Ryan Seaman Enjoys Best Visit Yet To NHIS, Finishes Sixteenth (Loudon, N.H. - July 24, 2004) - While Ryan Seaman, from Toms River, N.J., might be a rookie on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, but he's already had a pair of...
Ryan Seaman Enjoys Best Visit Yet To NHIS, Finishes Sixteenth
(Loudon, N.H. - July 24, 2004) - While Ryan Seaman, from Toms River, N.J., might be a rookie on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, but he's already had a pair of starts at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway last year. Those weren't good starts, though, as he had a total of 75 laps out of a possible 250 in those races. In his first of two races he'll run at NHIS this year, Seaman not only completed every lap of the Siemens 125, but he finished in sixteenth.
Testing pays off in Busch North competition, and Seaman took advantage of that last month. That got Seaman ahead of the game for when the event officially began on Thursday. He got his practice laps in, then took on the clock in qualifying and was rewarded with the 23rd best time trial effort in his Erbe Carting/Camburn & Son Electric Chevrolet.
"We've gotten better as the day progressed," he said. "We picked up two more tenths in qualifying compared to what we were running in practice. We qualified better than the last time we were here, and now I just have to get through 125 laps in the race. I'm trying to get comfortable out there. The car's real good, I can't ask for a better car, so I just have to work it a little harder. We've had some tough luck here at this track when we came here last year, and we're trying to overcome that. We're here with a better attitude and better outlook for here, we're going well, and we'll keep working to get it going a little bit better."
Seaman hadn't made much forward progress in the race's early laps, but picked up some spots on pit road during the first round of pit stops, when he took on fuel only. The car's handing wasn't quite right, though, and he pitted a second time to have the ERS Motorsports crew remove a spring rubber from the right rear spring.
The changes made to the car must have worked, as Seaman came back through the field to run seventeenth at the race's halfway point. He had fallen to twentieth after that, but that was temporary as he was soon moving in the right direction again to run eighteenth. He continued to move up, taking a spot in the final five-lap dash to the finish to finish sixteenth.
"The car wasn't right, but we made the best of it," he said after the race. "We kept making progress on it as the race went on and it got faster the longer we went. We weren't where we should have been, but this is our first finish at this track, and we ran all 125 laps. We passed a bunch of cars, and it was a good day for us. We had a good learning experience, and we'll take that and be that much better for when we come back here in September.
"We're leaving here on a good note, the car's not beat up at all, so it's been a good day for us."
Seaman will race again in a week when the Busch North Series goes to Adirondack International Speedway in mid-state New York for a 150-lap contest.