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Opinion: Why Andy Seuss Deserves This Opportunity with Rick Ware Racing

Photo: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

It’s an opportunity that any racer who has their sights set on racing in NASCAR dreams of.

That dream?

Making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at NASCAR’s most elite level.

It’s an opportunity that some will critique, and social media is notorious for opinions.

Some of those opinions include things such as, “they aren’t ready” or “what have they done to earn this chance?”

It’s unfortunate, but some have already said on the realms of social media that Andy Seuss hasn’t paid his dues.

Honestly, who are we to decide when a racer has or hasn’t “paid their dues”, so to speak.

What does that even mean?

Let’s be real here, when opportunity knocks in the racing world most are going to take it 99% of the time.

There’s many racers within’ the industry who have proven they belong in the sport, putting in long work hours, and doing a lot with what their given.

Andy Seuss is one of those guys and he deserves this opportunity just as much as the next guy.

Let’s get some of the questions out of the way that I’ve seen floating around recently.

Has he won a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race? No.

Has he won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race or even made a start in the series? Well no.

However, I’m here to tell you what he has done that makes him not only a good fit in NASCAR, but a driver deserving of making his debut at his home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 21.

In a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified career that has spanned the last 11 years from 2006 to 2016 Seuss has seen much success.

Seuss has amassed 22 wins, 93 top-ten, and 70 top-five finishes to go along with 13 career pole awards.

Seuss has also led an astounding 16,348 laps in that time span and is a two-time Southern Modified Champion with those championships coming in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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The 32-year old also has a dozen ARCA starts on his resume including three this season with a best career ARCA finish of second coming at Talladega Superspeedway in 2017.

If that doesn’t show you, he deserves this opportunity, well maybe you should read those statistics from your couch again.

Seuss recently spoke to Kickin’ The Tires on New Hampshire, the Cup Series and his career. Here is what he had to say.

New Hampshire. What an opportunity with Rick Ware Racing. Has it sunk in yet?

Seuss: Nothing about the opportunity has sunk in. I don’t think it will until after. I just have to keep reminding myself to put one foot in front of the other, not get too excited, and do my job.

You’re from New Hampshire, so to make your Cup Debut there has to be something special?

Seuss: When Rick talked to me about running his car, I was shocked, excited, honored, but then when I found out that was the race, he had it in mind, it became a dream come true. I know everyone at home would be excited for me no matter where my debut took place. But to actually have everyone there will be amazing. To go from the kid hanging on the fence at Loudon, to part of the big show is just amazing.

Speaking of the Cup Series, what’s another track besides NHMS that you’d like to race at in a Cup car?

Seuss: I think the other tracks that would fulfill dreams would be to run the Daytona 500. It’s the Super Bowl of stock car racing, it doesn’t get any bigger. Also, Indianapolis because it’s Indianapolis, and Darlington would mean a lot to me.

Austin Theriault is also making his Cup Series debut at NHMS with RWR as well, have you and Austin spoken since both announcements took place?

Seuss: Austin and I stay in touch; our paths have crossed a few times down here. I think to have a team mate that will also be learning but has more full gendered car experience than me will be helpful to lean on him for help.

You’ve had quite the career leading up to this point, including two Southern Modified Championships. You’re known as one of the hardest worker racers. How do you stay focused, is there a piece of advice that’s always stayed with you?

Seuss: As far as my work ethic, I guess it came natural. My whole family is hard workers, my parents led by dreaming, but putting in the work to make those dreams goals. Around 2013 I made my mind up that I was going to “make no excuses” and since that day I’ve stuck to it. It’s something I remind myself daily.

You’ve had success at NHMS in the 2017 K&N East Series race you finished 13th, and in the Whelen Modified Tour you have had 2 top-five and 6 top-ten finishes. Even though the cars are different, does it help with confidence and momentum knowing your debut is at a good track that’s been good for you?

Seuss: No doubt my laps around Loudon will help, but yes with the different cars and tires I know I have a lot to learn. I have the full fendered experience in ARCA, but I’ve never run a flat track in that series. NHMS is a tough technical track, so I’m doing my best to be prepared.

Tune into the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday July 21 to watch Seuss and the rest of the field at The Magic Mile. The race is scheduled for 3:00pm/EST on NBCSN and PRN.

 

 

 

 

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