Eric Goodale Wins Whelen Southern Mod Tour Season Opener At Caraway Speedway

(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

Eric Goodale celebrates victory Sunday at Caraway Speedway in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opening event (Photo: Brenda Meserve for NASCAR)

Eric Goodale celebrates victory Sunday at Caraway Speedway in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opening event (Photo: Brenda Meserve for NASCAR)

Eric Goodale started his season off hot, winning the season opening Spring Classic 150 at Caraway Speedway on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Riverhead, New York, driver became the second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver to win the season-opening NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race.

Goodale was able to pass Jason Myers on Lap 124 on a restart and led the final 26 laps to earn his first career win on the southern tour. He started eighth in his No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet.

Myers held on for second.

Prior to Goodale’s win, Whelen Modified Tour regular Ted Christopher won the Whelen Southern Modified opener three times — 2005 and ’06 at Caraway and 2009 at North Carolina’s Concord Motorsports Park.

John Smith, who missed last season with a broken wrist, made his return a successful one with a third-place finish. David Calabrese and Bobby Measmer Jr. rounded out the top five.

Completing the top 10 were Burt Myers, Gary Putnam, Frank Fleming, Tom Abele, Jr and JR Bertuccio.

Goodale, who finished seventh in the championship standings last year on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, made one previous start in the southern tour. He finished 17th in 2013 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina.

Defending tour champion Andy Seuss was collected in an early-race accident on Lap 13 and finished 19th. Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions Ryan Preece and Doug Coby also suffered mechanical issues and finished 14th and 15th, respectively.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to Caraway Speedway for the Charles Kepley Memorial 150 on March 28th.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Spring Classic 150 Unofficial Results
At Caraway Speedway
Sophia, N.C.
Lap length: 0.455 miles
(Start position in parentheses

1. (8) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 63.934 mph.
2. (1) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.
3. (11) John Smith, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 150.
4. (16) David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
5. (15) Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 148.
6. (6) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 148.
7. (9) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
8. (10) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 148.
9. (19) Tom Abele Jr., Norwich, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
10. (12) JR Bertuccio, Centereach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146.
11. (13) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, FL, Chevrolet, 146.
12. (17) Dalton Baldwin, Dunedin, Fla., Chevrolet, 142.
13. (4) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 136.
14. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 122.
15. (5) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 115.
16. (3) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 111, mechanical.
17. (18) Mike Norman, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 58, engine.
18. (14) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Pontiac, 21, engine.
19. (7) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 13, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 4 minutes 3 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.476 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Myers (105.250 mph, 15.563 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 33 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Myers 1-12; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 13-86; J. Myers 87-123; E. Goodale 124-150.
Standings: 1. E. Goodale, 47; 2. J. Myers, 43; 3. J. Smith, 41; 4. D. Calabrese, 40; 5. B. Measmer,Jr., 39; 6. B. Myers, 38; 7. G. Putnam, 37; 8. F. Fleming, 36; 9. T. Abele Jr., 35; 10. J. Bertuccio, 34.

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