Brunnhoelzl, Coby Take Checkers
September 11, 2011 | 3:33 P.M. EST
Brunnhoelzl and Coby celebrate in Victory Lane. (Photo: Getty Images)
Doug Coby and George Brunnhoelzl III rolled to victories on their respective Modified tours Sunday afternoon at Thompson International Speedway.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader Brunnhoelzl took advantage of a late penalty to Steve Masse to grab the win in the Southern Thompson 125, and Coby picked up his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the Northern Thompson 125.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour doubleheader will be followed by a non-points 50-lap dash between the top finishers in both races.
Masse, making his NASCAR touring series debut, took the lead on Lap 47 of the Southern Thompson 125 from two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Donny Lia. However, on a Lap 119 restart, Masse was posted for jumping the restart. That handed the lead to Brunnhoelzl, who cruised to his third win of the season
Burt Myers was second and Tim Brown third. Andy Seuss, Steve Park, Frank Fleming, Timmy Solomito, Lia, Thomas Stinson and Austin Pack rounded out the top 10. Masse, who did not heed the black flag, was scored with a 14th-place finish.
Brunnhoelzl leads Seuss by 134 points and John Smith by 162 with four races remaining.
Coby dominated the Northern Modified 125. His other career win was at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on April 30, 2006. He was followed across the line by James Civali, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy.
Tom Rogers was sixth, followed by Eric Goodale, Rowan Pennink, points leader Ron Silk and Justin Bonsignore.
Both tours are back on track Saturday, Sept. 17 as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has the Town Fair Tire 100 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.