Ted Christopher chases down Matt Kobyluck to win Burnham Boilers 100 at Nazareth Speedway; Leighton'S third place Nets Busch North Series Point Lead NAZARETH, Pa.-- Ted Christopher chased Matt Kobyluck for 30 laps before making the winning pass...
Ted Christopher chases down Matt Kobyluck to win Burnham Boilers 100 at Nazareth Speedway; Leighton'S third place Nets Busch North Series Point Lead
NAZARETH, Pa.-- Ted Christopher chased Matt Kobyluck for 30 laps before making the winning pass on lap 80 in Saturday's Burnham Boiler 100 at Nazareth Speedway. Then Christopher spent the last 25 laps working just as hard to keep Kobyluck behind him. At the checkered flag, the winning margin was 0.107 seconds as Kobyluck last-lap charge fell a car length short.
Brad Leighton, in his sponsor's race, finished a solid third to take over the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring point lead from Andy Santerre, who settled for 22nd. Bill Penfold equaled his best career finish with fourth, and Martin Truex Jr. came from the back of the field to garner fifth.
Bud Pole winner Paul Wolfe dominated the first half of the race, but pitted during a caution period with 50 laps complete. A 36-lap green flag run foiled Wolfe chances to score his first Busch North Series victory, and he settled for sixth just ahead of Brian Hoar, who started last in the field. Dale Shaw, Mike Olsen, and Tracy Gordon completed the top ten.
Christopher started ninth and averaged 94.666 miles per hour to score his eighth career Busch North victory, but his first at Nazareth. Four drivers traded the lead four times, with the caution flag displayed five times for 28 laps. Remarkably, all 32 starters were running with less than 15 laps remaining. Then Carey Heath crashed and Joey McCarthy did likewise on the restart as Dale Quarterley spun the length of the front straight without damage. No driver injures were reported.
The McCarthy incident sent the race into overtime to achieve the green flag finish required by Busch North Series rules, and added a note of drama as none of the top four had pitted. All of them made it the added five laps to the finish.
Wolfe led 14 drivers in breaking the old track record in Bud Pole Qualifying. The new mark is 27.923 seconds at 126.926 miles per hour. Wolfe also won the Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps, and Robbie Harrison was the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race.
Leighton now leads the standings in search of his third title, with 495 points to 480 for Kobyluck and 462 for Shaw. Santerre fell to fourth with 447.
After two straight superspeedway events, the Busch North Series returns to its short track roots next Saturday night, May 25, with the Budweiser 150 at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass.