Busch North Series - Holland 6/2/01 BUSCH NORTH SERIES, NASCAR TOURING POST-RACE NOTES Burnham Boilers 150, Holland International Speedway, Saturday, June 2 How good was the Busch North Series rookie class of 2000? Good enough to have one of...
Busch North Series - Holland 6/2/01
BUSCH NORTH SERIES, NASCAR TOURING POST-RACE NOTES
Burnham Boilers 150, Holland International Speedway, Saturday, June 2
How good was the Busch North Series rookie class of 2000? Good enough to have one of its members leading the 2001 point standings after four races, with another in fifth place. Mike Johnson, the 2000 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year leads the point parade for the second time, with finishes of 2-3-6-4 in the first four outings of the 2001 season. Martin Truex Jr. is fifth in points with a 4-2-19-6 log, and won the Bud Pole at Holland.
The only driver to take rookie honors and the series title in consecutive years was Ricky Craven in 1990 and 1991.
The last time four different drivers won the first four races of the Busch North Series season was in 1995. That year the first seven races produced different winners before Dave Dion repeated at Tioga Speedway in Owego, N.Y.
Mike Olsen's runner-up finish at Holland was the sixth second place of his career. Four of those came in 1999, including one at Holland.
Greg Schaefer's fifth place at Holland was not only his Busch North Series career best, it was the first top-ten for the former Flemington Speedway late model champion.
Joey Manko of Lancaster, N.Y., made his Busch North Series debut at Holland. Manko, a senior at Lancaster High School, was added as a 31st starter and finished 24th after several mid-race pit stops.
Another teenager is hoping to make his BNS debut at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this Sunday. Barry Gommer of Nanticoke, Pa., will graduate from Nanticoke Area High School on Friday night and head directly to Maine for Sunday's PTM Racing 150.
Old business: Jack Tant should have been credited as winner of the Clevite Engine Builder Award for the Budweiser 150 at Seekonk Speedway. Also, Eddie MacDonald was shown on the Budweiser 150 results as starting 26th. He actually started 29th as a provisional. The error does not change his status as third in the Flowmaster Star of the Race points for the Seekonk event.
For those who like to keep score at home, the Busch North Series speial awards are determined this way:
Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year - ten points to the highest finishing registered rookie, nine points to the second highest rookie, etc.
Gatorade Front Runner Award - three points for leading the most laps in each race, one point for all other drivers leading at least one lap.
Flowmaster Star of the Race Award - three points for the driver advancing the most positions, two points for the second greatest advance, one point for the third greatest advance. Overall finish is the tie-breaker.