Brunnhoelzl Makes Famed Winners List at Bowman Gray
 

George Brunnhoelzl smiling in Winner’s Circle after winning the Strutmasters.com 199. photo by Eric Hylton Photography

(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) It was a caution-filled event as competitors from hundreds of miles away came to try their hand at racing at “the Madhouse.” The Strutmasters.com 199 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour saw 13 cautions, plenty of wrecks, and the aggressive style of racing that Bowman Gray Stadium is known for.
            And when the checkered flag waved, George Brunnhoelzl III of West Babylon, NY made history by claiming the victory.
            Stadium regular Burt Myers of Walnut Cove qualified on the pole with Brunnhoelzl turning the second fastest lap and starting on the outside front-row.
            Myers claimed the top spot during the initial start and defended his lead during the first three double-file restarts. But on the fourth restart, Brunnhoelzl powered ahead on the outside to grab the lead.
             The 09 of Brunnhoelzl seemed impossible to stop, fending off Burt Myers and Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT. But Myers and Preece battled fiercely with each other for second as they swapped position back and forth.
            Then a long stretch of green flag laps allowed Brunnhoelzl to put an impressive distance between him and the rest of the field. As Myers and Preece nursed their tires, Brunnhoelzl pulled nearly a straightaway ahead.
            “We had a really good car. When we had a green flag, we were awesome,” said Brunnhoelzl.
            Danny Bohn of Huntersville fought his way forward to challenge Myers for third. The two bumped and Myers fell back. Myers then gave Bohn a strong nudge to the rear bumper, and Bohn spun. “The way I see it, it was just good hard racing,” said Myers. “You come to Bowman Gray, and you’re going to get dirty.”
            Preece then began to apply the heat to Brunnhoelzl, slipping inside and bumping the left rear of Brunnhoelzl. During a restart, Preece slipped past Brunnhoelzl on the outside, but Brunnhoelzl quickly delivered a stout tap that sent Preece sliding out of the lead. “I knew he was there, and that it would be a battle,” said Brunnhoelzl. “From what everyone says, that’s Bowman Gray racing.”

George Brunnhoelzl (09) being pressured by Ryan Preece (41). photo by Eric Hylton Photography

            During the final lap, Preece had a run-in with Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH – both wrecked, allowing Tim Brown of Rural Hall to grab a second place finish. “We drove down in there, and I saw the 11 [of Seuss] and the 41 [of Preece] racing really hard,” said Brown. “They went off into three there, and they washed up the racetrack. I just cut her left, stood on the gas, and wound up second.”
           Brunnhoelzl’s victory was a historic achievement – making him the 124th winner of a featured event at Bowman Gray Stadium. That adds him to the list of such legendary winners as Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, and Glen Wood.
           “It’s an accomplishment - to be on the same list as those guys is incredible,” said Brunnhoelzl. “Something you can always wish for, but it’s tough to make it happen. So we made it happen tonight, and that’s a feat within itself.”
           Cole Powell of Mt. Brydges, Ontario finished third, with Jason Myers of Walnut Cove taking fourth.
           In the 40-lap race for the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Zack Clifton of Walkertown grabbed the checkered flag after rubbing fenders with Michael Adams of Yadkinville. Rich Hunter of Winston-Salem claimed second, and Taylor Branch of Lewisville finished third.
           Johnny Arnder of Mount Airy brought home the victory in the 20-lapper for the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. John Holleman of Winston-Salem and David Sumner of Trinity finished second and third.
           In the Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville took the win – his sixth victory this season.
           After curfew led to the postponement of the East Coast Flathead Fords on Friday, Johnny Johnson brought home the win on Saturday.

 

Race Results

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Strutmasters.com 199 – 204 laps completed (race extended due to caution)

