NASCAR Modified champ Seuss entered for Daytona

NASCAR Modified champ Seuss entered for Daytona

TOLEDO, Ohio (Feb. 7, 2017) - Each year at Daytona, the entry list fills up with interesting characters from all walks of life and motorsports. This time will be no different with the likes of Hampstead, New Hampshire's Andy Seuss in the line-up.

Seuss is the 2014 and '15 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion. But you'll currently find him on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards entry list for the 54th Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Andy Seuss car shot Daytona test 2017He'll be driving the No. 02 Robert B. Our Co.-Canto Paving Chevrolet.

The car has an interesting history, certainly one that goes way back.

"It was originally a Diamond Ridge (Motorsports) car that ran the Busch (Xfinity) Series in 1997," said Seuss.

Going back that far also means it was originally a 105-in. wheelbase car. Over the course of its life, the car got "stretched" to a 110-in. wheelbase.

"My car owner Chris Our bought it from Rick Markle. It's definitely an older car, but it's still a good speedway car. We're painting the car today to go to Daytona."

Seuss also participated in the open test at Daytona in mid-January where he came in 27th among the 63 drivers.

"We should be in decent shape for the race. We've got the new ARCA Ilmor engine."

Seuss also has an ARCA-winning crew chief with Matt Weber calling the shots. Weber crew-chiefed ARCA race winners with Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Venturini Motorsports.

In just three ARCA starts, Seuss finished a career-best 19th at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015. Despite his limited experience on ARCA's national tour, he plans to add more ARCA races in 2017.

"We definitely have Daytona and Talladega in mind. We also purchased a downforce car and we're in the process of putting the new flange-fit (composite) body on so we can expand our schedule. We don't have a plan to attack the whole schedule, but we're going to try and do more than we have in the past. We're also going to run a partial NASCAR Modified schedule and some other big shows."

When Seuss isn't racing, he does a variety of things to earn a living.

"I own my own boat repair business and do a lot of work on race cars...a lot of modified stuff...set-up and fabrication. I have my own small shop out of the house, and I also service boats in and around Lake Norman."

Seuss drives for Chris Our on the ARCA side and Eddie Harvey on the Modified side.

"I never really had a million dollar budget, so I've worked all my life to be able to provide for my racing."

It's more than providing for racing these days.

"My wife (Jenn) and I have a five-month-old boy (Lyle) so I'm new at this."

The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire is live on FS1 Saturday afternoon, Feb. 18. will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activities, including practice Thursday and Friday and pole qualifying Friday afternoon.

Don Radebaugh