Records abound in highly-competitive 2002 Busch North Series; season honors to be handed out at awards ceremony on Saturday, November 9. LOWELL, Mass. (November 1, 2002) -- When the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring assembles for the final time...
Records abound in highly-competitive 2002 Busch North Series; season honors to be handed out at awards ceremony on Saturday, November 9.
LOWELL, Mass. (November 1, 2002) -- When the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring assembles for the final time in 2002 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, November 9 for the annual Awards Ceremony, it will bring to a close one of the most eventful seasons in the 16-year history of NASCAR's premier northeastern full-bodied racing series.
Andy Santerre's nine-point championship margin over Matt Kobyluck was the third smallest in series history. Moreover, the 36 points that covered Santerre, Kobyluck, and Brad Leighton at the end of the 19-race campaign made it the second tightest three-man race in series annals. Only 30 points separated Dick McCabe, Joe Bessey, and Kelly Moore in 1992.
While Kelly Moore finished fourth in the 2002 point race, he extended a host of career records already in his name. Most notably, two race wins boosted his career mark to 23, and three Bud Poles pushed his record at 45, almost equal to the total of the next three drivers combined. Moore also reset his own career records for races started (293), top five finishes (113), top ten finishes (171), and money won (nearly $1.3 million). While not an official line in the NASCAR record book, Moore ranked in the top ten of the final Busch North standings for an amazing 15th time in 16 seasons.
In the first season on Goodyear Eagle bias-ply tires, new Bud Pole Qualifying records were broken at 11 speedways. There was no previous record at the new Adirondack International Speedway and qualifying was rained out a Lime Rock Park. Only at Stafford Motor Speedway did the previous record survive the year.
Illustrating the standard of preparation and competitiveness among the Busch North teams, eleven different winners were recorded in 19 races. There were 24 different top five finishers and 31 drivers with at last one top ten. Of 580 cars starting races during the year, 79% were running at the finish. Twice the entire field was running within 15 laps of the checkered flag, and at Stafford's July event, all but one starter took the checker.
Joining Andy Santerre and the LesCare Kitchens Chevrolet team in receiving seasonal honors at the Awards Ceremony will be Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Robbie Harrison, Bud Pole Award winner Martin Truex Jr., Gatorade Front Runner Award recipient Mike Olsen, and Flowmaster Star of the Race Award winner Kip Stockwell. Also to be presented are the Sportsmanship Award and Most Improved Driver Award voted by the Busch North Series officials. Over $360,000 in point fund and special awards will be handed out on November 9.