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

09

George Brunnhoelzl, III

West Babylon, NY

2

02

Tim Brown

Cana, VA

3

73

Cole Powell

Mt. Brydges, Ontario Canada

4

4

Jason Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

5

11

Andy Seuss

Hampstead, NH

6

51

Kyle Ebersole

Hummelstown, PA

7

40

Frank Fleming

Mount Airy, NC

8

12

Mike Norman

Lewisville, NC

9

1

Burt Myers

Walnut Cove, NC

10

65

Danny Bohn

Freehold, NJ

11

41

Ryan Preece

Berlin, CT

12

37

Jose Scarbrough

Richmond, VA

13

88

L. W. Miller

Dushore, PA

14

80

Michael Speeney

Newtown, PA

15

97

Bryan Dauzat

Alexandria, LA

16

25

John Smith

Mount Airy, NC

17

79

Jon McKennedy

Chelmsford, MA

18

48

Jonny Kievman

Deerfield Beach, FL

19

70

Jeremy Gerstner

Wesley Chapel, FL

20

01

Brian Weber

Coram, NY

21

77

Gary Putnam

Concord, NC

22

23

Brian Loftin

Lexington, NC

23

7

Thomas Stinson

Chester, VA

24

9

AJ Winstead

Richmond, VA

25

44

Brandon Ward

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Webb Heating and A/C Co. Sportsman Series:
Sportsman race: 40 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

81

Zack Clifton

Walkertown, NC

2

71

Rich Hunter

Winston-Salem, NC

3

86

Taylor Branch

Lewisville, NC

4

19

Michael Adams

Yadkinville, NC

5

92

Kyle Southern

King, NC

6

72

Bryant Robertson

Lexington, NC

7

31

Mike Robertson

Lexington, NC

8

55

Zack Ore

Winston-Salem, NC

9

38

Mitch Gales

Thomasville,NC

10

70

Noah Triplett

Tyro, NC

11

52

David Sell

Winston-Salem, NC

12

20

David Creed

Ararat, NC

13

79

John Lain

Kernersville, NC

14

3

Jeff Garrison

Arcadia, NC

15

22

Stacey Miller

Kernersville, NC

16

07

Danny Cornwell

Clemmons, NC

17

11

Wayne Hill

Winston-Salem, NC

18

12

Evan Duggins

Rural Hall, NC

19

9

David Adams

Yadkinville, NC

20

8

Bobby Reed

Clemmons, NC

21

18

Kenny Bost

Lexington, NC

22

02

Derek Stoltz

Walkertown, NC

23

26

Michael Tilley

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series
Street Stock race: 20 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

25

Johnny Arnder

Mount Airy, NC

2

4

John Holleman

Winston-Salem, NC

3

1

David Sumner

Trinity, NC

4

12

Doug Wall

Pfafftown, NC

5

98

Billy Gregg

Lexington, NC

6

44

Daniel Fishel

Greensboro, NC

7

18

Tim Vaden

Kernersville, NC

8

66

Whitney Clifton

Walkertown, NC

9

05

Spencer Martin

Winston-Salem, NC

10

8

K.J. Stimpson

Lewisville, NC

11

55

Stephen Baker

Kernersville, NC

12

28

Bobby Whiteman

Pelham, NC

13

13

Kevin Gilbert

Pfafftown, NC

14

21

Justin Taylor

King, NC

15

17

Brian Doty

Winston-Salem, NC

16

51

Chris Smith

Walkertown, NC

 

Summer Shootout Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock "A" Race: 15 laps

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

1

24

A.J. Sanders

Mocksville, NC

2

61

Charlie Curry

Lexington, NC

3

8

Shane Southard

Yadkinville, NC

4

7

Chris Allison

Mocksville, NC

5

44

Wesley Thompson

Mocksville, NC

6

81

Chuck Wall

Lexington, NC

7

62

Kevin Hedgecock

Thomasville, NC

8

01

Jason Keaton

Mocksville, NC

9

26

Derek Taylor

Yadkinville, NC

10

60

Ted Mickalowski

Mocksville, NC

11

1H

Daniel Yates

Lexington, NC

12

42

Phillip Wright

King, NC

13

29

Cody Arrington

Mount Airy, NC

14

55

Tyler Burke

Winston-Salem, NC

15

4

Andrew Sanders

Mocksville, NC

16

16

Stephen Sanders

Winston-Salem, NC

17

13

Chase Hunt

Lexington, NC

18

89

Joseph Swanson

Rural Hall, NC

19

1

Rob Young

Winston-Salem, NC

20

98

T.J. Cox

Winston-Salem, NC

 

East Coast Flathead Ford Association: 20 laps (Top Three Listed Only)

Finish

Car

Driver

Hometown

1

53

Johnny Johnson

Tobaccoville, NC

2

55

John Barrow

Kernersville, NC

3

6

James Rogers

Ridgeway, VA