Now, the third-generation driver, along with his Tucson team, are hoping to add another chapter to the rich Brunnhoelzl legacy, as well as adding a new chapter to the vast history of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC.
“It is cool knowing all of the guys that have raced there,” said Brunnhoelzl. “There is a lot of history at that place with all of the names on the wall and all of the legends that have raced there. There have been a lot of current day stars that have been big at Greenville too.”
Greenville’s track has its entire list of former track champions painted along its “wall of champions.” Names like Grady Hawkins, David Pearson, Floyd Powell, Ralph Earnhardt, Butch Lindley, Robert Pressley, Marty Ward and others adorn the wall. While Brunnhoelzl’s name wouldn’t be added to the wall just for winning the Pro Cup race at the track, being victorious at the track where so many great names have raced would be a huge accomplishment to the Brunnhoelzl racing history.
“I’d love to win at Greenville, but I’d love to win anywhere,” added Brunnhoelzl. “I think we’ll have a good car at Greenville. We tested there on Monday. The track itself should put on a pretty good race. It’s pretty worn out; that is what makes it unique, though. You can tell it has been there for a while. It reminded me of a little mini-Martinsville. It has really tight corners and long straights.
“Our test at the track went fairly well. It was raining pretty badly, so they extended practice until night time. We made a 25-lap run to get used to the track at first.
“Then we started changing a bunch of stuff. We had basically three totally different packages that we wanted to try, with different springs, shocks and stuff. We went through all of them. We went back to the one we liked the most and made a time-trial run. We’ve still got some improvements we can make, but we’ll be ok.”
Brunnhoelzl has suffered through some tough luck after two races of the 2005 Southern Division and sits 18th in the point standings. He knows that it is now time to go.
“These seasons really aren’t that long if you think about it. It has taken a couple of races for us to get used to each other and to get molded and gelled together. We can’t waste anymore races. We need to get out there and be running up front right away. Before you know it, the regular season is over and we’re in the post season. It is go time now.”
The BFGoodrich Tires 250 Presented by the U.S. Army at Greenville-Pickens Speedway is set for Saturday, April 2nd, at 8pm.
If you would like more information on George Brunnhoelzl III and his future racing plans, contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 726-6849 and stay tuned for the new George Brunnhoelzl III website coming soon.