For the second time this season Andy Seuss led flag-to-flag in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition at Caraway Speedway – this time winning the Triad Commercial Property Services 150.
Although he led every lap on the final rundown, it was anything but easy for Seuss, who also won the race at Caraway in March after leading every lap.
“We knew L.W. (Miller) was going to be tough because he has been real good everywhere this year,” Seuss said in Victory Lane. “We were a little bit free coming off (the turns) and he knew my weak spot.”
Seuss was making reference to Miller making contact with Seuss on Lap 139 to get him loose and pull in front. However, while the two were racing hard up front, it bunched up the field and Johnny Kievman spun in Turn 2 to bring out the caution before Miller could officially lead a lap putting Seuss back out front.
“Thankfully for us the caution came out and we got lined back up in front and we were good from there.”
Miller, who also finished second to Seuss in March, still had a good night although he wanted to pick up another win.
“We got in traffic one time and got by him and lucky for him the caution came out,” Miller said. “The best car won the race and we had the second-best car.”
The win was Seuss’ eighth career win on the NWSMT and fourth tour victory at the .455-mile track in Asheboro, N.C.
John Smith followed Seuss and Miller across the line for third. Burt Myers was fourth, with 2009 champion George Brunnhoelzl III in fifth.
Brandon Hire was sixth, followed by James Civali, Jason Myers, Zach Brewer, and Jonathan Kievman.
Civali, who entered the night with a slight five-point lead over Miller in the point standings, never was a factor for the win and with his seventh-place finish, enable Miller to retake the lead and Seuss to also move past him for second place.
Miller now leads with 1,139 points and Seuss is now within seven points of the lead at 1,132. Civali is third, 19 points behind Miller.
The race was caution-free for the first 89 laps until Gary Putnam and Greg Butcher both spun on the frontstretch to bring out the yellow. The caution evaporated the lead Seuss and Miller put on the field.
The only other multi-car incident occurred on lap 132 after Frank Fleming and Josh Nichols both made hard contact into the Turn 1 wall in front of Seuss and Miller. Both lead cars were able to swerve and miss the accident with Miller diving down on the exit lane from pit road to avoid Nichols.
Miller rebounded from his blown engine at Bristol to win the Featherlite Move of the Race Award while defending tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III made just his second start of the season on the tour a good one winning the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award. Despite being involved in a spin, Putnam won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award for the second time this season. Seuss also won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day during qualifying.
The Triad Commercial Property Services 150 will air on VERSUS on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET.
The next stop for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 4.