Friday, June 11, 2010

NASCAR’s 2009 Most Popular Drivers

Part 3 - NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour - Andy Seuss

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (WSMT) is a stock car racing series owned by NASCAR and operated in the Southeastern United States as part of its Modified Division.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour uses nearly identical rules as its northeastern-based counterpart the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The races from Charlotte, Atlanta, Bowman-Gray and Bristol will be televised on Versus this year. Andy Seuss was voted the NASCAR Most Popular Driver for the series in 2009.

Interview with Andy Seuss:

NASCAR Race Mom: Thank you for taking the time to let us know a bit more about yourself. My first question is 'What does winning the NASCAR Most Popular Driver award mean to you?'

Andy Seuss: Winning the most popular driver was actually quite a shock. I didn’t even have my jacket on at the banquet when they called my name. I really didn’t expect it because I’m from the north and figured the rest of the drivers are down there all week and see more people that way. But I do try to make the most out of every opportunity when I do get to meet fans. It was quite an honor for two reasons.

First is the fact that not too long ago, I was an eight year old kid, dying to meet the drivers at my local track. A few years ago when we were having a pit party at the local track where I grew up, Star Speedway; I had a moment when I literally got chills because a little kid told me I was his favorite driver. All I could think about was I was on that side of the fence just a few years prior. For that reason I wanted to give everyone I met the time and respect I really wanted when I was meeting drivers. So I do try to take as much time as I can with each fan I meet.

The second reason it means so much to me is because everyone got one vote. So I didn’t make it on enough people's top three list. I had the most fans that voted me their Favorite. I know this year will be tougher to win it again, with the popularity of some of my competitors through the show “Madhouse,” but I still give everyone I can the respect and time I would have wanted when I was, and still am, meeting my heroes.

NASCAR Race Mom: How has your 2010 season been going?

Andy Seuss : This season has been going really well, already highlighted with a win at Caraway. We probably would have won at South Boston if we hadn’t gotten spun out of the lead. We did come back to finish 3rd though and that puts us second in points.


As of June 11, 2010, Andy Seuss is second in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championship points. The last race he was referring to was held on April 3rd, at the South Boston 150 at the South Boston Speedway. Seuss recovered from an early-race accident that took him out of the lead to finish third.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be visiting the Caraway Speedway on July 2nd.

Seuss' Career Highlights:
  • Finished second in points in 2009 with four wins and 10 top-five finishes in 14 races.
  • Ran entire NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule for the first time in 2008.
  • Collected first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win at Music City in 2007.
WINS: 6 - Music City (4/1/07); Ace (4/11/08); South Boston (4/4/09); Lanier National (4/18/09); Myrtle Beach (9/5/09); Caraway (9/19/09)

POLES: 2 - Ace (4/11/08); Caraway (7/3/09)

You can connect with Andy Seuss on Facebook by clicking here.

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