BNS: Lee USA: News of note, schedule

NEWS OF NOTE * The Lee 150 marks the first for the Busch North Series under the NACAR Grand National Division banner, which also includes the Winston West Series. Busch North and Winston West will run under common rules in 2003 and both series...

NEWS OF NOTE

* The Lee 150 marks the first for the Busch North Series under the NACAR Grand National Division banner, which also includes the Winston West Series. Busch North and Winston West will run under common rules in 2003 and both series will participate in a post-season all-star event to be announced in the near future.

* As noted above, this is the eighth straight Busch North Series opener at Lee USA. It's actually the ninth time the series has opened at "New Hampshire's Center of Speed", the first coming in 1993. Other tracks to host the lid-lifter are New Hampshire International Speedway (4 times), Oxford Plains Speedway (3 ties), and Monadnock Raceway (1 time). The last two are no longer part of the Busch North schedule.

* Graduates of the Lee USA Speedway NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series expected to be in the Lee 150 field include Mike Johnson, Eddie MacDonald, Carey Heath, and Raybestos Rookie contenders Mark Durgin and Jimmy Renfrew.

* The Powerade Power Move of the Race Award makes its debut at the Lee 150. The Powerade award will pay $1,000 at each Busch North Series race to the eligible driver who improves the most positions from start to finish. In the case of a tie, the highest finishing driver will receive the award.

* Four drivers have won the Busch North Series season opener and gone on to take the title, including Andy Santerre in 2002. The others are Brad Leighton in 1999 and Dave Dion in 1996, both at Lee, and Jamie Aube in 1990 at Oxford, Me.

* In contrast to the North Carolina-based teams in the Winston Cup Series or Busch Series, where everybody on the team seems to live in the same neighborhood on Lake Norman, the Grizco Racing Busch North team is amazingly spread out across New England and beyond. Owners Steve and Peg Griswold live in Freeport, Me., and have their business in Portsmouth, N.H. The race shop presided over by Brian Latuch and Karl Osha is located in Fairfax, Vt., near the Quebec border. Mike Stefanik lives in Coventry, R.I., and sponsor Burnham Boilers corporate offices are in Pennsylvania. Good for those who don't like meetings...

WHAT'S THE WORD?

"When we were being wined and dined in New York with the rest of the NASCAR Touring Series champions at the Winston Cup Banquet last December, I told Andy Santerre that since we would be racing in the same series, no more than one of us would get invited back. We made a deal. If one of us wins the Busch North championship, he's pledged to invite the other as his guest in New York. " -- Mike Stefanik (Editor's note: Neither Julie Stefanik nor Sue Santerre was available for comment.)

FAST FACTS

Lee 150, NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, Race #1 of 18)
Lee USA Speedway, Lee, N.H.

Sunday, April 27, 4:15 p.m. (approx.)

Schedule: Sunday, April 27- Practice 12 noon, Bud Pole Qualifying 2:45 p.m., Lee 150 4:15 p.m.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Mike Johnson , Eddie MacDonald