Andy Santerre roars from behind to win inaugural Little Trees 150 at Adirondack International Speedway; Kobyluck & Leighton run 2-3 to keep points tight. BEAVER FALLS, N.Y.-- A pit stop with less than 60 laps remaining put Andy Santerre behind,...
Andy Santerre roars from behind to win inaugural Little Trees 150 at Adirondack International Speedway; Kobyluck & Leighton run 2-3 to keep points tight.
BEAVER FALLS, N.Y.-- A pit stop with less than 60 laps remaining put Andy Santerre behind, but not out of contention in Saturday night's Little Trees 150, the inaugural Busch North Series, NASCAR touring event at Adirondack International Speedway. Santerre charged through the field to pass Matt Kobyluck for the lead with nine laps remaining, scoring his third win of the season and further tightening an already intense battle for the Busch North title.
Kobyluck, the point leader, followed Santerre to the checkered flag by .812 seconds, with point runner-up Brad Leighton third. The net result was to move Kobyluck six points ahead of Leighton, with Santerre just 49 points behind. Brian Hoar, a late race leader until Kobyluck moved to the front with 14 laps remaining held on for fourth, followed by Dale Quarterley and Bud Pole winner Kelly Moore. Defending champion Mike Olsen, Dale Shaw, Mike Johnson, and Denny Doyle completed the top ten. Of 29 starters, all but one was running at the finish, and 18 were on the lead lap.
Santerre averaged 68.113 miles per hour and won $12,245 for his 13th career Busch North victory. The race was slowed seven times by the caution flag for 39 laps, and the lead was exchanged eight times among Santerre, Kobyluck, Hoar, Moore, and Martin Truex Jr., who fell off the pace in the closing laps and was scored 25th. Moore won his record 44th career Bud Pole by lapping the nearly circular half-mile track in 16.718 seconds, a speed of 107.668 miles per hour, which automatically becomes the track record. Santerre earned the Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps, while Mike Gallo was the Flowmaster Star of the Race for gaining the most positions. Jimmy Renfrew picked up the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race honors.
The Busch North Series continues next Saturday night, August 24, with the Irving Oil 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me.