The high level of stress that came with chasing a season championship in a NASCAR touring series was something that New Hampshire native Andy Seuss had to endure throughout the 2014 season. Those long nights of staying up late thinking about the next race made the feat of capturing the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship that much more rewarding.
Now, after a offseason of unique opportunities that came with winning a NASCAR title, Seuss is ready to get back behind the wheel and chase checkered flags. He will begin his 2015 NWSMT season this upcoming Saturday, March 14 at Caraway Speedway (NC).
“Going into Charlotte, the stress was something that I never thought I’d deal with,” Seuss said of the final event of the 2014 campaign. I remember thinking, just get through this race and I don’t want to see a race track for months. As soon as the checkered flag fell and it was ours, I wanted to go race to win again.
“The point race thing and the pressure was incredible. As soon as that was cleared, I wanted to go race again. It’s been an awesome ride, but I need to move on and go after it again.”
Although Seuss has secured his first NWSMT championship, it doesn’t mean he is going to pass up an opportunity to chase another title. But entering the 2015 season, Seuss and his Ideal Racing team are planning on using a different strategy, one that may be considered more risky. That strategy is quite simple: do whatever it takes to win races.
“It takes a certain level of perfection to win a championship when you don’t have a lot of races,” Seuss said. “I have one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to have two. Once you have one championship, you want to have two. But there’s also part of me that wants to say if I could go out and win three-quarters of the races and fall short of the championship that’s okay, too.
“Getting back into victory lane for a race win is huge. The championship is an accomplishment like no other, but winning a race is just the best feeling the world and I’m excited to go back to that. If I take a chance and it ends poorly, I’m not going to be sick to my stomach because I took my championship away.”
In recent years, the talent on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has increased significantly with a number of drivers competing for race wins. That fact alone makes Seuss’ 2014 title even more special, but it will also make return trips to victory lane a challenging feat to accomplish this upcoming season.
“Last year was tough. It showed you how tight the competition was,” said Seuss. “It makes winning last year’s championship that much more important. We don’t have a lot of full-time cars, but the quality of every car showing up just keeps getting bigger and better.”
Although his 2015 short track racing campaign begins this weekend, Seuss has already been behind the wheel on two occasions this year to benefit two great causes. Recently, Seuss returned home to New England to compete in two charity go-kart events, the DT100 for Make-A-Wish and the Racing Against Cancer 100.
“I’m very thankful to have the opportunity to be invited to two of these amazing events to benefit great causes,” Seuss remarked. “It’s great to get some time behind the wheel during the offseason, but it’s even better when it helps to benefit some good causes.”
In addition to his 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified season, Seuss plans to compete in select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events in the Northeast and will compete in the four Tri-Track Open Modified Series events at tracks throughout New England.
The green flag for the Spring Classic 150 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina is expected to wave at approx. 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 14. Fans unable to attend the event can follow Andy’s first NWSMT race of the season on the NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com updates from the track.
For more information on Seuss, visit www.andyseuss.net and follow him on Twitter at @AndySeuss.