Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Charlotte notes for October

FLAT TIRE AND MODIFIED VICTORY: Burt Myers scored his second victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday night in the UNOH Southern Slam 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Series race as he was the benefactor of some bad luck for then race leader Ryan Preece.
Myers was running second to Preece when, on lap 136, Preece slowed suddenly and went to the pits, the victim of a flat tire. Myers inherited the lead and held on to win by two seconds over second place finisher Kyle Ebersole.
“It was a little bit unexpected there when the 41 (Preece) quit,” Myers said. “But when you are sitting in victory lane, it’s the best you can get. The guys never stopped working. We adjusted on the car all the way until time for the race and qualifying. We were a little bit skeptical. This was the first time we have been here and didn’t bring our Bowman Gray (Stadium) car. I was a little bit worried about that. But, the car was really, really good. We were a little bit off from the 41 (Preece) but here we are.”
Rounding out the top-five were George Brunnhoelzl III, who claimed his fourth series championship by finishing third, followed by Tim Brown and Danny Bohn.
The race was slowed by several early caution periods and one red flag as Preece led from early on and was the car to beat. The race also featured a mid-race break so the teams could all pit for adjustments. Preece had built up a comfortable three-second advantage before trouble struck.


CELEBRITY CHEF AT CHARLOTTE: Celebrity chef Lorena Garcia will serve signature dishes at the Oct. 12 Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A Venezuelan-born chef, Miami-based restaurateur, TV host and published author, Garcia is one of the country’s leading Latina chefs. At the Bank of America 500, Garcia will be serving her signature flavors for suite guests and in the infield Winner’s Circle Lounge.
Garcia, who appeared as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and a competitor on season four of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” will serve two of her favorite Latin-inspired dishes, including:
  • Spicy Mango Glazed Chicken Wings: A flawless combination of sweet and spicy fried chicken for race fans on suite level.
  • Tropical Crab Cakes: Latin-style, golden crab cakes with red onions, cilantro and red peppers, served in the infield Winner's Circle Lounge.
In addition, Levy Restaurants, the official food-service provider of Charlotte Motor Speedway, will delight race fans with new, Southern-inspired items, alongside local flavors and fan favorites.
New to the concession selections, the Say Cheese! grilled cheese stand located on the frontstretch concourse will include three new grilled cheese flavors that will satisfy the most famished race fan:
  • BBQ and Bacon Grilled Cheese: Pulled pork BBQ, smoked bacon, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, served on warm Texas toast.
  • JalapeƱo Popper Grilled Cheese: Sliced jalapeƱos, smooth cream cheese, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, served on fresh sourdough bread.
  • XXXL Mega Monster Grilled Cheese: Five pounds of Say Cheese! Grilled Cheeses on a one-pound Hawaiian roll.
And back by popular demand, returning fan favorites featuring local Southern flavors include:
  • Banana Pudding Cheesecake: A Southern specialty with a twist. This fresh cheesecake is brought to fans by local bakery, Queen City Pastry, and will be served in the suites.
  • Brookwood Pulled Pork BBQ: Found in the Brookwood BBQ stand on the frontstretch concourse and on suite level, this menu features a variety of Brookwood’s signature dishes.
  • Krispy Kreme Burger: An American favorite, delicious donuts will sandwich a terrific bacon cheeseburger. It’s the ultimate burger for a race fan with a sweet tooth.
  • Southern Fried Chicken: A local Southern favorite, this crispy dish is featured at the Chicken Coop frontstretch concourse stand and on suite level.
Charlotte Motor Speedway guests will also enjoy the local harvest beers, OMB Oktoberfest and NODA Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale, served in the Carolina Sampler Stand.


SOUTHERN MODIFIEDS AT CMS: Short-track racing fans can’t miss Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The ground-pounding racing machines of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will take to the frontstretch quarter-mile for the UNOH Southern Slam 150 on Bojangles’ Pole Night.

