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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Brunnhoelzl Back at Langley; Replaces Preece In No. 6 For Race

George Brunnhoelzl III has an average finish of 1.8 in the last five starts at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. (Grant Halverson/NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After years of trying, Ryan Preece finally captured his first career NAPA Spring Sizzler win at Stafford Motor Speedway. It was an emotional win for Preece, who called it bigger than his first career tour win.

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Heading to the fourth race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Preece will not make it two straight. Preece will vacate the cockpit of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet for the Langley 150 to get married to his longtime girlfriend. Needing a replacement driver, car owner Ed Partridge tabbed two-time Langley winner and four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified champion George Brunnhoelzl III.

Brunnhoelzl won the last time the Whelen Modifieds visited the track in 2015 and also has two career Coors Light Pole Awards at the .4-mile oval. After a seventh- and a 10th-place finish in his first two starts at Langley, Brunnhoelzl has an average finish of 1.8 over his last five races there.

Pennink holds a scant one-point advantage over Timmy Solomito in the championship points standings as the newly unified Whelen Modified Tour returns south after a pair of Connecticut races. Pennink has finished inside the top three in all of three races, including returning the iconic Ole Blue No. 3 to Victory Lane in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Icebreaker last month.

Two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss is also looking to a return to Langley. Seuss has seven top-five finishes in eight starts there, including a win in 2011.

RACE: Langley 150
PLACE: Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 8:30 p.m. (approx.)
TRACK: .4-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Polesitter: N/A
Event Schedule: Practice, 3:40-4:55 p.m.; Autograph session, 5:45 p.m.; Group qualifying, 7:15 p.m.
Twitter: @LangleySpeedway
Event Hashtag: #Langley150
Track Contact: Chuck Hall, chuck@langley-speedway.com
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386) 547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: This marks the fourth race of the 17-race schedule for the 2017 season. It will be the first and only appearance at Langley for this season.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 28 cars. The first 22 positions will be determined through the qualifying process, with six provisionals available. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (60 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. Langley has held eight Whelen Southern Modified Tour races in its history, with the latest coming in 2015. The inaugural event took place in August of 2010, a race won by Tim Brown.

Race Winners: There have been six different winners at Langley. Burt Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career wins each, while four others have one each.

Pole Winners: There have been six different pole winners at Langley. Ryan Preece and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career poles, while four others have one each.  Ryan Preece holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.675 seconds and 97.145 mph, set on April 12, 2014.

Langley 150 Notes:
Coby Back On Track: Following two finishes outside the top 10 to start the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Doug Coby got himself back on the right track at Stafford on April 30. Coby finished second after leading 142 of the 200 laps behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet. Although Coby has never competed at Langley, his Phil Moran-led team usually reacts well to new tracks. Last season, they won the first tour event at Oswego Speedway since 1989, a place Coby had never even visited.

Quiet Start For Goodale: Although Eric Goodale had a chance at winning the NAPA Spring Sizzler in the late circuits, his start to the season has been rather quiet thus far. Goodale finished 18th in the season-opener at Myrtle Beach because of an accident. He came away with a sixth-place finish at Thompson, then followed that up with a fourth in the Sizzler. Goodale has never competed at Langley.

Tight Points Battle: Heading into Langley, positions three through eight in the championship race are separated by just eight points. Justin Bonsignore comes into the event running third in the standings, only two points up on Eric Goodale and four up on Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat. Max Zachem sits five behind Bonsignore, while Matt Swanson sits only three behind Zachem. The tight quarters of Langley could open, or close-up that gap.

Davis Teams With Watts: Brunnhoelz won’t be the only driver change. Spencer Davis will sit behind the wheel of the Danny Watts-owned No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet machine after the team and driver Ron Silk parted ways. Davis has competed in 18 career Whelen Southern Modified Tour events and also competed in nine Whelen Modified Tour events. He finished inside the top 10 seven times in his Whelen Southern Modified Tour career and also finished third at Talladega in the ARCA Racing Series last weekend.

New Name: In a pairing that will enhance NASCAR racing in Hampton Roads for years to come, the Larry King Law Firm has become the official entitlement sponsor of Langley Speedway ion April 20. The legendary track adjacent to NASA and Langley Air Force Base will be Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The multi-year agreement was announced today by speedway owner/president Bill Mullis and long-time Peninsula attorney Larry King.

Home Tracks: Langley NWAAS In Action
As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headlines Saturday night’s racing, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will also be in action. The Grand Stocks and Super Trucks will be racing on Saturday. Nick Smith won the Taylor Waste Services Late Model 100 on May 6, while Greg Edwards holds a four-point lead over Justin Carroll in the Division I standings.

NWSMT: George Brunnhoelzl Dominates Return Trip To Langley Speedway

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Hampton, VA – Snapping a long streak of bad luck, Brunnhoelzl returns to Langley Speedway in dominating fashion. Things did not look to promising early for the four-time series champion, as they were plagued with tire issues early on in practice. Having issues with three different tires, one with a gouge in the sidewall, the other two issues through the tread of the tires. So what does the team do? Set the fast time during qualifying with a time of 15.100 (94.172 MPH)! Andy Seuss, Jason Myers, Kyle Ebersole and Gary Putnam rounded out the top five.

After only a few warm up laps race control rolled up its sleeves and opened the floodgates! In other words, displayed the green flag to GB3 and the rest of the field and boy did Brunnhoezlz come here this weekend to do business! He and Seuss were in a league of their own; ten laps in the two had built a good five-car lead over third place, mind you GB3 was sporting a seven-car lead himself.

The race saw its first caution after the solo spin from the #12 of Mike Norman. Was a quick caution and no one got hurt, only reason we bring it up was the restart really. Suess, like most of the night was able to hang on pretty tough on that outside line for a half of lap or so before Brunnhoezlz would take sole possession on the lead. Now, we are not sure if Seuss tagged the wall but we noticed him dragging something from the right rear. Race control monitoring the situation too found it to be the catch can. What ever those boys used to bolt that puppy in the car because she was just hanging on for the ride.

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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified’s Light Up Langley

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Vaughn Crittenden // Langley Speedway

There is just something special about 800 some horsepower rumbling through your town. It’s like playing music in a band or having a jam session; you can close your eyes and just really get into the jam and kind of lose yourself into the music. Call me a little weird but that is how it is with me when this series comes to town. If there was a way to arrange this with work I would literally follow this series around and tour with them. This year Hampton was in for a treat because we got a visit twice from the Whelen Southern Modified tour! Again I was forced to work later into the evening than I had hoped for so I was not able to get to the speedway and watch practice or qualifying. Once I did get to the track I found out that Ryan Preece, last years pole sitter and track record holder, set the fastest time and grabbed back-to-back Coors Light Pole Awards with a time of 15.056.

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Whelen Southern Modified Tour Powers Through Hampton

NWSMTNASCAR’s Whelen Southern Modified touring series rolled through the small town of Hampton, Virginia for their first visit of the year. Langley Speedway was the playground for these 625 horsepower, wide wheeled, low riding power houses! I was worried for a bit that I would miss the race for the most part because I had to work my regular job till 9pm that evening, well lucky for me the support classes took a bit longer than usual to finish their events. I was able to get to the track, park and get into the track just as the cars fired up their engines.
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