BNS: New Hampshire: Goodyear Racing preview

Defending Busch North Champion happy with Goodyear Tires. LOUDON, NH (May 8, 2002) -- Few tasks in stock car racing are tougher than winning the championship of the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring. The popular Series, contested in the ...

Defending Busch North Champion happy with Goodyear Tires.

LOUDON, NH (May 8, 2002) -- Few tasks in stock car racing are tougher than winning the championship of the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring. The popular Series, contested in the Northeastern states, requires a variety of driving abilities and experiences.

This season, the circuit races on dependable bias-ply tires from Goodyear. The Busch North Series is one of seven NASCAR divisions using Goodyear rubber this year.

Former Series champion Mike Olsen said Goodyear's full-time status as the Busch North tire provider brings more to the table than just good tires for his race car."I'm really happy with the Goodyear tires and the Goodyear support as well," Olsen said."The engineers that come to the tests with us are real knowledgeable. My confidence is very high with the people that Goodyear has."

Olsen, the 2001 Busch North champion, is one of the most experienced drivers in the Series. He holds the longest active string of consecutive starts (118). He finished second in the 2002 Series opener. That experience will come in handy when the teams begin practice for the May 11 Busch North 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

The 1.056-mile oval has been repaved since last season and no testing has been done since the surface upgrade. A tire test scheduled for April 30 through May first was cancelled because the surface was not ready for on track activity at that time.

Olsen said the experience of the Goodyear personnel he has worked with this season is a confidence-builder.

"I feel they have the knowledge to adjust to any situation we're going to have," the defending champion said.

The 34-year-old Olsen lives in North Haverhill, NH with his wife, Victoria, and their sons Ryan and Garrett.

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