Ryan Seaman's Lake Erie Speedway Debut Yields Best Finish Of 2004 (North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Auto Meter Rookie Of The Year candidate Ryan Seaman, of Toms River, N.J., got his best ...
Ryan Seaman's Lake Erie Speedway Debut Yields Best Finish Of 2004
(North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Auto Meter Rookie Of The Year candidate Ryan Seaman, of Toms River, N.J., got his best finish ever on the series when he finished twelfth in Saturday night's Local Dodge Dealers 150 at Lake Erie Speedway.
Seaman, whose previous best finish was fifteenth at Thompson International Speedway in May, was getting his first look at the .375-mile Lake Erie Speedway. Practice proved to be trying with an oil leak, and his Camburn Electric/Dillon's Creek Marina Chevrolet being tight, but he persevered and qualified eighteenth for the race.
"We struggled in practice with a car that was pretty tight," he said. "We weren't too far off, and we just kept making changes hoping to make it better, but we changed it so it was a little too free. I'm hoping it'll be all right for the race. I had an oil leak, a broken valve cover bolt, that got us a little behind and that was in the back of my mind when I went out there, and that might have cost me a little time in my qualifying attempt. These are things we have to work on as a group. We're going to run it just like we qualified for the race, we'll just go over the car and make sure it's right. Hopefully we've hit on the setup that'll work for when race time comes around."
The race did not start out well for Seaman, as he incurred left front body damage during the race's opening lap. He pitted under the first yellow to make sure the bodywork wasn't rubbing on the tire, and returned to the race deep in the field. He was up to thirteenth by lap fifty, though, and stayed on the lead lap to remain in contention. He fell to sixteenth with fifty laps left to run, and was fourteenth with just ten to go. But incidents ahead of him kept him on his toes as he did not get collected in those spins, and took advantage of others' misfortunes to pick up a pair of positions by the end of the race to finish twelfth.
"I had a little on-track incident, but we overcame that, fought back, stayed on the lead lap and finished twelfth, which is our best finish of the year so far," he said after the race. "I'm pretty happy. We've got a little bodywork to do, though. We still pulled through despite that and finished twelfth, so it wasn't a bad night.
"It was my first time here and I was just trying to figure the track out," the 21-year old driver continued. "We didn't have too bad of a race car. We're coming together as a team, and once we get to where we want to be I think we'll have a lot better results, we'll show more of what we're capable of every week."
The Lake Erie race will be broadcast on SpeedTV on Saturday, July 17th at noon, the same day as the Busch North Series' next race, which will be held at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.