BNS: 2002 Tentative schedule announced

Traditional Favorites, Addition Of Adirondack International Speedway, Highlight 19-Race Busch North Series, Nascar Touring Schedule In 2002 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 1, 2001) - The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) ...

Traditional Favorites, Addition Of Adirondack International Speedway, Highlight 19-Race Busch North Series, Nascar Touring Schedule In 2002

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 1, 2001) - The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced the 2002 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring schedule, a 19-race campaign at 14 tracks in eight states across the Northeast. The 2002 schedule begins with the sixth-annual season-opening event at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway, and includes the addition of a 150-lap event at Adirondack International Speedway, a newly-constructed half-mile oval in Beaver Falls, N.Y.

The Busch North Series will compete in three events at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in Loudon, N.H., each at a distance of 125 laps. The first of the three NHIS events will be held on May 11. The series then heads to the one-mile Nazareth Speedway on May 18.

New England short tracks host the next three events at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway on May 25, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me., on June 8 and the first stop at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on June 21. The series will visit Stafford three times during the 2002 season. Other notable changes from the 2001 schedule are a June 29 event at Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway and a July 6 race at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.

Busch North Series competitors will make their debut at Adirondack International Speedway on Aug. 17. The half-mile oval features 10-degree banking in the turns, and is part of a new motorsports complex that was recently completed.

By mid-season, the Busch North Series drivers will compete in the first of four combination weekends with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in their return to New Hampshire International Speedway on July 20. The Busch North teams also will be featured alongside the NASCAR Winston Cup Series at the 2.46-mile Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International road course on Aug. 10 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sept. 14 and at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway on Sept. 20.

The 2002 season concludes with the traditional season finale at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., on Oct. 12. The Busch North Series has wrapped up its season at this 1.53-mile road course for the past eight years.

More than $360,000 in posted awards will be distributed to the top finishers in the final 2002 Busch North Series championship point standings. In addition to the championship point fund, Busch North Series competitors will race for nearly $2 million in prize money at these 19 events. St. Louis, Mo.-based Anheuser-Busch, Inc. recently announced an increase to $325,000 in the sponsor's contribution to the point fund for 2002, which will mark the Busch North Series' 16th season.

The Busch North Series is one of nine NASCAR Touring circuits that compete throughout the United States, bringing special events to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks, NASCAR superspeedways and some of the most challenging road courses in the U.S. NASCAR Touring Series racing can provide a competitor with an entire career, or provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors including R.J. Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, Gatorade, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes and the RE/MAX Realty Corporation make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds.

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