Brandon Blochlinger

Brandon Blochlinger

Brandon Blochlinger drove out of the pits at Boone two years ago skeptical about getting another golden opportunity to win a Super Nationals Modified championship.

He woke up Thursday morning feeling pretty good about a lot of things, including his chances in Saturday’s big dance.

Blochlinger led much of the way in the 2010 event before a shattered left rear brake rotor ended his night. He’ll be on the pole this year after leading the opening night qualifier wire to wire.

“When I took the white flag I was hoping everything on the car would hold together for one more lap,” said Blochlinger. “When I took the checkered flag it was a feeling of relief.”

He had drawn the pole start for the qualifier after winning the 22nd heat. Josh Most ran second most of the way and Troy Cordes stuck his nose in a couple times, but the night clearly belonged to Blochlinger.

“I left here two years ago thinking I might not get another chance to win Super Nationals,” he said. “It turned out to be a twice in a lifetime thing.”

Blochlinger will spend the rest of the week watching races and “nutting and bolting it” to help his fellow BMS drivers make the show.