West Babylon, N.Y., native, George Brunnhoelzl III, will look to wrap up his fourth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title in the series' season finale, as he leads the points standings by 32 over Kyle Ebersole and 33 over Andy Seuss. Local fan favorite and 2013 Modified division track champion at Bowman Gray Stadium, Burt Myers, sits fourth in the standings.
“It’s definitely a huge accomplishment to get one championship, let alone four and three in a row,” said Brunnhoelzl. “So it really makes you speechless. You don’t know what to say. It’s a big accomplishment and there’s a lot of people that help you do it.”
Brunnhoelzl and Seuss are tied with three wins apiece, leading the series, but will have to contend not only with Ebersole and Myers, but Ryan Preece, who leads the points in the series’ northern cousin, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Preece has two southern modified starts this year with one win. Seuss has momentum on his side, with his three wins coming in the past three races, but Brunnhoelzl is the defending race winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We’re really happy with the car and looking forward to going back to Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Brunnhoelzl said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to repeat exactly how it was last year. The competition is definitely stepping up, but we’ll just run our own race and get our car right and we’ll be out front.”
The southern modifieds will take to the frontstretch quarter-mile for 150 laps during Bojangles’ Pole Night, following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session to decide the lineup for the Bank of America 500.
A modified car is the oldest type of car used in NASCAR. The cars weigh only 2,645 pounds including the driver's weight, while a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car weighs 3,450 pounds without the driver. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified car is powered by a V8 engine producing 625 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 150 mph. The modifieds have a unique open-wheel design and use the largest tire of any NASCAR touring series with a tread width of 83.75 inches due to the extra wide right-side tires.
On Bojangles’ Pole Night on Thursday night, Oct. 10, fans can meet the stars of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour during an autograph session at 6:20 p.m. on the frontstretch concourse near Gate 5A before they race in the UNOH Southern Slam 150 at approximately 8:30 p.m. All drivers participating in the race, including Brunnhoelzl, Myers and Seuss, will greet fans during the autograph session.
Tickets for the UNOH Southern Slam 150, part of Bojangles’ Pole Night during Bank of America 500 Race Week, are just $12 in advance and $20 at the gate. Kids age 13 and under are admitted for free.
Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online at or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).
For more information on the October races and other events, connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at or become a Facebook fan at


NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: More than 100 breast cancer survivors and their supporters joined NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler to paint the Charlotte Motor Speedway start/finish line and pit wall pink to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and preview the pink-themed Dollar General 300 on Oct. 11.
For the third consecutive year and as part of a continued effort to raise awareness of breast cancer education and research and to honor those who have fought the disease, Charlotte Motor Speedway will incorporate a pink theme into the Dollar General 300.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. But with early detection, experts say there is a 98 percent survival rate for those affected by the disease. To help raise awareness of the staggering statistics, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dollar General have teamed up to put several pink initiatives in place during Friday’s race.
Among other things, fans who attend next weekend’s races will notice the pink start/finish line and pit wall, which got a fresh coat of pink paint Tuesday. In total, crews will use 80 gallons of paint provided by PPG Porter and Glidden Paints to cover more than 6,000 square feet for pit wall and the start/finish line.
“I hope to cover up some of this pink with black rubber and bring home that trophy at the end of the Dollar General 300,” Vickers joked as he helped paint the start/finish line. “Breast cancer awareness is something that (Dollar General) has always been fond of. The statistics are mind-boggling. With early detection, there’s a 98 percent survival rate, but only one in four women are being tested. We’ve got to raise awareness. We’ve got to turn that one in four women being tested into four of four women.”
Kenseth, who will run in both the Dollar General 300 and Saturday’s Bank of America 500, said he’s enjoyed getting back into the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year and looks forward to racing in Charlotte, but also raising awareness of an important cause.
“I think everybody knows somebody, has a friend or a family member that’s been affected by cancer in some form, so it’s neat to be out here, to see what Charlotte Motor Speedway is doing and what Dollar General is doing to help raise awareness and fund research,” Kenseth said.
In addition to the pink paint on the start/finish line and pit wall, Charlotte Motor Speedway will include a number of other pink initiatives during Friday night’s race.
SURVIVORS' PARADE: As it did last year, the Dollar General 300 prerace activities will once again include a breast cancer survivor’s parade with 300 breast cancer survivors. Participants who have signed up will meet in front of Smith Tower where they will receive a special pink T-shirt, pink and white flag and race ticket and walk onto the track to be recognized for their courage in facing the disease.
PINK PACE CAR TO LEAD FIELD TO GREEN: Before drivers jockey for position in the pivotal points race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, a pink and white 2013 Toyota Camry Pace car will lead the field.
WINNER TO HOIST PINK TROPHY: Even the celebration in Victory Circle will carry the pink scheme, with the winner hoisting a pink trophy in celebration – a colorful creation that’s sure to stand out in any driver’s trophy case.
JOIN 'PINK OUT': In addition, fans who wish to express their support are encouraged to wear pink during Friday night’s Dollar General 300 or display a pink ribbon.
DRIVERS, TEAMS SHOW SUPPORT: Over and above the efforts Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dollar General will make to carry the pink theme through the event, many drivers and teams have already announced plans to show their support with pink paint schemes and through other initiatives.
Sadler wears pink racing shoes and racing gloves in every race in honor of his mother, Bell, who is a six-year breast cancer survivor.
The Kyle Busch Foundation will raise awareness of its “Project Pink: Protect Your Pair” initiative throughout Charlotte’s race week, including hosting 12 cancer patients or “Champions” for a VIP at-track experience during the Dollar General 300.
Tickets for the Dollar General 300 start at just $25. Kids 13 and under get in free with an adult ticket purchase. Fans can catch all the action from Bojangles' Pole Night/UNOH Southern Slam 150 and Better Half Dash on Oct. 10, to the Dollar General 300 on Oct. 11 and the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 12 with a weekend pass starting at just $99. Frontstretch tickets to the Bank of America 500 with spectacular views of the world's largest HDTV start at two for just $99 and can be obtained through the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at
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