winning the pole in the season opener, is the only driver to compete in all 59 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 wins most recently 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: #10 of 11 overall, 4 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:  No Event Held
2015 Race Winner:  No Event Held
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 … 12
3. Burt Myers … 4

Poles
1. Burt Myers … 13
2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 11
3. Andy Seuss … 9

Top Fives
1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 29
2. Andy Seuss … 27
3. Burt Myers … 24
    Jason Myers … 23

Top 10s
1. Jason Myers … 44
2. Burt Myers … 42
3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 36

Laps Led
1. Andy Seuss … 1,709
2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,486
3. Burt Myers … 736

Laps Completed
1. Burt Myers … 8,144
2. Jason Myers … 8,024
3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 6,797

Starts
1. Jason Myers … 59
2. Burt Myers … 57
3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 46
    Andy Seuss … 46

Selected Driver Highlights:
Danny Bohn (No. 40 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair/William Smith Trucking Chevrolet)

• This New Jersey native has four wins, seven poles, 25 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes in 49 career starts.
• Finished in the top 10 in the final standings each year from 2012-14 and competed part-time last year.
• Returns to full-time competition this season with Frank and Chris Fleming.
• Has an average finish of fifth with a pair of wins, nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 14 career Caraway starts.

Kyle Bonsignore (No. 22 Snap-On Tools Chevrolet)
• Has made 11 career NWSMT starts with his best finish to date a runner-up showing at South Boston last weekend. He has two top-five and six top-10 finishes coming earlier this season.
• Collected his first career top-five finish on the southern tour in April at South Boston.
• One of two Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders this season in the NWSMT.
• Finished seventh at Caraway in July.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair/Comp. Tech. Chevrolet)
• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).
• Has 27 wins, 26 poles, 55 podiums, 72 top fives, 88 top 10s and 3,106 laps led in 112 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.
• Competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.
• Has 12 wins, 11 poles, 24 podiums, 29 top fives, 36 top 10s and 1,486 laps led in 46 starts at Caraway.
• Has finished on the podium in 23 of his last 31 starts at Caraway, including all 12 wins.

Jeremy Gerstner (No. 15 GMR Lawncare/Carriage House Restaurant Chevrolet)
• Competing fulltime this season for modified veteran car owner Grady Jeffreys Sr.
• Has scored three top-five, 14 top 10s in 34 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 11 previous starts at the track.

Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 74 Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet)
• The Concord, N.C., driver has one win (East Carolina, 2016), one pole (South Boston, 2015), eight top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in 33 career starts.
• Has two top-fives and six top-10 finishes in 10 career starts at Caraway.
• Has two top-five finishes this season as Caraway.

Burt Myers (No. 1 Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction Ford)
• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 19 wins, a tour record 30 poles, 76 top fives and 115 top 10s in 137 career starts.
• Finished third in the final standings last season with four wins, nine top fives and 12 top 10s in 14 races.
• Won the season opener and the most recent race at Caraway in April and now has four wins, a record 13 poles, 24 top fives and 42 top 10s in 57 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 Adams Towing/Moorefield Enterprises Ford)
• Has recorded three wins, 47 top fives and 106 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 141 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 11 seasons.
• Finished 2015 a career-best third place in the final standings as the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race all season.
• Is the only driver to participate in all 59 previous NWSMT races at Caraway, where he has a win (2013), a pole (2015), 22 top fives and a record 44 top 10s.
• Won the Coors Light Pole Award in the season opener and established the current track qualifying record last season with a fast time of 15.563 seconds (105.250 mph).

Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)
• Has 30 top 10s in 63 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 12 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 26 career starts at Caraway.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Davis Roofing/Vestal Buick GMC Chevrolet)
• Has 22 wins, 12 poles, 69 top fives and 91 top 10s in 113 career NWSMT starts. His 22 wins rank second all-time.
• Finished first in the championship standings last season with a pair of wins at Caraway and one at South Boston. He had 12 top fives and was the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 14 races.
• Tied with George Brunnhoelzl III with 12 career wins at Caraway. Also has nine poles, 27 top fives, 35 top 10s and led a record 1,709 laps led in 46 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 III 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.
• Burt Myers held off his brother Jason is winning the Dogwood 150 in the most recent race on the tour at Caraway in April. First time in his career he’s picked up two wins before the annual spring break.
• Andy Seuss picked up his first win of the season at Caraway Speedway. The two-time defending tour champion now has 12 wins at the track.
• Burt Myers held off his brother Jason to score his second career tour win at Bowman Gray Stadium and score his third win overall on the season.
• Kyle Ebersole finished just ahead of Andy Seuss in the NWMT/NWSMT combination race at Bristol to be the top placing southern tour regular which credits him with his third career win on the tour.
• Bobby Measmer Jr. won his first career tour race at East Carolina Motor Speedway when he won the weather-delayed Visit Martin County 150.
• James Civali returned to drive the Susan Hill-owned Pontiac and picked up his first win of the season in just his third start driving part-time this season at South Boston Speedway.