Ted Christopher Backs Up NHIS Win With Sixth At Dover (Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Following a win in last week's NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway, Ted Christopher posted his ...
Ted Christopher Backs Up NHIS Win With Sixth At Dover
(Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Following a win in last week's NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway, Ted Christopher posted his fourth top-ten finish in five series races when he finished sixth at Dover (Del.) International Speedway driving the No. 35 Recycle America Ford for NDS Motorsports.
Plainville, Connecticut's Christopher only turned three laps in the first practice session, but got more track time in the second session, though he was only eighteenth fastest. Things were not looking much better after qualifying, where he was sixteenth.
"It could be better, and we're working on it to make it better," he said. "We've got a list of things we're going to do to it before the race. We were too tight for time trials, but we'll fix it and we'll have 150 laps to get to the front. I started 21st last week and won; now I'm starting five spots further ahead. We'll work on the chassis tomorrow, and we have to remember that it's a long race and we have to be there at the end."
Running thirteenth in Friday's race, Christopher made a pit stop under a lap 25 caution for adjustments, but was caught speeding on pit road and joined a handful of similarly penalized cars restarting at the tail end of lead lap cars on the next restart. Another stop for adjustments came under a lap 45 caution. Still, Christopher was outside the top ten as the 150-lap race crossed its halfway point.
A lap 81 caution brought the entire field, Christopher included, to pit road for tire changes and gas to go the distance. He restarted deep in the field, but now he was up to speed and started making moves to the front. He was quickly up to sixth place, and eventually challenged Matt Kobyluck for third place. While those two were battling, eventual winner Andy Santerre snuck by, leaving Christopher back in fourth. He was fifth when the final caution of the event came out, and lost one spot in the final ten-lap dash to the finish to get sixth at the end.
"We worked our way up there and go to third, but we were tight all day," he said after the race. "We made too much of an adjustment on it and it got loose. It got to be good on ten lap runs, though. But near the end the right front tire got a slow leak in it, so we just missed got a top five. This place is pretty fun to race.
"The past couple of weeks have been decent. We beat everybody last week at Loudon, but we couldn't do it two weeks in a row," Christopher continued.
Christopher and NDS Motorsports will join forces one more time to round out the 2005 season in two weeks at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut.