2001 BUSCH NORTH SERIES NASCAR TOURING RACE FACTS WHAT: MBNA E-Commerce 150 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Race ...
2001 BUSCH NORTH SERIES NASCAR TOURING RACE FACTS
WHAT: MBNA E-Commerce 150 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Race #19 of 21
WHERE: Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, Del.. 1.00 mile concrete oval
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2001
DISTANCE: 150 laps (150 miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $177,350 (including $12,000 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money)
FIELD: 42 cars (Fastest 37 through one round of time trials. Two additional positions will be added as provisional starters based on the current 2001 Busch North Series driver point standings, two based on the current 2001 Busch North Series car owner point standings, and one reserved for a past Busch North Series champion, if needed.)
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Dover Downs International Speedway, Inc.
Thursday, Sept. 20
6:00 a.m. Registration & inspection
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Practice
2:30 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying
4:15 to 5:00 p.m. Final practice
Friday, Sept. 21
12:00 noon Mandatory drivers meeting
4:30 p.m. (approx.) MBNA E-Commerce 150
NOTES OF INTEREST
* The MBNA E-Commerce 150 will be the second "stand-alone" Busch North Series race at Dover Downs. In 1998, a 200-mile race was run in support of Dover's Indy Racing League event. Jimmy Spencer started 42nd and last after his qualifying time was disallowed for technical irregularities. Spencer passed the entire field in 56 laps and led the rest of the way, winning by 3.7 seconds. Jamie Aube and Brad Leighton fought a great duel for second, resolved in Aube's favor on the last lap. Jerry Marquis and Bryan Wall completed the top five. Spencer averaged 96.957 mph as only four caution periods slowed the pace for 29 laps.
* Tom Carey won the Bud Pole at 25.18 seconds, 142.791 mph for an automatic track record. It is the fastest qualifying speed in Busch North Series history.
* From 1987 to 1991, Busch Grand National races at Dover Downs were "combination" races which awarded Busch North Series points. Among the current BNS drivers who participated were Kelly Moore, Jamie Aube, and Barney McRae.
* From 1982 to 1985, the NASCAR North Series, forerunner of today's Busch North Series, was a September attraction at Dover Downs. Winners were Dave Dion (1982), Chuck Bown (1983 and 1985), and Randy LaJoie (1984). Yes, Dion drove an orange Ford #29, but it featured a very non-aerodynamic Fairmont Futura body.
* The MBNA E-Commerce 150 is the fourth and final Busch North Series race run on a NASCAR Winston Cup Series weekend in 2001.
* Dover Downs International Speedway opened in 1969 as a combination horse racing and auto racing facility. Harness racing still takes place on the infield track from November to April. It has hosted the Winston Cup Series every year since '69 and is also a charter member of the Busch Grand National Series. Dover Downs Slots, the on-site casino, opened in December 1995.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Dover Downs has the highest-banked turns of any Busch North Series track at 24 degrees, contributing to its status as the series' fastest track. It is also the only concrete-surfaced track on the BNS schedule.