BEAVER FALLS, NY (August 16, 2003) -- The official results of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Dealmaker 150 at Adirondack International Speedway Saturday showed that Paul Wolfe qualified seventh and finished sixth. Sometimes...
BEAVER FALLS, NY (August 16, 2003) -- The official results of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Dealmaker 150 at Adirondack International Speedway Saturday showed that Paul Wolfe qualified seventh and finished sixth. Sometimes official results do not tell the whole story.
Due to being late for pre-race inspection, the Tops Friendly Markets Dodge and nine other cars were forced to start from the rear of the field. Wolfe, despite being faced with a 25th starting position, used the entire race to patiently pass cars and eventually advanced 19 positions to his third top-ten finish of the season.
"We turned a negative into a positive tonight," Wolfe said. "This is one of the most satisfying top-tens I have ever had. We never gave up. It was a challenge to come from the back, but it was also a lot of fun."
Wolfe's steady march toward the front was very efficient and determined. He was 20th on lap 22, 19th on lap 65, 16th on lap 83 and ninth on lap 128. Along the way were several one-on-one battles that included bumping and rubbing with Mike Johnson, Jerry Marquis and Kelly Moore.
A pit stop on lap 83 to tighten up the Tops Dodge and put on two fresh tires seemed to breathe new life into the car.
"The Tops Dodge was loose early, but it was awesome near the end of the race," Wolfe said. "We noticed that fresh tires were making a big difference for cars that pitted on the previous caution, so we decided to come in. After the pit stop, I was really happy with the car. If there were another 10 laps in the race, we very well could have been in the top three."
Dale Quarterley passed Bud Pole winner Martin Truex, Jr. on lap 141 and held on for the victory. Andy Santerre, Mike Olsen and Matt Kobyluck rounded out the top five.
Although Quarterley received the official Powerade Power Move of the Race Award for gaining the most positions (11), NASCAR counted Wolfe's starting position from seventh although it was actually 25th. Wolfe was the only top-ten qualifier to be sent to the back of the field to start the race.
Tops Markets, LLC is one of six retail operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Tops currently operates 160 Tops Friendly Markets and 204 convenience stores in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio.
The Tops Racing Team's associate sponsors for Adirondack were Unilever Bestfoods, Clorox and Colton RV.
Tommy Baldwin Racing North (TBRN), a subsidiary of Tommy Baldwin Racing, operates the No. 9 Tops Dodge. TBRN is co-owned by Tommy Baldwin and Eddie D'Hondt.
For updated information about Wolfe and the Tops Racing Team, visit www.paulwolfe.net.