BNS: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway adds race

SCARBOROUGH, Me. (March 8, 2001) - Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring officials and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway management have announced the addition of a third Busch North Series event to the suburban Portland track's schedule in 2001. The Irving...

SCARBOROUGH, Me. (March 8, 2001) - Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring officials and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway management have announced the addition of a third Busch North Series event to the suburban Portland track's schedule in 2001. The Irving Oil Company 150 will be run Saturday, night, July 7, along with a full program of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series competition.

The Irving Oil Company 150 becomes the 21st race on the 2001 Busch North Series schedule. The other two Beech Ridge events are set for Sunday afternoons on June 10 and September 9.

"We're delighted to be able to add this midsummer event to our schedule," said Beech Ridge Motor Speedway operator Andy Cusack, adding "Our two Busch North Series events in 2000 attracted sellout crowds and produced great competition, and we expect the same success with the Irving Oil Company 150 in July."

Tracy Gordon of Strong, Me., and Dale Shaw of Center Conway, N.H., were victorious in the 2000 Busch North Series races at Beech Ridge. Other fan favorites at Beech Ridge include Scarborough native Kelly Moore, the career leader in Busch North Series wins and Bud Poles, and two-time defending series champion Brad Leighton, whose first racing title was recorded in Beech Ridge's limited sportsman division over a decade ago.

The 2001 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring season opens on Sunday, April 22, at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. The series will visit 14 speedways in seven states before concluding at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., on October 13, appearing four times with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series nd making its debut on national broadcast network television along the way.

The Busch North Series is one of nine NASCAR Touring Series which blanket the USA, bringing special events to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks like Beech Ridge Motor Speedway as well as many superspeedways and road courses. Corporations making major contributions to NASCAR Touring point funds include Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, Gatorade, RE/MAX International, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes, and R.J. Reynolds' Winston brand.

-Al Robinson

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