One year after winning his first tour championship, Andy Seuss once again found himself in the middle of a tight battle at the top of the standings heading into Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Langley Speedway (VA). The Hampstead, New Hampshire battled to a strong third-place finish that has him now sitting just one point out of the championship lead with three races remaining.
Seuss started off his night at Langley by recording a fast lap in time trials that had him just 0.08 seconds off the pole time. He started second in the 150-lap feature event and stayed near the front for the majority of the race.
A restart with two laps to go would set Seuss up to make his move for the lead on a green-white-checkered finish. He did just that by getting a great restart and jumping out to the advantage over George Brunnhoelzl, III. Seuss would lead lap 148 before being run up the track by Brunnhoelzl. That forced Suess to fall back before he eventually crossed under the checkered flag in the final podium spot.
“It was close,” Seuss said of the battle for the lead. “We just didn’t have track position on the 28. I think our cars were really close. We could kind of play cat-and-mouse. I could fall back and save my tires a little bit. I thought that green-white-checkered was going to be perfect.
“Georgie spun his tires and I got the lead and then he drove into the side of me the next two laps. The outside is a little tough here so he had the preferred lane and the second lane and pushed me into the third lane so I couldn’t capitalize on it.”
After the race, Seuss was discouraged that he didn’t get a fair chance at battling for the race lead.
“We came here to win a race. I just feel like we weren’t run very clean, that is what frustrates me the most,” Seuss stated. “They had the track position and the best race going, but I think our cars were even. We had a great shot on the green-white-checkered and just weren’t driven fairly.”
Despite not being able to fight for the finish he felt his No. 11 Ideal Racing team deserved, Seuss was grateful for the car his team put under him.
“These guys on the Ideal Racing team gave me a car that was able to contend for a win and I can’t thank them enough for that,” Seuss said. “At the end of the day, it’s frustrating because we didn’t get the win but it’s good to have another strong run with these guys. We will head to South Boston where hopefully we can pick up a win and get back on top of the points.”
Before Seuss heads to South Boston, he will head back to the Northeast to compete in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday, September 13.
For more information on Seuss, visit www.andyseuss.net and follow him on Twitter at @AndySeuss.