Sean Caisse Goes Two-For-Two; Wins Busch East At Stafford CONCORD, NC (June 19, 2006) -- Starting the season with a 2-0 record is impressive for a baseball team and very strong for a football team. But those are both sports where one team wins...
Sean Caisse Goes Two-For-Two; Wins Busch East At Stafford
CONCORD, NC (June 19, 2006) -- Starting the season with a 2-0 record is impressive for a baseball team and very strong for a football team. But those are both sports where one team wins and one loses every time out. In the sport of professional auto racing, where there are 30 or more teams battling in each event, the odds of victory are much lower. Going 2-0 is almost unheard of.
Yet that is exactly what Sean Caisse and the #44 Andy Santerre Motorsports team has done to start out the 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series season. Two weeks ago, Caisse drove the #44 Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet to victory in the season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC). This weekend, Caisse backed that up with win number two at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway.
"I'm pretty pumped up right now," said Caisse after his victory. "I am sitting here right now thinking and I am very proud of this team and all the effort that has been put forth. To sit here and say that we have won the first two races is remarkable. It just doesn't happen to everybody. I can't sit here, though, and say that I am this awesome racecar driver because this car was absolutely perfect.
"With Casella being there and everything, it was like a Fairy Tale. I don't know how long it's going to last because after a while people will say 'he's already won; I don't want him to win anymore.' We're coming out on fire in the beginning and we have to settle in and take our wins when they come to us. Tonight we had the car to win and we succeeded. We just need to keep this momentum."
Caisse led the first 44 laps and on three different occasions in the middle stages of the race. He waited until 11 circuits remained, however, to take over the top spot from Matt Kobyluck for the final time.
"It got a little tight there in the middle of the race, but at the end, after we got the red flag, she came right back to me. We ran a 20-flat with just a couple of laps to go, which is only a couple of tenths off of where we qualified. Our strategy of not pitting was definitely the right one to make because we didn't fall off."
The battle between Caisse and Kobyluck to the finish was a classic one. They raced hard, but kept it clean.
"My approach for that last restart was simple. I wanted to drive it in there as hard as I could and drive it out as hard as I could. My biggest thing was for me to get that lead off of two. That was my only shot and we did it. We were wheelin' it. I was up on the wheel and was trying as hard as I could. I don't know if it was about who wanted it more? I wanted it bad and it showed."
Now, the Casella team will head to upstate New York for Saturday night's Busch East event at Holland International Speedway. That is a track where team owner Andy Santerre has ruled in recent years as a driver and going 3-0 is not out of the question at all.
"We are a real strong team and we are only going to get better," said Caisse. "We still have room for improvement and that speaks for itself. Andy knows these cars like the back of his hand. When we rolled off the trailer, we didn't have to do anything. We were the fastest thing in practice and it wasn't because I was making calls in the car. That thing was perfect. We changed gears and a little wedge and that was just to mold to my driving characteristics. When we roll out that good, it makes my job a lot easier. Our spirits were up and we were focused. That is what happens when you are prepared and we were today and will be every week."
The 150-lap race at Holland is set for this Saturday, June 24th. The post time for the race is 6:00pm.